Tragedy of Extreme Anti-Japanese Education in S.Korea

” A 95 year-old man was beaten to death for saying, “Japan’s rule was good for Korea”, raising cries of, “The old man deserved to die” and “It was a blow for justice”. ”

When a 95 year-old man in South.Korea expressed his opinion that Japan’s rule was good for Korea, another man who happened to be there got angry with him and beat him to death. The accused killer said in a deposition that he did it because of his sense of patriotism. S.Korean net users raised their voices strongly in his defence. Shock spread among the Japanese people who witnessed the awful incident. In the comments section of an article delivered on a portal website, a Korean net user says “The victim deserved to be killed ” and the articles that defend the alleged killer rated very highly.

According to “Sekai Nippo”, it happened on May ,2013, in the Citizen park of Chongmyo Shrine. The park is known as a sightseeing spot or a place where old folks who live near by can relax. They always enjoy a small talk or a game of go under the sun. The victim Mr. Parks(95) is one of these members. There, Wong, the defendant of the case, came, he drunk a lot and completely intoxicated. As the drunken man talked with Mr. Parks, and then his casual words,” I thought experience of Japanese rule was acceptable.” incurred Wong’s wrath.

We don’t know which part of Japanese colonial policy Mr. Parks evaluated, but his words could have carried a lot of weight because he was 95 years old, and was already 27 at the end of the war. So he must have seen the real conditions of Japanese rule over Korea, and the subsequent modern Korean history, with his own eyes. The defendant Wong, on the other hand, is 37 years old, a member of the generation that did not even store the Park Chung Hee regime in their memories.

“What did you say?!” said the patriot Wong with heat. He gave a kick at Park, wrested his stick, and beet his head in an outburst of rage. Mr. Park got a serious injury to his skull bone and brain and was dead despite of medical treatment.
The arrested Wong pleaded that he was in a diminished capacity state due to intoxication, but he was sentenced to 5 years in prison on September 10, 2013.

Surprisingly, many South Koreans have expressed support for Wong. From the first, the above-mentioned article of Sekai Nippo reported the case in a rather sympathetic tone to the defendant, saying, “His patriotism went too far due to alcohol”
Besides, on the web in S. Korea some people praise Park as a patriot. There are many comments made about this article, such as,
“In the first place, once the old cocker admired the Japanese imperialism, he should be considered a criminal and deserved to be murdered”,
“Was the killer sentenced? no, actually rather worthy of a medal”,
“He worked for justice”,
“It is the judge who is a traitor”

As a matter of course, some Korean say ” Is that a member of a constitutional state’s behavior? Since when did Korea come to be such a country that allowed to kill people who held a different views of history from the consensus view?” But this kind of opinion is losing ground on the web in S. Korea where users who hold radical opinions are gathering momentum.

As regards to evaluation of the period of Japanese rule in S.Korea, in recent years, there has been a tendency to approve of it, partly because some researchers consider Japan’s promotion of Korean modernization to be important. However, as soon as the S.Korean authorities gave official permission to the textbook that reflects such opinions on August 30, 2013, the public criticism grew, which triggered a huge argument involving the political world.
This seems to be still a deep-seated taboo.
(webmaster translated the following J-cast news article)
J-cast News
http://www.j-cast.com/2013/09/13183859.html?p=all
The original article of ‘Sekai Nippo’ http://www.segye.com/content/html/2013/09/12/20130912002907.html


               another products of anti-Japanese education…

They killed the Japanese national birds brutally on the road in an anti-Japanese demonstration in S.Korea.

They killed the Japanese national birds on the road brutally in an anti-Japanese demonstration in S.Korea.

The korean soccer supporters hanged a banner saying “Congratulations Japan for the big earthquake” in the game of the AFC Champions League 2011″

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Some junior high school teachers in Seoul had their students draw pictures depicting each anti-Japanese sentiment. These pictures were displayed in the subway station in Inchon, Seoul several years ago. A Canadian male blogger happened to find the incident, wrote in his blog, and came to many people’s attention. It is said that S.Korean children are provided anti-Japanese educations from three years old.

"burn Japanese flag"

“burn Japanese flag”

”drop bombs on Japan!”

”drop bombs on Japan!”

”air raid against Japan”

”air raid against Japan”

"stomp on Japanese flag"

“stomp on Japanese flag”


がつんと!
http://shiratorijun.blog4.fc2.com/blog-entry-22.html
It occurred in Gyeyang junior high school in Inchon. (仁川桂陽中学校)

A Protesting Letter to Glendale from a Historian

Mr. Max von Schuler-Kobayashi, Historian (German-American, Former US Marine based in Japan and now Representative lecturer of 「Hiizurutokorokara Philosophy of US-Japan relations」) sent out a protesting open letter to City Councilman Frank Quintero, and the members of the City Council of Glendale concerning their decision to put up a permanent memorial to the so called “ Comfort Women.

I personally feel uncomfortable regarding comfort women as mere prostitutes because I don’t think all of tens of thousands of comfort women were willing to do the work no matter how highly they were paid. There must have been many women who were sold by their parents from poverty.
Meanwhile, I fear an atmosphere that people believe all victim’s stories are correct or one can do anything agaist defeated country.


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To City Councilman Frank Quintero, and the members of the City Council of Glendale.

I have read of your decision to put up a permanent memorial to the so called “Comfort Women” with deep unease and regret. This is the same as putting up a memorial to the camp guards at Auschwitz.
If I were Jewish, I would find this a great insult. Even though I am not Jewish, I find this insulting as a historian.

You are being conned. During the war, the Korean people were Japanese citizens, and were willing and able participants in the Japanese Empire. It is after the war that they decided that they were victims, and switched roles. And even in their own country, Korea, women are demonstrating for their right to be prostitutes. Yet they accuse Japan of a crime?

http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,2072487,00.html
http://www.nbcnews.com/id/43650531/ns/world_news-asia_pacific/t/s-korean-sex-workers-threaten-set-themselves-fire-protect-their-brothels/#.UVoTg4VmGv9

South Korean Prostitutes Protest Closing of Brothels

South Korean Prostitutes Protest Closing of Brothels

Protesting Korean prostitutes attempt to set themselves on fire.
Let me explain.

America is a country that treasures human rights for the individual. And in particular, the rights of women world wide are a concern for Americans. When people use the term “Sex Slave” to describe the Comfort Women, it resonates in the United States.
But were these women indeed slaves? No. First of all, as distasteful as it may seem, it was common in both Japan and Korea pre war to sell daughters into prostitution. For poor families with too many mouths to feed, this was the only option.

As far as the comfort women were concerned, they were paid. The recruiters were all ethnic Koreans. People have conjured up an image of the Imperial Japanese Army rampaging through Korean villages, and hauling off screaming women. This never happened. Please refer to the Pdf below.

http://www.google.co.jp/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CDE
QFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sdh-fact.com%2FCL02_1%2F89_S4.pdf&ei=MaVSUZbjLcfEkQW624F4&usg=AFQjCNGGResjVTolTk4g
yz0uChvLACnT7Q&bvm=bv.44342787,d.dGI

On page 117, it lists some newspaper advertisements from 1944 for Comfort Women.
As a matter of reference, monthly pay is listed as ¥300. At that time a Japanese Imperial Army sergeant was paid ¥30 a month.
The Korean government itself continued the Comfort Women system post war for US troops.
I have written about it extensively in my blog. And I have visited the Silver town mentioned in my blog below.

http://tokyomaxtalks.blogspot.jp/2012/06/concerning-comfort-women-memorials.html

In any case, Koreans continued the system after the war. And today, Koreans are the greatest human traffickers in the United States.

If the Korean people in the United States are serious about combatting prostitution, why do they not cooperate with the FBI and stop the traffickers from their own community?
There are no organized Japanese prostitutes in the US at all. Those massage parlors you see with names like Osaka and Nagoya, they are Korean.
In any case, Japan has paid extensive reparations to Korea.

http://www.jiyuushikan.org/e/reparations.html

At the time of payment, these funds were to settle all claims, including the Comfort Women issue. And Japan has apologized, endlessly.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_war_apology_statements_issued
_by_Japan

Now it seems that some Koreans simply want more money.
Koreans have a problem with history. Years ago when I was in Korea, I was discussing WWII with some Korean people. They insisted that their country had the worst experience of the war.
I am a WWII historian, and I differ with that assessment. My candidate for country with the worst war experience, if I had to pick, would be Poland. Invaded by both Germany and the Soviet Union, Occupied by Germany, the Jewish Warsaw

Ghetto uprising of 1943, the Polish Home Army Warsaw uprising of 1944 all devastated the country. Then the savage resistance of the German Army as the Soviets pushed towards Berlin.
And of course there was constant guerrilla activity.

Postwar, Poland lost a third of it’s eastern territory and was ordered to takeover the former German territories of Prussia and Silesia. Many people were killed and displaced. All in all, Poland lost 25% of it’s prewar population.

But when I was in Korea, Korean people insisted that their WWII experience was much worse than Poland. That is when Korean people lost my sympathy for any claim whatsoever about WWII.
The thing about Koreans is, they did not resist the Japanese annexation of their country. Most Koreans embraced it. And this is their shame today.

There was no resistance movement inside Korea. There was one major riot in 1919 where some hundreds were killed. That was all. There was a guerrilla movement in the far north of the country, but they could not base themselves inside Korea, their bases were in Manchuria.
All they could do was make the occasional foray into Korea, they received no help from the Korean populace. And they numbered only about 1,500 individuals.

In April 1938, the Special Volunteers System was inaugurated in Korea. Korean men responded in droves for service in the Japanese Imperial Armed Forces. In 1942, the recruitment goal was announced to be 4077. 254,273 volunteers applied, over-achievement factor reached 62,4.
More Koreans have died fighting post war Korean governments than fighting Japan.
For the March first movement riots, Japanese official figures list 553 dead for all of Korea.

However, the list of casualties for post war South Korean governments are; The Cheju incident of 1948,the South Korean government admits to between 15,000 to 30,000 dead. (civilian groups put the number at 100,000 dead) In the October 1948 Yosu Junten revolt 400 were killed. In the Korean war, in 1950, during the summer some 300,000 civilians were killed by the South Korean government, and in the winter several hundred thousand more were killed. Of course, figures of any kind for people killed by North Korean governments are totally unavailable, but one can imagine that many civilians must have been killed in the North.

http://tokyomaxtalks.blogspot.jp/2012/08/president-lee-myung-bak-and-his.html

Koreans will tell you that during war they were forced to cooperate because Japan was so brutal. Well in Europe, many Balts, Ukrainians, Russians and other nationalities fought in German uniform, something like 1 million. Would the city of Glendale put up a memorial to them? By putting up such an exhibition for the Comfort Women, that is what you are doing. But these countries also had anti German guerrilla movements. Korea has no such history. And this is their shame today. During WWII, they willingly fought for Japan. They willingly recruited their own women for prostitution.
By putting up this exhibition, you are getting involved with Korean inferiority complexes towards Japan. And you are making serious historical mistakes.

The only evidence the Koreans now have are a few eyewitnesses. Yet any historian will tell you, eyewitness testimony is very unreliable. You need other sources. Things just did not happen like Koreans say they did. I seriously ask you to do more research into the true nature of Japanese/Korean relations. And to be fair, if you want to address women’s issues, you should address modern day Korean human trafficking in the United States.

Thank you very much,
Max von Schuler-Kobayashi
April 3rd , 2013
Tokyo Japan

Let’s Talk about the Truth of JP-SK Relations

This is an article from Sankei Shinbun, Japanese newspaper, on July 27, 2013. Professor James. E. Auer, the author of the article, showed surprise at S.Koreans completely ignorance on Japan and felt confused about their one-sided historical perceptions in another place. I think I want all S.Kreans to know about true histories between Japan and S.Korea.



Let’s talk about the truth of JP-SK relations

July 26 2013
James.E.Auer, a director of Center for U.S. Japan
Studies and Cooperation, Vanderbilt University


Last month, I visited to Seoul for three days at the invitation of a S.Korean senior politician who is a supporter of President Park Geun Hye. Unfortunately, most of S.Koreans whom I met there viewed Japan in a negative light.

<The comfort women were not exclusively the Korean women>

I asked the S.Koreans that I have met why they obviously changed their opinion about Japan-Korea disputes after the Japanese prime minister Keizo Obuchi and the President Kim Dae-jung (both at that time) issued a joint statement in 1998 saying that both nations agreed on settling the confrontation between the two and moving toward better relations.

Most S.koreans I met claimed that their stance have not changed since 1998. Instead, their current attitude of ant-Japanese are due to Japanese insensitivity toward bilateral history issues including Prime Ministers’ visits to Yasukuni Shrine or Japan’s claim to Takeshima (Dokdo).

I said them that none of the leader of Japan, S.Korea and the US would forgive the practices of prostitution conducted by Japan till 1945 in China

We have no hard numbers, but it might well be that the number of the Korean comfort women, who were sold by their poor peasant parents or applied for employment by other way, was more than that of the comfort women from Japan, China or other countries.

However, it was not a plan to recruit comfort women only from Korea. There seems little doubt that Japan sincerely feels a sense of remorse for the true suffering which this project inflicted on comfort women of all the nationalities during the war.

In those days, prostitution was legal in Japan. The US troops also received sexual services from Japan during the occupation. I don’t mean to suggest that these facts prove what happened was right, but I mean that they show how different values at that time were from the ones of today.

With regard to Japanese government officials’ visit to Yasukuni Shrine, I said them the Japanese leaders have not visited Yasukuni Shrine in order to either honoring some class-A war criminals listed there or praising Japan’s own behavior of apologies toward other countries. More importantly, it seems to be a big contradictions that such a country like China that hates criticism against its own internal affairs from abroad blames Japan for its politicians’ visits to the shrine which is dedicated to the Japanese soldiers who served and died for their country.

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<Yasukuni is no different than Arlington>

Now the US president and leaders of other countries include Japan and S.K. visit the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, US, even though there are many tombs of Johnny Rebs who fought for the South that supported slavery. Today most of advanced countries don’t accept slavery, but there is no one who claim to remove the tombs of Johnny Rebs from the National Cemetery because they believed in slavery.

After much talk with the S.Koreans I found that the most difficult problem was concerned with “Takeshima” I said that Japan didn’t seem change its views of the problem due to legal bases favorable to Japan. Meanwhile, I asked, though Japan never be likely to send SDF troops to drive away the S.Korean soldiers from Takeshima now, why they don’t stop worrying about the issue. The only answer that I heard from them was because the SKoreans thought the Japanese govt should agree the opinion that Takeshima belongs to S.Korea absolutely.

There was only one group that didn’t complain about Japan. They were in the base of S.Korean navy. I saw “Cheonan(天安)” which was the S.Korean corvette (a patrol combatant craft) torpedoed by N.Korea before. The officers never talk about politics, instead, talk of the need to collaborate with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and the United States Navy to counter vicious and unpredictable behaviors by N.Korea realistically.

<Contribution of JP-Sino War and JP-Russo war to Korea>

What can we do to change S.Korea’s attitude towards Japan for the better? One of my students who has lived in Seoul since his/her birth and worked there for more than 20 years since graduated from Vanderbilt University, said that he/she thought Japan would have to keep taking a patient stance until the Koreans overcome thier inferiority complex. I’m sorry to say that it seems to be right to the point. However I would expect President Park to be able to work out a deal with Prime Minister Abe.

Although the Japanese would never mention this, I believe it deserves consideration for the Koreans that there was a common reason for Japan to win the two wars against China in 1895 and Russia in 1905. Japan wasn’t against Korea at that time, but it was afraid that Korea come to be controlled either by China or Russia.

If China won JP-Sino War, Korea might have become a colony of China, also if Russia defeated Japan, Korea must have been Russian’s. After all Japan’s victories of the two wars leaded Korea to the position of a democracy based on the market economy like today.
(sorry if misinstlation)


http://sankei.jp.msn.com/world/news/130726/kor13072603210001-n1.htm

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)

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.

A Japanese scholar’s point

People in any other country outside Japan may not know that no matter how dirty words China or N,S.Korea tosses against Japan, both Japanese people and media(TVs, radios and newspapers ) seldom criticize or speak evil of them. Even though many Japanese companies had dreadful experiences by violent anti-Japan demonstrations over disputes of Senkaku islands last September in China, rather, our medea said recently ”We should provide the latest technologies for reducing air pollution to China with no compensation” ..
So most of Japanese must not be able to believe their own ears to hear that Japanese today drift to the right. I can tell you that in every respect, Japanese are far less nationalistic than Chinese or Koreans.

Then, today I will introduce an article where the author unusually speaks right out for the modest Japanese. He is a political and historical scholar, seems that he has lived in Korea, very angry about what the neighboring countries have done in these days.
As the article is long I translated only extract. (sorry if mistranslation)

The world of “Better tell a lie ’cause sometimes you get lucky. ”

I think it has become clear for Japanese that Japan is encircled by a family of grave nations,that is, kidnapper(North Korea), islands robber(South Korea) and sea robber(China).

《in quest of victory against Japan》

Since I have written a book called “Anti-Japan Triangle in East Asia” I’ve given warning through these columns again and again, that Japan would have to be faced with crises by them like now . Their nationalism override on Sinocentrism that is the principle they are absolutely right. The three countries are opposed to the prosperity of Japan forever and ever because they considered Japan as outlying region in the Middle Ages. Their nationalisms burst from the layer of heritage in the form of anti-Japanism.

There also were problems in the process of attaining independence. S.Korea was freed by the US without the battle against Japan, N.Korea conducted only limited guerrilla war against Japan and yet lost big, ended up getting a Soviet’s puppet, and China restored it’s energy while their fellows fought against Japanese troops, after the war it gained independence by kicking the fellows out.
These countries could not create the national stories without a pseudo-history that they defeated Japan.
Therefore They will continue to infringe Japanese sovereignty and inveade Japan to show thier peoples that they are battling against Japan all the time. (snip)

《Don’t close your eyes to China and N.Korea’s wrongs》

In postwar Japan, the left-wing intellectuals have spreaded around a pattern of the simple dichotomy of good and evil, that is to say, as Japan caused damage to China and Korea by invading them it is evil, on the other hand China and Korea are right. They said if Japan is 2 meter-level evil, invading Tibet by China is 1 meter-level one. furthermore even said “Japan’s war responsibility for China is not counterbalanced only because China has equipped with nuclear arms” ( from “Ideological change in Japan’s foreign policy” written by Sakamoto Yoshikazu) Sakamoto is the latter standard-bearer of “Global Citizen” Now his words noted above is a good material that says a lot about his views.

Th similar people like him say something similar. This is the follwing tone..”The reason why S.Korea doesn’t accept the joint petition of the two countries to International Court of Justice, is because Japan lacks a sense of responsibility for the history”, “Japanese are under the sociopsychological situation
that they want to forget the fact that they invaded Asian countries in the war”

However, to borrow their phrase, the evils that the three countries did have exceeded 2 meters. They kidnapped many Japanese, scraped off the Japanese islands, try to fill both the South and East Seas with human wave tactics. They insulted the Japanese head of state, mugged the national flag from the
official car the Japanese ambassador ride, randomly destroyed and looted many Japanese factories or department stores by violent demonstrations under Beijing’s control

In terms of “Better tell a lie ’cause sometimes you get lucky” these countries and the Japanese left-wing intellectuals make a little difference.