The ongoing tense relations between Japan and South Korea have even reached the men’s magazine world. An apology from the editor-in-chief of the Korean edition of Maxim over an “offensive” front-page article title has brought even more controversy and caused hundreds of angry reactions from Japanese readers.
The February issue of the magazine caused a maelstrom when one of the main articles carried was entitled “How to date Japanese women who haven’t been exposed to radiation.” Both South Korean and Japanese readers called Maxim’s attention to the fact that the title was inappropriate. The editor-in-chief immediately responded with an apology posted on the magazine’s website last February 5. He acknowledged “going too far” for the sake of baiting the people to read the article and apologized for the “discomfort” and “harm” that this caused Japanese people. “I am reflecting on this incident in my heart and would like to apologize to anyone who was deeply offended,” he said. He admits that they only used the radiation aspect to be “dramatic,” but did not mention anything about the author and editor’s fault in this, just saying it was too late to remove it during the editing process.
Sounds like an adequate enough apology, right? However, he puts his foot into his mouth splendidly when he started “blaming” Japan for this case. ““The recent brash remarks coming from Japan concerning Dokdo/Takeshima and the island dispute (the International Court of Justice case), Prime Minister Abe’s visit to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine, and the issue of comfort women, have unintentionally caused us to make a mistake.” Understandably, Japanese readers were angered even more, saying this was a “provocation” hidden behind an apology. One commenter said that it’s amazing how any issue can be linked to anti-Japanese sentiment. No word yet on whether there will be an apology to this apology, but no one is holding their breath.
[via Rocket News]