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Yakuza Series Seiyuu: “Don’t Bomb Us Korea!”



A recent press conference held for the newly announced Yakuza: Kiwami 2 garnered a great deal of animosity from South Koreans as returning seiyuu Susumu Terajima (known for his Yakuza roles in movies) made a rather controversial joke, which was apparently so bad that many are hoping that the game won’t be cancelled in South Korea as a result.

Susumu Terajima’s “highly offensive” joke after being given the opportunity to have the last word on the event’s conclusion:

“There are…several of the people up on this stage are Koreans, truly… I only hope no missiles come flying from Korea.”

North Korea had fired three missiles into the sea between themselves and Japan earlier that very day, making Terajima’s comment as incendiary as the many missiles the nation has pointed at him – after Terajima made his joke, Japanese comedian Yuichi Kimura seemingly predicted the future by claiming aloud “there’s going to be a public apology for this.”

Surely enough, Sega Korea provided a groveling apology to those unable to take such an incursion of reality:

Apology for the comment made by a speaker at the Sega sponsored event:

There was an inappropriate comment from the speaker at the Yakuza Studio’s new title announcement event, which took place on 8/26.

We sincerely apologize for the anger caused everyone by the incident.

Sega group is working hard to deliver emotional experience to the players worldwide and deeply regrets this incident.

We will ensure that such an incident will not happen in the future.

Once again, we sincerely apologize.

Across South Korean message boards, some of the hatred apparently stems from Terajima’s usage of the word “Chousenjin” for “Korean person”, regarded by more enthusiastically sensitive Koreans as an offensive slur – some of the negative comments:

“Some who are defending this are saying the word Chousenjin is talking about North Korea and this is a misunderstanding and what not, but it’s not just the word. This is an official formal event to announce the game where Korean Japanese are present, and the situation where they are being mentioned and saying don’t shoot missiles is ridiculous. Even if it was a domestic [South Korean] game, they’ll still be blasted regardless of what word was used. If you said, ‘I am saying this because there are Japanese people here. Please solve the Comfort Women and Dokdo issue’, it’ll have major backlash.”

“Right, so some of the people on stage are jjokbari [Korean slur for Japanese] so I’d like to ask nuclear fallout to not blow here from fuckin’ Japan. Thank you.”

“I can understand how some people want to defend the situation because they think the game might get cancelled but don’t defend his comment. What’s not is not. I am not going to pressure you to not buy it but you have to be able to say what’s not right is not right. Anyway, I am surprised that such an uneducated person is a voice actor.”

With the Korean peninsula’s main exports now apparently being K-pop and SRBMs, the Japanese can perhaps be forgiven their skepticism…

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  • I’m sorry Korea I know Japan use to invade you all the time but they (Japan) produce video games and anime and it was your fault for sucking. For those reasons I gotta side with Japan always

  • The missile flying over Japan was probably just coincidence. North Korea has shit technology, they likely just pointed in that direction not knowing what was there and were fortunate it didn’t hit anything.

  • People in South Korea and emigrants in other countries can’t control what North Korea’s doing. They’ve been separated from us for so long, even their genetics have drifted noticeably, and their culture is a weird brainwashed offshoot that’s in someways stuck back in what was the 40’s and 50’s in South Korean culture.

    And before judging Koreans for getting offended, just remember that you probably don’t understand the context or the lingo. The world is a big place and there is a lot of stuff the average western person doesn’t understand. It’s not good to be dismissive before you learn about the culture.

  • I found it a pretty funny joke.

    Honestly, Norks are taking potshots at the country, yet people get riled up over a joke? Either the Koreans have no sense of humor and can’t take banter or are overly sensitive to a huge degree. Maybe both.
    Not like the Koreans have a high reputation in the first place.

    • Japanese cops love racial profiling gaijin too. You’re required to carry your passport around with you at all times in Japan incase you’re stopped. Residents need to carry their residency card too.

      That’s not to say you’re 100 percent guaranteed to be stopped by a random cop who can either be plain clothed or in uniform, but it just reeks of xenophobia to me.

      • Wasn’t the one to downvote you but wanted to chime in on your second part. As a foreigner staying in japan for a few years I can tell you that you’re not even 2% guaranteed to be stopped and that the cops is mostly giving people directions. Not once did I ever have to show my residence card for those years btw

        • And, what’s the problem…? I can only hope my country would do the same. For god’s sake Brazil is such a mess that the government once said people should not discriminate against ISIS that they were as welcomed as anyone else. WTF? Not to mention the hordes of haitians, venezuelans, Africans in general coming to stay, even illegally cause fuck it we don’t deport people at all we even give them the SAME benefits as citizens have, of course they dont pay taxes so in other words Brazilians pay for the good life illegals get. We have 12 millions of unemployed, thats more than the total population of Cuba or Bolivia for exemple. Some border cities had to decree state of emergency due to the lack of housing and jobs even for the local population because mainly the haitians took all the jobs (sometimes they would do the job for 1/5 of the normal pay).

        • You can’t attach a number to it, it’s so random. Racial profiling in Japan is very real and can happen at any point to anyone. They can stop you for absolutely no reason to see your passport just because you’re a foreigner and they’re paranoid about foreigners overstaying.

          Do they stop native Japanese? Of course not. There’s a reason why Japan makes it very difficult for people to live there permanently.

        • @14:02

          Thanks. I’m not all too concerned, it’s just a little irritating that someone would rather play the role of downvote-kun instead of engaging in conversation on this topic. Because everything mentioned was factually accurate and there are countless stories on the net to back up what I’m saying.

          I think it’s more a case of someone with Japan idolization upset that I would dare speak bad of the country. Because of anime, manga etc you get weebs that worship the country but have absolutely no understanding of it or its culture.

          Maybe I should have touched upon the establishments in Japan that have a NO FOREIGNER policy? That’s right there are places with signs outside or on the window that basically ban non Japanese from entering, or require you to be with a Japanese native to enter.

          I’ve entered the country enough times to see the good and bad sides of it.

        • I no longer care much about downvoted, sometimes it’s the same person using more than one account just to displease ..

          In times of the left, antifa, sjw .. anything you write ends up as racist or xenophobic .. and it bothers some snowflake!

          It is not today that Japan does not see foreigners with good eyes, maybe it has already been worse ..
          I had several friends who went to Japan to work, and even being descendant and Japanese speaking fluent, it was never easy ..
          NK attacks them, out of envy and perhaps even through Chinese influence ..

          One hour NK hits this pile of can on land and will bring disgrace to the whole world ..

          A third war for an empty missile ..

        • *factually correct

          Typo. But yeah, downvote-kun should visit Japan sometime, or frequent forums used by residents/tourists in the country. It’s such a widely known thing. Except to downvote-kun.

        • Lol, says the little shats who have everything handed to them back when common Hi-tech items in mostly piss poor quality costs $199.99 instead of $19.99, and when even cheap tupperwares or other plastic items costs $49.99 instead of $4.99 or $0.49.

          If it was not for competing Orientals making everything cheap in relatively good quality depending on the price for you, banks pulling fiat money out of thin air at everyone else’s expenses to buy up stocks and everything else and you receiving the knock-on effect, and the enforcement force to back that BS financial system up, you have almost nothing worth of value to justify the way you live.

          You live on the debt owned by the world to the greatest generation, and the dirty commies forced-led by sick monsters contributed the bulk of the actual achievement of that generation.

          They were also the first on everything during the space age, except the race to the moon. And you did not beat the evil system, Afghans and Chernobyl did.

          Don’t try to pull Scandinavian into this. Like many Canadians, they don’t care or even think about these kind of rhetoric that only “powerful” countries care about. They are powerful and badass enough to not get into swinging contests.

          Anyway, don’t care about anything in this article except this, will the new Yakuza come with the minigames that is “every guy’s greatest dreams”? Or will they go full retard and make those greatest dreams into some other weirdly and very narrowly specific fetishes.