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S Korea marks first 'comfort women' day

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South Korean people and govt have earned respects on the comfort women issue. Many Japanese women were comfort to Japanese army too, together with other women in East Asia, forced, fooled, and humiliated.

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South Korean Foreign Minister Yun - 2015 Agreement with Japan

The Government of the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the Government of Japan have intensively discussed the issue of comfort women between the ROK and Japan at bilateral meetings including the Director-General consultations. Based on the result of such discussions, I, on behalf of the Government of the ROK, state the following:

(1)    The Government of the ROK values the GOJ’s announcement and efforts made by the Government of Japan in the lead-up to the issuance of the announcement and confirms, together with the GOJ, that the issue is resolved finally and irreversibly with this announcement, on the premise that the Government of Japan will steadily implement the measures specified in 1. (2) above. The Government of the ROK will cooperate in the implementation of the Government of Japan’s measures.

(2)    The Government of the ROK acknowledges the fact that the Government of Japan is concerned about the statue built in front of the Embassy of Japan in Seoul from the viewpoint of preventing any disturbance of the peace of the mission or impairment of its dignity, and will strive to solve this issue in an appropriate manner through taking measures such as consulting with related organizations about possible ways of addressing this issue.

(3)    The Government of the ROK, together with the Government of Japan, will refrain from accusing or criticizing each other regarding this issue in the international community, including at the United Nations, on the premise that the Government of Japan will steadily implement the measures it announced.

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You know, I could have understood having a day memorializing the issue. But they just had to have the word 'Japanese' as part of the official name for the holiday. There's no other reason to do that but to poke Japan in the eye over the issue. Again. Of course this will cause more animosity. Don't play stupid, Korea, you know it's exactly what you intended to do.

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Sorry, "holiday" was the wrong word to use, but I was typing quickly and missed it.

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But South Korean President Moon Jae-in's administration has spotlighted the emotionally-charged issue and has called for Japan to do more, despite backing down in January from formally renegotiating the deal.

Just as I had always predicted, you can never trust these people. No matter what Japan has done or continues to do, it will NEVER be enough for the anti-Japan nationalists.

When the landmark 2015 deal was announced, I knew better and had accurately predicted that within a few years, the anti-Japan crowd will conveniently overlook and minimize the deal. And how right I was.

And right on cue, South Korean authorities, like petulant children, now stabs Japan in the back yet again and whines that it's not enough, more needs to be done, etc. etc.

Pathetic, beyond words.

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Only a day? Once a year? Come on... How about a comfort women month?

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Japan must be prepared for the day that Japan is the most unimportant nation in Northeast Asia. That is all I know and all I can say. Japan has to make a choice: to be or not to be a part of great Northeast Asia.

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For so many years after the war this issue was never talked about by either side.

Why now? (Recent years I mean)

i think we all know the answer.

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maybeperhapsyes, as I said, Japan's influence will be diminished by days. History will not disappear, and can't be changed either. Be honest is the only way to earn respect and pardon.

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Nor was the image of Japan helped when -- on the same April day that Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi delivered his "heartfelt apology" before Asian and African leaders in Jakarta -- the patriotic id of Japan popped out in the form of 80 Japanese lawmakers visiting the Yasukuni shrine, where the spirits of 14 class-A war criminals are enshrined with about 2.5 million Japanese war dead.

https://www.sfgate.com/opinion/article/Japan-and-the-German-sackcloth-Other-countries-2622028.php

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Heard the same drivel over and over again, South Korea has permanently lost respect and face in my eyes. I can never trust them again

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Boohoo, no one cares Korea

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@akie

you mean like when the government officially apologized? Or maybewhen the Emperor himself personally apologized? Or how about when the Japanese government paid reparations? No? None of that?

No wonder the Japanese are sick of hearing about comfort women. It’s impossible to take The Korean government seriously the way they use the subject to torture Japan.

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Boohoo, no one cares Korea

Beg to differ. Pretty hard to dismiss historical fact in the 21st century. Thank the gods for the interweb.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42092477

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extanker, if just talking about the issue is a tortue to Japan, then think millions of those women who were killed, injured, and humiliated by Japanese army whom Japanese people were thought to pay respect each and every year.

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Not surprising coming from the Moon government, infamous for its treason and brown-nosing of KJU. He will have to face justice sooner or later, just like his 2 silly predecessors

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Akie, how many times must they apologize? It is time to move on to the future but Korea is stuck in the past.

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Akie, how many times must they apologize? It is time to move on to the future but Korea is stuck in the past.

Best to look at what Germany did to, like how you put it, "move on to the future"

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If you have a daughter, you can understand. Forced.

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Conservative still believe Taiwan is an ally of Japan, LOL.

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Much Of What You May Think You Know About Korean ‘Comfort Women’ Is Wrong.

https://taskandpurpose.com/much-may-think-know-korean-comfort-women-wrong/

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Wallace FredToday  12:11 pm JST

Akie, how many times must they apologize? It is time to move on to the future but Korea is stuck in the past.

Best to look at what Germany did to, like how you put it, "move on to the future"

Germany, unlike Japan, to date has never addressed not apologized for it's military prostitutes during WWII.

"According to records, at least 34,140 European women were forced to serve as prostitutes during the German occupation of their own countries along with female prisoners of concentration camp brothels. In many cases in Eastern Europe, the women involved were kidnapped on the streets of occupied cities during German military and police round ups called łapanka or rafle."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_military_brothels_in_World_War_II

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You know, I could have understood having a day memorializing the issue. But they just had to have the word 'Japanese' as part of the official name for the holiday. 

The headline just reads "comfort women". As Moon said, it is a world issue, (although events during. WW2 regarding Japan with the issue is an unhappy fact).

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@Ex_Res

Read the article past the headline. It clearly states the name Korea gave to the memorial day. Clearly inflammatory.

From the article: The ceremonies marking the first "Memorial Day for Japanese Forces' Comfort Women Victims"

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From the article: The ceremonies marking the first "Memorial Day for Japanese Forces' Comfort Women Victims"

The name given would seem to interpret as conciliatory rather than inflammatory. It remembers Japanese forces, and Korean victims.

It is not very clear though. Does it mean current forces or WW2 forces.

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If President Moon really believes that this issue involves "the entire world" he might like to say a few words about the Vietnamese Women who were so badly treated by his troops during the Vietnam War. The pot calling the kettle black!

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@Ex_Res

The name given would seem to interpret as conciliatory rather than inflammatory. It remembers Japanese forces, and Korean victims.

Are you kidding? It does nothing of the sort. "Memorial Day for Japanese Forces' Comfort Women Victims" It is clearly calling out the victims of the Japanese. There is no other way to interpret it and it is 100% inflammatory.

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"The ceremonies marking the first "Memorial Day for Japanese Forces' Comfort Women Victims"

With over 200,00 Korean men in the Japanese military making use of the Comfort Stations, at a reduced rate no less, it would seem that again South Korea is ignoring an aspect of the issue that would put themselves in any position of responsibility.

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extanker, if just talking about the issue is a tortue to Japan, then think millions of those women who were killed, injured, and humiliated by Japanese army whom Japanese people were thought to pay respect each and every year.

agreed

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@macv

theres nothing we would agree on. Ever.

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@extanker I was agreeing with Akie's comment to you as follows - if just talking about the issue is a tortue to Japan, then think millions of those women who were killed, injured, and humiliated by Japanese army whom Japanese people were thought to pay respect each and every year.

I never agreed with you, ever.

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