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S Korea to unveil monument for 'comfort women' on Aug 14

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Yikes! Here comes the 'but we have money and promised no more talk about this' monotonous crowd. It's going to be a long day.

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Yeah, the US isn't the only country to break their word and written agreements (ahem south Korea).

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South Koreans and their blind supporters continuing to whitewash their own history, one where Japan has 'never' apologized or given reparations to comfort women?

How shocking.

25 ( +32 / -7 )

Well, if Hiroshima and Nagasaki is good enough for Japan every year, then sex slaves is good enough for Korea.

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South Korea, the nation without credibility, yet few would care because "Poor Comfort Women".

21 ( +28 / -7 )

Yeah right, not this garbage again. Once again South Korea peddling fake facts

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Pukey2Today 08:48 am JST

Well, if Hiroshima and Nagasaki is good enough for Japan every year, then sex slaves is good enough for Korea.

The difference between those two is that the Atomic bombings were documented with absolute credibility, enough that 85 nations sent representatives to the memorial. In contrast the SKorean Comfort Women narrative has no documentation and relies upon "testimony" found to be contradictory and unreliable by South Korean scholars. The part that is documented does not match the SKorean narrative, as it shows they were not "slaves" at all.

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Comfort women included Japanese women too, but only South Koreans have the courage to seek justice. If Japan handles the issue properly, then there would be no tensions at all among neighbours. Recommend Abe govt to honor those women in Hiroshima manner, each and every year, people should be invited to pay respect.

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OssanAmerica, slave or not, to use women as "tool" to comfort mass Imperialism Army is a shame, unjustified and inhuman. As documents, there are plenty of them, and they are in people's memory too.

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A dead non-issue, literally no one cares about the bleating of South Korea

14 ( +21 / -7 )

The number of comfort women as victims is much bigger than atomic victims. They, comfort women, should not be forgotten, if history doesn't want to repeat itself.

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A dead non-issue, literally no one cares about the bleating of South Korea

Japan seems to care a lot. They protest every time SK brings up the issue, and that in turn angers SK and causes them to talk about it even more.

The Japanese government expressed concern over the envisioned monument when the South Korean government announced the plan in September last year, saying that would run counter to the spirit of a 2015 agreement under which the nations said they had "finally and irreversibly" settled the dispute.

The 2015 agreement was ridiculous deal made between two ridiculous people. You can't stop people from remembering history and talking about it.

If Japan's previous apologies are sincere, they should just let SK talk about it and remember. They don't have to pay them anymore money, just stop picking at the wound that they inflicted all those years ago.

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I am supportive of the comfort women issue, but enough is enough. Korea should move on and stop whingeing

15 ( +21 / -6 )

Korea should move on and stop whingeing

I actually agree, but you have to admit Japan has never made it easy for them. Half of Japan's elected officials (mostly in the current ruling party) made sure people knew that they didn't agree with the previous apologies and they continue that nonsense to this day. Japan is just as responsible for keeping this issue alive.

Like I said, if they would just stop protesting SK's harmless expressions of remembrance, maybe we could all move on.

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Nope South Korea, just nope

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Why is it that Koreans think it's so important to project to the world the image of being perpetual victims and losers?

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The number of comfort women as victims is much bigger than atomic victims. They, comfort women, should not be forgotten, if history doesn't want to repeat itself.

Actually, currently estimates are even. 135000 victims in hiroshima and 64000 in Nagasaki.

And "currently" there were an estimated 200000 comfort women, but that number changes depending on the researcher:

Estimates vary as to how many women were involved, with numbers ranging from as low as 20,000 (by Japanese historian Ikuhiko Hata) to as high as 360,000 to 410,000 (by a Chinese scholar); the exact numbers are still being researched and debated.

Whether the atomic bombs were justified or not, we can all agree that this should NEVER ever happen again. War has no winners, only losers.

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Excellent. I endorse Koreas actions - how about statues honoring the millions brutalized by Japan's colonization the hundreds of thousands of Koreans Japan forced to become Japanese, all those abducted to Japan and honest coverage of those atrocities in Japanese textbooks? Such actions would indicate Japan is truly remorseful in the eyes of the world.

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Why now? They should have built massive monuments so people remember.

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Agreement became null and void when Abe donated to Yasukuni, and his wife and many lawmakers -- including those who issue blatant denials of sexual slavery -- listed the very same day, making the already poorly worded and insincere "apology" even less of one than before.

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South Korea, the nation without credibility,

I would say that South Korea has more credibility than Japan.

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@MrBumAug. 9 10:38 am JST

Japan seems to care a lot. They protest every time SK brings up the issue, and that in turn angers SK and causes them to talk about it even more.

Perhaps you should be a little more concerned about South Korea's contempt of an agreement that was actually beneficial to it and was unforced? Maybe it reveals a certain hooliganistic sentiment in South Koreans about agreements in general? What's cute when it happens to Japan might not be so cute when it happens to you.

If you need live examples, think about Japan and China. Since the 1980s, the Chinese have been interfering in Japanese affairs. And you, the West, let it happen. You thought it was cute. You thought it was OK to make Yasukuni a bigger deal than entire missile brigades being built... You let yourselves think being a bit light in coverage on Nanking in a high school textbook is worse than China's own extremist indoctrination of its citizenry.

Fast forward to 2018, and countries like Australia and the US are feeling the interference. Not so much fun now, isn't it. Maybe if you should had taken a principled stance from the start, we could have avoided this.

So perhaps we should be more principled here as well... and prioritize telling South Korea, a deal is a deal.

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