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Posted in: S Korea, Japan use G7 to improve ties long marked by animosity See in context

@Samit Basu

①In the first place, Korean semiconductor manufacturing cannot be completed without Japanese manufacturing equipment and materials.

On the contrary, Japan can manufacture semiconductors 100% domestically.

There is also no evidence that Rapidus is a scam.

Rapidus is a collaboration of eight representative Japanese companies with IBM and TSMC, and is backed by the Japanese and US governments.

The US government's policy change has intensified the semiconductor competition with China. Among them, Japan, the United States, and Taiwan are working together to contain China. South Korea's Samsung, which exports semiconductors to China, is unfortunately not included in that circle.

⓶In terms of the share of OLED manufacturing equipment in 2022, Canon in Japan ranked first. In the market competition, we cannot beat low-priced products made in China or South Korea, but this can also be domestically produced by Japan alone.

③ Nuclear fusion reactor? I don't think there is any superiority or inferiority in how to proceed in a research that is not yet completed. Be proud of yourself when you're done.

⓸ Japan is already working with the United States to develop next-generation HGV countermeasure missiles that will replace the SM-3, so it's not as if South Korea can do it and Japan can't.

⓹ Most of South Korea's weapons are license agreements or selfish copies of imported weapons. It wasn't that long ago that a black box was opened without permission and the US and Germany were outraged.

South Korea cannot produce the K9, K2, KF-21, etc. on its own because it is manufactured under license and the domestic production rate is low.

Japan has been producing weapons for more than 100 years, and there is nothing that it cannot produce domestically, whether it be fighter planes, tanks, or submarines.

⑥ The EV that consumers really want is not a dangerous car like a Korean car that catches fire in a few seconds and leaves no bones if you get caught in it, but a car that charges quickly and is safe.

Japanese manufacturers also hold many patents for EVs, but it is still necessary to enhance safety measures, such as battery safety, in order to provide them to consumers. The Japanese don't make cars that easily kill the buyer.

⑦ FA50 is made by Boeing, but is it okay?

Didn't you know that the KF-21's development was delayed because avionics technology was not available from the US?

Just because it's manufactured in Korea under license doesn't mean the technology is Korean.

It's like putting a Korean satellite on a Russian rocket and if it succeeds, you've succeeded in developing the rocket.

I have listed many things above, but there is nothing that Korea can do that Japan cannot.

The submarine is a degraded copy of Germany's, and cannot be compared to Japan's own development, right?

Although it was manufactured in Korea, it seems that various problems have occurred, which is unfortunate.

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Posted in: S Korea, Japan use G7 to improve ties long marked by animosity See in context

@What ol' Jack Burton always says

Could you tell me what you know that Korea can do but Japan can't?

Without specific examples, it's just slander.

It's the same with various issues where there are only Japanese and Korean testimonies.

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Posted in: Britain, Japan to reach new defense, technology agreement See in context

It would be beneficial for Japan to be able to cooperate with the UK, so I would like to see it promoted in other fields as well.

I would also like to welcome the UK's participation in the TPP.

Koreans are delusional about the destruction of Japan's automobile industry, the destruction of the semiconductor industry, and the destruction of Japan.

Some countries are trying to introduce electric vehicles to curb the sales of Japanese cars, but the infrastructure has not caught up, and the battery has caught fire and has become a cremation car.

Many people buy an electric car as a second car, but for the majority of people, the gasoline car will continue to be their main car.

In a country where the government continues to promote electric vehicles, public opposition is inevitable.

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Posted in: S Korea, Japan use G7 to improve ties long marked by animosity See in context

In South Korea, there are signs of the bursting of the land bubble, and trade is in the red due to the decrease in imports from China, and the national finances are deteriorating.

In addition, 20,000 to 30,000 people renounce their nationality every year.

More than 50,000 people commit suicide every year, which is close to the worst figure in the OECD.

Add to that the worst low birth rate and the ever-increasing rate of poverty among the young and old. (About half of the elderly are poor and the youth unemployment rate is over 25%.)

Things are no better than in 1997, the year the economy collapsed.

This is not the time to be anti-Japanese, but for Koreans who have been imprinted in their education, friendship with Japan is unforgivable.

Many Koreans say that a sincere apology and reparations for historical issues are necessary first. As evidence of this, the current president's approval rating is on the decline and is already below 20%, which can be said to be a dangerous area.

If a left-leaning party that dominates South Korea's parliament wins elections, this seeming friendship will come to an end once and for all.

I think that would be a happy thing for the majority of Koreans who think Japan is evil and an enemy of South Korea. I want you to enjoy Anti-Japan to your heart's content.

By the way, there is nothing that Korea can make that Japan cannot. Japan, which has been building ships since before World War I, and South Korea, which learned shipbuilding with technical support from Japan after World War II, have the same level of technology. It can not be said.

Especially warships and submarines are quite different, but I wonder why there are people who think that South Korea can make better ones.

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Posted in: Japan protests to China over ambassador's remarks on Taiwan See in context

@Cogito Ergo Sum

In 1871, Japanese castaways were killed by Taiwanese natives, and Japan lodged a strong protest against the Chinese government, then known as Qing, and demanded compensation.

The Japanese government lodged a strong protest against the Qing empire, but the response was that the natives were "humans outside the control of the state."

After that, after the Japanese government sent troops to Taiwan, the Chinese government finally responded to Japan's compensation. Without Japan's dispatch of troops, the Chinese government would not have recognized Taiwan as its own country.

Until 1971, Taiwan was a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, but lost its position in protest after China regained its rights in the United Nations.

This is purely a political move and does not recognize China's sovereignty over Taiwan.

After the war, Taiwan was occupied by the Nationalist Party of China and was hostile to the Communist Party of mainland China. If people living in Taiwan say they are Taiwanese, not Chinese, their wishes must be respected.

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Posted in: Japan protests to China over ambassador's remarks on Taiwan See in context

Unlike China, Taiwan is a democratic country, and their sovereignty and will must be respected.

If Taiwan were to be occupied by China, it would be a matter of life and death as China would block the oil import route that supports Japan.

The world should not tolerate China's laggard imperialism, and should unite against China.

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Posted in: Kishida tells South Koreans his 'heart hurts' over pain caused by occupation See in context

It would be ideal for Koreans and Japanese to get along and confront China and Russia, but unfortunately it is not realistic due to North Korea's maneuvering.

For Koreans, anti-Japanese education cannot be abandoned, and the spirit of resentment will continue to be carried on.

For Koreans, history is something that they modify for their convenience, and it cannot be said to be true.

Those who believe in the Korean historical view need to examine why their history is not accepted in the world and is said to be untrue.

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Posted in: Japan conservatives may impede ties with S Korea despite Kishida's visit See in context

With the development of the Internet, young people have begun to realize that the things reported by the mass media include things that cannot be said to be true.

The number of young people who have become skeptical of such old media reports on TV, newspapers, and radios has increased, but the thinking of young people is not biased in either direction.

Discussions have been held between South Korean presidents and Japan on numerous occasions, and past presidents have said that they will no longer discuss the past.

However, every time a new president took over, those promises were not kept, and the Japanese no longer trusted the statements of Korean politicians.

In other words, even if something new is decided this time, it is certain that it will be overturned by the next president, so Japanese people have no expectations at all.

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Posted in: Kishida tells South Koreans his 'heart hurts' over pain caused by occupation See in context

Japan annexed Korea without any problem in terms of international law and made it a part of Japan, but Koreans cannot accept it and continue to cry out for aggression.

I do not deny that there were professional prostitutes, but unfortunately there is no evidence other than the testimonies of those who claim to be survivors that they were kidnapped by the Japanese army.

The South Korean government claims that 200,000 women were kidnapped, turned into slaves, and killed, but it is a strange issue to finally come to light about half a century after the end of the war. And none of the alleged victims' families have spoken out.

Even in the issue of forced labor, the court has made it clear that they were simply migrant workers and not people who were forced to work by the state.

Despite this, South Korea's Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional and seized Mitsubishi's assets for the victims.

Countries that make judgments based on national sentiments rather than laws are not called developed countries.

Needless to say, these problems created by South Korea should be handled within South Korea regardless of Japan.

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Posted in: Kishida heads to Seoul as ties warm over North Korea threat See in context

Young Koreans who were brought up with an anti-Japanese education are more hostile to Japan, and there was an incident in which an old man who knew the Japanese colonial era was beaten to death when he said, "It was better during the Japanese colonial period." (2013, May)

The old people who know the truth keep their mouths shut, and the young people who don't know the era of rule are turning against Japan through fantasy history education.

Which of the candidates is more anti-Japanese in the election? Korea is the only country that is competing with us.

You can imagine what the Japanese think of Koreans who cannot forget the past and repeatedly demand apologies and compensation from Japan for all the incidents that have been made up.

Even without South Korea, Japan would only see a slight decline in its trade balance, and it would be enough to find new export destinations.

What South Korea should do is return Takeshima, which it invaded, compensate and apologize to the bereaved families of the victims, and apologize for the comfort women issue that has been made up since the 1990s and recent forced laborers. In addition to that, there are many other things that must be done, such as the return of stolen Buddhist statues that have been disregarded by UNESCO conventions, the prevention of recurrence of fire control radar irradiation on Self-Defense Force aircraft, and the punishment of those responsible.

Only after that is done can diplomatic relations between the two countries start from scratch.

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Posted in: Japan's seafood imports from Russia hit record ¥155 bil in 2022 See in context

If we want the sanctions to work, it would be fine if other countries secure the same amount and amount of marine products that Japan needs.

In the case of red king crab, the United States should resume fishing in the Bering Sea, and Canada should send a portion of its catch to Japan, as mentioned in the article.

It would be nonsense for countries to try to make sanctions work by doing nothing without helping each other.

Missiles and tanks are becoming obsolete in present-day Russia because semiconductors from Japan have stopped, and corporate sales have fallen accordingly. It is not the case that each country will bear the burden of the worsening business performance of ordinary companies.

For those who irresponsibly insist on human rights, before criticizing Japan, why not criticize China and the Islamic world where women are apparently oppressed?

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Posted in: Kishida heads to Seoul as ties warm over North Korea threat See in context

The problem is that the majority of Koreans do not want it, and more than half of the Japanese believe that this reconciliation is only a sham and will not last long.

A country whose foreign policy changes in the opposite direction when the president changes cannot be trusted.

Can you trust a country that can void any treaty or interstate pact if it becomes the next president?

South and North Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, democratization has failed in all countries. The United States should admit that Japan was the only country that was able to truly democratize, and that attempts to do the same in other countries would fail.

In Asia, I think the United States should join hands with Japan, Taiwan, ASEAN, and India, and should keep a distance from China and Korea.

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Posted in: Japan protests S Korean politician's landing on disputed islands See in context

Japan incorporated Takeshima in 1905. There were no South Korean objections at that time.

After World War II, South Korea requested the United States, which was drafting the San Francisco Peace Treaty, to add Takeshima to the territories Japan should abandon. However, the United States clearly rejected South Korea's request, stating that "Takeshima has never been treated as part of Korea and belongs to Japan."

However, in 1952, South Korea arbitrarily annexed Takeshima, detained about 4,000 Japanese fishermen who were fishing in the surrounding area, and killed at least eight of them while imprisoned.

There is no Allied country that clearly supports South Korea's invasion of Takeshima.

Japanese fishermen were unjustly detained by South Korea for about ten years until the Treaty on Basic Relations between Japan and South Korea was signed in 1965.

By the way, Koreans argue that it is strange to call Takeshima even though there is no bamboo, but that is simply because Koreans do not know Japanese naming standards. All you have to do is find out what standards pine, bamboo, and plum are named.

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Posted in: Japan to restore preferred trade status for South Korea See in context

It may not seem like a wise decision, but this decision reflects not only Japan's intentions, but also the will of the United States and its friendly nations.

There is no explanation for the Moon Jae-in administration's neglect of the annual export talks with Japan and the increase in imports of the three items.

South Korea's lax export controls and suspicion of illegal exports of three items that can be used for nuclear and poison gas weapon development.

As a result, South Korea, which lost credibility, was excluded from the list, but it was possible to purchase as before if the purpose of use was clarified and documents were submitted. And China and other Asian countries continue to trade this way.

However, reports in South Korea have been reporting that the three items cannot be imported due to Japan's export control, and that export restrictions are in retaliation for the issue of forced labor.

Since the fundamental issues between Japan and South Korea have not been resolved, it is only a pretense of friendship.

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Posted in: S Korean president's office defends his viral Japan comments See in context

I forgot one thing.

The dispatch of troops to Korea by Hideyoshi in 1592 can be said to be an invasion by Japan.

By the way, there was a general on the Korean side who was active at this time.

His name is Yi Sun-shin, but Koreans consider him a hero.

He defeated the Japanese army once, but that was after a ceasefire was signed between Japan and China, and his act was a deception.

He was shot dead by the Japanese army who was angry about it, but this is still not taught correctly in South Korea. He is supposed to have defeated the Japanese army many times squarely and squarely.

It is a strange story that the Japanese side was never deprived of sea control by him.

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Posted in: S Korean president's office defends his viral Japan comments See in context

After annexing the Korean Peninsula, Japan bought back the resources and infrastructure that had been bought by Russia and China, and advanced the modernization of the Korean Peninsula.

The post-war international conference attended by the United States, Japan, and South Korea, and the International Conference on the Review of the Annexation of Korea, were held in Hawaii in January 2001, but no conclusion was reached that Japan's annexation was illegal under international treaties.

At this conference, which was held three times, Professor James Crawford of the University of Cambridge, an authority on international law, discussed how the procedure would be based on the customary international law of the time, which was recognized by the great powers, including the United Kingdom and the United States. I pointed out that even if there is a major defect, it cannot be said to be "invalid."

As usual, only Koreans claim that Japan's annexation of Korea is illegal.

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Posted in: S Korean president's office defends his viral Japan comments See in context

The southern part of the Korean Peninsula and the northern part of the Korean Peninsula, which were under Japanese control, were in conflict, with Japan and China joining forces. This battle that took place in 663 turned out to be a battle between 40,000 Japanese soldiers and 5,000 southern Korean soldiers against 130,000 Chinese soldiers and 30,000 northern Korean soldiers, and the Chinese army won with an overwhelming difference in strength. And Japan lost its influence on the Korean Peninsula.

This is not an act of Japanese aggression.

After that, the Mongols ruled the Korean peninsula, but at this time, with the proposal and cooperation of the Koreans, a joint Mongol-Korean army invaded Japan, which occurred in 1274 and 1281.

This was the first Japanese invasion with the cooperation of Koreans.

This is also a game as Ghost of Tsushima.

The next invasion of the Korean Peninsula was the invasion of Tsushima by the Joseon Kingdom in 1419. Unfortunately, this was also repulsed by the Japanese side and did not succeed.

Since then, there has been no war between the Korean Peninsula and Japan.

Japan and China went to war over the Korean Peninsula in 1894, but Japan, which won the war, demanded the independence of the Korean Peninsula first from China. Japan did not claim Korean territory.

At that time, Japan intended to cooperate with the Korean Peninsula and modernize it so that it would not be colonized by the European powers.

However, the aristocrats of the Joseon dynasty did not care about national affairs, and the nation continued to stray.

Therefore, Japan reluctantly annexed the Korean peninsula without any particular resistance at the request of some Korean politicians, but the Koreans also do not accept this.

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Posted in: S Korean president's office defends his viral Japan comments See in context

It seems that the wrong historical perception is still prevalent, so I will list the facts.

Ancient history books refer to Chinese and Japanese documents, not Korean ones. This is because the oldest history book in Korea was written in 1145.

According to Chinese and Japanese histories, there was a place called 'Mimana Nihonfu' where Japanese branch offices or diplomatic missions stayed on the ancient Korean peninsula, and it is written that the southern part of the peninsula was under the influence of Japan. Koreans never admit this.

Magatama, which was produced only in Japan and Myanmar at that time, and ancient tombs built in a later period than those in Japan have been excavated, but the Koreans, who did not admit the fact, buried them in the ground again.

It is not taught in Korea, but ancient Japan traded with China by ship and imported Buddhism, writing, and money. Traveling through the Korean peninsula was more dangerous than sea travel and was seldom used. Nevertheless, Koreans believe that they introduced Buddhism, scholarship, and culture to Japan.

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Posted in: South Korea restores Japan to trade 'white list' See in context

Just because South Korea has returned to the whitelist, there is no need for Japan to return it.

In the first place, this problem occurred when Moon Jae-in became president, and it started with the South Korean side ignoring the Strategic Materials Conference, which must be held once every two years. After that, the South Korean government claimed that it did not have a Japanese counterpart, but of course it was a lie.

And South Korea's whitelist was created in a hurry after Japan removed South Korea, and it didn't work at all until then.

With this announcement, it seems that the examination period will be shortened for just a few days and the number of documents will be slightly reduced, but as before, there are almost no benefits for Japan.

South Korea's export control was inadequate, and several inappropriate cases occurred, which led to the loss of trust between countries and was removed from the whitelist.

It has not been improved yet, and it is not a matter of whether Japan will return it or not, but the three items, which are strategic materials used in the development of nuclear weapons and poison gas, cannot be easily exported to South Korea. This reflects the will of not only Japan but also the United States and the United Nations Security Council.

South Korea's invasion of Takeshima, the issue of comfort women, the issue of forced labor, the fire control radar irradiation incident of the Self-Defense Force patrol aircraft, and other issues that South Korea should apologize for and compensate for have not been resolved yet.

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Posted in: Kishida sends ritual offering to Yasukuni shrine; economic security minister Takaichi visits See in context

@Simon Foston

It seems that Japanese shrines and temples are completely private, so let me correct that.

Religious corporations are organizations whose main purpose is to spread doctrine, hold ceremonies and events, and educate and nurture believers. A "religious organization" has acquired corporate status after being certified by a prefectural governor or the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

Yasukuni Shrine and other Buddhist temples are all religious corporations, and there is a government agency called the Shrine Agency or the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

Is this still a completely private organization?

Also, the separation of church and state and the position of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan are different categories. You are right about the separation of church and state, but the Emperor of Japan does not have the status of a private person. The imperial family, which is a symbol of the country, has only a position as a public figure.

Since Prime Minister Nakasone said that he visited the shrine as a private person, the Emperor of Japan, who does not have a status as a private person, cannot visit the shrine. Does this explanation make sense?

Regarding visits by proxy, imperial envoy visits at annual festivals and visits by members of the imperial family other than the inner court are being held. This is the announcement of the Ministry of the Imperial Household.

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Posted in: Kishida sends ritual offering to Yasukuni shrine; economic security minister Takaichi visits See in context

This problem began in 1985, when Prime Minister Nakasone took office. Prior to that, no country had ever complained.

In other words, it became a political issue from 1985, and even Chinese President Zhou Enlai visited the shrine before that.

Who would object to Americans going to Arlington Cemetery?

It's not a matter of sentiment, it's just an anti-Japanese political card of China and South Korea, but there are many people who don't understand it.

No one should be allowed to raise any objection to the Japanese memorial service for the war dead, regardless of the issues that have arisen since the immediate post-war period.

To do so would be mere interference in domestic affairs.

By the way, as an excuse for the then Prime Minister Nakasone to visit the shrine, he said, "I visited the shrine as a private person, not as a public figure."

As a result, the Japanese emperor, who is a symbol of the nation and has no status as a private person, cannot make official visits to the shrine.

However, a substitute person is selected every year to officially visit the shrine.

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Posted in: S Korean president to seek public consent for Fukushima water release See in context

@Samit Basu

Even without a single victim, the mad cow disease scandal in South Korea proves how easy it is for Koreans to believe something that has no scientific basis. Why don't Koreans think growth hormones are more dangerous than meat-and-bone meal in cattle feed?

Treated water in Japan is reported as contaminated water in South Korea, which is still not true. There is no substitute for purifying factory wastewater and releasing it into the sea. And the fact that it is supervised by an international organization called the IAEA is more scientific than anything else. In addition, no problems were found in the preliminary survey by the Korean government.

April 15, 2021

According to Ahn Byung-gil, a member of the National Assembly of the largest opposition party, "People's Power," the government's joint task force (TF) formed by the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries and the Nuclear Safety Commission, etc. created a report on

Regarding the impact of the contaminated water on South Korea's waters, the report said, "Several years after it was released into the ocean, even if it reached domestic waters, it would be dispersed and diluted by ocean currents, and there would be no meaningful impact."

This is a quote from seven expert meetings held by the Nuclear Safety Commission, and concluded that "there is no problem with the performance of Japan's multi-nuclide removal system (ALPS) for purifying contaminated water."

He also wrote that when the effects of radiation on the coastal areas of Japan were investigated using the method of the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR), the figures were reasonable.

Regarding the radioactive material tritium (tritium) contained in the contaminated water, it was determined that "it is difficult to concentrate and accumulate in living organisms, and the possibility of significant exposure through ingestion of marine products is extremely low."

kimchiboxs@yna.co.kr

However, no matter how much scientific evidence and facts are presented to Koreans, they will never be convinced. Their anti-Japan denies everything about Japan.

China, Russia, and South Korea, which continue to refuse IAEA inspections, and their heavy water reactor nuclear power plants and radioactive waste are still causing far more serious environmental destruction than the treated water from Fukushima.

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Posted in: S Korea lodges protest with Japan over new textbooks' descriptions See in context

@MilesTeg

In Korean textbooks, we may learn that all Koreans who were in Japan at the time, regardless of gender, were forcibly taken away, women were forced into prostitution, and men were forced into forced labor or military service, but the reality is completely different. increase.

Just as conscription is commonplace in Korea today, Japan at the time gradually changed from a voluntary system in 1938 to a conscription system as the war situation worsened.

Regarding war criminals, there is no evidence that Japanese superior officers forced Koreans to abuse prisoners of war. Most were found guilty. It is common for them to serve prison sentences for crimes against humanity. After that, he became a Korean citizen, so it is a problem that the Korean government should guarantee from the security deposit in 1965.

The same can be said about the current self-proclaimed forced laborers who were just migrant workers, and the comfort women who have no evidence other than testimony that they were sex slaves.

Japan's history is history, but China's is propaganda, and South Korea's is fantasy.

I don't think hiding the facts is good for Koreans, but it can't be undone.

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Posted in: Do you think Japan has apologized enough for its colonial past concerning South Korea? See in context

Go to Yasukuni shrine and check out their rhetoric

The Yasukuni Shrine became a problem in 1985, and until then there was no problem.

So far, politicians and bureaucrats from at least 39 countries and regions have visited the shrine, including many countries from Japan's colonies of Asia.

Do you oppose Americans going to Arlington Cemetery out of consideration for the Chinese, Russians, and Vietnamese?

Even China's Zhou Enlai visits, is there a problem?

How about Nippon Kaigi which is as revisionist as they come!

With the development of the Internet, it became clear one after another that South Korea's claims had no basis in fact, and many Japanese who knew the truth were angry.

Why are only Koreans hated among foreigners in Japan? This is one of the answers.

Bemoan the lack of historical truth not taught in Japanese schools

More than 30% of the contents of Korean history education are distorted descriptions of Japan's annexation.

Note the lack of any anti discrimination laws in Japan which can allow shops to display signs stating ‘ no foreigners’ or deny property owners to rent to foreigners without censure

We don't need laws that lead to censorship or speech control.

Japanese people's criticism of Koreans is not hate, it's just a fact.

The reason why it is difficult for foreigners to rent a room in Japan is that there have been many cases where foreigners who came to Japan did not follow the rules and manners, and left Japan without even paying their bills. Please hate them for doing whatever they want.

Real reconciliation will not come until Koreans face reality and accept the truth.

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Posted in: Do you think Japan has apologized enough for its colonial past concerning South Korea? See in context

The Japanese government has apologized many times in the past.

However, it is not the kind of apology that Koreans want, so they think that Japan will never apologize.

The Japanese government's position is consistent, and Taiwan and Southeast Asian countries were colonized, but the annexation of Korea in 1910 was not particularly problematic under international law, and no country raised any objection to it.

It is illegal according to the Korean constitution, history textbooks, and people's perceptions, but the illegality was not found in post-war research conducted mainly in the United States.

Regarding the military comfort women issue, Korean women were sold by their parents for money and forced into prostitution that they didn't want, or they were tricked into prostitution by Korean prostitutes. Unfortunately, the only evidence that the Japanese military systematically kidnapped Korean women and forced them into prostitutes is the testimony of the women themselves.

You can't be found guilty without objective evidence in court.

Even in the Tokyo trial after World War II, the US military directly interviewed Korean prostitutes, but no particular illegality was found.

200,000 Korean girls were kidnapped by the Japanese army! !

You say this, but why did no one in that family ask for their family back after the war for about 50 years?

If 200,000 people can be counted, where is their list? I have heard that no one has seen it.

By the way, if Korea's population were to decrease by 200,000 people, there would have been a change in the population, but no such change was recorded.

Unfortunately, the difference between Korean perception and Japanese perception will not be filled.

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Posted in: Do you think Japan has apologized enough for its colonial past concerning South Korea? See in context

No more apologies.

Japan never apologized! I sometimes see people saying that, so I will explain briefly.

1982 (Showa 57)

August 24 Prime Minister Yoshiyuki Suzuki [press conference on the textbook issue]

"Through past wars, we are deeply aware of our responsibility for causing serious damage."

"It is necessary to recognize that there is also criticism of" aggression ""

1983 (Showa 58)

January Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone

"Unfortunately, it is a fact that bilateral relations have had an unfortunate history in the past, and we must take this seriously."

1984 (Showa 59)

September 7 Emperor Showa [President Zento Kang visits Japan and holds a banquet at the imperial court]

"It is very regrettable that there was an unfortunate past in one period of this century."

Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone (welcome lunch)

"It has caused great difficulty to your country and your people."

'I feel deep regret'

1990 (Heisei 2)

March Foreign Minister Taro Nakayama

Apologizing for Sakhalin Remaining South Korea and Korean Issues

May 25 Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu [1st Summit Meeting]

"I would like to humbly reflect and offer my frank apologies for the unbearable suffering and sorrow that the people of the Korean Peninsula have experienced due to Japan's actions during a period of time in the past."

May Emperor Akihito

"In this unfortunate period brought about by our country,

When I think of the suffering that the people of your country have endured, I cannot help but feel deep regret."

1992 (Heisei 2)

January 17 Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa visits South Korea on the comfort women issue

"I would like to sincerely apologize and reflect on those who have been licked by the unspeakable bitterness."

"Heavy and heavy"

1993 (Heisei 5)

August 11 Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa [First meeting with Cabinet reporters after taking office]

"The war ahead is a war of aggression"

November 7 Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa [Visit Korea (Gyeongju only, stay 22 hours)]

"Due to Japan's colonial rule, people on the Korean Peninsula were deprived of the opportunity to learn their native language, forced to change their surnames to Japanese names, and experienced unbearable suffering and sorrow as comfort women and conscripted soldiers. As a perpetrator, I would like to sincerely reflect and apologize."

1994 (Heisei 6)

July 24 Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama (Visit Korea)

“I would like to express my sincere apologies and deep remorse.”

1995 (Heisei 7)

August 15 Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama

“During a certain period in the not-so-distant past, Japan made a mistake in national policy and caused great damage and suffering, especially to the people of Asian countries, through colonial rule and aggression. and express my sincere apologies.”

1996 (Heisei 8)

June Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto

"I can't imagine how many South Koreans were hurt by the name change."

"(Regarding the comfort women issue) there is no issue that has hurt the honor and dignity of women this much. I would like to express my sincere apologies and remorse.

1998 (Heisei 10)

April 3 Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto [Japan-Korea Summit Meeting at the Asia-Europe Conference (London)]

Proposal of “Japan-Korea Partnership” without Talking about Historical Issues

October 8 Emperor Akihito (President Kim Dae-jung visits Japan)

“A time when our country caused great suffering to the people of the Korean Peninsula…deep sorrow”

Keizo Obuchi, Prime Minister of Japan [Joint Declaration on New Japan-Korea Partnership for the 21st Century]

"To the people of South Korea, I would like to express my deep remorse and heartfelt apology."

An official document expresses an apology to the Korean people. President Kim appreciates this

2001 (Heisei 12)

On November 18, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi visited South Korea for the first time since taking office, visiting Seodaemun Independence Park, which is located on the site of a prison where independence activists were imprisoned during the colonial period, and spoke to reporters of his "sincere remorse and apology." rice field.

President Kim Dae-jung highly appreciated the Prime Minister's apology and requested that it be put into practice.

“I sincerely regret and apologize for the great damage and suffering caused to the Korean people by Japanese colonial rule. As a politician and human being, we must not forget the pain and sacrifice of the Korean people. I would like to express my sincere respect for the fact that Korea has endured unimaginable pain and hardships, such as foreign invasions and the division of the motherland, and is now developing.

Japan-South Korea relations must reflect on their past history and work together to ensure that such a painful history never repeats itself. The development of friendly relations between Japan and South Korea will contribute to the development of Asia and world peace.

Terrorism, which threatens freedom and peace, is a threat to all mankind, but the cooperation of South Korea, Japan, and the United States, which are allies, will contribute to the development of Asia and world peace. Luckily, Japan and South Korea will host the World Cup together next year. I hope that the World Cup will be a success, and that this will serve as an opportunity to deepen exchanges and cooperation between Japan and South Korea. ”

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@Socrateos

As you say, Japan and South Korea, which are military allies of the United States, should cooperate with each other to confront China, Russia, and North Korea. (Korea and Japan are not allies.)

As part of that, if South Korea had the spirit to overthrow the dictatorship of North Korea and regain its territory and people, the United States and Japan would have spared no effort to cooperate.

So far, South Korea has grown after World War II with US and Japanese funding and technical assistance. Due to economic friction between the United States and Japan in the 1980s, Japan temporarily gave up on semiconductors and outsourced production to Korean manufacturers.

The reason why Samsung currently occupies a large position in the world's semiconductor market is that it has continued to export Japanese manufacturing machinery, materials, and technical support. As proof, South Korea's trade with Japan has never been in the black.

However, the reality is that both right-wing and left-wing governments in South Korea are anti-Japanese, and it will be impossible to improve relations with Japan in a national character and society where appealing how anti-Japan you are in elections is linked to voting results. .

If South Korea stops its anti-Japanese education, returns Takeshima, recognizes the historically wrong part of comfort women and forced laborers, and apologizes and compensates Japan, the road may open up. Realistically, it is impossible.

In the future, Korea will become a society where the trade balance due to semiconductors, which is still shrinking, will decrease more and more, the birthrate will decline, and the economic gap between rich and poor will widen further.

The amelioration of trade friction with Japan will be a turning point, but South Korea, which is not cooperative with the United States, will continue to be excluded from supplying semiconductors, and without technical support from Japan, the future is bleak.

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List of history of apologies to South Korea by successive Japanese prime ministers

1982 (Showa 57)

August 24 Prime Minister Yoshiyuki Suzuki [press conference on the textbook issue]

"Through past wars, we are deeply aware of our responsibility for causing serious damage."

"It is necessary to recognize that there is also criticism of" aggression ""

1983 (Showa 58)

January Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone

"Unfortunately, it is a fact that bilateral relations have had an unfortunate history in the past, and we must take this seriously."

1984 (Showa 59)

September 7 Emperor Showa [President Zento Kang visits Japan and holds a banquet at the imperial court]

"It is very regrettable that there was an unfortunate past in one period of this century."

Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone (welcome lunch)

"It has caused great difficulty to your country and your people."

'I feel deep regret'

1990 (Heisei 2)

March Foreign Minister Taro Nakayama

Apologizing for Sakhalin Remaining South Korea and Korean Issues

May 25 Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu [1st Summit Meeting]

"I would like to humbly reflect and offer my frank apologies for the unbearable suffering and sorrow that the people of the Korean Peninsula have experienced due to Japan's actions during a period of time in the past."

May Emperor Akihito

"In this unfortunate period brought about by our country,

When I think of the suffering that the people of your country have endured, I cannot help but feel deep regret."

1992 (Heisei 2)

January 17 Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa visits South Korea on the comfort women issue

"I would like to sincerely apologize and reflect on those who have been licked by the unspeakable bitterness."

"Heavy and heavy"

1993 (Heisei 5)

August 11 Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa [First meeting with Cabinet reporters after taking office]

"The war ahead is a war of aggression"

November 7 Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa [Visit Korea (Gyeongju only, stay 22 hours)]

"Due to Japan's colonial rule, people on the Korean Peninsula were deprived of the opportunity to learn their native language, forced to change their surnames to Japanese names, and experienced unbearable suffering and sorrow as comfort women and conscripted soldiers. As a perpetrator, I would like to sincerely reflect and apologize."

1994 (Heisei 6)

July 24 Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama (Visit Korea)

“I would like to express my sincere apologies and deep remorse.”

1995 (Heisei 7)

August 15 Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama

“During a certain period in the not-so-distant past, Japan made a mistake in national policy and caused great damage and suffering, especially to the people of Asian countries, through colonial rule and aggression. and express my sincere apologies.”

1996 (Heisei 8)

June Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto

"I can't imagine how many South Koreans were hurt by the name change."

"(Regarding the comfort women issue) there is no issue that has hurt the honor and dignity of women this much. I would like to express my sincere apologies and remorse.

1998 (Heisei 10)

April 3 Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto [Japan-Korea Summit Meeting at the Asia-Europe Conference (London)]

Proposal of “Japan-Korea Partnership” without Talking about Historical Issues

October 8 Emperor Akihito (President Kim Dae-jung visits Japan)

“A time when our country caused great suffering to the people of the Korean Peninsula…deep sorrow”

Keizo Obuchi, Prime Minister of Japan [Joint Declaration on New Japan-Korea Partnership for the 21st Century]

"To the people of South Korea, I would like to express my deep remorse and heartfelt apology."

An official document expresses an apology to the Korean people. President Kim appreciates this

2001 (Heisei 12)

On November 18, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi visited South Korea for the first time since taking office, visiting Seodaemun Independence Park, which is located on the site of a prison where independence activists were imprisoned during the colonial period, and spoke to reporters of his "sincere remorse and apology." rice field.

President Kim Dae-jung highly appreciated the Prime Minister's apology and requested that it be put into practice.

“I sincerely regret and apologize for the great damage and suffering caused to the Korean people by Japanese colonial rule. As a politician and human being, we must not forget the pain and sacrifice of the Korean people. I would like to express my sincere respect for the fact that Korea has endured unimaginable pain and hardships, such as foreign invasions and the division of the motherland, and is now developing.

Japan-South Korea relations must reflect on their past history and work together to ensure that such a painful history never repeats itself. The development of friendly relations between Japan and South Korea will contribute to the development of Asia and world peace.

Terrorism, which threatens freedom and peace, is a threat to all mankind, but the cooperation of South Korea, Japan, and the United States, which are allies, will contribute to the development of Asia and world peace. Luckily, Japan and South Korea will host the World Cup together next year. I hope that the World Cup will be a success, and that this will serve as an opportunity to deepen exchanges and cooperation between Japan and South Korea. ”

2010 (Heisei 22)

August 10 Prime Minister Naoto Kan

Regarding the past "colonial rule" of the Korean Peninsula,

Expressing ''deep remorse and heartfelt apology for the great damage and suffering'', he ''wanted to hand over books originating from the Korean Peninsula, such as the protocol book ''Chosun Royal Courts'' from the Joseon Dynasty, to South Korea. '' he said.

もう必要ありませんね。

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Unfortunately, the next anti-Japanese president will overrule these agreements. According to the latest survey, 60% of Japanese do not think that relations with South Korea will improve, although they appreciate the move of the South Korean president this time.

Takeshima issue. comfort women issue. Recruitment problem. Fire control radar irradiation problem. Problem of returning stolen Buddha statues. Nothing fundamental has been resolved.

After many discussions with Japan, the president of South Korea has sought various solutions such as the Asian Women's Fund, the Kono statement, and the Murayama statement, but in the end the next president will again demand an apology and compensation from Japan. That's what it's like to say.

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Takeshima issue

In the early 1900s, there were growing calls from the Oki Islands in Shimane Prefecture for the stabilization of the full-scale sea lion hunting business. Under these circumstances, Japan incorporated Takeshima into Shimane Prefecture by Cabinet decision in January 1905 (Meiji 38), reaffirmed its territorial intentions, and subsequently registered it in the government land registry, permitted sea lion hunting, and used national land. It has peacefully and continuously exercised its sovereignty through the collection of tolls, etc., without receiving protests from other countries. In this way, Japan's territorial sovereignty over Takeshima, which had already been established, could now be asserted more clearly to other countries under modern international law.

During the drafting process of the San Francisco Peace Treaty (signed on September 8, 1951, entered into force on April 28, 1952), which dealt with the territorial disposal of Japan after World War II, the Republic of Korea drafted the treaty. requested that Japan add Takeshima to the list of territories that should be abandoned. However, the United States clearly rejected South Korea's request, stating that "Takeshima has never been treated as part of Korea and belongs to Japan." This is made clear by diplomatic documents released by the U.S. government. Under these circumstances, the San Francisco Peace Treaty stipulated that Japan should renounce "Korea including Jeju Island, Geomun Island and Ulleungdo", and Takeshima was intentionally excluded from it. In this way, the San Francisco Peace Treaty, which established the post-World War II international order, affirms that Takeshima is Japanese territory. In addition, after the treaty came into effect, the United States proposed to Japan to use Takeshima as a bombing training area. In response to this, based on the agreement between Japan and the United States, we have decided to designate Takeshima as a bombing training area, and Japan has publicly announced this. In the post-World War II international order, Takeshima was clearly recognized as Japanese territory.

However, in January 1952, just before the San Francisco Peace Treaty came into effect, South Korea unilaterally established the so-called "Syngman Rhee Line" and included Takeshima within that line. By 1965, 44 Japanese fishermen had been killed, 3,929 had been abducted, and 328 fishing boats had been seized by South Korea.

At that time, Japan had no military power and had no choice but to negotiate the 1965 Treaty on Basic Relations between Japan and Korea under unfavorable conditions.

He immediately lodged a strong protest, stating that this was clearly a violation of international law and not acceptable to Japan. In spite of this, South Korea has since stationed security personnel on Takeshima, and has built lodgings, observation posts, a lighthouse, and docking facilities. Such an occupation of Takeshima by South Korea's power has no basis in international law, and Japan has lodged strong protests with South Korea on each occasion and has demanded its withdrawal. Any action based on such illegal occupation has no legal justification, nor does it produce any legal effect on which territorial rights are based.

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