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China, Japan, S Korea to step up cultural ties despite disputes

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By Hyonhee Shin

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"Japan should apologize and compensate the victims of forced labor and comfort women if it wants to host the Olympics and pursue forward-looking relations with Korea," the group said.

There you go folks. After two compensatory efforts by Japan in regards to comfort women, you have ignoramuses like these saying Japan should apologize and compensate. How soon they forget Moon was the one that dissolved the 2015 agreement between Japan and South Korea. Oh, let me guess, it was never 'sincere' so doesn't count.

Utterly ludicrous.

And yet people out there whine about Japan whitewashing history. Makes me want to pound my head against the wall over and over and....

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Better to keep these types of cultural exchanges alive! Eventually the politicians will pull their heads outta their butts!

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And yet people out there whine about Japan whitewashing history. Makes me want to pound my head against the wall over and over and....

Well, guess what, BOTH are correct!

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"Japan-South Korea relations are in a tough spot and deepening exchanges at the grass-roots level through cooperation in the cultural field will help improve relations," Shibayama told reporters after the three-way meeting."

"The three countries made it clear that future cultural exchanges and cooperation should be conducted based on the principles of mutual respect and reciprocity and in a way that promotes cultural diversity and peace in East Asia," the ministers said in a joint statement.

Excellent comments. It's heartening to see such sensible people in positions of authority. Who could possibly be against cultural diversity and peace?

Makes me want to pound my head against the wall over and over and....

A bizarre over-reaction but if that's what floats your boat why not? You could always film it and post the link on here....

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I’m not worried too much. We won’t apologize again and at the same time our love for Korean yakiniku and all kind of Chinese food will never go away. Food culture is undefeatable.

China and Japan can also share sports culture, Chinese understand sportsmanship.

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keep it up until....the next domestic internal political leveraging...three way see-saw, I wonder how that works, especially when two of them wants to weigh down Japan with past deeds.

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There you go folks. After two compensatory efforts by Japan in regards to comfort women, you have ignoramuses like these saying Japan should apologize and compensate. How soon they forget Moon was the one that dissolved the 2015 agreement between Japan and South Korea. Oh, let me guess, it was never 'sincere' so doesn't count.

Utterly ludicrous.

A dozen only a dozen. I doubt many foreigners think the ultra right wing vans belong to the typical Japanese. Every country has these.

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The culture ministers - Park Yang-woo of South Korea, Masahiko Shibayama of Japan and Luo Shugang of China - promised more cultural, sport and people-to-people exchanges over the next 10 years. During that time Japan will host the 2020 Summer Olympics and the 2022 Winter Olympics will held in Beijing.

Weird. SK government incited the people to boycott Tokyo Olympic, tourism to Japan but its culture minister

shaking hands with Japan, stressing the importance of grass-roots level cultural exchange?

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Glad to see some cooer heads prevailing.

"Japan should apologize and compensate the victims of forced labor and comfort women if it wants to host the Olympics and pursue forward-looking relations with Korea,"

Says the group that devotes their time to looking backwards.

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"The three countries made it clear that future cultural exchanges and cooperation should be conducted based on the principles of mutual respect and reciprocity and in a way that promotes cultural diversity and peace in East Asia,"

Nice talk, but China and South Korea always cut off the cultural exchanges during heighten tensions.

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Every country hides certain things in their history and exaggerates others- it's called statesmanship.

Yet equally, generally when normal citizens interact face to face, they find a way to get along.

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Cultural exchange is more important than trade. Northeast Asians are northeast Asians by definition, as simple as that.

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Good! In the future it would be great that if with tech, you can cooperate 90% with another countries’ people through interacting, tourism, and culture exchanges, while the corrupt politicians squabble over their power and monies.

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I hope these three will be capable to put aside their overly pride attitude and stubbornness and come up with something constructive.

But from how the situation is now I seriously doubt it.

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A dozen South Korean activists protested outside the meeting venue, calling on Japan to compensate Koreans forced to work for Japanese firms during its occupation of the Korean peninsula from 1910 to 1945, and the use of "comfort women" in its wartime brothels.

There we go again. Some people don't want to accept apology but keep on living in hateful life.

If you hate Japan so much, stop copying everything.

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I notice that in all three languages on the sign in the background, each country names itself first. You'd think people would want to be gracious and name themselves last.

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re: The culture and tourism ministers of South Korea, Japan and China agreed on Friday to step up cultural, sports and people-to-people exchanges despite tensions over trade and their shared history. "The three countries made it clear that future cultural exchanges and cooperation should be conducted based on the principles of mutual respect and reciprocity and in a way that promotes cultural diversity and peace in East Asia," the ministers said in a joint statement.

Clear as crystal, that the US is no longer welcomed as has been the intent for decades by these ministries. That wish will come true much sooner than later.

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