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Posted in: Japan, S Korea divided over wartime history, Fukushima water release See in context

Would you pray for the soul of someone who murders your mother? No I didn’t think so. So don’t be a hypocrite.

South Korea has a monument for the man who assassinated the first prime minister of Japan.

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Posted in: Japan, S Korea divided over wartime history, Fukushima water release See in context

South Korea is more concerned about radioactive water that was already treated than it is about its nuclear missiles.

Back when Trump talked to Kim Jong Un for the first time, South Korea cancelled its regular drill with the U.S. along the border, yet it still did its drill on the Liancourt Rocks “in case of an invasion from Japan.”

A survey found that almost half of South Koreans would side with North Korea in a war against Japan, while 40% said "I don't know".

Another survey found that South Koreans view Abe more negatively than Kim Jong Un, a dictator who imprisons entire families, gives death sentences to his own officers, and executes people in public.

South Korea needs to stop obsessing over the past and start focusing on current threats.

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Posted in: S Korean court rejects appeal from ex-comfort women on Japan assets See in context

There are Koreans who still deny that some Koreans volunteered to become comfort women or helped recruit other comfort women.

The book uses the women’s testimonies and historical documents, noting some were prostitutes rather than slaves, some soldiers helped those who were slaves escape and some Koreans worked as “dealers” who made the system possible.

After Park’s indictment for defamation in November 2015, 54 scholars – including MIT professor Noam Chomsky and University of Chicago professor and Korean history expert Bruce Cumings – issued statements in her defence.

But the factual accuracy of the book was irrelevant because in South Korea, a statement does not have to be false to constitute defamation – it merely has to be considered damaging.

https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2118358/south-korean-professor-fined-book-about-comfort-women-proving

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Posted in: S Korean court rejects appeal from ex-comfort women on Japan assets See in context

Koreans are obsessed with things that happened over seventy years ago, yet they forgot all about the time North Korea bombed Yeonpyeong elven years ago, or the time North Korea killed and burned a South Korean diplomat only two years ago.

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Posted in: S Korea holds drills around disputed islets amid row over canceled Japan talks See in context

Two years ago, the North Korean government killed and burned a South Korean official, and SK did nothing.

The week Trump talked to Kim Jong Un for the first time, South Korea cancelled its regular drill with the U.S. along the border, yet it still did its drill on the Liancourt Rocks.

A survey found that South Koreans view Abe more negatively than Kim Jong Un, a dictator who imprisons entire families, gives death sentences to his own officers, and executes people in public.

Another survey found that almost half of South Koreans would side with North Korea in a war against Japan, while 40% said "I don't know".

South Korea needs to stop obsessing over the past and get its priorities straight.

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Posted in: Seoul court rejects slave labor claim against 16 Japanese firms See in context

Incidently no living Japanese citizen has ever had to bow to the Koreans and empty their wallets for them,

As part of the 1965 agreement, Japan gave South Korea $300 million in economic aid, $200 million in loans, and $300 million in loans for private trust. Incidentally, part of the money was meant for the war victims, but Park Chung Hee instead used it to fund the chaebols, benefitting the entire Korean economy.

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Posted in: Seoul court rejects slave labor claim against 16 Japanese firms See in context

Japan has already paid and apologized multiple times. South Korea needs to get over the past and focus on more current issues, like their nuclear-armed neighbor to the north.

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Posted in: Japan rejects South Korean protest over Olympics map See in context

South Korea doesn’t care if it gets bombed by North Korea like Yeonpyeong, yet they blow their top over anything related with the Liancourt Rocks.

The week after Trump first talked with Kim Jong Un, South Korea cancelled its regular drill with the U.S. along the border, yet they still did a drill on the Liancourt Rocks in case of an invasion from Japan.

Shows what their priorities are.

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Posted in: S Korea court to rule June 10 on 16 Japanese firms' wartime labor case See in context

2) The court already ruled against her on defamation and her claims as historically false.

About those “defamation claims”...

The book uses the women’s testimonies and historical documents, noting some were prostitutes rather than slaves, some soldiers helped those who were slaves escape and some Koreans worked as “dealers” who made the system possible.

After Park’s indictment for defamation in November 2015, 54 scholars – including MIT professor Noam Chomsky and University of Chicago professor and Korean history expert Bruce Cumings – issued statements in her defence.

But the factual accuracy of the book was irrelevant because in South Korea, a statement does not have to be false to constitute defamation – it merely has to be considered damaging.

https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2118358/south-korean-professor-fined-book-about-comfort-women-proving

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Posted in: S Korea court to rule June 10 on 16 Japanese firms' wartime labor case See in context

Korean history textbooks are brutally honest about historical facts, as to not repeat the mistakes of their ancestors which is the point of history education.

Sure, just ask Park Yu-ha, who was sued for writing that many Koreans became comfort women willingly or were recruited by other Koreans. Koreans seem to be more concerned about their victim status than historical accuracy.

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Posted in: S Korea court to rule June 10 on 16 Japanese firms' wartime labor case See in context

The Koreans learned nothing after that other lawsuit was rejected two months ago. They should get over the past and worry about more current issues, like their nuclear-armed neighbor to the north.

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Posted in: S Korean fishermen sue Japanese gov't over Fukushima water See in context

I guess South Korea found a new excuse to protest against Japan now that their own court rejected the claims from the comfort women.

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Posted in: New Zealand declines to call China's Uighur treatment genocide See in context

Semantics is not what’s important.

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Posted in: Japan, S Korea at odds over wartime history, radioactive water See in context

South Korea should be more concerned about its neighbor to the north after its response to Biden’s speech.

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Posted in: Seoul court rejects wartime sex slaves' suit against Japan See in context

@P. Smith

Like the Japanese are indoctrinated into believing they were the victims in WWII?

Hardly a valid comparison, considering Japan doesn’t hound the U.S. for compensation every few years. Nor do they do anything from Coffee’s long list of protesting tactics.

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Posted in: One dead, one wounded at Tennessee school shooting See in context

How long will it take to get some real gun regulation? This shooting epidemic has been going since Obama’s first term.

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Posted in: Japan to work closely with U.S., S Korea to deal with N Korea See in context

South Korea did nothing when North Korea bombed Yeonpyeong ten years ago or shot and burned a South Korean official last year.

The week Trump talked with Kim Jong Un for the first time, they cancelled their joint military drill along the border with the U.S., yet they did their regular drill on the Liancourt Rocks in case of an invasion from Japan.

A survey found that South Koreans view Kim Jong Un, a dictator executes people in public, in a more favorable light than Abe. Not to mention that almost half of South Korea would support North Korea in a war against Japan.

Actions speak louder than words, and South Korea has shown that it can't be trusted to handle North Korea by itself when it would rather side with a dictatorship over Japan.

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Posted in: S Korea's Moon says Tokyo Olympics may be chance to revitalize diplomacy See in context

@Samit Basu 

The same isn't true of Japan, the ROK couldn't care less if Tokyo got nuked by Kim's nuclear missiles

So all the talk from Moon about improving ties with Japan was BS.

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Posted in: S Korea's Moon says Tokyo Olympics may be chance to revitalize diplomacy See in context

@Samit Basu 

@Coffee

This, from the country that threatened to pull out of GSOMIA, putting millions of lives at risk of nuclear war. 

Korean lives aren't under threat from GSOMIA termination, only Japanese lives are because Japanese are blinded from incoming ballistic missiles without early warning from Korea, which is the sole purpose of GSOMIA between Korea and Japan.

There are other countries besides Japan and Korea.

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Posted in: S Korean sex slave survivor wants U.N. court judgment See in context

@P. Smith

Japan indoctrinates its children to view Japan as the victim in WWII.

At least they don't use it as an excuse to hound the U.S. for money every year.

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Posted in: S Korean sex slave survivor wants U.N. court judgment See in context

@Robert Cikki

Can't speak for majority, but the situation there is definitely not as it's presented in Japanese TV. Young people don't really bash Japan there, no one raises eyebrow if they hear Japanese and Korean TV is way more critical towards their government, unlike our Japanese TV with it's self-censorship.

A survey found that South Koreans view Abe more negatively than Kim Jong Un, a dictator who imprisons entire families, gives death sentences to his own officers, and executes people in public.

Another survey found that almost half of South Koreans would side with North Korea in a war against Japan, while 40% said "I don't know".

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/11/08/national/politics-diplomacy/nearly-half-south-koreans-back-north-vs-japan/

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/03/17/national/politics-diplomacy/kim-jong-un-proves-popular-abe-south-korea-survey-finds/

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Posted in: Japan urges South Korea to drop wartime compensation demands See in context

Everyone wants to claim they are a victim of some historic slight or other. That way people can feel superior and self righteous- even when they themselves were not victimized by anyone but in their imaginations.

So true. But hey, at least Japan doesn't repeatedly ask America for money seventy years later.

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Posted in: New S Korean ambassador eyes political solutions to issues with Japan See in context

She was indicted in charge of libel against the survived comfort women regardless of the truth about the CW.

Sure, "libel".

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Posted in: Japan considers various options against S Korea 'comfort women' ruling See in context

What Japan did to Korea is far worse than what Korea is doing to Japan now.

What Japan did happened more than seventy years ago, and has been compensated for multiple times.

Meanwhile, North Korea bombed an island ten years ago and fired multiple missiles over Japan, and South Koreans view Kim Jong Un, a dictator who jailed entire families and executed people in public, in a more favorable light than Abe. Not to mention almost half of South Korea would support North Korea in a war against Japan.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/11/08/national/politics-diplomacy/nearly-half-south-koreans-back-north-vs-japan/

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Posted in: Japan considers various options against S Korea 'comfort women' ruling See in context

South Korea is still harassing Japan for its war crimes, yet they'll threaten to pull out of GSOMIA and put millions of lives at risk of nuclear war. They can't forgive Japan for what happened last century, yet they already forgot the time North Korea killed and burned a South Korean diplomat last year.

They need to get over the past and focus on the present.

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Posted in: S Korea likely to confirm ex-comfort women's win next week See in context

South Korea is still obsessed with Japan's war crimes, yet they're ignoring the time North Korea bombed Yeonpyeong ten years ago or shot and burned a South Korean official last year, and they threatened to pull out of GSOMIA, putting millions of lives at risk of nuclear war. South Korea needs to get over Japan and get their priorities straight.

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Posted in: S Korea to continue efforts to improve ties with Japan, says Moon See in context

The last time Moon said he wanted to improve ties, he was threatening to pull out of GSOMIA. It seems like he cares more about antagonizing Japan than protecting millions of people from nuclear war.

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Posted in: North Korean leader Kim says U.S. is Pyongyang's 'biggest enemy' See in context

Says the man who imprisons entire families and executes people in public.

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Posted in: Japan calls S Korean court ruling on 'comfort women' regrettable, unacceptable See in context

If South Korea wants money, they shouldn't have disbanded the comfort women foundation that Japan itself funded.

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Posted in: Japan-S Korea ties remain frosty 5 years after 'comfort women' deal See in context

It reflects then President Obama's will and grand strategy. Yet Moon breaches Americans and their efforts.

Don't forget about the time Korea lied about consulting the White House before deciding to scrap GSOMIA.

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