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Japan’s first lady attends South Korean musical

By Korea Herald

Published : May 13, 2013 - 20:30

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Japanese first lady Akie Abe recently disclosed that she had seen South Korean musical “Caffeine” in Tokyo.

According to the Asahi Shimbun and reports in other media on Saturday, the 50-year-old wife of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe saw the musical. She posted a message on her Facebook on May 9, along with a photo of her standing in front of a poster of the show.

“Caffeine” is performed by Korean actors in a theater in Tokyo’s trendy Roppongi district. The musical is about a couple who accidentally fall in love after meeting at a coffee shop. 
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Akie’s message triggered critical comments from Japanese netizens, apparently due to worsened ties between Korea and Japan.

On May 10, Akie posted another message, which read, “Even if I am criticized as too optimistic, my thinking is that I want to be friendly with every person and country.”

Akie is from a wealthy Japanese family. Her father is the former president of Morinaga & Co., one of Japan’s largest confectionary companies.

She is known as a fan of South Korean soap operas and actor Bae Yong-joon.

By Chun Sung-woo  (