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March 16th, 2008 . by Matt

I went to the shop today and found Calplus, a milky flavored drink. I tastes similar to a Japanese drink called Calpis, and the name is similar (the full names are “Calpis Water” and “Calplus Aqua”). Surely this is just a coincidence and and Korean maker Paldo has never heard of Calpis :).

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You be the judge.

19 Responses to “Calplus”

  1. comment number 1 by: mudboots2008

    Well, I heard before that when Calpis Co,Ltd attempted to expand its marketing overseas to export Calpis to Western nations, the company decided change the drink name because they thoght the original name sounds like ‘cow piss.’ So, I thought Calplus is the western version of Calpis at first, but I found it’s not true after checking wikipedia. According to it, the western name of Calpis is Calpico, not Calplus. So as you said, this might be just a `coincidence.` Such a coincidence does often happen especially in that country which has an initial ‘K.’

  2. comment number 2 by: The Overthinker

    “especially in that country which has an initial ‘K.’”

    You mean Kapan?

  3. comment number 3 by: camphortree

    “Mom, Yakuruto!”, my daughter shouted at a Vietnamese owned Oriental grocery shop in Idaho. It was a 10 pack of little Yakuruto. After having paid I noticed that the brand name was not exactly Yakuruto but “Yakul” made in China. The store is selling Kappa Ebisen looking snack made in Korea. There are loads of Japanese snacks look a like that are made in Korea, China and Taiwan all over the shelves. They must be all coincidence.

  4. comment number 4 by: camphortree


  5. comment number 5 by: Ken

    There have been a few brave persons who offered bitter counsel in Korea as follows.

    Former President Park said, “(omitted).
    I wonder when we Koreans have governed foreign area beyond our border and where we Koreans have attempted to reform our racial society with going abroad for foreign arts and sciences, shown off our people spirits with unified power and shown originality with original industry & culture. (omitted).”

    A Korean critic Kim said, “(omitted).
    Current Korea is the very castle on the sand built by others. It is filled with ostentation, hypocrisy, distortion & arrogance and everything is mimicry, dependence & perversion. (omitted).”

    But such persons are attacked or killed so that there does not come up original goods but immitations.

  6. comment number 6 by: GarlicBreath

    Another Corean copycat of great Japanese products.

  7. comment number 7 by: Brian

    ^^ LOL TO GARLIC-FACES COMMENTS ABOVE! Does anyone else see the hypocrisy here? Or are people’s brains only turned-on finding ways to flame Koreans? Btw, this post is flame-bait, for no other purpose but flame-bait and you guys all know it. I’m not even going to justify or try to reason why because it’s obvious and by ignoring it you show your own ignorance… blah blah blah.. (I’ve said it countless times already, lol)

  8. comment number 8 by: bad_moon_rising

    This post is just another entry in the ever expanding list of products Koreans have copied from Japan. Nothing new here. In fact, you can see previous posts on the same topic right here at occidentalism.org. See Koreans – Original?

    You can find posts like this (showing examples of Koreans copying Japanese products) all over the internet. Why? Because Koreans do copy Japanese products and they do it often.

    See Not Pokemon, POWERMON to get a feel for just how low Korean “creativity” has sunk.

  9. comment number 9 by: GarlicBreath

    ^^ LOL TO GARLIC-FACES COMMENTS ABOVE! Does anyone else see the hypocrisy here?

    What hypocrisy? I said this:

    Another Corean copycat of great Japanese products.

    You are a retard Blian. How is that comment “hypocrisy” .
    Coreans are copy cats.Almost everything from Corea is copied. Even the Corean flag the is copied from the I Ching. Name something corean, part of corean culture, and I will show it was not from corea.

  10. comment number 10 by: Brian

    ^Everything you accuse Koreans of, is something you actively partake in yourself. If that’s not hypocrisy, I don’t know what is. Arrogance, insecurity complex, racism, etc. EVERYTHING. You are the comedy show of this site… oh the irony! lol.

  11. comment number 11 by: empraptor

    lol it is truly a sad day when Pokemon is deemed worthy of copying.

  12. comment number 12 by: Ken

    This is Korean original shrimp cracker.


    They can enjoy not only shrimp taste but also rat taste.
    There is a proverb ‘Borrowing the hands of cat’ in Japan but they seem hiring rats to inspect quality as ‘Rat Patrol’.

  13. comment number 13 by: GarlicBreath

    What are things that are uniquely corean and are popular in the west and Japan? Blian this is your chance to speak up.
    For 4,950 of their “5000 year, four season history”, Corean kings lived in dirt floor castles, with an outhouse. They claim to have invented, lots of things, but this is done with smoke and mirrors.

    ^Everything you accuse Koreans of, is something you actively partake in yourself. If that’s not hypocrisy, I don’t know what is.

    Blian, are you saying, for example, that I eat dogs? Or I promote eating dogs? Blian, you are the boy who cried wolf.

  14. comment number 14 by: GarlicBreath

    Coreans may copy everything that is Japanese but everyone knows that the quality and brand value is not the same. Also when you buy corean snacks, you never know what what you may get.

  15. comment number 15 by: The Overthinker

    “Name something corean, part of corean culture, and I will show it was not from corea.”

    Just out of curiosity, do you know where the Korean use of paper on floors came from then? I’ve never heard of its use in China. I would like to know where it started.

  16. comment number 16 by: kenzou

    Hello first time leaving a comment. Just to provide some insight, The company Paldo, that makes this drink is the Korean exporting arm of Yakult Korea, which in turn is the Korean subsidiary of the Japanese company Yakult. So technically it is not a Korean copy of a Japanese drink but an actual Japanese product produced by the exporting arm of Yakult Japan. Calplus is therefore marketed overseas this way. Calplus is from numerous searches here in Seoul,not sold anywhere in Korea. I have contacted the marketing department of Paldo/Yakult Korea to verify this. So although produced in Korea it is from a Japanese company.

  17. comment number 17 by: Matt

    Hi kenzou,

    Paldo is a subsidiary of Yakult? Are you sure?

    Who owns the calpis company, do you know?

  18. comment number 18 by: kenzou

    Yep, Checked and re-verified with the company. Paldo is the foreign market distribution of Yakuly products. Funny is that they also export to Japan as Paldo products and not under the Yakult brand. Even in Japan, they believe it is a Korean company selling in the Japanese market. Calpis is a wholly-owned sdusidiary of Ajinomoto Group. They merged I believe in 2007 through a stock swap.

  19. comment number 19 by: kenzou

    Here is the link for the Calpis merger with Ajinomoto. Sorry I had to look for it again.