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Japan TV pulls Korean drama over Dokdo spat

Published on Aug 15, 2012 8:40 PM

TOKYO (AFP) -- A Japanese television station said on Wednesday that it was postponing the airing of a South Korean drama series starring an actor who took part in a swim to a group of islands at the center of a territorial row.

BS Nippon Corporation said it would replace "A Man Called God," which features popular actor Song Il Kook and was to due air from next week, with a re-run of another South Korean drama series.

"We have decided to change our programming after considering the impact of the main actor swimming to Takeshima," a station spokesman said, referring to Dokdo.

A team of South Koreans reached the islands on Wednesday, finishing a 220km relay swim from the east coast, less than a week after President Lee Myung Bak visited the disputed chain, provoking ire in Tokyo.

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