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Korea-Japan Friendship Year

June 22nd, 2005 . by Matt

This is the year of friendship between Korea and Japan.

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These are Korean Members of Parliament stepping on the Japanese flag. I wonder why Koreans think it is OK to do this. How would Koreans react if Japanese Diet members were stepping on Korean flags? By chopping off fingers and screaming bloody murder, no doubt.

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A korean woman chops off her finger to protest the Japanese request to the Korean government that the disposition of the Liancourt Rocks be resolved in the International Court of Justice

I keep hoping for rational thinking but have learned to expect all kinds of crazy stuff. Koreans never fail to meet my ‘expectations’.


21 Responses to “Korea-Japan Friendship Year”

  1. comment number 1 by: YoshoMasaki

    Well it’s unfortunate that South Korea seems to be taking its northern neighbor’s tactics as far as diplomacy on this issue. You’d think democracy in the south would have meant something. I don’t accuse the Koreans of being generally hypocritical or evil. However, when they consistently refuse to have international courts or arbitrators in when international conflicts take place, it seems they fear their claims won’t hold water. Every conflict has to be solved in strictly bilateral talks behind closed doors, with every possibility of blackmail and brinkmanship. They only appear immature for it.

  2. comment number 2 by: Takamiya

    I’m fed up with Korian’s foolish action, like this pictures.Way? Because Japanese people(inclede me) often see an actin on TV,Newspaper and Net.
    So, I’m glad to this blog introdused Koreans outrage to US.Because Koreans terget is not only Jpan but also US. Maybe The Sters and Stripes is secondary often defaned National Flag in Soeth Korea.(Of cause most defaind flag are Japanese)

    Solly My english skill is so poor, therefore maybe this text is broken.

  3. comment number 3 by: こはる/Koharu

    日本語がおわかりになるとのことですので、しつれいながら、日本語で^^;
    さいきん、Koreanのかんがえがやっとわかってきました。
    ようするに、となりにじぶんたちより栄えている国があること自体がゆるせないようです。
    もうため息しかでません・・・

  4. comment number 4 by: admin

    I’m fed up with Korian’s foolish action, like this pictures.Way? Because Japanese people(inclede me) often see an actin on TV,Newspaper and Net.
    So, I’m glad to this blog introdused Koreans outrage to US.Because Koreans terget is not only Jpan but also US. Maybe The Sters and Stripes is secondary often defaned National Flag in Soeth Korea.(Of cause most defaind flag are Japanese)

    Solly My english skill is so poor, therefore maybe this text is broken.

    Hi Takamiya. Dont worry about your english – you have put in a good effort and I understand what you wrote. Anti Japanism and Anti Americanism is quite strong in South Korea. I think the important thing is to let the people of the world know what the Koreans are doing. Everyone can see that they are being unreasonable.

    日本語がおわかりになるとのことですので、しつれいながら、日本語で^^;
    さいきん、Koreanのかんがえがやっとわかってきました。
    ようするに、となりにじぶんたちより栄えている国があること自体がゆるせないようです。
    もうため息しかでません・・・

    Koharuさん、ご訪問ありがとうございます。私は思いますけど、日本政府ははっきり「もう謝罪や賠償なんかせんぞ」と宣言しない限りは韓国人は日本に対してぶつぶつクレームするでしょう。関連のある別な問題ですが、日本はアジアの発展途上諸国に政府開発援助してもその国々の人々その事について全く無知です。やっている事を謙遜なしで知らせるべきだと思いますね。

  5. comment number 5 by: jae

    Absolutely ridiculous. Such childish behaviour is absolutely revolting; from members of parliament, utterly inexcusable. In or out of context, you don’t go around doing this sort of thing.

    I, probably along with many other people, fail to see how this can make the situation any better, besides to salve their own bitter pride.

    Unbelievable. Matt, you do them a compliment when you call them “unreasonable”.

  6. comment number 6 by: Takamiya

    Maybe South Korea’s Anti Japanism and Anti Americamism’s reason are Korean race fundamentalism. That is to say they love only Korea, and other country is only target of disdain and hate.
    Of course, this opinion cannot be accepted in modern-days.
    Regrettably Korean government’s history education program is promote Korean race fundamentalism.
    And Korean government interfere other country’s history education.Reason? It is because they do not like it. It’s Not Kidding.

    管理人様へ、相変わらず下手な英語で申しわけありません。
    内容についても管理人様は既にご承知のことだと思いますが、英文の結びの文句のように冗談でもなんでもないのが韓国の一番恐ろしいところでしょうか。

  7. comment number 7 by: CB400F

    I should say we need to feel happy to see those cracked hillbillies being so delusional. They’ll be no serious threat to anybody as far as they remain so stupid. We should rather encourage their cheap shit nationalism to grow than help them to gain some sense of reality outside their shithole. We should applaud every time they step on a flag of a foreign country.

  8. comment number 8 by: Katz

    What people around her have been doing instead of impeding her to the maximum? Did it help? No, it was stupid and shameful for all the country and still a old woman doing that. And the consequences?

  9. comment number 9 by: Brian

    Pathetic….

  10. comment number 10 by: Jiromaru

    Matt,

    Could you provide the source of Korean MPs stepping on the Japanese flag picture above? I tried several Korean papers in vain.

    Thank you.

  11. comment number 11 by: Matt

    Matt,

    Could you provide the source of Korean MPs stepping on the Japanese flag picture above? I tried several Korean papers in vain.

    Thank you.

    Wow, replying to a really old post! It might take a couple of days, but I will find the original source.

  12. comment number 12 by: Jiromaru

    Matt,

    Thank you very much and quite sorry for troubling you.

  13. comment number 13 by: Jeoung101

    Here’s a good question, “Why do the Japanese hate Koreans?”. Korea is a rising nation. It is economically superior to many east and southeast asian countries, and what makes it’s people even more impressive is that they were able to go from a third world nation to an economic power house in less than 40 years. Countries like Japan feel threatened. Korean companys are becoming increasingly popular. This is the only reason the Japanese have to hate the Korean people. Now why do the Korean people hate Japan? It might have to do with the fact that four generations of Koreans were slaves to the Japanese. My grandfather could vouch for that if he didn’t kill himself to be with his wife after she was raped and killed by an imperial Japanese soldier. In one of your later articles, there was a Korean man calling his mother a liar about what she said about being a slave, having to work in a factory and what not, and the fact that you would completely agree with the son, is completely beyond me. It doesn’t matter what the Japanese papers say. If a rapist told you he did not rape a specific woman, would you walk up to her and call her a liar? It doesn’t matter that your not Japanese nor Korean. What matters is the fact that you support Japanese hatred and try so hard to make us Koreans look like idiots. Although I haven’t looked at all your articles, I think I’m right on the money. You lemme know when Emperor Akihito makes an apology to the Korean people for all the war crimes commited by the Japanese.

  14. comment number 14 by: ponta

    Here’s a good question, “Why do the Japanese hate Koreans?”

    It is not a good question at all.You have not shown that Japanese hate Korea in the first place.In my opinion,most Japanese do not give damn about Korea.It is after about 2002 world cup that some Japanese began to realise how Korean people are hateful about Japan and the U.S.

    Korea is a rising nation. It is economically superior to many east and southeast asian countries, and what makes it’s people even more impressive is that they were able to go from a third world nation to an economic power house in less than 40 years

    Is Korea a rising nation?—-supposing it is true, Japan welcomes it..Most of Japanese hope Korea will not go down economically so that japan will not have to help when they are at crisis. Keep up!As a side note, Japane also welcomes India rising .Japanese economic tie with China is stronger than ever..

    If a rapist told you he did not rape a specific woman, would you walk up to her and call her a liar? It doesn’t matter that your not Japanese nor Korean.

    Sure if she was raped,to deny her assertion is cruel,but if she was not raped,to call her a liar would be a true statement.What she said was she was forced to work at Japanese factory when there was no mobilization law effective.I think the son loved his mother more than anybody else,but he was sick and tired of her victim mentality.

    You lemme know when Emperor Akihito makes an apology to the Korean people for all the war crimes commited by the Japanese.

    You lemme know when Japan had war with Korea,Are you talking about Hideyoshi’s invasion?
    Japan had no war with Korea.Japan and Korea fought against the Allies.
    Many Korean soldiers were sentenced as war criminals by the Allies;They were said to be more cruel than Japanese.
    More than 300,000 Koreans young men volountarily applied for the Japanese army in 1943,when Tojou,who was later senteced as A-criminal, was a prime minster. About 6,000 korean young men were accepted;others were rejected.
    BTW Japan apologized and compensated for the colonization, which no other master countries did.

    Do Korean people hate themselves more than Japanese since Koreans civians were killed by Koreans after the independence more than Japanese killed Koreans? And Koreans killing Korea civilians are much more recent event than Japanese colonization.
    Do Korean people hate themselves more than Japanese because some Koreans torutured other koreans during the colonization more cruelly?

    The survivors say that Lee Hong Gyu was more cruel and barbaric to his fellow countrymen than his Japanese masters.

    kimsoft
    If the answer is yes, Korea must be full of hatred.
    If the anser is no, I wonder why the hatred is just toward other natoin such as Japan and U.S.A which have been allies for long time.

    Though your comment does not make sense at all, I appreciate it because it tells us how a korean person think.

  15. comment number 15 by: Occidentalism

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  17. comment number 17 by: ALOOKINSIDE

    Interesting how you speak against Korea’s hatred towards Japan with such a condescending and arrogant tone. You hate Korea because they hate. How hypocritical. It’s understandable that Japan would not teach their children about the horrible things their ancestors did to the Koreans. It’s true that many citizens of the ROK may harbor bitterness and hatred towards the Japanese. But they have good reason. In any case, the Japanese never defend themselves directly when accused of their crimes; they try their best to point out Korea’s flaws. Childish.

  18. comment number 18 by: egg

    ALOOKINSIDE

    But they have good reason.

    I don`t think so.
    What is “Treaty on Basic Relations between Japan and the Republic of Korea”?
    We have agreed to make up. If they were not satisfied they shouldn`t have agreed. I can understand their feelings in some sence but at least they should try to cope them.
    I would also want to point out, while the talks were held, our citizens were taken hostages by the S.Korean government who declared Syngman Rhee line onesidedly. I don`t think it fair, but as we agreed with the treety, we are not complaining about that.
    I think that is a meaning of agreeing to a treaty.


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  20. comment number 20 by: sageberry

    I think this is a website that critisizes Korea and its actions, but I just skimmed over the web page so I’m not sure.

    But anyways, I wish both Korea and Japan would stop bashing each other. Because I’m pretty aware of the Japanese war crimes that occurred in World War II, I’m familiar with the reasons why Korea dislikes Japan. I’m not denying their war crime accusations toward Japan, yet I’m sure Korea, including other Asian countries, did something similar, something as horrendous as what Japan did during World War II. But at the same time, to stop all this hate that ruins Asian economics and politics, not only Japan, but other Asian countries, have to accept their wrongdoing like Germany did.

    Also, I think its wrong to judge other Koreans or Japanese by their histories. I mean, history is just history, right? No matter how frightening one country did to another country, it’s a part of the past; people should move on, accept the past, and live with it (but not forget it). For example, just because several, maybe a lot, of Koreans dislike the Japanese for the past, there are Koreans who do not dislike the Japanese. I dislike the history of Japan, but I do not dislike the Japanese people. And I’m Korean. I’m not going to go and bash the Japanese just because of what they did. And I really, truly hope the same thing for the Japanese – that I am correct in assuming that most of the Japanese don’t “give a damn,” as with, like most of the Koreans, will not “give a damn.”

    I highly doubt that people will read this, because this is a response to an outdated post, but if you do, I hope you understand. Sorry this response is so long.

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