K-pop Group Enhypen Is Sorry About World Map That Omitted Japan

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Just as K-pop group Enhypen is making a big push around the world, the group has ruffled feathers in Japan for merch that didn’t include, well, Japan.

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The image in question appeared as part of the group’s “En-Connect” fan meeting bundle.

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Along with three DVDs and a photo book, the box set is packed with faux passports of each group member. On said passports, there are world maps but with the Japanese islands noticeably missing.

Cyzo reports that after the discrepancy was pointed out, a corrected image was uploaded to the merchandise page.

The group issued an apology, explaining that royalty-free art had been used in creating the passport images and Japan being missing was overlooked.

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That seems like a rational explanation, especially considering the group trying hard to make it in Japan, and one member of Enhypen, Ni-Ki, is Japanese.

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However, this isn’t the first time Japan has gone missing on a world map from South Korea. Back in 2018, the country was AWOL in TVXQ’s “Love Line” music video. Prior to that, Japan was omitted from South Korea’s Winter Olympics map. Strange that this keeps happening!

The “En-Connect” bundle goes on sale this July.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

DISCUSSION

rogueindy
rogueIndy

Is anyone keeping a running tally of shameful episodes caused by someone pulling crap off google?

Off the top of my head, there’s that Mario theme park cactus and the incident with the Kazak national anthem.