Sunday, April 18, 2010

Yuna and Mao towards a better Korea-Japan Relations?

I thought Koreans wouldn't like Asada Mao since they are so into Kim Yuna as the queen of figure skating. But I was wrong. My friend, which is a professor in SNU told me that many Koreans like Asada Mao just as how they like Kim Yuna.
Then I saw a news this morning about how Japanese people view Kim Yuna. For me it wasn't a surprise anymore. South Korea's figure-staking queen Kim Yu-na was voted the number one Korean celebrity in Japan in terms of their "feeling intimate" while her Japanese archrival Asada Mao topped the survey among South Koreans for the same category, a joint poll by South Korea's Hankook Ilbo and Japan's Yomiuri newspaper revealed Saturday.

Kim topped the poll as 50 percent of Japanese respondents picked her, followed by Lee Seung-yeop (21 percent), a baseball player, currently playing for the Yomiuri Giants in Japan, tailed by Bae Yong-joon (18 percent), an actor.
In Korea, people voted Asada Mao (43 percent), followed by figure skater Ando Miki (18 percent), who has a tie with Suzuki Ichiro, a major league player.
The Internet-based JPNews, which carried the news, didn't specify how many people in the two countries participated in the poll.
In the poll, respondents were allowed to choose multiple favorites ― up to three, and celebrities are from those in entertainment and sports.
If we could find different pressing issues between the two countries, I think we can also find collaboration and harmony between them. I hope this will continue to flourish.


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