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Fake Atrocity Photos III

October 28th, 2005 . by Matt

After warning about fake atrocity photos here and here, it appears that some people are still willing to post links to these and other fake atrocity photos on this blog.

One of the photos was of the Japanese leaving a Chinese baby to die on the train tracks in China. The photo really does look terrible.
Here a crying chinese baby has been left in the middle of some train tracks. Surely this proves that the Japs are evil… and yet…

This was a faked picture taken by a Chinese American working for a newspaper. They put the baby on the train tracks then blamed it on the Japanese. Why should the Japanese take the blame for “atrocities” they didnt do?

Here is the pic of a Chinese man carrying the poor baby to the train tracks

As I have demonstrated before, most of these photographs are simply wartime propanganda against the Japanese. They were useful in motivating the population against Japan in war time, but have no place in this time of peace with Japan.

Senator Hillary Clinton: Korea Suffering from “historical amnesia”

October 27th, 2005 . by Matt

Senator Hillary Clinton is aware of Korean anti Americanism

The Marmot picked up a story from the Korea times that reported that Hillary said that Koreans had “historical amnesia” about America’s positive role in South Korean history.

From the JoongAng Daily

At a Senate confirmation hearing for the new commander of U.S. troops in Korea, Senator Hillary Clinton raised some concerns about the U.S.-Korea military alliance.
Sentator Clinton, a New York Democrat and contender for her party’s presidential nomination in 2008, said she wondered if Koreans had forgotten the importance of the U.S. military presence In Korea and the benefits that Korea had gotten from the half-century alliance.
She said Koreans were suffering from “historical amnesia.”
General Burwell Bell, the nominee to become the next commander of U.S. Forces Korea, was being questioned by the Armed Services Committee.
Senator Clinton told him, speaking of South Koreans, that she wondered about changes in “their understanding of the importance of our position there and what we have done over so many decades to provide them the freedom that they have enjoyed to develop the economy.”

Marmot wrote –

Personally, I don’t think the “historical amnesia” is quite as important as the refusal on the part of some in the United States to realize that as South Korea grows and becomes less dependent on its Cold War patron, it may begin defining its national interests in ways than don’t necessarily coincide with Washington’s.

Who in the US is refusing the Koreans anything? Koreans are able to define their national interests in whatever way they want – they dont need to piss all over Americans with their anti Americanism just to do that, nor do they need to start distorting history.

After the incident with the MacArthur Statue, the Korean media is in damage control, and so this editorial from the JoongAng Daily is urging caution.

The current state of U.S.-South Korean relations was referred to as being the victim of “historical amnesia” by a top U.S. politician, this time Senator Hillary Clinton, who is rumored to be the Democratic Party’s next presidential candidate.
The term was once used by Congressman Henry Hyde, a Republican representative who leads the House Committee on International Relations, when he described the controversy in South Korea over the statue of General MacArthur. Yet within a month, the term was used again by a prominent Democratic politician. The incident shows that both ruling and opposition lawmakers in the United States are feeling uncomfortable and worried about the current state of relations with South Korea.
Until now, some Seoul officials often dismissed American criticism of South Korea and uneasiness and concerns about the alliance by saying that such complaints are made only by Republicans and neo-conservatives. Ms. Clinton’s remarks, however, show that the concerns have spread from Republicans to Democrats. The time has come for Seoul to drop its carefree attitude.

It is about time that lawmakers in the US have opened their eyes to anti Americanism in Korea (although it is several years too late). ‘Historical amnesia’ is one way to term it, deliberate and calculated distortion of history is another. Now that there seems to be some bi-partisan thinking on the issue, hopefully we will see some action on this from the US side.

Joshua from One Free Korea wrote this on the subject, and is well worth the read.

Now THIS is nuts – kill whitey!

October 25th, 2005 . by Matt

racist professor
Proposes that the problems of African Americans could be ‘solved’ if all whites were exterminated

A former African Studies professor at North Carolina State University (until as recently as June 30, 2005), Dr. Kamau Kambon, has made some controversial remarks on C-SPAN – in fact, he made a call for the extermination of white people. He made these comments to a panel at Howard University Law School on Oct. 14.

Now how do I know that the white people know that we are going to come up with a solution to the problem. I know it because they have retina scans, racial profiling, DNA banks, and they’re monitoring our people to try to prevent the ONE person from coming up with the ONE idea. And the one idea is, how we are going to exterminate white people because that in my estimation is the only conclusion I have come to. We have to exterminate white people off the face of the planet to solve the problem. *tepid applause* Now I don’t care whether you clap or not but I’m saying to you that we need to solve this problem because they are going to kill us. And I will leave on that. So we just have to set up our own system and stop playing and get very serious and not get diverted from coming up with a solution to the problem and the problem on the planet is white people.

Great to hear that people are actively seeking a ‘solution’ to problems.

The Professor ‘clarified’ his remarks on a blog called ‘Protein Wisdom’, in an interview. (note: the interview is a parody, but is spot on, in my opinion)

protein wisdom: “Let’s just jump right in, shall we? In an October 14 panel presentation you gave at the ‘Black Media Forum on Image of Black Americans in Mainstream Media’ at Howard University (which aired on CSPAN), you said — and I’m quoting here—‘We have to exterminate white people off the face of the planet.’ My question is, did you mean that, like, literally, or…– ?”

Kambon: “– Literally, yes. Wipe ‘em all out.”

protein wisdom: “Like, in ovens and such…?”

Kambon: “Well, the method is immaterial, frankly, though Whitey’s sheer volume would probably make the use of ovens—at least until the initial extermination procedure is carried out, and the herd thinned considerably—rather impractical. I’m no expert on these kinds of things, mind you, but if I had to speculate, I should think something more covert is necessary, like, oh, I don’t know… –”

protein wisdom: “—Poisoning Country Kitchen buffets, bombing professional hockey venues, things like that –?”

Kambon: “– Exactly, yes. Places where Whitey gathers and engages in sinister Whitey activities.”

protein wisdom: “Like plotting to kill all the blacks.”

Kambon: “Like plotting to kill all the blacks, right. Which, I should note, many people who are commenting on this controversy seem to forget was the basis for my remarks—this systematic plan Whitey has to kill the black man.”

protein wisdom: “Uh huh. And Whitey wants to do this because…?”

Kambon: “I don’t know. You tell me. You’re the evil Honky.”

protein wisdom: “Point taken. Incidentally, you’re not, y’know—armed, are you?”

Read the rest of the ‘interview’ for yourself.

Surely the university was aware of his ‘views’ before they employed him. I feel sorry for his students, if there were any whites studying African Studies (I doubt it – you would have to be a masochist).

This was all broadcast on C-SPAN, a regular cable network. You can watch the video here (28mb).

More British Piggies

October 25th, 2005 . by Matt

Forget about your kids having a piggy bank – it offends some people

As Britain blithely cruises to surrender, the humble pig has come under attack again, this time from British banks.

British banks are banning piggy banks because they may offend some Muslims.

Halifax and NatWest banks have led the move to scrap the time-honoured symbol of saving from being given to children or used in their advertising, the Daily Express/Daily Star group reports here.

Muslims do not eat pork, as Islamic culture deems the pig to be an impure animal.

Salim Mulla, secretary of the Lancashire Council of Mosques, backed the bank move.

“This is a sensitive issue and I think the banks are simply being courteous to their customers,” he said.

Ironically, a muslim MP was the voice of sanity on this issue.

Khalid Mahmoud, the Labour MP for a Birmingham seat and one of four Muslim MPs in Britain, also criticised the piggy-bank ban.

“We live in a multicultural society and the traditions and symbols of one community should not be obliterated just to accommodate another,” Mr Mahmoud said.

“I doubt many Muslims would be seriously offended by piggy banks.”

The piggy bank is part of our (western) culture. I remember having one as a child. It is wrong for anyone to try to prohibit or make forbidden any kind of expression of our culture. Furthermore, the last time I looked, pigs also happen to be creatures living on this earth, and deserving of as much respect as any other animal. Just because some people from backwards cultures hold pigs in disdain, does not mean mean that we should feel sensitive to their over-sensitivity.

In fact, for muslims, pigs are not the most unclean animal, dogs are. Are we to kill our pet dogs as well, just because it offends muslims? It has to stop right now, before it reaches that point.

UPDATE: Turns out the deaths of the piggies has been greatly exaggerated.

Japanese Ambassador given a public dressing down by the South Korean Foreign Minister

October 21st, 2005 . by Matt

Japanese Ambassador Shotaro Oshima looking uncomfortable as his country is criticised by the South Korean Foreign Minister, Ban Ki-moon

After Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi visited Yasukuni Shrine, Japanese Ambassador to South Korea Shotaro Oshima was summoned by the South Korean Foreign Minister, Ban Ki-moon, the same day (Oct. 17) and was strongly criticised for the visit. Arriving at the office of the Korean Foreign Minister, the Japanese Ambassador found that there was a score of reporters waiting in the office to record and report on what was supposed to be a public humiliation. According to this Korean article from the Choson Ilbo, the Japanese ambassador was asked to tell of the displeasure and frustration of the Korean government to the Japanese Foreign Minister and Prime Minister Koizumi.

The Japanese Ambassador listened to the ranting of the South Korean Foreign Minister (who fancies himself as the next UN Secretary-General) and finally replied that he would “faithfully pass on the message”, and added that “Prime Minister Koizumi has told of his thinking concerning visits to Yasukuni Shrine on numerous occasions in the past, and I will not repeat it here”.

I wonder what Koreans get out of this crude display of false dominance over someone that cannot give a stern rebuttle because of diplomatic protocol. Really, this says a lot about the mentality of the people in power in Korea.

The ambush of the Japanese Ambassador can be seen here on YTN.

Korean reaction to Yasukuni visit

October 20th, 2005 . by Matt

Yahoo Japan reports that there have been protests outside the Japanese embassy. With the buring of foreign flags being illegal in South Korea (although it never seemed to stop anyone before), anti Japanese Koreans have found a new way to protest – Bite the Japanese flag!

bite the flag

Now radical Korean protesters have found a way to express their displeasure without cutting off their own fingers.

The Yahoo Japan article –


My translation

Yasukuni visit – Participant in demostration gnaws on the Japanese flag
In the heart of Seoul in front of the Japanese embassy, this demonstration participant chewed on the Japanese flag to protest the visit of Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to Yasukuni Shrine. The purpose of the protest was to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi.

I suppose its better than cutting off your own finger, but its still not normal.

Koizumi visits Yasukuni Shrine

October 17th, 2005 . by Matt

Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi on a previous visit to Yasukuni Jinja

Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi has visited Yasukuni Jinja, sparking protests from Korea and China. This was his fifth visit, according to Asahi Shinbun.

Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on Monday made his fifth visit to Yasukuni Shrine, drawing immediate criticism from China and South Korea and raising concerns at home about diplomatic relations.

The visit marks the fifth straight year Koizumi has made the pilgrimage to the shrine where 14 Class-A war criminals are memorialized along with the nation’s war dead. His last visit was on New Year’s Day in 2004.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiroyuki Hosoda said Monday that Koizumi did not visit the shrine in his official capacity as prime minister, but that did not prevent an angry reaction from Japan’s neighbors.

“The Chinese government will staunchly oppose Prime Minister Koizumi’s repeated visits to Yasukuni Shrine where the Class-A war criminals are enshrined–regardless of how the visits are made,” said Wang Yi, the Chinese ambassador to Japan. “The fact that the prime minister has done such a thing on the day when the Shenzhou 6 made a successful return to Earth is a challenge to all Chinese people. The prime minister should accept historical responsibility for destroying China-Japan relations.”

South Korean Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Ban Ki Moon summoned Japanese Ambassador to South Korea Shotaro Oshima in Seoul. Ban said the South Korean government felt “deep regret and disappointment” over Koizumi’s actions.The leaders of China and South Korea have repeatedly called on Koizumi to refrain from visiting Yasukuni this year, the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II.

However, Koizumi remained noncommittal, saying only that he would take “appropriate measures.”

Monday is the start of the autumn memorial services at Yasukuni. Koizumi’s visit Monday was not as elaborate as some of his past trips. He even tried to give the appearance that he was making the visit as a private citizen.

Koizumi arrived at Yasukuni wearing a regular business suit.

In past visits, he dressed in formal Japanese or Western wear. He did not sign the shrine register as in previous visits when he wrote “Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi,” nor did he make a formal payment for a floral decoration.

He never entered the main hall of the shrine, but he threw money into the offering box and bowed to the hall after praying for a few minutes.

In Korea, the foreign minister demanded an explanation from the Japanese ambassador, and it seems likely that President Roh will cancel a summit with Japan.

South Korea considers scrapping plans to hold a summit with Japan as Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi once again visited a controversial war shrine in Tokyo Monday, a Chong Wa Dae spokesman said.

The two countries do not have settled summit schedules, but it is President Roh Moo-hyun’s turn to visit Japan as his Japanese counterpart came to Seoul last June.

Kim Man-soo, presidential spokesman, said that the government will reconsider whether Roh will visit Japan later this year as predicted.

“As of today, the government can’t say that we are thinking of President Roh’s visit to Japan,’’ Kim told reporters. “I mean there could be a change in schedules.’’

He also questioned the possibility of holding a bilateral meeting during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Pusan next month by saying, “We have not paid special attention to it.’’

Kim said the government will make decisions on the Seoul-Tokyo relations, based on a recognition that Koizumi’s visit to the Yaskuni Shrine would affect the bilateral ties.

In the meantime, Koizumi has found support for his visit to Yasukuni Jinja from Former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui.

NEW YORK — Former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui on Sunday praised Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi for visiting Yasukuni Shrine despite opposition by neighboring countries such as China. “That was good,” Lee said, commenting on Koizumi’s visit to the war-related Shinto shrine in Tokyo on Monday.

Lee has supported Koizumi’s visits to the shrine, saying, “It is natural for a premier of a country to paid homage to the souls of people who lost their lives for their country.” Lee also said earlier there is no reason for foreign countries to tell Koizumi not to visit the shrine.

My country (Australia) was one of the countries that actually fought Japan, unlike Korea. My countrymen actually suffered war crimes from the Japanese army (unlike Koreans). However, Korean prison guards in South East Asia were reputed to be especially cruel to the allied prisoners.

In ‘Prisoners of the Japanese,’ on page 104, Gavan Daws makes the following comment –

“No one could imagine anything worse than a Japanese guard until Korean guards began turning up in the Southeast Asian camps.”

Indeed, there are many accounts by allied prisoners of Korean cruelty.

By end of February 1943 another fifteen British horios had died, mainly from disease and malnutrition, leaving fifty-seven. One had succumbed to a particularly severe bashing by Korean guards, ‘some of the cruellest men in the world’, who had taken over.

There were one hundred and forty-eight former Korean prison guards were convicted of war crimes, and 23 or those were executed. (kudos to Gerry Bevers for this information)

Although one can half understand China protesting (whether the protest is justified or not, China was at war with Japan), the Korean reaction is puzzling. The 13 ‘war criminals’ interred in Yasukuni Shrine (out of 2,466,000 dead enshrined there) have nothing to do with war crimes in Korea (Japan was not at war with Korea), so there is a big question as to whether Korea has any right to be involved in this controversy at all. After all, if this is about war criminals, and there are no Korean victims of war crimes, then it seems like they are involving themselves in a controversy they have no business being in.

I wonder what the Koreans think of the 21,000 Korean soldiers (all volunteers) interred in Yasukuni shrine? I believe there is also a Korean Kamikaze pilot interred there.

More book controversy

October 14th, 2005 . by Matt


In what seems to be a ‘wave‘ (forgive the pun) of expose style books about Korea coming from Japan, a new book has become the target of critism in Korea. Called ‘Medicine for Koreans – the pathology of asymptomatic urinaraism‘ (The title was mistranslated by the Choson Ilbo), the book takes on Korean societal issues instead of the political issues dealt with in other books.

From the Choson Ilbo

A book by a Japanese language instructor living in Korea has attracted the ire of Koreans even before publication. The book, tiled “Medicine for Korea’s Ills” by Ryoma Nakaoka and subtitled “A country infected with ‘Our-Country Disease'” features on the cover an image of President Roh Moo-hyun holding a mirror in the shape of a yin-yang symbol — a none-too-subtle allusion to the president’s recent plastic surgery.

And –

In a chapter provocatively titled, “If you don’t know these things, don’t date a Korean” the author nonetheless shows willingness to indulge in some misogyny, saying that “because Korean women all have an inherently wild temper, once they are ignited there’s no stopping them.” “You cannot win an argument with a Korean woman,” the author moans. But Nakaoka also disparages Korean men, saying the majority are over-jealous stalker types.

According to the blurb, the book started out as Nakaoka’s blog, which opened half a year ago and visited by more than 2 million people

I have actually read some of Mr Nakaoka’s blog (AKA Christopher), and found what he was writing to be well thought out and the product of actual, real life contact with Koreans. His blog is here, but with the current controversy, he has restricted access to the blog for those with passwords (I will probably have access again soon, but will not be able to release the password here, sorry).

In the book, Mr Nakaoka deals with issues of society, culture, customs, men and women and many other things. Here some examples.

*The Change of the Korean president – A society that cares more about outward appearance than what is on the inside, and its reliance on it

*The under the table culture of bribes in the Korean education system

*Why Korean women cant get into cabs in the morning – The tradition of derision of women

*While the youth roar their love of Korea, there is an explosion of youth trying to leave

*The mystery of why cohabitating relationships are not accepted, and unregistered marriages are

*The suspension of the thinking process – Korea’s sophism on Takeshima

*Why girls born on January the first are disliked

*Born and thrown away – The advanced country that is a lead exporter of orphans

*Why Korean dramas follow one pattern

As usual, I will go and buy the book at kinokuniya, and write a review of it here when I have finished it.

Britain pays tribute to Islam

October 4th, 2005 . by Matt

This offends muslims, so its not allowed in the office

It seems that Britain is going to be the first country in Europe to bow down to Islam. With companies withdrawing products from sale because icecream swirls look like the symbol of Allah, and with British police doing their best to make sure they dont offend terrorists, its no wonder. Now the British are banning pictures and stuffed animal pigs from their offices because it offends muslims, reports Asian News International.

Winnie the Pooh can hurt Muslim’s sentiments!

Winnie the Pooh, the Piglet and The Three Little Pigs must be among every child’s favourite cartoon and comic characters, but workers at a council office in UK have been asked to remove all traces of pigs from the office, lest it offends Muslim staff.

Workers in the benefits department at Dudley Council, West Midlands, were told to remove or cover up all pig-related items, including toys, porcelain figures, calendars and even tissue boxes featuring Winnie the Pooh and Piglet, reports The Sun.

Reports said that the Council passed the decision after a Muslim complained about pig-shaped stress relievers delivered to the council in the run-up to the festival of Ramadan, the host month of fasting that precedes Eid.

Though some have expressed surprise, many have backed the ban.

“It’s a tolerance of people’s beliefs,” said Mahbubur Rahman, a Muslim Councillor who has backed the ban.

The last sentence is particularly vexing. ‘It’s a tolerance of people’s beliefs’, says the muslim councillor. Has it not occured to him that he should be tolerant, particularly of people whose ancestors have lived in that land for thousands of years (and he is a recent interloper)? Going further, have muslims ever shown the slightest bit of tolerance to anything non muslim ever? Truly, I am hard pressed to think of an example.

Is this the same people that produced the great King Richard the Lionheart, who fought fiercely against attacks from the Islamic world? I am at a loss.

Fabrication! More Korean Media Lies

October 4th, 2005 . by Matt

Famous manga artist Tetsuya Chiba ‘apologized’ to Koreans

It seems like the Korean media is up to its old tricks and is faking Japanese apologies to Koreans again. The apology was reported in Dong-A Ilbo. He was asked about the Kenkanryu, and this was the answer they report that he gave.

Asked about the “Korean Wave,” he smiled, saying, “When I said I am going to Korea, my female friends enthusiastically asked me to bring them with me.” We also asked about the “Anti-Korean Wave,” a Japanese comic released in July that turned controversial for including slander against the Korean Wave.

“I do not know much about the comic book, but I believe that speaking ill of Korean culture cannot be tolerated. Various cultures coexist in Japan; China, Korea and other Asian countries each take up one quarter of the Japanese blood, with only the rest coming from the Japanese natives. We should respect culture and make cultural exchanges with others. It seems that the author of the book was ignorant of the fact. I would like to make an apology on behalf of Japanese comic book writers.”

However it seems that this is a pack of lies. Hearing how his answer had been misreported, Mr Chiba wrote what he actually said on his website. Cheers to regular commenter Eterna who found and translated it.

*It was true that Dong-A Ilbo interviewed me (=Mr. Chiba), but the reporter has NEVER asked me to make an comment about Kenkan-Ryu.

*I NEVER made a comment like “I would like to make an apology on behalf of Japanese comic book writers.” Besides, I’m not the person who can make an apology ON BEHALF OF Japanese comic book writers.

*Only occation I can recall as being asked about Kenkan-Ryu was that during my lecture held there, a fan posted me a question: What do you think of Kenkan-Ryu. My answer was something like “I’ve never read that comic therefore I can’t make comments. However, IF IT’S TRUE, as the questioner says, that the comic was created in only one-sided point of view, and its contents is only to insult Korean people and their culture and hurt their feelings, it’s really a shame. I’m sorry for that.” My remarks were based on hypothesis, and I intended to show sympathy for the questioner.

*I will try to be more cautious when I comment on something in public appearances from now on to avoid such misunderstanding and making my fans confused consequently.

There you have it. Another Korean media fabrication. Are there any stories about foreigners that the Korean media will not distort or outright fabricate?

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