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A protester who is painted in bronze sits next to a photo of statues of "comfort women" to urge Japan to apologize, on the anniversary of Japan's World War II defeat, outside Interchange Association, Japan, in Taipei, Taiwan, on Monday.

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Urging...commonly used phrase but lacking any substantial meaning to the people who are supposed to be the target of the "urge".

Urge Japan to apologize, please, just who is it that you are "urging" to apologize? It isn't to you, you are too young, the women who were sex slaves?

Didn't Abe and the SK government just come to an agreement about the issue?

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Yes. Apology is the best charm.

As long as it requires or as long as it take to heal the very essence of human being (Atma: the soul).

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"We're sorry you're upset about this. Here's some money. Now get rid of the statue."

Apology?

Nah. Just a politician reading from a script.

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This should be the monument that Abe visits, not Yasukuni. Don't just say sorry, show it. That should be done every year

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Yubaru: "Didn't Abe and the SK government just come to an agreement about the issue?"

The key part is that the GOVERNMENTS, not the people, came to agreements that involved money and back door agreements. Many people in both nations have made it quite clear the 'agreements' are not acceptable. Now it's up to the governments to URGE the peoples of both nations to try and get along and abide by the agreements. Nowhere in the agreement was the issue of the statue in front of the Embassy, though many lawmakers in Japan tried to make it a precursor to receiving money. It was put up and is maintained by a civic group.

As for who should apologise to whom, obviously to the sex slaves who were the victims, and to the people of South Korea in general for the sufferings visited on them by the IJA. Yes, this woman was too young, as would be the politicians making the apology, but 99% of the people who gather in Hiroshima and Nagasaki are also too young to have suffered in the bombings, but they can still remember, and gather, mourn, demand it be acknowledged and never repeated.

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Millions can't buy forgiveness in the absence of sincerity.

On the other hand , a truly heartfelt sincerity is priceless.

Abe should not think Japan can just buy personal forgiveness.

Tokyo's attitude was like... ' OK I give you mucho, mucho dinero , now remove the statue of CW in front of Japanese embassy in Seoul stat! ' .

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She looks painted gold for the Olympics if you ask me.

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Wait, is she a Taiwanese protester or a Korean one?

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@yubaru

Didn't Abe and the SK government just come to an agreement about the issue?

Yes. But this protestor is in Taipei. The agreement with SK doesn't cover Taiwanese comfort women.

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Hiro S Nobumasa,

Millions can't buy forgiveness in the absence of sincerity.

True, but unfortunately Abe doesn't do sincerity.

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The key part is that the GOVERNMENTS, not the people, came to agreements that involved money and back door agreements. Many people in both nations have made it quite clear the 'agreements' are not acceptable.

It is impossible to satisfy everyone.

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