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Posted in: Unfriendly relations See in context

Also surprised to hear what former U.S. Marine in Okinawa told me that he thinks back in the old years S Koreans were seen as being far more anti-American than even the Japanese or Okinawan people which doesn't mean both of them are always pro-USA 100% either.Sounds strange even for a Korean like me because I would have thought in logical terms it should be the S Koreans who are grateful to Americans who helped Seoul to fight communists during the Korean War.

What really SHOCKED me was when a Japanese hibakusha A-bomb victim said in his own words "I don't hate America" and nobody in Japan is demanding a U.S. Government apology for Hiroshima and Nagasaki.Korean "comfort women" who were raped by Japan's army which included also Koreans whether they were coerced or volunteered constantly demand Japan's PM to apologize to them.The A-bomb survivors suffered far more than those comfort women and yet the ones who were afflicted with great pains such as A-bomb attacks show greater power of endurance than the women raped by soldiers.What a paradox it was!!

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Posted in: Unfriendly relations See in context

Wait you guys are going way too far.In Seoul,Korea I have seen a Korean man wearing a cap with a Japanese flag on it at a subway station on it and not a single Korean bothered him with hinomaru flag on it.And on another occasion again in Seoul,Korea I saw an Asian male wearing a jacket with a Japanese flag on it which was quite visible even to people meters away and also this time Koreans left him alone.I thought Gee!! Koreans have learned how to tolerate the foreigners even the most hated Japanese flag emblem.By the way Koreans say they dislike Japanese and vice versa but I think deep at heart good people from both Korea and Japan want real and genuine peace with each other.Let's Call It A Day Shall We!

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Posted in: S Korea unhappy with Japanese textbooks See in context

Excellent Posts sfjp330!! Well Said!!

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Posted in: Okinawans rally in Ginza See in context

@Bertiewooster! Thanks for the reply!! Have you ever travelled or lived in Korea? Just How much knowledge do you have about S Korea- U.S.A. friendships and military alliance? In recent polls, it said 90% of S Koreans have positive feelings to the United States.

I'm quite certain that those 90% of Korean people favour stationing the U.S.Army in S Korea.So I fail to understand why on earth you think US Armed Forces aren't welcome in S Korea!! Please back up your statements with hard evidence to justify your argument!! Thank You and Have A Nice Day!

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Posted in: Okinawans rally in Ginza See in context

US not welcomed in Japan? Then let Koreans welcome the U.S.Army into S Korea.The threat that Seoul faces Militarily from N Korea seems to become more dangerous day by day! 28,500 US Army presence in S Korea is way Too small number to fend off N Korean military threat so Koreans NEED more US Armed forces to safeguard Itself from N Korea!

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Posted in: North Korea defiant in face of U.S., China pressure See in context

The U.S.A. Participating in both Korean and Vietnam Wars was meant to calculate the intentions of China's role since both Asian nations are on the periphery or next door neighbors of China! The USA has done a good job at diplomacy by engaging the Chinese on the US side thus further isolating N Korea!

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Posted in: Abe pledges to mend ties with China, S Korea See in context

Just as tumultuous island rows are nearing to an end before 2012 closes,we can hope that three new leaders in Asia will strive for more peace in Asia!

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Posted in: Taiwan urges Japan to apologize over sex slaves See in context

Japan was both an aggressor in Asia & victim of 2 A-bombs.Whether A-bombs experience is a good excuse for Japan not to feel sorry to Asians I don't know for sure but A-bomb issue doesn't alleviate the pains that Koreans and Asians had to undergo.But then I can also understand why it's so hard for Japan to apologize to Asia! If our generation cannot solve this issue then nothing much can be done about it.Why can't we just understand each other a little bit more? For example Koreans can stop carping about past so much while Japan makes more effort to understand and soothe Korean people's hurt feelings.Mutual empathy between two Asian countries can go a long way to heal the past wounds!

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Posted in: N Korea says its missiles can strike U.S. mainland See in context

Suggest you guys watch the movie "The Red Dawn". It's about what happens when N Korea invades the U.S.A. Coming to your local screens in November 2012!!

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Posted in: Ex-PM Aso to meet S Korean leader to mend ties See in context

S Korea-Japan relations is actually better than what most international media says about it.I hope S Korean media especially try to find more positive news on their relations.

As the saying goes:Accentuate the Positive & Eliminate the Negative.But should the negative fallout in their relations reoccur again, both sides should talk to each other even more frequently than before.We cannot do much about the past, but we can afford to live in a better future and brighter tomorrow if our both countries open our minds and hearts to each other today.

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Posted in: Nationalism may rise under Japan's next gov't See in context

Japan has apologized more than enough to S Korea!!Enough is enough already!! If Koreans want more apology from Japan then the Koreans too should examine their conscience also and reflect just how good and morally upright the Koreans are.Look we are all human beings and quite frankly speaking, I don't support Korea's anti-Japan sentiment at all to drum up more sympathy from Japan which Korea still perceives as the "aggressor" up till this day!!

Japan is the humblest country in the world because their PMs and even the Emperor have successively offered apologies in profuse ways..How many times have the Europeans and U.S.A. apologized to their colonial victims? Not even once I'd say! And Japan's PMs have said sorry to Korea at least more than 5 times. The British were just as bad as Japanese and England has never apologized to its former colonies and yet nobody has ever burnt Union Jack!!

To be honest with you guys, I am just as sick and tired as anybody else of seeing Korean nationalists burning Hinomaru Flags even as many successive Japanese PMs have offered apologies from the "bottom of their hearts"one after another.The past is over and it's about time Koreans be more generous to Japan and forget and forgive Japan's sins in Korea!!

By the way, I am Korean and I hope my writing here helps peoples of both Koreans and Japanese think more positively of each other & I also want to see stronger bonds of friendships between ordinary Koreans and Japanese people even if there is a political and diplomatic conflicts between Seoul and Tokyo!!

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Posted in: S Korea hates Japan more than N Korea, Gallup Poll reveals See in context

I entreat Koreans to show more love and compassion to Japan.Koreans who show clemency for Japan's past sins committed in Korea during the colonial era will thus be blessed by God above who asks of us to continually forgive Those who wrong on us.If your brother who sins against you seeks your forgiveness then do forgive the sinner. Korea should forgive Japan and forget the past history and just move on!

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Posted in: S Korea hates Japan more than N Korea, Gallup Poll reveals See in context

Mr.Ichiro Ozawa is one of many sanguine Japanese politician who is more flexible on issues like granting the "voting rights" to permanent Korean residents in Japan..S Korea already has allowed some Japanese residents in Korea to take part in local Korean elections(Not The Presidential Elections in Korea) giving the suffrage rights for international residents in Korea especially eyed for Chinese/Taiwanese residents in Korea.So Koreans have made some attempts with tangible results to allow non-Koreans to become a part of the Korean society.I am sure more Koreans will love Japan and Japanese if and only if Japan opens the door for Koreans in Japan to take more active roles that they can do something to make Japanese society a better place for all peoples!!

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Posted in: S Korea hates Japan more than N Korea, Gallup Poll reveals See in context

Why does it matter so much as someone is Korean/Japanese and etc? Look all we want is friendships between these two Asian nations.I won't ask Korea to get over history but I will ask Koreans please genuinely forgive and reconcile with Japan.Shouldn't Korea be the one who should show mercy to Japan especially when the latter has issued several apologies to Korea and Korean people??.I don't like negative things just be positive and something good will come out between Korea-Japan tomodachi=친구(chingu)=friends in Korean.

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Posted in: S Korea hates Japan more than N Korea, Gallup Poll reveals See in context

Come on children.I use this opportunity to ask Koreans please stop hating Japan and Japanese..Korea has received more than one apology from Japan's PM both verbally and in written statement saying Japan offers "heartfelt apology" for the sufferings it wrought on Korean people during the colonial era (1910-!945). I actually like Japan a lot and I even have a small Japanese flag in my room just as when most Koreans abhor Hinomaru. But having a Japanese flag in my room doesn't mean I glorify Japanese Imperialism in Korea quite the opposite..Many times in the past did my grandparents remind & tell me how difficult life in Korea was under the Japanese iron fist rule!! I sympathize Koreans who suffered under Japan but now Korea is climbing up the economic ladder and is becoming more modern.The only thing I can hope for is to let time pass and the old generation who hold such bitter memories will pass away..We live in a very international world and Koreans should stop wasting their time lecturing others how badly Japanese behaved to Koreans.In fact,Korea and Japan plus the U.S.A. should join hands and jointly form a triangular alliance to deter & balance the military power of N Korea-China-Russia trilateral military alliance.

Korea should do away with its past and paranoia about Japan becoming more powerful because both Japan and the United States have asked Seoul to join their club to keep an eye on its opponents!! There isn't much I can do to alleviate Korean people's anti-Japan sentiment but I do see some hopeful signs from both Seoul and Tokyo that both countries are back on track to develop stronger bonds of bilateral friendships between them..When I see progress in Korea-Japan friendships I feel very happy and elated to see such improvements between S Korea and Japan.China will always back and prop up its N Korean regime and I don't see any breakthrough in inter-Koreas ties anytime soon so yes starting from scratch with U.S. at the epi-center,Korea and Japan declare new friendships between them and work towards more developing stronger partnerships!!

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Posted in: S Korea hates Japan more than N Korea, Gallup Poll reveals See in context

I am sure there are plenty of Korea haters in Japan too!!! The Japanese right-wingers detest Koreans strongly.But count me out please!! I only hate Japan if a Japanese person hates me FIRST!! I don't feel the need to hate Japan even though I LOVE KOREA+U.S.A.!!!

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Posted in: S Korean rams gate at Japanese embassy in protest See in context

There is growing resentment between two nations that boiled into hot feverish nationalism..I don't care whatever justification japanese and Korean men made in order to justify their deeds..The fact remains there is a deep-seated hatred between the two nations and what these two men were doing is showing that it is merely the tip of an iceberg..I am sure there are plenty of Korea haters in japanese government and right wing activists who want Dokdo island under their jurisdiction.If on the other hand, japan can settle peacefully island dispute issues with both China and Russia, then maybe S Korea and japan can also improve their own ties too by being more flexible on their stances over Dokdo ownerships since it seems the only way for japan to take over Dokdo island issue is through the use of force which will bring world wide condemnation of japan and its people..

Yes I live in Seoul,Korea and having seen Korean TV channels today, they always show negative aspects of Japan..I am sure Japanese media will never admit their own wrongdoings in Korea and elsewhere..However, I don't want to become anti-foreign including anti-japan because even though many Koreans still dislike Japan at heart Koreans are warm people who want to extend a hand of friendships even to N Korean and Japanese people..So guys I ask both Koreans and japanese please remain calm and cool your heads and think of more ways to improve friendships between them rather than doing these kind of things which only creates a vicious cycle..I think more Koreans and japanese should go to Europe and benchmark & learn how Europeans overcame their mutual hostility and learned to get along & accept each other..

I hope strongly that my article can help Korea-japan friendships to move in the right,positive direction.There is no need to raise the tension between the two of them just as when old rivals are making up with each other and making peace in Europe and elsewhere!!So better late than never just forgive and forget japan's war crimes in Korea and just move on for the better & brighter future!!! I hate fighting just want only peace between any two nations and peoples!!

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Posted in: S Korea, Japan to sign first military pact See in context

The signing of military agreement between Seoul & Tokyo has been put off indefinitely.It's obvious that Korean political circle wanted to tear apart the agreement because they are using Korea's anti-Japan sentiment to achieve their political aims in order to cripple the current Korean government.

But it's Korea who called off the agreement so I don't blame Japan for this.Korea next time you are about to sign an international agreement with any country please save yourself from embarassment by delaying a government promise to carry it out.I think Koreans should try to make more efforts to appreciate Japan because today's Japan is vastly different from Imperial Japan 60 years ago since WWII ended.

The U.S.A. had even a bloodier war with Japan than Japanese annexation of Korea and yet 80% of Japanese show favourable reaction to Washington..If the U.S. & Japan can get along so well why not between Korea and Japan also? Koreans should show more understanding of Japan and show some more empathy to Japan and just forgive and forget Japan's wrongdoings in Korea and elsewhere.

So my conclusion is Korea go ahead and sign the military agreement with Japan.It will do Korea a lot of good to carry out the agreement after signing it!!

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Posted in: New Jersey town's monument to Korean sex slaves upsetting Japanese officials See in context

The Japanese can cry foul and whine about those comfort women monuments as much as they want but since the memorials are in the U.S.soil,Japan doesn't have the right to demand that the US remove it. That Japan actually attempted to do so shows how weak-kneed Japanese diplomacy is..It goes to show how poor minded Japan Government is.Come on Japan You Get Real About This!! Face the truth and just don't repeat this sinful act again and go and reconcile with Korean comfort women and pay them compensation for having inflicted so much damage to those women.

Just apologize and compensation to the victims..Japan has lots of money for themselves but is very stingy on paying compensation to all non-Japanese victims of Japanese military aggression.Relations between Seoul and Tokyo can improve once you Japanese show some efforts for serious contrition and atonement..As I was reading other people's comments, most of them, who were Americans, made perfect sense when they said they backed Korean people's endeavour to tell the world the truth about the behind-the-scenes stories of what was going on regarding comfort women issue.

As to Korean military atrocities in Vietnam,those army people who did such things should offer an apology and even compensation to the victims.But the currently deceased Korean leader Kim Dae Jung(김대중) has already offered apology to Viet Nam on a governmental level which was on a news article written in Korea Times some years ago.I don't care whether the wrongdoer is Japanese or not..Anyone regardless of their nationality who harms his/her neighbour should apologize immediately and never hurt thy neighbour's feelings and emotions again and also pay compensation to the victims..

Please solve this 20th Century issue as soon as possible, I ask to the people and Government of Japan so that we can all move on and put the bitter past to rest FINALLY!! Koreans want peace with Japan and I hope Japan shows more compassion and understandings of Koreans who had to suffer under Japanese rule.I also want to exchange ideas freely with Japanese people on those important historical issues that affect our bilateral relations.My message to peoples of both Korea and Japan is to try to understand each other by opening up your minds and hearts and souls.Europe reconciled its internal wars by opening up to each other and facing the music and there is no reason why China,Korea and Japan cannot do likewise..

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Posted in: Sony ends panel joint venture with Sharp See in context

Sony breaks up with Samsung and has also recently fallen through with Sharp! Guessing which company will become the next guy to have a joint venture with Sony only to see itself in failure.Too bad for Sony but that company needs to do a better job in building trust with other companies!

The only people who praise Sony are the Japanese.Nobody cares about Sony, which is a bygone legend now.blackrock fails to see the reality that the age of Sony is OVER.Of course,I am Korean so I want to see any Korean company win in top positions.

And Japan is so naive to think that Taiwan being so pro-Japanese could be the reason why so many Japanese are investing there and build manufacturing the bases.Taiwanese are very smart and they receive Japanese investments while Koreans are losing Japanese investments due to its stubborn anti-Japan stance.But don't fall into illusion that every Taiwanese loves Japan because they DON'T really love Japan.They want Japanese technology and want to make another "Samsung" in Taiwan version.I have actually talked to some Taiwan people who expressed just as much abhorrence to Japan as Koreans have always been doing.

Japan is the odd man out.Japan likes to think of itself as somewhat pro-Western while both Europe and USA have no desire to accept Japan as a "Western nation".But then is Asia ready to forgive Japan's past misdemeanor during WWII? Not quite.Japan is the one who should untie the knot that has been tied in the first place! Japan has the first class economy with third class politics.How many PMs have been changed over the past few years in Japan?

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Posted in: Japan, China, S Korea agree to start free-trade talks See in context

Hello lostrune2! You said 3 of the most protected economies in the world.So Korea will no longer levy import tariffs on Big 3 U.S.A. Automakers according to Korea-USA FTA deal which just came into effect March 15th as of this year 2012..But one month after that Koreans still don't buy Detroit-made U.S. autos instead they buy U.S.-made autos with Japanese brands like Honda,Toyota and so on..What's your definition of Korea being the "world's most protected nation" especially when Korea has done away with import tariff barriers on U.S. products like beef and automobiles? I really would like to know what you are trying to say and mean what you tell!!

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Posted in: Japan losing its manufacturing edge to South Korea See in context

No it's America that has the best technology in the world.Not Germany or Japan.Period!!!

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Posted in: Japan, China, S Korea warn N Korea over nuclear test See in context

The warning will only strengthen N Korea to become more determined to carry out further nuclear tests!! Nobody can change N Korea unless Pyongyang does something like making a bold move to reform the country's moribund communist systematic regime. Don't blame China for this..Blame N Korea's absolute stubborn kimmy regime.If anything,Seoul should bolster its own relations with 1.U.S.A. 2.Russia 3.China 4.Japan to put international pressure on N Korea instead of relying just on UN sanctions.N Korea is a trouble-maker that should be put on a death row and let kimmy's dead body rot away in their own coffin.

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Posted in: Japan, China, S Korea agree to start free-trade talks See in context

"Fools rush in where angel fears to tread." Although 3-way FTA maybe a belated one, expect this FTA to take longer than 2 years.Come on man.There is still too much historical distrust among the three Asian brothers.First start creating some confidence-building measures among Tokyo,Seoul & Beijing!!! Then take the next step which is to graduaily build the momentum to start having FTA talks."Better Late Than Never".Once 3 way-FTAs are formed and become a reality then we can say 3 neighbours can become true and genuine friends too.

First of all,both China and Japan want to have 3-way FTA talks with Korea,which has just concluded FTAs with the United States and Europe in addition to ASEAN,Chile and some other countries.Korea,once the world's most closed and shut out market for international traders, is now way ahead of both Tokyo and Beijing in terms of having made FTAs with international world.But Koreans are the people who work constantly even without taking breaks will indeed push hard to make sure that Seoul will become a global FTA hub.That means once 3-way FTA is signed in the near future,only then will Korea become the first country in the world to have FTAs with 4 major global economic powers.They are 1.U.S.A. 2.Europe 3.China 4.Japan..

3-way FTA will lower tensions in and around the Korean Peninsula..It could assist in making Korea a more stable place to do free trade business.That FTA will lower inter-Korea tension and it could also mitigate the persistent mutual suspicion between Tokyo and Beijing over their island disputes and if both China & Russia settle their own island disputes with Japan then Korea-Japan island disputes could also resolve the problems.I have a feeling one day that reunified Korea,Japan,China,Russia and even the United States will make a NATO version for North East Asia and the U.S.A. will still retain some 28,500 U.S.Army in Korea and plus another 50,000 U.S.Army in Japan to balance the power of China,former Soviet Union and Japan so that peace and stability can be achieved in East Asia for the good of all Asian people who deserve some recommendations for their hard work and labour which will bring about a new turnaround in Asia-Pacific Century in the new 21 st Century..Keep our fingers crossed and wish 3-way FTAs a very good luck indeed. Peace to all my fellow Asian brothers and sisters and may you suceed eternally in whatever you do and I write this aricle from my beloved home in Seoul,Korea as we live in a truly exciting moment in this wonderful world!!

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Posted in: Ready for rocket launch See in context

China won't stop or restrain N Korea from firing a rocket/missiles into space! So by allowing that to happen,the Chinese are using N Korea to poke at the Japanese and to display anti-Japan feelings by firing one into the sky since. N Korea and China has an alliance to counter USA-Japan-S Korea alliance!

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Posted in: How do you feel about being a ‘gaijin’ in Japan? See in context

Sometimes discrimination can be a good thing or a "blessing in disguise". Koreans in Japan are the worst receiving end of discrimination more than any other groups of people but that made Koreans more and more determined to work harder in Japanese society.I can think of the CEO of Softbank whose name is Mr.Son, a Korean resident in Japan, and he is now the third richest man in Japan!!

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Posted in: What do you think are the main reasons why U.S. car sales are so low in Japan? See in context

Free Trade Deal ( Effective this upcoming March 15th) between S Korea and USA could lead to surge of demand for U.S.A. autos in Korean auto market overall..

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Posted in: North Korea to suspend key nuclear activities in exchange for food aid See in context

After they receive enough food aid from U.S.A. N Korea will test & fire missiles and conduct underground nuclear tests yet again!

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Posted in: U.S., Japan, S Korea say N Korea must give up nukes See in context

It's not just inter-Koreas tension that plays into this.We should take a look at a larger & bigger picture of Northeast Asia (Far East) security map.Japan doesn't get along well with S & N Korea plus China and that is creating the real tension here in this region.

Both Japan and S Korea should be more "pragmatic" when they approach each other.As a Korean, I want to ask Korean people to cool their anti-Japan emotion and show some warm hearts to Japanese people despite the bitter legacy of Japan's colonialism of Korea.

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Posted in: Six things that foreigners feel are overpriced in Japan See in context

I spent 70,000 Yen in Japan (Tokyo+Yokohama) for one night two days and that was in June 2007 mostly on food and I went there with two people..Although generally prices in Korea is much cheaper than Japan, I heard golf courses in Japan are actually cheaper than Korea.I played golf in other countries like Switzerland,Egypt,Canada,Denmark and visited golf course in UK.I don't understand why Korean golf courses are more expensive than other countries..

Now that $1.00(U.S.)= 77 Yen = 1,480 Korean Won so many Japanese go to Korea not only because Korea is cheaper than Japan but also the Won-Yen exchange rate gives more advantage for Japanese tourists to come to Korea and go shopping.The same can be said about Won-Yuan(Chinese Currency) exchange rate which means more Chinese also come to Korea than previous years for shopping also.

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