US Ambassador and Japanese Diplomat Discuss Liancourt Rock Dispute in 2006

2006 April 20

Classified By: Ambassador J. Thomas Schieffer. Reason: 1.4 (b)(d).

1. (S) At 11:00 a.m. on April 20, the Ambassador spoke with VFM Yachi, at Yachi’s request, regarding simmering tensions between Japan and the ROK over a planned Japanese maritime survey near the disputed Liancourt Rocks (reftel). He explained, briefly, that the ROK intended to propose to an international commission in June that features on the bottom of the sea in the disputed area be given Korean names. Japan wants to survey the area in order to make a counter-proposal at the meeting. Korea, Yachi stated, may use force to block the survey ship. Yachi further noted that he might travel to Seoul the following day, April 21, to try to resolve the matter peacefully.

2. (S) The Ambassador stated the United States understands that Japan is within its rights under international law. The Koreans are behaving irrationally, and the United States is concerned that they may do something crazy, causing a major problem. Everyone needs to back off, he stressed, to enable the matter to be resolved peacefully. We do not want our two allies shooting at each other, he asserted. The Ambassador advised that he might get in touch with FM Aso later in the day.

3. (C) Yachi thanked the Ambassador for his concern and said he would do his best. He requested that the Ambassador send an Embassy representative to the Foreign Ministry to hear Japan’s position on the issue. SCHIEFFER

Dokdo or Takeshima?

Public Library of US Diplomacy ( wikileaks)


This is a secret document of the US government which was out of the closet by Wikileaks. The Us would have no intention of unveiling it.
Although It seems that any document or old maps reveal the Japanese legitimacy of the ownership of Takeshima (Dokdo), S.Korea claims its sovereignty over the islands fussily. Why? It is maybe because the issue is not about which side story is right in the context of historical facts. but just political one.
Recently, it just so happened that Russia took Crimea out of Ukraine by force. Pres. Obama and Western nations are huffing over Russia imposing sanctions against it. However Russia keeps on doing what it want to do, with composure. A decline in strength of the US leaves Russia, China and N-S. Korea to do whatever they like. The rest of the world should protect their own country from the outlaws all by themselves in the future.

Need Reinvestigation of Comfort Women


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?

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.

Saying at the risk of his life

Korean professer Che Kiho

Korean professer Che Kiho

This is an old Korean professor’s confession.
In Japan people talk about anything freely because we have a free-speech law. How about in S.Korea? This Korean professor says in his HP that it is a very risky attempt for him to speak the truth about history between Japan and Korea. Such suppression of free speech is originally unworthy of the democratic country. If Korean people think their historical perspective is right in the context of objective facts, they would have no occasion to remove another opinion, wouldn’t they? I want the Koreans to have more respect for laws, rules and objective facts, and they should argue about the problems between Japan and S.Korea in more calm manner。

**A Korean professor’s confession**

“I am 88 years old now. I want to speak the truth here.”
(Che Kiho崔基鎬, a guest professor of the Kaya 伽耶University of korea)

I was born in 1923 in the last years of the Korea. I want to speak “the truth” here for neither Korea nor Japan. I need a great deal of decision to do it. I have to prepare myself even for a crisis of life. But I believe this is my mission.

I was living in Seoul, sometimes went to Pyongyang or Tokyo.
The Koreans of that time were “more Japanese than the Japanese”.
We would see news film of the war before the main movie in the theater. When Japan’s victory in New Guinea Campaign was screened there was a great clapping of hands like a storm and filled “Banzai” inside the hole. As I liked movies, also used to go to the theater in Tokyo, in the same situation Japanese people were calm, adversely the Korean were very delighted just like getting an electric shock. This was an usual scene in daily life in that time. So I can’t trust the word “pro‐Japanese side” They criticize even their ancestors by using the untrustworthy words.

Korean leaders has attempt to get people to be anti-Japanists passionately in order to negate an image of “gentle and kindly Japanese” As compared to Korean and Japanese history education, whereas Japan distorts 10% of the facts, S.korea 90% of them, I think.

They haven’t taught their people about an extraordinary political corruption at the end of the Chosen Dynasty period, instead saying that Korea could have attained independence successfully if Japan had not gotten involved in it.

It is clear that Japan has improved education, medical services, industry and society’s infrastructure of Korea since Japan’s annexation of the Korean Peninsula, and laid the foundation for the modernization of the country.

I am astounded at the Koreans who condemn the Japan’s achievements by saying “That was just product of aggressive policy of Japan’s imperialism!” I will not even comment especially on such claim as “Japan’s imperialism worked against the development of the Korean national industries!”

It was the Chosen Dynasty that killed Korea’s national industries. They considered forward-thinking people as rebels, and executed not only them but also their families. The Koreans cry out, “Japan’s abuse of Koreans” or “sexual slavery”, but I can’t believe that because I know the historical truths of Korea.

Korea had been just like the hell. It remained unaltered after the Korean Empire established.

In 1904 Japan decided to provide a financial aid to Korea to save miserable state of it. For example in 1907, although Korea had annual government revenue of only 7.48 million yen, it spent more than 30 million yen annually. and Japan bore the difference of them. In 1908, it rose to 31 million yen.

What do you think about the 88 years old man’s outcry?
(sorry if mistranslations)

Accusation of Old Professor
the professor’s HP

Asian countries’ history textbooks

The following sentence is the extracts taken from an article in the Yomiuri Shinbun on 16 December, 2008, under the sub heading of “The Japanese textbook is the most controlled of all, it neither admires the war, nor fuels patriotism” The article was written on the basis of the result of ” The comparative study of history textbooks of Asian countries and America” conducted by the Stanford University.
It says..
contrary to expectations “They(Japanese history textbooks) don’t glorify the war, emphasize the importance of the military, or describe acts of heroism on the battlefield. They are timelines that only give accounts of historical events without describing narratives.” and says that on the other hand, the textbook of one of the neighboring Asian countries obviously fuels the people’s ethnic self-esteem or nationalism, some other country’s one describes their many heroic military operations proudly, but not enough writing on the historic big events that many countries’ textbooks must reference.

For the people who have studied history at the Japanese school, it was nothing special that the content of the history textbook is the “timelines that only give accounts of historical events without describing narratives”. The Japanese have always been taught that is what is the history education all about. Conversely We are surprised that there are any kind of history textbooks else.

I think if you read this, you will know some of the truth about the relationships between Japan and its neighboring countries. There are no real right wings in Japan, but only people who became aware of the importance of caring their own country as every country’s people do.

“The Japanese textbook is the most controlled of all, it neither admires the war, nor fuels patriotism”

There have been concerns about worsening relationships among Northeast Asian countries due to the differences in historical perceptions about the past war. The ASIA-PACIFIC RESEARCH CENTER (Shorenstein APARC) at Stanford University conducted a project of a comparative study of the history textbooks used today in Japan, China, Korea, America and Taiwan.
The result shows that Japanese history textbooks don’t glorify the war and are the most controlled of all the textbooks in the study. We will introduce the following two articles. One is the result of the study written by Mr.Peter Duus, professor of Japanese History, one of the major members of the study. Another is a summary of the study written by Mr. Daniel C. Sneider, the former correspondent of a U.S. Paper in Tokyo.

Implicit Lesson

The Japanese history textbooks for high schools have gained a bad reputation in the foreign mass media for the last 30 years. They have been criticized for not paying much attention to the responsibility for starting the Pacific War or bringing suffering into people’s lives in the regions Japan occupied. Some even maintain that the content of these books has become increasingly patriotic.
The study of “Divided Memories and Reconciliation” at APARC disclosed the fact that such criticism over Japanese history textbooks was incorrect. They don’t seem to be patriotic, instead they seem to inspire the least patriotism of all. They don’t glorify the war, emphasize the importance of the military, or describe acts of heroism on the battlefield. They are timelines that only give accounts of historical events without describing narratives…

Strange Result

In contrast, most of the East Asian countries claim in their guidelines of school textbooks that the history textbook should enhance the people’s ethnic self-esteem and national identity (a sense of belonging). This is seen as being a basic role in the history education of the country. Enhancing ethnic self-esteem sometimes produces a strange result. For example the Korean history textbook doesn’t mention the main events during the war, which the other countries’ textbooks refer to, such as the war that occurred in China in 1937, the Pearl Harbor attack and the atomic bombing of Hiroshima or Nagasaki. Instead it focuses entirely on the Korean’s resistance movement against Japan’s colonial administration or their cultural development in literature. In other words Korean’s history textbook is a story of the ethnic strife’s process for liberation.

Ethnocentric Description

It is probably the Chinese history textbook that describes the war in the most patriotic way. It is filled with descriptions of heroic military operations, and even suggests that it was China, chiefly the Communist Party of China, that ultimately defeated Japan. There are no references to either the war which took place in the Pacific or the importance of a role that the allied country had played there.
It also doesn’t highlight the role that the atomic bombing had played in ending the war, rather it says that the determining factors for ending the war were the general attack against Japan demanded by Mao Tse-tung and the Soviet Union’s entry into the war.
The history textbooks of China and Taiwan say that the victory in the Anti-Japanese War wiped out China’s disgrace for a century, which the Imperialism force brought on her by disregarding her rights and benefits.
The Chinese textbook also insists that China has kept on struggling for anti-imperialism even after the war against the US that it regarded as a new enemy. New China is described as the winner of the Korean war in the book, stating that they stopped the US from trying to chase “the progressive forces ” away from Asia.

(sorry if mistranslation)

. . . .the article of the Yomiuri Shinbun
the article of the Yomiuri Shinbun


Why Koreans not follow the international rule?

Why Korea can not obey the international rule? It just may not be a civilized country yet? They should return the Kannon statue to the Kannonji as soon as possible. This is clearly a violation of UNESCO treaty. The follow article is from the Sankei Shinbun on 14 March, 2013.

The Buddha statue theft,”stop cultural exchanging with Korea ”
Angry Tsushima, rising anti-korea

The problem of the Kannon bodhisattva(50.5cm tall) stolen from Kannonji in Tushima City, Nakazaki prefecture, increasingly undermines relationship between Japan and Skorea. Though the stature was found in Korea the Korean court has issued an interim injunction to restitution. The Buddhist world of Korea claims “The stature was looted by Wako(Japanese pirates who frequented the coastal seas of Korea and China from the 13th to the 16th century)”, but according to this theory, the most part of antiquities or Buddha stature from Korea can just regarded as a target for restitution. Now tremendous anger toward Korea surged in Tsushima that has built bridges between the two countries.

pay no heed to the history of anti-Buddhist

“It takes a lot of nerve to steal such a religious object that Tsusima people have preserved with a great care, and then they are not going to return the statue to the temple by quibbling.. This is similar way that N.Korea kidnapped Japanese people from it’s territory, isn’t this? We can only say it’s like a so-what attitude of a person who does wrong” said Tanaka, the priest of Kannonji…

Many Buddha statures made in Korea in 7th to 14th century, but the Buddha-smashing happened everywhere in Korea because Korea’s Yi dynasty established in the end of the 14th century set Confucianism as a state religion. According to legend Japanese brought the discarded Buddha statures back to Japan Being unable to stand by and watch any longer.

Temples in Tushima own dozens of Buddha statues of the age of Unification Silla, but most have burn marks or deficits. Also the statue of Kannonji, seems to be made in the Busokusa temple in the first half of the 14th century, is imperfect, without halo. The Busokusa temple was abandoned temporarily in the Yi dynasty
period. so the statue appear to bring to Tsushima during this period.

However, the Buddhist world of Korea stubbornly insists that it was stolen. On March 14 and 15 some monks of the Busokusa temple came to the Kannonji from Korea with a letter saying “We hope that the Kannon bodhisattva will return to it’s origin(the Busokusa temple) soon” and a cheap souvenir doll similar to the Kannon as substitute for real one.

Violation of UNESCO treaty

Tsushima City has invited Korean dance company and held the parade of the Korean envoys who were members of a diplomatic mission of the Joseon Dynasty. But the festival organizer Yamamoto Hiromi said “They insulted us by talking such nonsense! We would better cancel the festival” A man who live in the Koami villedge with the Kannonji said “We all get angry largely because we have worshipped the Kannon as a God for hundreds of years. Tere are some people saying that they don’t want Koreans to visit here because they are unpredictable.”

Also the other case in the past.The Buddhist scripture “Large Wisdom sutras(大般若経)”, important cultural properties, housed by the Ankokuji temple in Iki City, Nagasaki prefecture was stolen in 1994,
a scripture closely resembling it found out in Korea the next year. Foreign Ministry of Japan requested Korea to conduct an investigation of it since the Ministry thought it was strongly suspected of being the stolen one, but Korean govt reject it and surprisingly it designated the scripture as a national treasure of Korea!

It is clearly stated in Japan‐S.Korea Basic Relations Treaty and Economic Cooperation Agreement, that “claim right of property and rights have been solved completely and ultimately” . So it is violation of UNESCO Ban Treaty of the Illicit Export and Import of Cultural Property that Korea rejects to return the stolen statue to Japan…(The rest is omitted)

2 pictures about the comfort women issue

朝鮮人当選議員-1The news paper on May 11,1933 in Korea says “80 percent of the winners of elections are Koreans”
慰安婦の嘘2-1Headshots of the winners of elections in Korea in the newspaper at the time
The images above are displayed by a lawmaker Nariaki Nakayama in the Diet deliberations in Japan on 8 March, 2013 as source material abuot the issue of the military comfort women. The contents of them are parts of the article appeared in the Japanese newspaper Chosen-Asahi(朝鮮朝日) published on 11 May, 1933, in Korea, during Japan’s annexation. It reported the results of regional elections for legislature representatives in 13 regions of the Korean Peninsula, listed all the winner’s name and some photographs of their faces. Although the notorious Japan’s annexation of Korea, the pictures told that 80 percent of the winners of elections are Koreans. For example, 8 governors of 12 county of Chunchonnam-do(忠清南道) were Koreans. Also the second-ranking captain and a higher detective of Tejon police office(大田警察署) were Koreans.
This is what the lawmaker Nakayama would have to say..
that it was impossible that Japanese army staffs took Korean women by force in Korea because there were many Korean public officials and police officers at that time in the peninsula. if Japanese indeed did such a thing, the local Koreans wouldn’t have remained silent. He thinks it could be a circumstance evidences of denying the Japanese army seizing women. Also according to the book “Yokuwakaru Iannfu mondai” written by Nishioka Tsutomua, a Korean press said “There was no way they could, because it’s hardly possible that Japanese men went deep into the Korean countryside alone in those days.”

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S.Korea stands by the thief side?

An interesting article in a sport paper in Japan.
Korea stands by the thief side? Why they don’t obey the international rule?
Following is the summary of the article.

“WBC S.Korean team paid for it!”

In October 2012, a statue of the Goddess of Kannon, Japanese designated cultural property, was stolen from the Kannonji temple in Tsushima City Nagasaki Prefecture. In January 2013, Korean theft ring that stole the statue were arrested in S.Korea, but the statue didn’t go back to Japan. A S.Korean citizen group claimed “The statue is a stolen one from a Korean temple by Wako (Japanese pirates who frequented the coastal seas of Korea and China from the 13th to the 16th centuries) in the age of Silla or Goryeo, so it originally Korean’s” They sought an injunction against restitution of the statue. And unbelievably the S.Korean court accepted it!

On 26 Feburary S.korean district court made a judgment that the Busokusa temple in S.Korea must keep the statue until Kannonji proves that they got the statue by fair means. “How we could do this? Instead, what are they going to do if we say ‘Show us the proof Wako stole it’ I really don’t think Koreans could understand common sense.”said Tanaka, who is the priest of the Kannonji. “At that time, Confucianism became widespread and Buddism went out of Korea… There even were historical facts that Wako took the Buddha statues back for protection out of pity”

“It is just punishment of Heaven for stealing statue of the Goddess of Kannon, that S.korean baseball team lost in the first round in the WBC games” said Tanaka.
The Goddess of Kannon has been loved very much by the people of the City of Tsushima. So they are really angry at S.Korea. The local people are saying that the S.Koreans won’t get away with it.

Bad things happen after another in S.Korea now.
Not only miserable 1st round defeat in the WBC but also the more serious problem.. North Korea declared the rejection of the agreement of truce between N and S.korea. S.korea moves into a critical phase both domestically and externally.