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South Korean protesters shout slogans during a rally against Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit in front of the government complex in Seoul, South Korea, on Monday. After a 3 1/2-year freeze, the leaders of South Korea and Japan resumed formal talks Monday that were expected to focus on North Korea's pursuit of nuclear bombs, trade ties and a long-running dispute over Japan's wartime atrocities. The letters read "Go home, Prime Minister Abe who denies Japanese colonial rule and invasion of the Korean Peninsula again and stop military cooperation between Japan and South Korea."

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Give it a rest gentlemen. At least, it's better to have a dialogue than not at all.

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".......Prime Minister Abe who denies Japanese colonial rule and invasion of the Korean Peninsula again."

A rather silly statement; these people really don't do themselves any favours.

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Important to remember that it's only due to immense US pressure on the South Korean president that this "summit" even took place.

By the way, why is former Japanese prime minister Junichiro Koizumi (center) leading an anti-Japan rally in Seoul?! Nice punch perm you've got there, Jun-chan!

1 ( +6 / -5 )

A fair enough message. Mr Abe is not welcome anywhere, except perhaps Yasukuni shrine

3 ( +13 / -10 )

Well at least they aren't calling for massacre of all Japanese.. or referring to the Japanese people as cochroaches. They are staging a protest in front of their own government building and not threatening any Japanese people living in, or visiting Korea.

10 ( +15 / -5 )

Precisely

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I hope South Korean president will be sincere enough to come to terms with the atrocities (multiple rapes and mindless massacres) committed by Korean soldiers during the VIetnam War.

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I hope South Korean president will be sincere enough to come to terms with the atrocities (multiple rapes and mindless massacres) committed by Korean soldiers during the VIetnam War.

Entirely separate issue though, innit.

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Here in South Korea what they are really focused on is the part of the US-enforced conference which will focus on the coordination/level of involvement or not of the Japanese military in the case of a military confrontation with North Korea. Abe's said all he's going to about the comfort women, that's not what this is really about. The sinking of the ROK military corvette Cheonan in 2010 was unilaterally blamed on the North and used to drum up support for an all-out retaliation; this fizzled out when an international research team found that the story the ROK/UN was standing by (that the markings in blue ink identifying the torpedo as North Korean) was highly suspect (the paint had burnt off, yet the identifying marks in blue ink were as clear as day as if written an hour ago).

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This JP prime minister stalled talks, any talks, with neighbours for 3 years. Throwing back previous achievements.

There is never a start from point zero.

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" The letters read [...] Prime Minister Abe who denies Japanese colonial rule and invasion of the Korean Peninsula again"

I can't read the Hangul but none of the Japanese slogans say this, and judging from the pattern of posters made, like the ones in the back, they seem to be translated carbon copies so I'm guessing the hangul boards don't say this anywhere neither. As far as I can see they're all posters against collective self defense.

Having said that, I don't get why they hate collective self defense so much. Previously it was illegal for Japanese ships to intervene if say NK ships were attacking SK civilians on boats fleeing from the peninsula in the case a war breaks out. Collective self defense means Japan coming to SK's aid more than anything else. Why does it bother these people so much? As it stands it doesn't even entail Japanese SDF troops landing on Korean soil or anything like that.

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A fair enough message. Mr Abe is not welcome anywhere, except perhaps Yasukuni shrine

and why have I not seen you out there protesting?

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When Abe and the LDP political machine, including NHK (BS TV), deny. downplay, ignored and censor the truth about Japan's atrocities it would be unnatural if South Korean citizens kept qyiet.

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Why do Mr ABE indifferently offend China and Korea than desperately seek summit meetings while attending Yasukuni to pay tribute to Criminals who caused the atrocities in China and Korea? Why are Japanese so good at apologizing to their own kind but not to others which they have caused so much misery?

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For those who only reads Japan Today and Japan Times and don't read Japanese language, things are going much faster. we in Japan used to call them "South Korea", today we call them "Red Korea" following US DOD example. Things are getting clear now.

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>Having said that, I don't get why they hate collective self defense so much. Previously it was illegal for Japanese ships to intervene if say NK ships were attacking SK civilians on boats fleeing from the peninsula in the case a war breaks out. Collective self defense means Japan coming to SK's aid more than anything else. Why does it bother these people so much? As it stands it doesn't even entail Japanese SDF troops landing on Korean soil or anything like that.

If you were familiar with the history of Japan's colonization of Korea, the issue would become clearer for you.

Also, an official from the Japanese government did state that the Japanese military had the right (in the view of the Jpn govt) to operate on North Korean soil

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Well at least they aren't calling for massacre of all Japanese.. or referring to the Japanese people as cochroaches. They are staging a protest in front of their own government building and not threatening any Japanese people living in, or visiting Korea.

Nor are they screaming anti Japanese rhetoric. They just don't like the PM. Fair enough. Who does?

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@LegrandeRio

If you were familiar with Japanese politics you would realize that those things are irrelevant.

Japanese government officials have on many occasions said that nuclear armament was not anti-constitutional, that doesn't mean Japan is going to have nukes.

Just because he said they had the right doesn't mean they will.

So since Nazis and ww2, Israel would be against German forces interfering with Islamic attacks on Israeli civilians?

Go back to school son.

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