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A participant holds a placard saying in Japanese "We firmly oppose the Japan-South Korea accord" as they stage a rally in protest against the agreement between Japan and South Korea to resolve the issue of former South Korean sex slaves during World War II, outside Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's official residence in Tokyo, on Tuesday.

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“We firmly oppose the Japan-South Korea accord”

Because then we won't have anything to protest

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"“We firmly oppose the Japan-South Korea accord”"

Koreans in Malaysia, also strongly oppose the Japan-South Korea accord concerning the sex slaves during World War II,

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They always have that "look" in their eyes, don't they?

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At least there is a wind of change, I am reading "sex slave" and no "comfort women".

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What, like they're a bit STRESSED OUT and had TOO MUCH to drink? ;-)

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This is probably why Abe sent his wife to Yasukuni. Japanese Prime Ministers have been assassinated by crazy rightwingers before.

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When small people don't know how to take pride in their labors, achievements, or relationships, they lionize the group they belong to, be it their race, their religion, their nation, or their family line.

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“We firmly oppose the Japan-South Korea accord”

You could ask these people WHY they oppose it and what exactly they oppose and they would not even be able to give you a proper explanation except "iyada!" They are so unhappy with their own lives they have to blame anyone and everyone else, and the easiest targets are actual victims, like the sex-slaves. If they can spit on them, they might just feel a little bit better about themselves and crawl out of the sewers for a moment.

These guys are scumbags. I like how the guy had to paste on two of the exact same signs before hiding behind the mask in protest. Happy new year, loser. Hope you can face yourself in the mirror without lying.

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To be fair to the guy in the picture, his position is probably largely based on what he was taught about the subject at school.

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Lets see if they have the guts to do their thing in front of the Korean embassy, and cause a melee ?

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"ancestor's honour and pride wounded"

As opposed to people who were ACTUALLY wounded and suffered. The only one wounding the pride of their ancestors is these sick people.

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I don't know what he is unhappy about. Didn't Mrs. Abe just 'righted the wrong' for him?

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The problem is that Japan and its government has already apologized and compensated the victims for what it has been found guilty of doing over 30 years ago. Once again they have been forced to re-compensating and apologize due to some garbage psychotic left wing news papers false publication. These people have every right to be angry that their tax dollars are going to fund an apology of a 70 year old offense that has already been apologized for.

Can't wait for 2025 when Japan makes its third apology.

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CrucialS: "Can't wait for 2025 when Japan makes its third apology."

If they're sincere this time there will be no need for further apologies. Sincerity, though, is the key. If it were up to the people in the picture there will indeed be the need for further apologies. These guys need to imagine if it were their mothers or wives kidnapped, forced into prostitution, and raped, then told they were well-paid whores who should stop complaining, then told people are protesting the apology of the rapists' government because said apology hurts their dead ancestors feelings.

And you think these people are justified in their anger?

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@HollisBrown To be fair, he is an adult who can research for himself the truth of the matter rather than blindly following what he's told. I was taught a lot of stuff in school that I don't agree with. Doesn't mean I'm obligated to support it. Japan is willfully ignorant on too many issues.

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Note to Abe: Sending your wife to visit the Yasukuni Shrine still does not prevent your fellow hateful and blinded right-wing nuts from being angry at a conciliatory gesture their country made (let that sink in for a while and think about what type of people they are).

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What people seem to miss is that the present generations of Japanese had exactly nothing to do with WWII, but the hatred of Japan by many Koreans and Chinese (and their governments) continues without abatement; and it is a fact that Koreans (and Chinese) are taught to hate Japan from the day they are born; it is the policy of their governments-you only have to read the Korean and Chinese media to see the torrents of hateful anti-Japan propaganda ever day. Pray explain why someone should have to constantly apologize, pay compensation and grovel for something they had no part of? I note that many Westerners, who should know better, also hate Japan with a passion.

I also note that South Koreans seem to have a totally different view of China, even though hundreds of thousands of Koreans were killed by Chinese troops during the Korean War. Why is there no animosity towards China in South Korea? Why no demands for apologies and compensation? Certainly it is a double standard, and I also see no reflection by South Korea on its own sorry history of dictatorial governments, including the one of Park Chung-hee, the father of Park Geun-hye, the current president. Instead Park Geun-hye has ordered a rewrite of Korean history books.

As long as Korea (and China) insist on living in the past, wallowing in their histories of defeats and humiliations, playing the eternal victims and refuse to move forward and live in the present nothing will ever change. It is also troubling that so many people with an extremely limited knowledge of history are so quick to judge and condemn. For instance, it is never mentioned that those so-called "comfort women" were recruited by Korean agents, and never a mention is made that President Park Geun-hye's father was an officer in the Japanese Imperial Army.

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@A Realist

Both Germany and Japan committed extreme atrocity towards their neighbors during WWII. But they took very different paths towards reconciliation with the people and nations they hurt. Today, hardly anyone is miffed with Germany anymore. So ask yourself why.

BTW, it is a LIE that every Korean and Chinese were taught from birth to hate Japan.I, for one, was never taught to hate the Japanese by my parents or my schools. There was hardly anything on TV or newspaper about WWII when I grew up, let alone any specific mention of Japan. We were only told to not forget what happened to us. Why do you have to make things up like that?

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The Park Geun Hye government has not been very transparent about the fact that the Park Chung Hee Government actually did receive reparations from Japan that addressed the comfort women and any all other claims for compensation.

What the Park Chung Hee Government did with that reparations money isn't being connected to the current state of affairs.

But as it is, the South Korea Supreme Court has again ruled that the Treaty between Korea and Japan has settled all issues regarding compensation so that surviving victims of the Japanese comfort stations cannot maintain lawsuits seeking damages now.

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suck it up right-wing racists!

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I also note that South Koreans seem to have a totally different view of China, even though hundreds of thousands of Koreans were killed by Chinese troops during the Korean War. Why is there no animosity towards China in South Korea? Why no demands for apologies and compensation? Certainly it is a double standard,

China didn't annex Korea, China didn't force the Korean men into manual labor, not only in China but in Japan and other places as well. Not to mention the sex-slave issues, and lastly did not install it's own government and treat the people like slaves for over 4 decades.

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I like the sign. I like the sign. We know where he stands. We know where he stands.

These are the droids they are looking for.

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@smithinjapan

You could ask these people WHY they oppose it and what exactly they oppose and they would not even be able to give you a proper explanation except "iyada!" They are so unhappy with their own lives they have to blame anyone and everyone else, and the easiest targets are actual victims, like the sex-slaves. If they can spit on them, they might just feel a little bit better about themselves and crawl out of the sewers for a moment. These guys are scumbags. I like how the guy had to paste on two of the exact same signs before hiding behind the mask in protest. Happy new year, loser. Hope you can face yourself in the mirror without lying.

Wow, full of hate. Have you ever asked this guy why "iyada"? . Shall I answer for him?

@Yubaru

China didn't annex Korea, China didn't force the Korean men into manual labor, not only in China but in Japan and other places as well. Not to mention the sex-slave issues, and lastly did not install it's own government

That's Chinese way to manage the penninsula for 2000years under it.

and treat the people like slaves for over 4 decades.

Japan did not have to try to assimilate people there if they were slaves.

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@OrangeXenon54 - Yes I know - I completely agree with you. I was being sarcastic.

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