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S Korean WWII sex slaves protest against Japan deal

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So, it is better to not give money to them.

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Oh, please.

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As they should. Abe sets preconditions like "removing the statue before money is being sent to the fund" after the fact that an agreement has been set (not to mention that whole Akie visiting to the Yasukini Shrine). It is humiliating because it sets a tone that seems like they can be simply bought. And people here questioned China's skepticism of that deal between Korea and Japan. They didn't have to wait long for Japan to validate their skepticism, that's for sure.

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South Korea has to give in order to get what it wants. Japan is prepared to meet SKorea's request. Likewise SKorea must meet Japan's request. It's absurd to even imagine that this issue can be "put to rest for good" unless that takes place.Attempting to blame Japan in this instance is simply stupid as it makes no sense. The SKorean governmet is being noncomittal because of the decades of anti-Japan sentiment that has been ingrained into the SKorean populace through a biased education system. Only now is the SKorean government moving to remove these biased textbooks from their school systems. All monuments, both in South Korea and elsewhere should be removed. Since the 1980s when China introduced anti-Japan sentiment as a policy when Deng Xio Ping claimed that "China and South Korea shared a victimhood at the hands of Imperial Japan" South Korea has literally brainwashed it's population with vilification of Japan. The Park regime has a huge task before it to turn around decades of a policy that simply supports China but has no real benefits to itself once China's economic boom slows down. Undoubtedly this, along with US pressure is behind SKorea's current moves.

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I'll fix the article for you:

"The plight of the so-called 'comfort women' has been turned into a hugely emotional issue starting in the 1990s, when South Korea realized it had a political weapon it could use to beat Japan with forever, while ignoring the years when it promoted itself as the sex tourism capital of Asia."

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Mr. Yoshimi, a historian said "Between 50,000 and 200,000 women from Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China, the Philippines, Indonesia and elsewhere were tricked or coerced into sexual slavery". The actual figure should be somewhere in the middle. And what happened to him after Mr. Yoshimi went public by telling Asahi Shimbun? The attention led to constant years of harassment from the right wing, he said, including nightly phone calls.

Of the half-dozen documents Mr. Yoshimi, historian had discovered, the most damning was a notice written on March 4, 1938, by the adjutant to the chiefs of staff of the North China Area Army and Central China Expeditionary Force. Titled “Concerning the Recruitment of Women for Military Comfort Stations,” the notice said that “armies in the field will control the recruiting of women,” and that “this task will be performed in close cooperation with the military police or local police force of the area.” (source: NYtimes)

Sadly it's all very typical. They perceive Japan as being attacked by outside forces and thus rally to defend Japan's honor, but either don't want to shatter the illusion that exists within Japan that Japan was a victim rather than a belligerent in the war, or just refuse or can't be bothered to turn those same sights and do serious self criticism of their domestic education system and its myriad deep flaws when it comes to WWII education. Either way you cut it, it's not pretty, and a sad state of affairs.

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Ossan

You got that right. It seems that many in ROK will not be satisfied with a 'mere' settlement.

They want payback.

I cannot help but think they want Japan under the Korean boot.

Well, skrew them. That is not justice. That is, as I say, payback. Which only leads to more payback.,

Hatfield and McCoys.

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Japan is a polite and nice country! That's why Korea is taking advantage of the situation like they've done multiple times in 65 and the 90s, now again in 2015/2016. Japan has even done more than Germany to apologize and pay compensation for a third time! With over 50 apologies since the end of World War 2! We gave them more money and apologies... Do you think this will solve the issue? I bet Not!!

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So lets remove the Japanese Embassy instead and end diplomatic relations. The only thing South Korea wants to do is to bash Japan forever. The hatred expressed towards Japanese in Korea is extreme. If diplomatic relations are retained than end all military relations. I would never fight for the Koreans, NEVER!! A great way to solve this is to cut off all news from Korea and kick out all Korean news reporters from Japan.

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So lets remove the Japanese Embassy instead and end diplomatic relations. The only thing South Korea wants to do is to bash Japan forever. The hatred expressed towards Japanese in Korea is extreme. If diplomatic relations are retained than end all military relations. I would never fight for the Koreans, NEVER!! A great way to solve this is to cut off all news from Korea and kick out all Korean news reporters from Japan.

It's quaint that you actually think this is a good idea.

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Korea was dumb not to check to see if the victims would consider accepting the J-deal, not too swift.

But it doesn't really matter because Japan has already shown its heart was never even close to the deal, & sincerity was no where to be seen.

So we start again.....

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GW, the victims do not want a agreement as they are content in their hatred. There is nothing Japan can do to reach a settlement, so why try?

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There is nothing Japan can do to reach a settlement

Other than, you know, reaching a settlement. Which apparently you don't read the news, because they just did.

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There is nothing Japan can do to reach a settlement, so why try?

If your talking about sincerity wrt to WWII issues of which the sex slave issue is one of many than I agree Japan hasn't ever really tried, with the exception of Murayama san(as an INDIVIDUAL), the rest has been a sad joke.........sadly

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About one year ago, I watched Korean tv, a young Korean scholar crying in tears,yelling that only Japan let us (Korean) to rule them 35 years then, things will gone forever. So what you think.

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@YuriOtani"I would never fight for the Koreans, NEVER!!"

Koreans like to point fingers on their neighbors and complain. That's their nature...They blame Japan for war-time occupation, they blame Russians for silver olympic medal of Kim Yuna etc. The best ever solution is to ignore them completely. Let'em cry and whine.

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