Hallyu stars have linked arms to help with the damages in Japan. Having received much love from their neighboring country, they have started relief efforts for this sad reality.
On the 13th, Bae Young Jun's representative company Key East said " After hearing the news, we had a heavy heart" "To grasp the current situation at our company in Japan, we tried contacting them to no avail, it's frustrating", they said.
After 'Winter Sonata', Bae Young Jun represented the start of the Hallyu boom. In 2004, he donated 3million won to a Japanese earthquake damages and a South East tsunami, never failing to help his neighboring countries. Along with his fellow label-mate, Kim Hyun Joong, they started a charity project called the 'Miso Project'
Baeyoung Jun's co-star Choi Ji Woo expressed that she couldn't suppress her sad feelings and said that she will try to do anything that she can to help. Another source said "After she heard the news, she was very sad and deliberated on what she could do for relief efforts" (Sorry I had trouble translating this one)
Ryu Shi Won's local agency offical has personally witnessed the damages and is in great shock. Another local agency officials mother went missing and Ryu is experiencing shock and falling into sadness"
He had a fixed schedule on the 14th in Japan and planned to depart Korea on the 13th which was cancelled due to the earthquake and is in a state of sadness. "In order to console his Japanese fans, he plans to write a letter but is at a loss as to how to go about doing this."
Lee Byung Hun is also at a loss as to what he can do to help. His agency representative said, "We're planning on considering what options we have to help." As he watches the situation, he can't suppress his sorry feelings.
Kwon Sang Woo's representative, "The damages are so big, we can't express enough sorrow"
Jang Dong Gun has received much love from Japan and has plans to help in Japan. He heard the news while filming his movie "My Way" and was shocked to hear the news. His junior Shin Mina and label-mate was in Japan at this time and confirmed her safety at the start of the earthquake.
Won Bin is also going through a hard time and is planning to help. A representative said "Won Bin is out of the country at the moment but he was very sad" We are planning ways in which we can help.
All these Hallyu stars are heart broken and are all devising ways in which they can help.
One Hallyu-star entertainment agency stated "Japan is where the Hallyu-stars made their money, I think it's a definite that we should repay them back and help in every way possible." Another, "The recent earthquake damages can negatively impact (shrink) the Hallyu wave and are not of help to anyone. Just as Hallyu came about as a result of cultural exchange (literally, 'an exchange of heart'), we must do what we can to deliver our hearts to them" (Thanks cosmiclatte )
i read this article on naver and did a quick translation so sorry in advance if you think it sucks. if any korean speakers out there catch any mistakes, lemme know.
also, i think its nice to see koreans and japanese people coming together. instead of that bitter sentiment koreans tend to have towards the japanese