By Park Boram
SEOUL, July 15 (Yonhap) – The four K-pop super band BTS concerts in Japan this month attracted a total of 210,000 fans, making the Japanese leg of the band's world tour a solid one Success Despite the deterioration in trade and diplomatic clashes between South Korea and Japan.
On Saturday and Sunday, the Korean septet Shizuoka's ECOPA stadium with 50,000 seats in the second Japanese city rocked their world tour "Love Yourself: Speak Yourself".
This was the first stop on the Japanese leg of the tour in addition to the band's 47 days at Yanmar Stadium Nagai in Osaka last weekend.
The concerts entertained a total of 21
This photo was provided by Big Hit Entertainment, BTS shows at one of its concerts at Yanmar Stadium Nagai in Osaka on July 6 and 7, 2019.
"Love Yourself: Speak Yourself" began in May at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena in the United States States ahead of Brazil, England and France.
The Japanese leg came with a special set list; On the stage of the band, the Japanese-language version of the band's latest global hit, "Boy With Luv", was presented for the first time.
It was one of the three tracks on "Lights / Boy With Luv," the Japanese single released by BTS on July 3.
The record became Oricon's weekly single chart topper for the week of July 1 to 7, with 637,000 points the highest score in the first week ever made by a foreign artist in Japan.
Sunday According to Big Hit, the Shizuoka concert was also broadcast live in 277 Japanese cinemas.
BTS 'Japanese expedition was hardly affected by the deterioration in diplomatic and commercial disputes between Seoul and Tokyo. In early July, in protest at Seoul's judicial rulings calling on Japanese companies to compensate for Korean war victims, Japan instituted measures to restrict the export of materials critical to semiconductor and display production to South Korea. It is generally predicted that Japan will introduce further export restrictions, which will aggravate the trade dispute with South Korea at the World Trade Organization.
Bilateral trade and diplomatic disputes have shown signs that South Korea's sentiment is pervasive in the neighboring countries Consumers are beginning to boycott Japanese goods and services.
This photo provided by Big Hit Entertainment shows BTS during his performances in the ECOPA Stadium of Shizuoka on July 13 and 14, 2019. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)
Also against this backdrop, the Japanese stadiums for The last BTS concerts were up to the Rand filled, and the fans enthusiastically enjoyed live performances with a medley of BTS titles like "Fire," "Not Today," and "Dionysus."
said big hit.  59010] "We thank (the Japanese) ARMY for supporting us from our debut album to the recently released single," BTS was quoted by Big Hit after the Japan tour. ARMY is the name of the BTS fandom.
"The time we spend with ARMY is the best time for us and we are glad that you enjoyed the performance with us."
Supported by the success of the Japanese tour, BTS announced on Sunday that there will be a new Saudi Arabian leg of the "Love Yourself: Speak Yourself" tour.
The performance at King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh on October 11 made BTS the first non-Saudi Arabian artist to perform a solo stadium concert in the Arab country. Other foreign acts have been performed at festivals in the Kingdom.
This panorama from Big Hit Entertainment shows the Yanmar Stadium Nagai of Osaka during the performances of BTS on July 6 and 7, 2019. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)