S.Korea Harasses a Critic by Refusing Entry

No freedom of speech in S.Korea

On 27 July, Ozonfa(呉善花), who is a critical writer and a professor at Takushoku University, naturalized in Japan from S.Korea, was refused entry to S.Korea. She said when she arrived at Incheon Airport in S.K., she was stopped at immigration and was denied entry. The immigration officer refused to answer the reason for the denial, no matter how many times she asked. She had to turn straight back into Japan. She was just trying to attend her relative’s wedding ceremony there.
Ozonfa is known in Japan for her severe criticism against S.K’s perceptions of history. She said that the S.K. govt shouldn’t have done such deeds if they thought they were civilized.
S.K. has denied 3 Japanese Diet members entry to the country without any cause before. They only planned to view Takeshima(Dokdo) from Ulleungdo(鬱陵島).
It is said that S. Koreans cannot say good things about Japan without risking their lives. People who praise Japan or Japanese, if only a little, could be roundly accused by the public. They get anti-Japanese education from a very young age. Parents teach their children “you can do everything to defeat Japanese”. They made a specific legal rule to punish people who cooperated with Japan during the colonial period.
The only sure thing is that S.K. is still neither a civilized country nor a democracy.

Ms.Ozonfa appeared on a Japanese YouTube video program by Channel Sakura after the incident.

(Hereinafter, a partial transcript of a conversation on the video. not verbatim translation)

Ozonfa says ..
I asked many times why I could not enter S.K., but the immigration officer said “We can’t say anything about it. We only obey orders from above” repeatedly. I was absolutely disgusted with S.K’s response to me. My name seems to be on a blacklist of the immigration office.

Satoru Mizushima, who owns the Ch. Sakura TV and a social commentator, says ..
It’s a serious diplomatic problem. S.K. has often broken the international rules. Even though it proclaims itself a democracy with freedom of speech, it didn’t allow an innocent foreigner into the country. According to the NHK news, the S.Korean authorities said they couldn’t tell the real reason for the exclusion to anybody but her. However, Ms.Ozonfa said she heard nothing from them. S.K. broke a rule also in a soccer match between Japan and S.K. in the East Asian Cup recently.

Yuichi Maeda, a film analyst and a commentator of Ch. Sakura, describes the outline of the soccer game case..
In the Japan-S.K. match in the East Asian Cup held in Seoul on 28 July, the S. Korean supporters displayed a huge banner that read, “People who forget their history do not have a future”, using the game to get publicity for their political claim about a historical issue. They also held up a big banner showing a portrait of An Jungun who assassinated Hirobumi Ito, the first prime minister of Japan.
I wonder why they dared to do such things? It is clearly a regulatory violation of FIFA to make a political claim at an international soccer match.

Mizushima says..
S.K. also has made a fuss by holding up a sign with slogan over territorial issues with Japan in the socer game of Japan and S.K. in London Olympics. They seem to have not come to be able to observe the rules, worse still, S.K. was the host country for this East Asian Cup…
The point of this time incident is that the S.Korean media also excoriated her with the govt. What’s going on in S.Korean journalism?

Kazuo Ijiri, an ex-professor at Takushoku University says..
I would say from my experience that the S. Korean media have neither neutrality nor objectivity, besides never even being reasonable. Whether personally or as a nation, they couldn’t give a reaction in a rational way. So, no matter how rationally the Japanese side deal with the Koreans, they could not communicate acceptably with S. Koreans. It’s absurd.

Ozonfa says..
The most possible reason for refusing entry into S.K is my verbal critical activity because that’s all I’m doing now. If so, S.K. is not a civilized country. The thing they did to me is nothing but suppression of free speech. The right to freedom of speech is a minimum requisite for a civilized country. If it really were civilized, at least one media must have criticized the govt’s suppression of free speech against me. However, now they do nothing other than harass me intensely. The S.K. people should feel shame at the conduct by the govt this time as a member of the international community.

Mizushima says..
I don’t think Prof.Ozonfa does mean to write something bad about S.K but only analyzes the problems of S.K in a non-emotional manner as a journalist. Japan also has its strengths and weaknesses, but every Japanese can criticize Japan’s weaknesses openly and sharply.

Ozonfa says..
The S. Korean media or people are criticizing me without deeper knowledge about me. They are not qualified to be journalists. They hate me because I wrote the truth about S.K. However, even if I wrote what the S. Koreans don’t want to hear, the govt should not act like this. That is not what a civilized nation does. I just want to advise the Koreans on what they really need.

Mizushima says..
Korea these days looks odd. For instance, they try to even violate the Japan-S.K Basic Relations Treaty signed between both parties formally by dredging up the compensation issue already settled. They are also refusing to return the Buddha statue to Japan, which was stolen from a Japanese temple by the Korean theft ring, against the international rule. I feel Korea is getting worse rapidly.

Ozonfa says..
The South Koreans see anything only for sentimental reasons especially in relation to Japan. So no matter how true or right things Japanese people say, they are not even going to listen to that. That is a crying shame. First, I want S.Korean intellectual people to be open to others’ opinions. The govt, people, media, anything and everything have a strong anti-Japan sentiment there, so they developed this sort of inappropriate behavior by democratic people. I feel hopeless seeing that nobody responds with sharp criticism to the attitude of the govt toward me. For North Korea it may be possible, but I can’t believe this happened in S. Korea.

Mizushima says..
This could be a big disadvantage to S.K as the world would regard S.K as a country that can neither understand common sense nor follow the international laws. Some Koreans hang the “People who forget the history have no future” sign at the East Asian Cup, but the slogan suits S.K better (sigh), and if they keep on acting like that, they would really have no future.

Kazuo Ijiri says..
Now S.Korea seems to become a totalitarian country in the direction of anti-Japan.

Ozonfa says..
Although each country should be able to have each historical perception, there is only one for S.K and it trys to mold the other country’s one into their own liking. This is the history issue that the SKrean side has. I guess that for S.Kreans, denying me entry to S.K means to denying Japan, .

Mizushima says..
I suspect the decision may be an order from the president. That means it is the will of the nation. This is a major problem. We cannot leave this issue unsettled as Japanese. We are going to make an appeal to our govt or ruling lawmakers.

Ozonfa says..
As the S.Korean public are feeling significant insecurity either socially or economically, they maybe concentrate on anti-Japan activities for getting out of the insecurity. I would like the korean knowledgeable persons to handle Japan-Korea disputes more calmly and carefully. I also would like to say Japan should relate with Korea at a distance.
The Korean govt violated my freedom of expression evidently. Some day anybody against Korea will not be able to enter into S.K. It couldn’t change under such circumstances and there is no future in S.Korea. I want Korea to be a nation where the people with different views can exist together.

(sorry if mistranslation)

“When will US & JP’s financing help for China be over?”

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Developed countries have not extended economic assistance to China in order to help the country become a military superpower and invade its neighbors.
Watching how China interacts with its neighboring countries these days, we find that the territorial dispute with Japan has nothing to do with historical issues between Japan and China.

“When will US & JP’s financing help for China be over?”

The US media had argued that it was no longer viable in today’s situation, where China has achieved rapid economic growth, for Japan and the US to continue to provide financial help to China every year.

Foreign Policy, an American magazine specializing in foreign affairs, published the article on 12th July, saying that Japanese and Americans are raising serious questions about their continued financing of China, while the country is not only the greatest competitor for Japan and the US geopolitically, it also overtook Japan in economy size as the world’s second-largest economy in 2010.

Furthermore, according to the article, the US govt gave China 28.3 million dollars in economic aid in 2012 to spend on an environmental program, the development of rules of law and the battle against AIDS in China. Even though Japan and China have been in a touch-and-go situation with a great deal of complexity, Japan provided China with 8 hundred million dollars in 2011 due to Japan’s feeling guilty about the historical issues between the two countries. And now peoples of Japan and the US have come to express their opinion that their govts should stop giving aid to China because it already has the ability to solve its social problems on its own.

In addition, the media reports that the peoples of supporting countries to China including Japan and the US feel the aid unreasonable, and wonder how much longer they will have to aid China’s development before they can stop giving aid to such a country as China that is beginning to finance Asian-African developing countries aggressively. http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20130716-00000041-scn-cn

Need Reinvestigation of Comfort Women

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The Koreans are putting up a statue of comfort women from one to another in the US (why in the US?, not in SK? I think). I’m not sure whether the taking of women by force or “sex slave” is true or not yet because I have seen the Koreans have lied without reservation about history or other things.

For instance, they dare to claim Confucius was Korean or Chinese characters originated in the Korean Peninsula (crazy!). Also they claim unique Japanese cultures identified and agreed upon by the world in history such as Judo, Katate, Sado (Japanese art of tea ceremony), Samurai, Ninja, etc., originated in Korea and spread the fabrications all over the world. Again their govt has not announced an enormous amount of reparation money from Japan officially for a long time, and driven its people to anti-Japanese demonstrations, seeing with a straight face them saying “Japan neither apologizes nor makes reparations.” It can’t be helped to be said that they are the people who don’t much feel guilty for lying. So, the Korean’s side of the stories is to be suspected.

However, it doesn’t mean that the Japanese military were totally innocent about the comfort women issue because there seems to have been non-Korean testimonies and witnesses. WW2 was a long and massive war. Especially in its final phase the Japanese army might lose control over its front-line soldiers. A lot of tragedies would happen there. Even in these cases, they should be set apart from such systematic atrocities as the Nazis did.

Anyway now is just like a situation where many blind men touch different parts of an elephant and each says in his/her own way “The elephant is something like that..”
Now the issue needs a systematic reinvestigation by setting up a committee of independent and impartial experts in history and international law.

Actually Japan Drifts to the Right?

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There are some peoples who say with enthusiasm that Japan is drifting to the right. Is it really like that? Is Japan just trying to only become a normal country whose people care about the land they live on as every coutry’s people do?

Japan has apologized over and over again and made many reparations to the victim countries after the war.
The problem is that some govts of these countries have not only not informed the public about these facts but have also provided their people with terrible anti-Japan educations for a long time. Therefore, no matter how much Japan shows its sincerity, it couldn’t establish better relations with them. Actually, it was only in 2005 that the S.Korean people knew about Japan-Republic of Korea Basic Relations Treaty of 1965, 40 years after of the conclusion of the treaty!, in which the two countries came to important arrangements about postwar reparations, and Japan promised to offer a huge amount of money to S.K, roughly 1.5 times the national budget of it at the time. Later, S.K govt received it without telling its people. In addition Japan has supported the Korean govt every time it was hit by a currency crisis or economic troubles by giving 1-1.5 billion-dollar per event or by concluding bilateral swap agreements with S.K, of course, these also have been disclosed in public.

If Japan seems to have take a tougher line to these countries recently, it might be because the Japanese govt is gradually begining to doubt whether these countries really are worthy of its confidence?, they really can follow the international rules? For example, nonsensically, the number of Nanjing Massacre’s victims is increasing substantially every year in China, or they say in S.K parents have taught their children “You do every bad thing for beating Japanese” and now the children have been speaking evil of Japan with mixture of fact and fiction to the people of the world just in keeping with the teaching, or if Japan remarks against their will a bit, their govt incite a riot against Japan and sometimes makes its people destroy Japanese company buildings there and doesn’t try to make any compensation for their enormous loss. I wonder why such violence could be allowed in the international community these days?
I dare say, instead the international community accuses Japan of the issue of comfort women 70 years ago, it should have more interest in China’s violence directed against Japan,Tibet and Vietnam or tens of thousands of N.Korean women who said to be sold openly to China near the borther between N.K and China NOW.

the U.S. ‘s annual report about China

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A new age where people cannot criticize China’s autocratic manners for fear of its economic and military power seems to be just around the corner.
It pretended to be asleep when it was weak and poor, but has moved ahead with built-up arms and doesn’t even try to hide its ambitions with its increasing economic development. China is trying to bring last century’s barbaric and egocentric views of the state into the world again today where people have been overcoming these faults in one way or another through the experiences of two world wars. I don’t think the world should allow China to continue such deeds.
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The Baseline of China around Senkaku is the breach of international law

7 May, 2013 Mainichi Shinbun

On May 6th, the U.S. Department of Defense released its annual report about the military force of China.
The report points out that “in September 2012, China began using improperly drawn straight baseline claims around the Senkaku Islands, adding to its network of maritime claims inconsistent with international law.” over the Senkaku islands in Okinawa Prefeture. It has adopted a negative stance consistently on taking a particular position over the issue of territorial rights, but accordingly the report states that China’s behavior was unjustified.
On September, the Chinese govt set its own baseline to show China’s sovereignty over Senkaku and submitted the material to the UN as a countermeasure to Japan’s nationalization of the Senkaku Islands. Although the Japanese govt doesn’t accept it, China’s public ships, such as those used for marine patrol, have violated Japanese territorial waters in the surrounding sea repeatedly since then. The Japanese and U.S. governments agree on the position of, “We stand against any unilateral action by force, which tries to change the existing state”, and continue to monitor China’s comings and goings.
(The rest is omitted)
http://mainichi.jp/select/news/20130507k0000e030094000c.html
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An excerpt from Annual report to Congress of th US

The Chinese government maintains that its maritime rights extend to virtually the entire South China Sea and often illustrates this claim using a “nine-dash line” that encompasses much of the South China Sea area. At the same time, Beijing is ambiguous about the precise meaning of the nine-dash line; to date, China has not clarified the meaning of the nine-dash line or its legal basis. In April 2012, Chinese maritime law enforcement vessels and Philippine coast guard vessels engaged in a protracted standoff at Scarborough Reef, after the Philippine Navy attempted to conduct a fishing enforcement action against Chinese fishermen.
Although overt tensions between China and the Philippines subsided by year’s end, both sides continue to claim jurisdiction over the reef. Chinese law enforcement vessels have maintained an almost continuous presence ever since.
In November 2012, China also added a map which contained the nine-dash line to all of its new passports. This action elicited negative responses from other nations in the Asia-Pacific region. China’s increased reference in official government materials to the nine-dash line is a source of concern to its neighbors and other nations because, at a minimum, it creates an impression that China is not merely claiming all the land features within the nine-dash line, but it may also be claiming a special sovereign status of all the water and the sea-bed contained therein.
China claims sovereignty over the Senkaku Islands (what the Chinese refer to as the Diaoyu Islands) in the East China Sea, territory also claimed by Taiwan and Japan. In April 2012, the Governor of Tokyo announced plans to purchase three of the five islets from private Japanese owners. In response, in September 2012, the Government of Japan purchased the three islands. China protested the move and since that time has regularly sent maritime law enforcement ships (and, less often, aircraft) to patrol near the Senkakus to protect its claims; this has included regular Chinese maritime operations within 12nm of the islands. On September 25, China published a white paper entitled, “Diaoyu Dao, an ’Inherent Territory’ of China.” In addition, in September 2012, China began using improperly drawn straight baseline claims around the Senkaku Islands, adding to its network of maritime claims inconsistent with international law. In December 2012, China submitted information to the U.N. Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf regarding China’s extended continental shelf in the East China Sea that includes the disputed islands.
http://www.defense.gov/pubs/2013_China_Report_FINAL.pdf

Right to Blame

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China’s military budget has become the second largest in the world after America. It has been increasing at an unusually rapid rate, more than double in the past 6 years. Now it is beginning to step on the toes of other countries’ territories with its massive military power, having an intensive conflict with Japan, Philippines and Vietnam over the Senkaku Islands and the South China Sea. It has also become a serious problem that China has tortured many Tibetan monks, pushed them to suicide after invading Tibet and has been cracking down on Uighur.

On the other hand, Japan has maintained the pacifist Constitution since the end of the war, which advocates the renunciation of war and complete pacifism, for which even the right to life of Japanese could be threatened if Japan were to go into real combat. An attempt to revision of the constitution still could face stubborn opposition from its own people. As the constitution prohibits Japan from sending the Self-Defense Forces to a war zone, they have never killed even a single foreigner after the war. So, again, Japan’s contributions to the United Nations is still the world’s second largest after America. It has provided financial and technological aid to developing countries generously and played a big role for peace and development of the world ever. Its people of today hate any kind of conflict or speaking ill of other countries.

I think it is absurdly illogical that in spite of the above situation China describes Japan as “becoming militarized” or blames Japan on the war that happened 68 years before. I guess most Japanese can’t believe their ears to hear China’s accusation against Japan, and would say “Why are we Japanese who have practiced pacifism seriously criticized for militarization by China that continues military expansion and endangers the safety of its neighbors even now ?”

It’s ironic..

This article appeared in Sankei Shinbun 27 May. 2006, written by Kevin M Doak who is a professor of University of Illinois.
It says, it’s ironic that China who works toward a military power desperately accuses the Japanese PM of visiting Yasukuni. I agree with this remark.

The Impropriety of Interfering with Memorial Services
by Kevin M Doak

It is quite ironic that Chinese government accuses PM Junichiro Koizumi of visiting Yasukuni shrine in relation to Japan’s militarism or glorifying war. Now the whole world knows China is building the arsenals on a massive scale. The militarist China itself accuses the Japanese PM of visiting Yasukuni by saying that Japan trends toward militarism. The asserting that a country is militaristic because its PM visits its shrine is something like a bad joke. If China consistently condemns the visit to Yasukuni, they should find more stronger reasons.

It is nothing more than China’s excuse that it connects the visit to Yasukuni with militarism. It is a fact that the reason why China makes critical attacks on Yasukuni is not only to use them as weapons of politics or diplomacy against Japan, but to counteract religions or belief from fear. The Chinese govt. is controlled by the Communist Party and every communist is an overt anti-religious atheist. The Communist Party has the stance that they denies any religions or belief essentially and tries to impose such a undemocratic principle on a diplomatic society, Japan. The principle leads to suppression of freedom and human rights of the people.

China accuses Japan’s class-A war criminals but no matter how bad Hideki Tojo and others were, they might matter much less than Mao Tse-tung who killed more than 20 million of his people. Yet Mao received China’s highest accolade after his death and the people expressed their sympathy for him. According to the logic that China uses to Japan, the Chinese people also should not express their condolences for Mao due to his “Crime” in his lifetime, but I would like to recognize their right to do it. This is not a matter that foreign nations or people should get involved in.
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Many foreign troops visited Yasukuni Shrine

The country whose military has the most frequency visited Yasukuni formally is the USA, the second is Germany.
Especially the military attaches of the German Embassy in Japan always visit there both upon arriving in and just before leaving Japan.

Until some time ago, Japanese ministers used to visit Yasukuni shrine as a matter of course. It, however, slipped into a troublesome political issue insidiously. I think main players in complicating the situation would be left-wing powers which came into the postwar Japan and have worked behind the scenes. They always have emitted smoke without fire, spoiled relations between Japan and the rest of the East Asian countries.
Normally, it would make no sense for differing with other country’s way of enshrining its war dead. Even the US army that was engaged in mortal combat with Japan in the past war has viseted Yasukuni many times, and of course successive Japanese PMs also have visited Arlington Cemetery.
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. . . .* Militaries that have ever visited Yasukuni*

Commander Ricardo Laure and the 51 crew of the Juan Sebastián Elcano,training squadron of the Spanish navy

Commander Ricardo Laure of the Juan Sebastián Elcano, training squadron of the Spanish navy, and his 50 crew members

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General Lieutenant Johanes Steinhoff of Luftwaffe

General Lieutenant Johanes Steinhoff of Luftwaffe

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Rear Admiral Daniel.T.Smith, Captain general of the US Army in Japan, and 25 top officials

Rear Admiral Daniel.T.Smith, Captain general of the US Army in Japan, and 25 top officials

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Crew members and cadets of the french escort ship Victor Cherchez and the aircraft carrier Jeanne d'Arc

Crew members and cadets of the French escort ship Victor Cherchez and the aircraft carrier Jeanne d’Arc

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Cadets of Army-Navy-Air Force of Italy

Cadets of Army-Navy-Air Force of Italy

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Ambassadors to Japan, Colonel Sylva and cadets of the Emeraldas, training squadron of the Chilean navy

Colonel Sylva and cadets of the Emeraldas, training squadron of the Chilean navy, and Ambassador of Chile to Japan

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Military attaches of Brazil,Israel, Pohland and Turkey

Military attaches of Brazil,Israel, Poland and Turkey

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Captain Luis and his 60 men of training squadron of Peru

Captain Luis and his 60 men of training squadron of Peru

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Cadets of the United States Air Force Academy

Cadets of the United States Air Force Academy

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Minister of Defense Andreotti and the cadets of Army-Navy-Air Force of Italy

Minister of Defense Andreotti and cadets of Army-Navy-Air Force of Italy

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Major of Marines Oscarmás, Captain of the Libertad, training squadron of the Argentina navy, and navy cadets.

Cadets and Lieutenant commander Oscarmás of Commanding officer of the Libertad, training squadron of the Argentina navy

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Major of marines ,a commander of training squadron of Thailand

Major of marines Bantom, a commander of training squadron of Thailand

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Captain of the Custódio de Melo,training squadron of Brazil, cadets and 120 crew

Captain of the Custódio de Melo, s training squadron of Brazil, cadets and 120 crew members