A recent outbreak of influenza virus in Japan are causing many K-pop fans to be worried about their favorite idol groups traveling to Japan for concert tours. Japan’s health ministry says an influenza outbreak has now spread across the country, with the estimated number of patients exceeding 2.1 million.
Many of SM Entertainment artists, including NCT 127 and Red Velvet, are scheduled for nationwide Japan Arena tour starting in February.
Worried fans are demanding SM Entertainment to cancel or postpone the tours in Japan until the virus outbreak is over. Hashtag #스엠_아레나투어_취소해 (#sm_cancel_arenatour) has been trending on Twitter and fans are hoping the agency will take action in response.
there is influenza outbreak in japan right now and a lot of fans of groups who will promote in japan are worried bcs the idols can get infected and asking to cancel the schedule. A lot of SM idols especially https://t.co/JxKmAMKEgI #스엠_아레나투어_취소해
— jena (@cloudvelys) January 25, 2019
— 룰루 (@eXo___9____L) January 25, 2019
An epidemic flu happening in Japan and SM wants to send their artists is not good. They could be quarantined from SK. Health comes first, SM. #스엠_아레나투어_취소해
— ♡ ⁶¹ (@chanivers) January 25, 2019
Other fandoms are also joining forces as BTS is scheduled for Fukuoka Dome concert on February 16 and iKON Yokohama Arena concert is scheduled on February 11.
Fans over different fandoms are requesting everyone to change the trending hashtag to “#모든소속사_일본스케줄_취소해” (#Everyagency_cancel_Japanschedule) so all K-pop artists can be protected. Fans are pleading, no fans would want the idol groups to risk their health for concerts and the agencies must understand the severity of the situation to protect the artist.
— 방탄방탄방방탄 (@X95fVQTqy2KeZGr) January 25, 2019
— 킷티 (@dQAZSMO4VGQ1p9x) January 25, 2019
The influenza scare is growing as patients’ abnormal behaviors are being reported throughout the country.