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Posted in: Colonial-era Korean laborers want Mitsubishi compensation See in context

@ pacificwest

It also needs to measure and be grateful for all the positive things that Japan did give to it. A huge amount of investment and development.

Another Japanese mentality perpetuated by the Japanese government and media. Does the US continually ask you to be grateful to them for developing your economy?

I don't think any Korean would thank Japan during the occupation as the negatives far outweigh the positives, but I'm sure the Koreans would thank Japan for helping them post liberation, only if the Japanese government were truly remorseful and helped the victims overcome their pain. Just don't go around asking to be thanked until you have shown remorse. Otherwise, it's just pure arrogance.

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Posted in: Colonial-era Korean laborers want Mitsubishi compensation See in context

@ pacificwest

Japan should send an invoice to the Korean people for outlawing slavery on the penisula (upto 40% were considered hereditary slaves called nobi), dragging it out of the middle ages and into the modern world, and overthrowing the corrupt yangban caste.

This is such a Japanese mentality perpetuated by the Japanese government and media. Everything you say is conditional. We did something bad but you should thank us because we did this. So many Japanese can't accept a mistake at face value. So pathetic.

Did the Germans say, 'Oh we killed 6 million Jews BUT we got them out of ghettos'.

And for your info, 75% of the Korean population back then were commoners. The remainder included the royals, yangbans, and 'untouchables', the latter including Nobi who were owned by yangbans. And they weren't even slaves per se like those in the slave trades. Now, did Japan need to be colonized by a foreign power to free their untouchables?

It's the lowest of lowest of excuses to justify the Japanese occupation. Shame on you.

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Posted in: Colonial-era Korean laborers want Mitsubishi compensation See in context

@ pacificwest

NONE of today's Japanese or Japanese companies have any responsible for what happened the past.

Mitsubishi? Sumitomo? Nippon steal?

Governments and companies are entities, as is an individual. Just because the current directors of those companies and people in government were not responsible for the war, doesn't mean the government and companies did not exist during the war.

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Posted in: Colonial-era Korean laborers want Mitsubishi compensation See in context

@ pacificwest

Japan has acted remorsefully in the past.

Apology and remorse are not the same thing. Japan has apologized many times, but has it been remorseful? No.

Amnesty International defines successful apologies as follows:

1) Acknowledging what’s done wrong by clearly stating the offence and describing the effect

2) Accepting responsibility for what’s done

3) Expressing sincere regret and profound remorse

4) Promising that such action would not be repeated

5) Making reparation through concrete measures

1) The present Japanese government has modified the statements of past leaders, distorted/concealed/downplayed the truth regarding military sexual slavery, and deleted factual information from the textbooks.

2) Abe's continued stance that the operation of comfort women were not organised by the military shows that the Japan is not accepting responsibility for what's been done.

3) Japanese leaders continue to do things that bring sufferings to the victims. Eg. Worship war criminals, use rising sun flag, downplay comfort women, whitewash textbooks etc.

4) Never made a promise

5) Reparation agreement in 2015 was not through concrete discussions with individuals. More than half of the Korean sex slaves were already dead when the first 'apologies' were made by the Japanese.

The Japanese government's apologies have all been lip service to this date as actions don't match any words.

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Posted in: Colonial-era Korean laborers want Mitsubishi compensation See in context

Mitsubishi FINALLY, just a couple of years back, apologised to American and British WWII POWs, admitting abusing them and forced labor. They then denied to do the same to Korean forced labourers because, "They were considered Japanese at the time and so could not be called POWs". Shame on them and the companies who built on the backs of slave labor.

It's funny how the Japanese come up with fake stories just to suit their narratives. During the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake, the Japanese massacred thousands of Koreans in Japan just for being Korean and blaming them for the disaster.

But in Mitsubishi's case, the Koreans were classified as Japanese.

Even if they were Japanese, shouldn't they receive apologies and compensation? These companies are so inhumane

Typical hypocrisy and double standard by the Japanese at its finest. The Japanese would kowtow to us Westerners but in Asia, they think they are the superior race and treat them anyway they like.

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Posted in: Colonial-era Korean laborers want Mitsubishi compensation See in context

@ oldman_13

A few days ago the North Korean state media put out a statement condemning Japan along the lines that the entire country of Japan was not enough compensation for what it did to Korea.

I concur with this. If someone murdered my parents, I don't think any compensation is enough.

Forgiveness is the sum of compensation and remorsefulness. Japan seems to want forgiveness without any compensation and remorse.

If Japan had acted remorsefully in the past, we wouldn't be here today talking about this topic.

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Posted in: Colonial-era Korean laborers want Mitsubishi compensation See in context

@ pacificwest

Korea is making a fool of itself on the international stage and yet appears to be completely unaware of how badly.

Such a typical Japanese mentality, promoted by media and government alike. No one in the international stage thinks like that.

If anything, these conflicts highlight to the world the outstanding problems caused by the Japanese aggression in WW2.

downplaying role of comfort women

changing/distorting history

trying to claim territories

using a flag that is the Asian equivalent of NAZI flag

honoring war criminals

reneging on individual rights to claim separately from the 1965 agreements

asking Korean government to overall the Surpreme Court's decision

having trust issues with Korea when it comes to trade, but no trust issues when it comes to sharing military information

claiming Dokdo to the Russians and being brushed off

Japanese are so self conscious about how they portray their image to the world that they would do anything to save face - all in the name of honor. Look at them trying to remove the comfort women statues all around the world.

80% of all comments are anti-Korean.

The 80% was prior to this recent spat. Imagine what the % would be now. When the relationship is good between Korea and Japan, Koreans hardly write anti-Japanese posts. The fact is, it's ingrained in the Japanese to be anti-Korean. While all pretending to the outside world that they are the nice, hard working, and respectful people.

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Posted in: Japan says it, not S Korea, should have taken action on Russian plane See in context

@ showchinmono

U.S. Army Military Government - South Korea: Interim Government Activities, No.1, August 1947 

A later SCAPIN, No. 1778 of September 16, 1947

LoL. do you know when the ROK was formed? Referring to correspondences by the US (which incidentally does not prove Japanese ownership of Dokdo at all) from a period when ROK wasn't even formed. Simply brilliant!

Scapin677 is a bad move Koreans still relies on

Not at all. Koreans don't rely on this as they have lots of historical evidence. If you read the context in which it was written, SCAPIN was one evidence to show that the US and Japan agreed that Dokdo is not part of Japanese territory.

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Posted in: Colonial-era Korean laborers want Mitsubishi compensation See in context

@ Kniknaknokkaer

..... it's just so sad to see so many other people (who weren't even alive then) intent on keeping the hate going. Sad, sad people!

You should say that to Japan. There is so much anti-Korean in Japan.

Go to any book store in Japan and you'll find a whole section dedicated to bashing Koreans because they sell bucket loads.

Eg. Why I'm glad I wasn't born in Korea, Why the whole world hates Koreans, Why Korea can never overtake Japan, etc. etc.

Then look at social media sites, youtube etc, where according to a survey conducted by a Japanese university, 80% of all comments are anti-Korean.

Unfortunately, this happens every day in Japan.

The Koreans only act like this when the Japanese antagonize Korea. (Eg. backtracking on the 1965 agreement that individuals have a right to claim, honoring war criminals, waving rising sun flag, distorting history etc.).

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Posted in: Colonial-era Korean laborers want Mitsubishi compensation See in context

It's amazing how so many Japanese are blindly follow the government's rhetoric regarding this issue.

Japan did not extinguish the rights of any individual (whether Korean or Japanese) in the 1965 agreement. The agreement did not include this because the treaty would not have been ratified by the Diet if it included clauses extinguishing the rights of Japanese citizens.

As a result, the Japanese government in 1991 admitted twice, through Yanai Shunji, in the Japanese Diet that an individual’s right to file a claim had not been terminated despite the 1965 bilateral agreements.

Furthermore, Foreign Minister Shiina informed the Special Committee on the Treaty between Japan and Korea that the treaty "only waives the right to diplomatic protection but not individual rights."

Even last year, Taro Kono told reporters that a victim’s individual right to file a claim had not expired when Korea's Supreme Court verdict was upheld last year, but later changed his stance saying that Korea violated the 1965 bilateral treaty.

The Abe government's stubborn stance and backtracking are all to avoid paying damages, not just to the South but to North Koreans. Just wait and see how the Japanese government will react after all the victims are dead.

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Posted in: Japan says it, not S Korea, should have taken action on Russian plane See in context

@ pacificwest

The USA has never accept or "understood" Takeshima is Korean territory.

Even you know that.

I don't know how you people can spend your lives online posting the exact opposite of the truth, day in, day out.

It will rot your soul out eventually.

Actually the USA did understand. It's the Japanese government (yet again!) reneging on an agreement which was made with the US.

Dokdo was Korean until the Japanese illegally seized it during the occupation. It was then rightfully returned to Korea after Japan's surrender in WWII under SCAPIN (1946):

SCAPIN-677 Article 3: For the purpose of this directive, Japan is defined to include … excluding (a) Utsuryo (Ullung) Island, Liancourt Rocks [(Dokdo)]…and Quelpart (Saishu or Cheju) Island …

It's such a shame that so many Japanese blindly follow the government's fake stories.

Before you know it, the government will start making stories that Cheju and Ullung are Japanese territories as well and its people will start to blindly follow that narrative as well.

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Posted in: Japan says it, not S Korea, should have taken action on Russian plane See in context

Funny how the Japanese government belatedly comes up with a story saying that they scrambled jets to intercept the Russian and Chinese planes to show its people that Dokdo is its territory. So where were they Abe?

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Posted in: 22 forced sterilization victims without records to be compensated See in context

This is a black eye on Japan and I can not image the pain, suffering and embarrassment these people are having to go through here. The government NOT keeping records as well is so "un-Japanese"

More likely the records were trashed to protect those who did the surgery and the government! Not unheard of here!

Face the reality, this is so Japanese. The Japanese will always deny records to save face and limit compensation.

During WWII, the military and government kept detailed records of, for example, comfort women, but to this date the Japanese government has kept denying the existence of such records as it is too ashamed to show the world the atrocious acts committed by its military.

However, we know that these documents exist because there were some that were discovered in China and Korea after the soldiers retreated.

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Posted in: S Korean jets fire 360 rounds of warning shots at Russian warplane See in context

*Japan has suggested settling the dispute three times at the ICJ and South Korea has refused. Obviously they have no confidence in winning a favorable ruling from an objective third party tribunal.*

There is no dispute. It is only the Japanese government and people who have tried to escalate it into a dispute.

Dokdo was always Korean until the Japanese Empire illegally seized it during the occupation of Korea. It was rightfully returned to Korea after Japan's surrender in WWII under SCAPIN (1946):

SCAPIN-677 Article 3: For the purpose of this directive, Japan is defined to include … excluding (a) Utsuryo (Ullung) Island, Liancourt Rocks [(Dokdo)]…and Quelpart (Saishu or Cheju) Island …

The Japanese government sure are good at brainwashing its citizens.

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Posted in: S Korean jets fire 360 rounds of warning shots at Russian warplane See in context

Funny how the Japanese government belatedly comes up with a story saying that they scrambled jets to intercept the Russian and Chinese planes. Where were they?

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Posted in: S Koreans boycott Japanese beer See in context

@showchinmono

And one big difference is why there are still so many ( getting less and less as time goes on) of old Taiwanese people over there who still miss good old their Japanese days.

...there are still so many....???

Believe your utopia propaganda where a few have been interviewed to represent the majority.

You talking with unverified numbers as facts just shows your double standard when it comes to giving evidence.

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Posted in: S Koreans boycott Japanese beer See in context

@ showchinmono

*Speaking only Korean narratives as truth just proves you are heavily brainwashed. Japan's ruled both countries in the same way. But Taiwanese don't have as negative views, don't grudge, against Japan as Koreans. as simple as that. Basing the difference between 2 countries perceptions on some sort of unverified victim numbers and on some fabricated stories and lies is all you have done to excuse Korean character.*

Just taking the cases of Yasukuni-visit, Rising sun Flag allergy, where you cannot make excuse by the difference in scale, Taiwanese were never as hysteric as Koreans. There were 200k Taiwanese soldiers for IJA, There were Taiwanese wartime laborers some of whom visit Japan in 2013 to join 70th ceremony. Taiwan has territorial dispute over Senkaku too.

Right, so everything was the same. Same number of soldiers, same number of comfort women, same number of massacres, etc. Therefore, since Taiwanese don't hold a grudge against Japan so Korea shouldn't either. Believe that brainwashed propaganda if you like,

But lets just assume everything was the same.

Did Japan invade Taiwan every 300 years, ransack their merchant ships and ports every year, kidnap artisans, monks and skilled laborers, destroy their ancient cities, assassinate a royal family member, across a span of more than a 1000 years, and furthermore divide Taiwan in half?

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Posted in: S Koreans boycott Japanese beer See in context

@ Kazuaki Shimazaki @showchinmono

No, the treaty is as exactly as I mentioned (although I used layman's terms rather than legal gibberish).

But unfortunately you have no courts exists to help you to do so.

That is why, it is understood by both Japan and Korea that the properties, rights and interest refer to rights with clear and solid legal foundations.

Substantiated rights did not include claim rights, the latter being unsettled rights for which the legal foundation can be disputed. Therefore, compensation for damages were not even included in the substantiated rights.

With no terms qualified, claims is unlimited and includes any possible damage claims.

Actually, claims are specifically outlined as mentioned by @Flute in the 8 items.

Tanba-san also gave the following concrete examples to the Diet:

Property, rights and interest - "creditor rights, rights to collateral, and the right to demand receivables"

Claim rights - "claims for compensation for damages for which evidence is lacking, pain and suffering claims, and wage claims etc."

The Japanese government is fully aware that individual rights to claims have not been extinguished and spoke so on numerous occasions. It's unfortunate that the government today is back-flipping on that agreement.

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Posted in: S Koreans boycott Japanese beer See in context

@ showchinmono

If KMT( and it’s soldiers) was not so negative despite they were the ones who fought bloody war, and existing islanders and mainland escapees didn’t have negative views, That’s just Taiwanese didn’t (and still don’t) have negative views toward Japan. Just as simple as that.

Finally, thank you, exactly my point.

As for the comparison with Korea, my answer was in relation to why Taiwan can forgive but Korea cannot forgive. To explain the difference obviously requires a comparison.

So speaking the truth about Japan's atrocities is considered brainwashing? Seems like you are the brainwashed person.

And for your information, the Korean's view of Japan began improving until the Abe government came in and started (yet again) whitewashing history, worshiping murderers, saying the comfort women were legal, reneging on individual claims, claiming Dokdo as its own etc. It wasn't the Korean government that brainwashed the people, it was the Japanese government that continued to show no remorse for its actions that got the Koreans angry. An apology isn't an apology until remorse is shown.

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Posted in: S Koreans boycott Japanese beer See in context

@ showchinmono

I enjoyed all these craps. Well done. especially " The Kuomintang therefore would never have such a negative view of Japan." who actually fought against Japan. Bu ha ha. But I advise you to get appropriate license from Taiwanese to speak on behalf of Taiwanese.

So tell me, how would the Kuomintang party benefit by promoting negative views of Japan to its citizens if the existing islanders and mainland escapees don't have negative views? My point had nothing to do with KMT defending China from Japanese attacks.

Shows the level of intelligence if one is to respond with 'these crap'. Truth may hurt, but the sooner you acknowledge it, the sooner Japan and Korea can move forward.

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Posted in: S Koreans boycott Japanese beer See in context

@ Lone Cabal, @yoshisan88

South Korea is not blackmailing Japan.

If you read the "Agreement on the Settlement of Problems concerning Property and Claims and on Economic Co-operation" made between Korea and Japan, the reparation included all claims for property including those raised at the individual level. But such properties only include confiscated land, food, machinery, resources etc. of individuals. That is, "Property".

Claims for damages made by individuals as compensation for inhumane acts such as sufferings, rape, torture, accidents, human experiments, murder, etc. are not even included. That is, "Damages".

If you have a drive and accidentally hit a person, your insurer is not going to pay you if you only have property damage cover (which covers accidents with other cars and other property). You need liability insurance for the insurer to pay damages to the injured person.

The Japanese government at that time didn't want to include the word 'damages', as it meant they admitted their colonization was illegal which they were ashamed of.

However, the Japanese government in 1991 admitted twice, through Yanai Shunji, in the Japanese Diet that an individual’s right to file a claim had not been terminated due to the 1965 bilateral agreements.

Furthermore, the 1996 U.N. resolution by Commission On Human Rights recommended that Japan accept legal responsibility and pay compensation to individual victims of Japanese military sexual slavery, which Japan refused erroneously arguing that it is all covered under the blanket 1965 treaty.

Yet even more recently, Taro Kono told reporters that a victim’s individual right to file a claim had not expired when Korea's Supreme Court verdict was upheld last year. It's funny how he now changed his stance saying that Korea violated the 1965 bilateral treaty.

The Abe government's stubborn stance and backtracking are all to avoid paying damages, not just to the South but to North Koreans. Just wait and see how the Japanese government will react after all the victims are dead. By then, it will be too little too late.

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Posted in: S Koreans boycott Japanese beer See in context

@ shonanbb

The Taiwanese love the Japanese and they were occupied as well. Get over it Korea.

Your comment is quite naive and ignorant.

First, the degree of brutality inflicted upon the countries is not even comparable between Taiwan and Korea. There were in excess of 200,000 comfort women from Korea, while only 1,000 from Taiwan. Most of the human experiments were on Koreans, not Taiwanese. Most of the massacres were on Koreans and Chinese, not Taiwanese. Koreans were mobilized to Japan, Sakhalin, Far east Russia, etc, to serve the Japanese, not the Taiwanese. More Koreans died participating in Japan's imperial ambitions than the Taiwanese. In other words, more Korean families were affected than the Taiwanese.

Second, a third of the Taiwanese population back then did not even live in occupied Taiwan. They fled communist China to Taiwan after Japan surrendered. China is a large country and I would say that more than 80% of people did not even see a Japanese soldier during it's occupation. The Kuomintang therefore would never have such a negative view of Japan.

Third, of the actual people that lived in Taiwan under Japanese rule, the Japanese extensively brainwashed the people saying that the occupation was better for them. Koreans were not that naive.

I have Taiwanese friends and although they don't hate the Japanese, they don't love them like you say they do.

Koreans want closure for sure. But it's the Japanese government's sincere apology that will only work.

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Posted in: S Koreans boycott Japanese beer See in context

@ Alejandro Coyle

This all has nothing to do with economy or trade. Is this ancient hatred koreand have towards the Japanese.

It's like, because being South American, like I would stay hate Spain.

Even Israel people have no quarrel with Germany.

Japan changed. Grow up korea.

How has Japan changed?

The leaders still worship the war criminals, distort history, downplay the comfort women issue, claim Korean territory, renege on their statement that individuals have the right to claim damages despite the 1965 treaty, use the rising sun flag, downplay and backtrack apologies etc. These actions prove no closure to the past in the eyes of the victims. They are still constantly reminded of the past because of the Japanese government's actions. So what change are you referring to?

You are right in that there is a deep distrust for the Japanese. And who can blame them. Koreans have been attacked by Japan almost every single year for over 1000 years. Eg. invasions every 300 years, pirate attacks annually, burning and ransacking of historical cities, kidnapping of artisans etc. etc. For 99% of the history, Korea has been attacked by Japan in one form or another. Only in the recent 70 years has Japan not attacked Korea - albeit physically. Instead the government does it psychologically through un-remorseful actions inflicting pains of the victims.

How dare you tell Korea to grow up when Japan has not even been remorseful for her actions?

The apologies made by the Japanese government are lip service. Any criminal can apologize but it's the actions that follow that truly indicate whether they are remorseful or not. Japan for her part has not acted remorsefully for a successful closure.

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Posted in: Japan says S Korea must rebuild trust to facilitate talks on trade See in context

Shows the double standard of the Japanese government.

On the one side, they have trust issues when it comes to trade, on the other side, they don't have trust issues when it comes to sharing military information and want to maintain GSOMIA.

It's funny how Japan can accuse South Korea for leaking materials into North Korea (without any evidence), when Japan itself couldn't control equipment used for military leaking into North Korea.

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Posted in: Japan-S Korea row over history, trade deepens as man dies of immolation in Seoul See in context

@ Bruce Kidd

It doesn't help when the Japanese government keeps reminding the Koreans of their past atrocities. Honoring the war criminals, raising the rising sun flag, changing historical facts, trying to reclaim Dokdo, ignoring the comfort women issue, whitewashing the occupation as saying it was to modernize Korea etc. And people like you who are ignorant on these issues and blame the Korean government for not moving past WWII.

It's funny how everyone thinks that the Koreans should easily forget and move forward. I don't think it's that easy. For over a 1000 years, Japan invaded Korea every 300 years, Japanese pirates attacked Korean merchant ships/harbors every year, Japanese military burnt or destroyed cultural and historical monuments all over Korea (imagine Kyoto and Nara being completely destroyed!), kidnapped Korean artisans and craftsman etc. It's only in the last 70 years when Japan did not attack Korea at all.

So now you come and say Koreans cannot forget when 99% of their history of over 1000 years involved the Japanese attacking Korea. Go figure.

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Posted in: Japan-S Korea row over history, trade deepens as man dies of immolation in Seoul See in context

@ showchinmono

Please enlighten us all when and how Germans made such apologies to it's ex-colonies

Thanks for proving my point. No Europeans in the list, which is where the Germans did the atrocious acts. The Germans only colonized the countries you mentioned, not do inhumane acts.

German acted like an adult and apologized conclusively and decisively, unlike the Japanese who skirt the issue and leave it until everyone is dead.

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Posted in: Japan-S Korea row over history, trade deepens as man dies of immolation in Seoul See in context

@ oldman_13

Which part of 'successful' apologies I mentioned is it hard for you to NOT understand?

You just brought up one example of the many 'apologies' made by the Japanese.

Any criminal can make apologies after the crime, but it's the actions that follow that make it a successful apology.

If I were the Japanese, I would have made proper apologies and be very remorseful and not do actions that the Koreans are against. Japanese have never done this and left it too late.

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Posted in: Japan-S Korea row over history, trade deepens as man dies of immolation in Seoul See in context

There are reasons why the Germans have been forgiven and the Japanese not.

Amnesty International defines successful apologies as follows:

1) Acknowledging what’s done wrong by clearly stating the offence and describing the effect

2) Accepting responsibility for what’s done

3) Expressing sincere regret and profound remorse

4) Promising that such action would not be repeated

5) Making reparation through concrete measures

1) The present Japanese government has modified the statements of past leaders, distorted or concealed the truth regarding military sexual slavery, and deleted factual information from the textbooks. The Germans have acknowledged their wrong doings conclusively and decisively, unlike the Japanese.

2) Abe's continued stance that the operation of comfort women were all legal shows that the government is not accepting responsibility.

3) Japanese leaders continue to do things that bring sufferings to the victims. Eg. visit war shrines to worship war criminals, use of the militaristic rising sun flag etc. Does Angela Merkel bow at Hitler's remains (supposedly in a river)? Is the swastika ever used?

4) Never made a promise

5) Reparation agreement in 2015 was not through concrete discussions with individuals. Even the German's apologised individually to the victims, and that's when most of the victims were alive. More than half of the Korean sex slaves were already dead when the first 'apologies' were made by Japanese.

Although the Japanese government insists that they have apologized numerous times, the victims of the military sexual slavery find it more of a lip service rather than a sincere apology as actions and words are never aligned.

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Posted in: Japan-S Korea row over history, trade deepens as man dies of immolation in Seoul See in context

The 1965 treaty does not settle all claims.

The "Agreement on the Settlement of Problems concerning Property and Claims and on Economic Co-operation" includes all claims for property raised at the individual level. But such properties only include confiscated land, food, machinery, resources etc. of individuals. That is, "Property".

Claims for damages made by individuals as compensation for sufferings, rape, torture, accidents, human experiments, murder, etc. are not even included. That is, "Damages".

Unfortunately, this is the Japanese government's own undoing because at that time they thought that by including the word 'damages', it meant they admitted their colonization was illegal which they were ashamed of.

Even the Japanese government in 1991 admitted twice, through Yanai Shunji, in the Japanese Diet that an individual’s right to file a claim had not been terminated despite bilateral agreements like the 1965 treaty.

Furthermore, the 1996 U.N. resolution by Commission On Human Rights recommended that Japan accept legal responsibility and pay compensation to individual victims of Japanese military sexual slavery, which Japan refused erroneously arguing that it is all covered under the blanket 1965 treaty.

Yet even more recently, Taro Kono told reporters that a victim’s individual right to file a claim had not expired when Korea's Supreme Court verdict was upheld last year. It's funny how he now changed his stance saying that Korea violated the agreement on a permanent solution reached through the 1965 bilateral treaty.

The Abe government's stubborn stance and backtracking are all to avoid paying damages, not just to the South but to North Koreans.

The case regarding the Korean Courts seizure of assets did not fall under the realm of the 1965 treaty.

In hindsight, it seems as though the loss of face in 1965 would have been the far better option for Japan.

BTW, Korea only received USD 300 million, the other USD 500 million were loans which they had paid back. This is paltry compared to the USD 10 billion that US and Britain received.

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