During a Yakuza press conference this past weekend, actor Susumu Terajima was at the conference promoting Yakuza: Kiwami 2. Near the end of the conference, he was asked by Yakuza designer, Toshihiro Nagoshi, to have the final sendoff.
Here is what Terajima had to say:
“Today, there are…several of the people up on this stage are Koreans, truly… I only hope no missiles come flying from Korea.”
Here is the video of the remarks:
These, of course, are due to North Korea’s dictator, Kim Jong-un, threatening missile strikes to the United States. Politics aside, South Korea did not take this so lightly. Many people went to the internet to express their feelings about these remarks, sending backlash and even protesting to have the game cancelled in South Korea. Major forums in South Korea were attacking the actor over these remarks and called him jjokbari [Korean slur for japanese].
Through all this controversy, this is what SEGA Korea had to say:
“We’ve relayed Korean players’ feedback regarding the comment and their demand for an apology to HQ.”
No word on whether or not Yakuza: Kiwami 2 will be cancelled in South Korea.