Koreans are an interesting bunch. A few years ago, their then president Park Geun-hye allowed us to put up the THAAD batteries on the South Korean soil. Beijing was not happy.
What transpired is classical Korean cowardice. Several of their businesses were expropriated or outright shut down by the no-nonsense Chinese! Korean response? Not a peep! Koreans are, as always, too scared to whine against their mighty Chinese overlords!
Try pulling this gimmick on UniQlo against ANY Chinese company, and you Koreans will soon be back to paying your customary yearly tribute + kowtow to the Chinese court in the Forbidden City!
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Why do Koreans bark up the wrong tree? This UniQlo drama-queen behavior is yet another reflection of the melodramatic Koreans.
The period of Japanese colonialism, from 1910-1945, resulted in the demise of the corrupt and backward Yi Dynasty of Joseon. Which is actually the most progressive period in Korea's 2,000 years history; resulted in agricultural progress, high rice yields, increased life expectancy, modernization, economic growth, and rapid development of an hitherto hopeless country.
If Koreans have a beef with ANY country - that should be with China and their brothers in N. Korea.
Those two countries, under the leadership of the blood thirsty megalomaniac Mao Zedong, and his schizophrenic side-kick Kim, caused the slaughter of 3,500,000 innocent South Koreans!
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Koreans are basically Chinese with a chip on their shoulder.
Hence the tendency of both to overreact over the most innocuous slight of their fragile collective fragile egos. A manifestation of their low self-esteem, really!
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National neurosis does exist.
Koreans hyper-irrational, reactionary, and extreme anger, Hwabyung, exemplify the existence of this phenomenon as a uniquely Korean behavioral and psychological characteristic.
In East Africa, we have the mental disorder called Kiwelewele.
In Malay and Bahasa Indonesian they have the mental disorder called amok!
So, in fairness, this seemingly extreme Korean psycho reaction vis-a-vis UniQlo, actually has very deep societal and cultural roots.
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Well, how dare we mere mortals question the "correct" version of history emanating from the Middle Kingdom?
Are you not all aware that the Communist Party of China derives its mandate..er...from the Mandate of heaven?!
Let's see, this is 2019. What Carrie Lam is serving today, is merely an appetizer.
In 2047, all pretension of freedom and democracy in HK will be as dead as the Dodo!
Welcome to the "peace loving" PRC!
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Poor Koreans, your economy is in shambles; your youth are in penury for lack of jobs; Chinese companies are taking over market share from you low-tech Korean companies!
And all you can do is perennially whine and moan about Yasukuni?!
Sorry, Hanguk folks, don't you have l'affaire Cho Kuk to take care of?
And also resuscitating your tanking economy? Why not use your energy more productively?
Actually, I, as a foreigner, am planning on visiting Yasukuni next year!
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Actually, Japanese politicos should continue visiting Yasukuni if they so wish; it's part of honoring their history.
I, as, an African , Kenyan born, have absolutely no problem with a British politician, say, visiting Westminter Abbey or such like place that honor British explorers, adventurers and colonialists, and war dead of yore. It's part of their history. So what?!
Why don't you ask the Chinese to stop visiting Tiananmen and Mao's mausoleum? After all, Mao not only caused the deaths of 20,000,000+ innocent Chinese!
The megalomaniac Mao, like a rabid hyena, then crossed over the Yalu River and slaughtered 3,500,000 more Koreans!
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Too many over-emotional people on these boards. In my country of origin, Kenya, I've visited and been awed by the statues commemorating those early Eurpoean explorers and adventurers in what was generally referred to as the Dark Continent. I got a chance to visit Henry Morton Stanley's monuments/statues in Bagamoyo Tanzania and in Zanzibar.
I do plan to visit Yasukuni in 2020!
I honor history, period. Not irrational victimology.
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That Japan is synonymous with diligence, honesty, and high quality, especially when compared to her neighbors China and Korea
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Well, typical Korean Hwabyeong at play; two angry, irrational, siblings!
Where is the hyper-emotional Moon Jae-in to throw his usual histrionics?
Hey, South Korea - I proffer here are these few suggestions:
Isn't it about that time you started constructing a new comfort man statue to lament the ill-treatment meted against you by your lovely brothers across the 38th parallel?!Hey, how about just boycotting those hi-tech imports that your economy depends on from North Korea?
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As a Kenyan - now American, who played rugby for the Kenyans 7s and the national team back -in-the-day, I say in KiSwahili - Asante Sana Japan, that is, Thank You very much Japan!
You, Japan, were my favorite team to watch during this 2019 Rugby WC! Today, SA were the better team!
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As a Kenyan born now American, I love observing the peculiarities of the big three East Asians.
The gold standard for those of us who observe Asia as outsiders, are clearly, the calm, meticulous, high-standard Japanese; synonymous with high-quality in all that they do. From Uni Qlo to top notch precision instruments; It's Japan that sets the standards for Asia and even the world at large.
Then, as in this example you have the emotional and bitter Koreans. A typical case of Koreans penchant of cutting their nose to spite their collective faces.
Korean youth are suffering from lack of jobs and penury. Good luck, Hanguk!
And, then there's China. Oh, boy! I think Japanese civilization in Manchukuo didn't go far enough.
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Well, South Korea here is pro bono advice: The WTO will NOT entertain your usual histrionics. That is, none of the usual wailing, raving, screaming and ranting will be allowed.
Anyways, what are the international trade law issues that Japan has violated? State your case in a cogent and coherent manner, please!
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South Korea totally reminds me of my African brethren.
We tend to whine, rant and blame our erstwhile colonialists for every failure that besets our nations: see the apt case of the recently departed Zimbabwe autocrat, Robert Mugabe.
In S Korea, I see a similar parallel. They rant and rave and blame the Japanese for practically every failure in their society.
However, that short period of Japanese colonialism, from 1910 to 1945, a mere 35 years, was the most progressive and modernizing - economically and socially - in the 2,000 years of Korean history.
Please create jobs in Korea for these Korean youths. Or, perhaps, the magnanimous PRC might look kindly at little brother.
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Whenever I'm in Seoul I encounter this cohort of desperate South Korean youth beset by penury eager to seek better employment prospects across the Sea of Japan, or to the US. Others mention to me their willingness to shift base to Canada, Australia or the UK.
If Moon Jae-in and his bitter cabal devoted just 10% of the energy they devote towards appeasing and kowtowing to China and coddling Chairman Kim, to try and improve their domestic economy to help these Hanguk youth, these young Koreans would not be emigrating en masse from their motherland.
Fix your domestic economy, Moon Jae-in.
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Actually, as I recall from back in the days of yore when I took a class on International Trade and Industry, the genesis of the Korean automobile industry was Japanese.
It was either the Japanese company Datsun or Mitsubishi that pretty much doled out technology, engineers, capital, and all kinds of know-how to the Koreans who then formed Shinjin Autos.
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Erratic, bellicose, inept, irrational, and ridiculous.
That pretty much sums the current leadership of South Korea under the "great" and "wise" leadership of soon to be China vassal, President Moon Jae-in.
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It was 37 years of the Mugabe error.
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We have a proverb or Methali in my native Swahili that goes thus: The noise of a frog does NOT stop the cow from drinking water.
Koreans, sorry, you will NOT stop Japan from displaying their flag!
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In this case Hiwada should be held responsible - and penalized - for violating the safety and health of these Vietnamese workers.
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As a continental born African now an American, who has lived in and studied in S.Korea, the PRC, and Japan, I've always found the Japanese to be the most enlightened, cultured and open-minded of the "big three" East Asian countries. Keep it up, Japan!
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