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S Korea's top court orders stolen Buddhist statue to be returned to Japan

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Let us hope that this does not derail the recent good will between the two countries. But I fear something like this will be used by groups in South Korea to start to demonize Japan again. Even though their own court system ruled against the South Korean temple.

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Stealing a statue from a temple shouldn't be rewarded. SK did the right thing here. This may also be a sign of the warming relationship between our two countries.

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Wise decision. I'm afraid, however, logical decisions like this will be stopped once Pres. Yoon - the best Korean President of all time is ousted - and the Democratic party return to power.

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The problem behind this incident is that Koreans do not understand international treaties at all.

In the first place, there is nothing that can prove that it was stolen by the Japanese pirates.

The temple that claims ownership, Useki-dera, has no connection to the temple whose Buddhist statue was stolen, even though it has the same name.

In South Korea, there were historically more than 10,000 temples, but policies have reduced the number to just a few dozen, and Buddhist statues have been destroyed, sold, and shipped overseas.

It has been in the possession of a temple in Japan's Tsushima Island for more than 400 years, and South Korea has not returned it since then, despite signing the Convention for the Suppression of the Illegal Export and Import of Cultural Properties.

As a result, museums around the world have begun refusing to lend items that appear to be made in Korea. This is because it is unclear whether the South Korean government will return items even if they are lent out and stolen.

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It seems no one knows for sure how the statue even got to Japan. With no clear evidence of previous owners, it is only natural to declare it the property of those in possession before a theft.

But if there ever is proof it was originally stolen by Japanese pirates, the Japanese temple should return it.

That said, my spidey sense tells me there is some clear information and its being withheld from the article. That is probably because there is not even an attempt to explain the lack of clear information and I highly doubt the temple in South Korea would make this claim with nothing to back it up, ie. there must be some records somewhere somebody read.

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Read history.

Learn how the Peninsula has been persecuted Buddhism.

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But I fear something like this will be used by groups in South Korea to start to demonize Japan again.

When did it stop???

Also, some aspects of it, such as holding the government responsible for its continued lies, obfuscation, and whitewashing of Japan's imperial past are richly deserved.

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