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S Korean parliament speaker apologizes for remarks on Japan emperor

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Wait, what? Does anyone have the weather report in Hell? I think there might be snow in the forecast...

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@extanker

Does anyone have the weather report in Hell?

Well, Hatoyama the apologist was siding with Koreans during the meeting, where he claimed Imperial Japan was evil and Japan needed to apologize to Korea 100 times or something like that.

So Moon made a small concession in return.

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This is a farce. He has not taken back his remark nor changed his thinking according to a few media.

So this is not what they call a sincere apology.

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So this is not what they call a sincere apology.

so he'd fit right in with the japanese cabinet

perhaps these two nations have more in common than the politicians think they do.

on a more serious note i think it's quite sad that the positive relations korea and japan were building were destroyed by abe the clown. i remember how vibrant shin-okubo was becoming with korean culture and the huge boom in popularity anything korean was having around tokyo. young people from both countries were coming and going in record numbers as students. KARA was invited to be on the new years' kohaku music show.

one japanese election later and that progress and goodwill was all wiped out, all for what? KARA was removed from kohaku, korean shops closed up everywhere and people on both sides became bitter and petty.

what a waste, and the blame is squarely on the worst prime minister japan's had since tojo. they had finally started moving past the BS until his ugly mug showed up.

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This will never be solved. All the money in the world and all the apologies from Japan won't erase the fact that it happened, and the last remaining survivors as well as their families will never forget or be ok with it. That being said, this bickering back and forth, comments made in haste, half-meant apologies - it's all fruitless.

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on a more serious note i think it's quite sad that the positive relations korea and japan were building were destroyed by abe the clown.

Really? Lol.

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on a more serious note i think it's quite sad that the positive relations korea and japan were building were destroyed by abe the clown.

Exactly what did Abe do to produce the results you describe? He made a deal with Park on the comfort women. It's not his fault she was impeached.

Students coming to Japan from Korea have continued to increase. The 2017 - 2018 increase was 8.1%.

http://www.mext.go.jp/a_menu/koutou/ryugaku/__icsFiles/afieldfile/2019/01/18/1412692_1.pdf

The number of tourists from Japan to Korea has continued to increase throughout Abe's tenure. This chart shows that diplomatic issues specifically tied to Abe have had no impact of Korean tourism to Japan.

https://www.asia-future.com/shotoshiyuchi

Shin-Okubo was changing before Abe came along. Other Asians were displacing Koreans. A large fraction of the Korean establishments in Shin-Okubo catered to Korean businessmen spending corporate entertainment funds. They were not a basis for Japanese-Korean "communications."

Korean melodrama on television declined in popularity like other fads and because broadcasters looking for cheap time fillers saturated the market.

Tokyo is not a good place to judge Korean-Japanese tourism or Korean enclaves. Koreans have historically gone to cities in western Japan, especially Osaka and Fukuoka. Those cities are closer to Korea and have large Korean speaking populations.

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"I say to those who felt hurt (by the remarks) that I am sorry," …......

Weasel words, not remotely sincere The phoney apology from a cretinous ignorant politician,

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This will never be solved. All the money in the world and all the apologies from Japan won't erase the fact that it happened, and the last remaining survivors as well as their families will never forget or be ok with it.

You are right, nothing will erase that it happened and it rightly shouldn't. But Korea needs to accept that and live in the present.

The US moved on after Pearl Harbor. The Japanese Americans moved on after the internment camps. The Jews moved on after the holocaust. But the Koreans refuse to let go of their personal tragedy and continue to play the perpetual victim.

I recently read a story of a young man storming the beach at Normandy. As he hit the beach, he was shot in the chest by a German MG42 machine gun. Years later, he managed to actually meet the German soldier who manned that MG42 he was shot by and became friends with him. He forgave the man who shot him in the chest three times expecting him to die face down in the sand.

Take a hint Korea, because after 70 years, you're not the victim anymore.

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The US moved on after Pearl Harbor. The Japanese Americans moved on after the internment camps. The Jews moved on after the holocaust. But the Koreans refuse to let go of their personal tragedy and continue to play the perpetual victim

The difference is we have never acknowledged our culpability for atrocities to which we resorted as wartime experiences.

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The Difference is that Imperial Japan's WWII atrocities were not carried out against Koreans, as Korea was part of the Japanese Empire since 1910 and Koreans had Japanese nationality.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Sa-ik

"After the war, 148 Koreans were convicted of war crimes; 23 of them were sentenced to death. The convicted Koreans included many prison guards who were particularly notorious for their brutality. Justice Bert Röling, who represented the Netherlands at the Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal, noted, “Many of the commanders and guards in POW camps were Koreans and it is said that they were sometimes far more cruel than the Japanese.”

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a lot of uneducated deniers of history commenters here

-11 ( +0 / -11 )

Those who are brainwashed are the ones uneducated.

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