Japan's Rohto Pharmaceutical cancels Kim Tae-hee ads over Dokdo comments

Updated: 23 Feb 2012
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Korean actress Kim Tae-hee in her movie Venus and Mars. A Japanese cosmetics company has cancelled its public events featuring Kim Tae-hee, as Japanese netizens criticized her for advocating Korea's sovereignty over Dokdo.
Korean actress Kim Tae-hee in her movie Venus and Mars. A Japanese cosmetics company has cancelled its public events featuring Kim Tae-hee, as Japanese netizens criticized her for advocating Korea's sovereignty over Dokdo.
      
A Japanese cosmetics company has cancelled its public events featuring top Korean actress Kim Tae-hee, as Japanese netizens criticized her for advocating Korea's sovereignty over Dokdo.

Dokdo is a group of rocky islets in the East Sea that Japan has claimed as part of its territory and calls Takeshima.

Kim, who shot to stardom via hit Korean dramas like Stairway to Heaven, Love Story in Harvard, Iris and My Princess served as a Dokdo advocate in 2005 with her younger brother, actor Lee Wan.

The duo visited Switzerland that year and handed out T-shirts that said "Dokdo is Our Land" and Dokdo sovereignty-themed music CDs.

Rohto Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., who selected Kim to model for its new skincare brand Yukigokochi, said they canceled the event due to safety concerns, as the company received negative comments regarding the actress via their website.

The cosmetics and pharmaceutical company called off the event Monday, two days before Japan's official Takeshima Day. 
   
SOURCE: asiaone.com
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