Children’s favorite animation series Doraemon has been shelved indefinitely due to trade war between two powerful Asian neighbors, Japan and South Korea.
According to the Hollywood reporter, ‘Doraemon: Nobita's Chronicle of the Moon Exploration’ became the latest victim of the Tokyo-Seoul spat.
Last month ‘Butt Detective: The Movie’ was caught up in the debacle of growing boycott of Japanese goods, services and companies.
Upon its release ‘Butt Detective’ got a lot of appreciation in South Korean website but its success reached rock bottom when thousands of posts were called on the site for the cinemagoers to boycott Japanese films.
On July, 1, Japan announced that they are going to impose export restrictions on South Korea on materials used in manufacturing semiconductors, a major Korean industry.
South Koreans retaliated on the effect of the ban by boycotting Japanese stores, and cancelling trips to Japan.
The sale of Japanese food and beer dropped drastically among the South Koreans who refused to stand against the dichotomy of Japanese trade war.
Japan confirmed that they have removed South Korea from its ‘white list’ of preferred trading partners.
Doraemon, a multibillion-dollar franchise of manga, TV anime, features and merchandise based on the original manga by Hiroshi Fujimoto and Motoo Abiko became an instant hit among the global audience.
The manga debuted in 1970 and its series in 1979 won fans across Asia to India.
The adventures of Nobita and Doraemon become a cultural phenomenon as the animation was dubbed in Hindi, Bengali, Urdu, English and Tamil.
On 2013, Bangladesh banned the Hindi dubbed version of Doraemon amid fears that it would hinder children from learning their native language.