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South Korea’s Reaction to Abe’s Yasukuni Visit

Here is the Korean reaction to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Yasukuni visit:

South Korea has worked hard to improve relations with Japan so far, but changes to the policy line are unavoidable after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe paid a much denounced visit to a controversial war shrine, a ranking government official said Friday.

The remark means Seoul takes Abe’s visit to Yasukuni Shrine very gravely and suggests the country could become more assertive in demanding Tokyo atone for the sexual enslavement of Korean women for its troops and other atrocities committed during its 1910-45 colonial rule of Korea.

“Under the current circumstances, it will be difficult to follow through with the policy line that (Seoul) has been leading,” the official said. “So far, the government has tried to stabilize the South Korea-Japan relations, but Japan’s previous anachronistic remarks have put an obstacle (to such efforts) and Prime Minister Abe’s Yasukuni visit further raised the obstacle.”

Seoul has repeatedly stressed the strategic importance of mending ties with Tokyo, despite the neighbors’ recurring diplomatic tensions over Japan’s repeated territorial claims to the South Korean easternmost islets of Dokdo as well as other historical issues.  [Yonhap]

You can read more at the link, but to claim that South Korea has been working hard to improve relations with Japan is a stretch.  Ever since President Park came into office she has literally been giving Abe the cold shoulder.  The latest ammunition drama in South Sudan is just another example of how petty the differences between the two countries has become.

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  • King Baeksu
    3:45 am on December 28th, 2013 1

    “South Korea has worked hard to improve relations with Japan so far,” lied South Korea’s largest government-affiliated media organ. In other words, they want Japan to “face reality squarely” while they themselves continue to make crap on literally every day of the week.

    The thing about Korea is, hating Japan is so central to the Korean identity that they just wouldn’t know who they were without it.

  • Baek, In-je
    5:14 am on December 28th, 2013 2

    It must be really, really hard to have been colonized, invaded, and brutalized by a country superior in each and every way to Korea, both then and now. Even Japanese men have normal size penisses (sp), if the reports are correct, while Koreans rank last in several independent studies. So poor.

  • johnnyboy
    4:31 pm on December 28th, 2013 3

    #2
    This may be a bit off topic, but I suspect that if North Korea invaded the south, the attack wouldn’t get much past the DMZ; not because of the South Korean or U.S. military, but because all their troops would stop and enjoy a good meal. If not the new found abundant food, then the corpses of the fallen.
    So if Baeksu lives near the border in Korea, this could be a possibility some day.

  • King Baeksu
    9:09 pm on December 28th, 2013 4

    “If not the new found abundant food, then the corpses of the fallen.”

    What, Koreans consuming their own? Business as usual, I’d say.

  • King Baeksu
    11:36 pm on December 28th, 2013 5

    From a recent editorial in the Global Times, the CCP’s bombastic English-language mouthpiece (“Blacklisting Abe an Appropriate Reaction”):

    “If condemnations are China’s only recourse, then the nation is giving up its international political rights easily. Ineffective countermeasures will make China be seen as a “paper tiger” in the eyes of the rest of the world.”

    It calls for a blacklist of Japanese politicians who visit Yasukuni:

    “The countermeasure, which is directly and publicly aimed at the Abe government, can serve as a warning to the next generation of Japanese politicians: Whoever visits the Shrine in such a high-profile manner will be prohibited from visiting China. It could also become a reminder to Japanese people, who must think twice before they vote for another Abe-like prime minister at the cost of all high-level exchanges with China.”

    So let me get this straight: China’s “international political rights” now extend to Japanese territory and govern the internal actions of Japanese politicians. How is this itself not a imperialistic violation of Japanese sovereignty?

    Moreover, they dare to threaten and blackmail Japanese politicians and even the Japanese electorate. Pure hubris, outrageous escalation! By taking such an extreme stance, they have foolishly and effectively painted themselves into a corner, since there is no way that Japanese politicians can cave into such ultimatums less they literally surrender Japanese sovereignty to another nation.

    What does South Korea think of China’s position here? Will Park Geun-hye continue to kowtow to China as she has done all year — in effect relinquishing South Korea’s own sovereignty to Asia’s rising hegemon?

  • King Baeksu
    6:35 pm on December 30th, 2013 6

    BTW, here are a few statistics that put South Korea’s warnings against “rising Japanese militarism” in perspective:

    As a percentage of GDP, South Korea actually spends nearly three times as much as Japan on defense (2.7% vs. 1%):

    http://res.heraldm.com/content/image/2013/12/30/20131230001271_0.jpg

    Moreover, South Korea has more than three times as many troops as Japan, and double the number of military aircraft:

    http://res.heraldm.com/content/image/2013/12/30/20131230001272_0.jpg

    Indeed, among the major East Asian nations, Japan is actually the LEAST militarized. Heck, even tiny Taiwan has more military troops than Japan!

    South Korea’s rhetoric about Japan is so far removed from reality that it really does make itself look like a silly country that just can’t be taken seriously.

  • Ajeoshi Judge
    5:04 pm on January 5th, 2014 7

    Ahh, the Gyopo defenders of Korea brigade have arrived :!:

    How’s the weather over there in Koreatown (LA)

  • johnnyboy
    6:26 pm on January 5th, 2014 8

    #8

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/report-starving-north-korean-father-resorts-cannibalism-article-1.1250773

    It’s terrible that people would have to resort to this. Why would you be mad at me, though? Those people are hungry, man. You don’t think they would be eating every thing in sight once they crossed the border, including the dead if they were hungry enough?

    Or are you mad at my suggestion that the glorious norK army would stoop to such lows?

  • Leon Laporte
    6:52 pm on January 5th, 2014 9

    10. It’s a modest proposal.

 

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