As noted above, successive prime ministers had since 1995 expressed their regrets over Japan's brutal rule of Korea. Abe, backed by Japan's right-wing has fostered a reverse course. It is not outrightly blatant denial. Rather, much of it is dousing the issue with euphemisms, obfuscation and defacto censorship.
As this article shows, questions of Japanese wartime guilt are not going away. South Korea is seeing to that. What has changed from previous years is that now South Korea is rich and truly democratic. It cannot be intimidated any longer and it has the resources to widely publicize what was done to it by Japan.
Within Japan, the right-wing is strong. Outside Japan it is not. And it is outside Japan where the world is learning the truth about Japanese colonialism.
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The one thing that emerges from all of this is that Mueller is a totally honest guy down to the last detail. That is likely why he never lost a case.
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About that photograph we hear the following: “Children shouldn’t be used in this way."
Children are used in a similar and worse ways when they are forced to sing the Japanese (or LDP) national anthem. Forced and punished if they don’t sing at school. (Emperor Akahito, bless his heart, once remarked that people should not be forced to sign anything they don’t to.)
Let’s get closer to the our Korean girl and the flag. She is enjoying herself. She is not suffering. Now think of all the girls the Japanese used as “comfort women,” some not that much old than this little girl. Would love to hear what the people pouring out their fake compassion for the little girl with the flag have to say about that.
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I have a great idea. Let Japan and Russia agree to put the island issue aside and sign a peace treaty. Then they can negotiate as official friends instead of official enemies.
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About the photo. What does this have to do with hate? Where are the angry banners and howling sound trucks? This is a peaceful gathering. Perhaps it is in solidarity with the former slaver laborers. Perhaps it has nothing to do with the issue at hand. Whatever, it’s cute. Lighten up, folks.
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Clarification: The former Korea slave laborers, residing in South Korea, are not “playing to victim.” They were real victims of slavery. Slavery is when you force people to work for you and don’t pay them. I hope we can all agree on that point.
In this discussion and others Koreans have being accused of “playing the victim” or “playing the victim card.” This is unfair, you should see it if we turn the question around.
You know what happens in August every year in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Are the A-bomb victims “playing the victim”? Let’s taking it further. Many A-bomb victims were Koreans, who were in fact denied official victim status for many years. Now (1) are all A-bomb victims “playing the victim” every August in Hiroshima and Nagasaki? and (2) are only Korean A-bomb victims “playing the victim.” If you answer yes to (1) you are inhuman. If you answer to (2) you are a bigot. If you answer no to (1) and (2) but insist Koreans as “playing the victim card” you are still a bigot.
People who have been vandalized are victims. They are not “playing the victim.”
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About the little girl in the photograph, which has been the subject of much off the point vitriol.
Look at the lady in the foreground. She has a iPad or something like it. She is photographing the little girl, who is posing. A few of the men in uniform are posing with her.
You have to be sick to see anything “disgusting” in this.
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Thank you for the information OssanAmerica. This information, however interesting, is still off the point as far as this article goes. The Koreans in question were forced laborers working for specific corporations. There is nothing in this article that remotely suggests they abused P.O.W.s So why bring it up? I see no purpose except to detail the discussion.
Excuse me, I find Speed’s remark, “The Koreas [sic] never keep their word” to be vulgar, bigoted and untrue.
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However true or untrue OssanAmerica’s cherry-picked quotations are, they are way off the point in regard to the discussion at hand. And please note: We are not discussing “Japanese-Koreans” but Korean-Koreans (excuse me) who were born and raised in Korea and happened to be enslaved by Japanese companies.
With regard to showchinmono’s remarks, please that the Japanese lawyers were not acting as judges but simply establishing the legitimacy of the law suits, which have so far gone in the plaintiffs’ favors.
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Do read SJ link to the statement regarding compensation. In sum: “The individual right to seek compensation has not been extinguished by the Korea-Japan Claims Settlement Agreement.” Read the whole statement, for which there is also a link in Japanese.
A reader writes: “Using children in protests like that is disgusting.” This is fake outrage. No thoughts from same person about slave labor being disgusting. This is unfortunately typical of those who wish to apply lashes to the victim and exonerate the victimizer.
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This is absolutely disgusting. That is all I can say at point.
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It is still vivid in my memory. I remember the shaking, things crashing, the lights going out and every dog in the neighborhood starting to howl.
We were lucky to have the electricity come back quickly but our water was out for 20 days.
I called my Mum overseas as soon as the telephone was working. You had yet heard about the quake. I told her it was bad but were okay. Some overseas friends could not reach us for days because the lines were jammed.
The big thing that impressed me about Kobe was quickly mutual aid groups got to work helping the injured and the homeless.
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They would do better in cultivating potatoes on the far side of the Moon. Space based “defense” is insanely expensive and has proven to be useless since the Reagan years.
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Good question. Answer: National self-pity while trying to hide and deny Japanese atrocities is a major pillar in LDP ideology.
It is absurd that a few off shore rocks are keeping Japan from signing a peace treaty with Russia.
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There is a geopolitical problem here. If Russia would give up those islands to Japan the U.S. would likely set up military bases there. This would be a threat to the Russian Far East, which is vulnerable enough as it is.
This is the realpolitik of the issue. It cannot be resolved under the status quo. The other realpolitik issue is in regard to Russian-Japanese relations. Peace treaty or not, Japan and Russia are not at war. In fact, Russia and Japan are friends. The islands aside, Russia and Japan have few if any conflicts.
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This means that 80% of all ambulance calls are legitimate. That is what is most important.
How do you judge illegitimate ambulance calls? We are given only two weird examples, which is lousy journalistic writing, which is all too common in Japan.
It is very likely that what seemed like emergencies turned out to be non-emergencies.
I had to call an ambulance when I was in dire pain. I saw a doctor immediately and was put in emergency. Another time I developed symptoms that my wife feared was a stroke. We got an ambulance and I was seen immediately. It was something that needed a doctor’s attention, but not a stroke. Technically, I did not need an ambulance. Does that make me one of the 20%? I do not think so.
This is a facile article because it does not discuss mistaken self-diagnosis. To say, “Did not require emergency response” is not enough.
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This a game of get the gaijin and it is a micron away from torture. It has got to stop. Or it has to be stopped by out outside pressure.
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A sticky issue as North Korea was not a signer to the 1965 treaty. On the other hand, North Koreans cannot file civil suits against Japanese companies in North Korea because none are there.
I find the following from this article to be curious: “Japan has refused to comply with the court ruling based on its stance that the matter of compensation for wartime labor was resolved under 1965 agreement...” The suits were not against “Japan," that is the national government, but individual companies as civil suits. So more correctly, it should be said that the Japanese companies are refusing to pay up, with backing of the Japanese government.
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Posted in: The court is not reflecting on its past decision at all. I can’t accept it. As I was stigmatized, I lost many friends and my job. It’s impossible to return to my former life. See in context
Shame on the Osaka District Court. Is there anything that can be done for this very wronged man?
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Oops! The 1965 treaty was foisted on Japan and South Korea by the U.S.
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About Roh. In a visit to Japan he said he would not demand any new apologies from Japan in the hope of bettering relations with that country. His good intentions were betrayed by Japan. This is from Wikipedia; pardon the length:
During the visit, Roh proclaimed he would not seek any more apologies from Japan over its colonial occupation, in the hope of maintaining a friendly relationship between the two countries. Although Roh's proclamation was made in good faith, some expressed concern that Japan may have interpreted this as the termination of its responsibility for the colonial past, and use it as an excuse to deny any claims for compensation that may arise in the future.
Despite Roh's hope, relations with Japan deteriorated henceforth, in several areas of conflict such as compensation issues for comfort women, denial of the colonial past in Japanese history textbooks, and disputes over the Liancourt Rocks. Another sensitive issue, former Prime Minister of JapanJunichiro Koizumi's repeated visits to Yasukuni Shrine were harshly criticized in South Korea, and Roh declared no further meetings with Koizumi would take place unless he stopped visiting the shrine.
According to Rep. Chung Mong-joon, former leader of the ruling Saenuri Party, "The Roh Moo-hyun administration proposed that the U.S. define Japan as a hypothetical enemy," at the Korea-U.S. Security Consultative Meeting in Seoul in October 2005. "President Roh proposed it because the general public had bad feelings against Japan and Korea had a territorial dispute over the Dokdo islets with Japan, Washington was very embarrassed since it had hoped Korea and Japan would go hand-in-hand as free and democratic countries. A hypothetical enemy in English implies a main enemy."
In short it was open season on Japan again. This, however, is a side note and have nothing to do with this civil suit, except, possibly, incidentally.
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The reparations agreement signed along with the 1965 treaty clearly states that the issues of asset ownership and the right to seek compensation were resolved "completely and finally" with Japan offering economic assistance to South Korea.
The real story. The 1965 treaty was foisted upon Japan and South Korea for the sake of military unity. This was rammed through the Diet by the LDP. In South Korea it was accept by the Park dictatorship without the will of the people. There were violent demonstrations against this so-called treaty both in South Korea and Japan. If ever there was a treaty that should be violated this is it. But the present issue has nothing to do with the treaty. It is a civil suit.
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This is the best news of the day.
Hoping the Saudis will leave her alone.
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The good old Japanese game of blaming the victim. Remember who forced the Koreans to be slave laborers. Japan. This case is about unpaid wages. Pure and simple.
A reminder. South Korea is no longer the poverty stricken dictatorship it was 1965. It is major industrial power and a democracy. Try intimidating South Korea, Japan, and South Korea will fight back. And win.
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Isn’t pretrial publicity like this illegal?
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Considering that forced labor was an unfair measure to Korea workers Kono has nothing meaningful to say. Paying unpaid wages is perfectly fair. The culprit Japanese companies can afford it.
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Welcome to American capitalism and no socialized medicine
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I must confess, I love Emperor Akahito. He was and is very much an Article One and Article Nine man. In his own quiet way, he has moved mountains for democracy and peace. And he nailed the last nail into the coffin of Meiji by abdicating.
He said, “It gives me deep comfort that the Heisei Era (his reign) is coming to an end, free of war in Japan.” I raise a glass in his honor for that.
He used his “speeeches and travels to express his strong pacifist views, which are sharply at odds with the aggressive expansionism Japan pursued under his father’s rule.”
I raise another glass to that.
Akahio is well-loved in Japan, except the warmongers. It is significant that Abe did not invite the royal family to the 150th anniversary memorial to the Meiji Era, knowing full well that the Emperor would touch on the dark side of that era (as reported in the Asahi and the Mainichi).
Yes, Heisai was short and sweet and above all at peace.
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Worst thing first: Retirement. I did not want to retire. Was retired.
Best thing: I retired! My time is entirely my own! Yay!
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Katsuya Takasu is a bigot and an ignoramus. Unfortunately, he represents the promise of failure of foreign workers in Japan. Remember the disaster of Brazilian-Japanese workers in Japan and the ongoing horror of foreign trainees. The ultimate ramifications of that promise of failure is not that foreign workers will stay, marry Japanese and settle in but that they will get out of Japan in droves, thus leaving Japan with a permanent labor shortage.
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