The United States has successfully convinced Korea to meet with Japan to at least discuss North Korea and the very real nuclear threat they pose; even as (South) Korea stands firm on wanting to again bring up the ‘Comfort’ Women issue as reasons to not meet with Japan. Prime Minister ABE and President PARK will finally meet and discuss this issue while at a nuclear security summit in late march in the Netherlands.
However, the New York Times uses this article to advocate why Korea has been rejecting Japan’s request for high-level talks—focusing again on ianfu. The article cites South Korea wanting more compensation for the ianfu from the Pacific War, while Japan contends (according to the article) that the issue was settled their normalization treaty in 1965. The article doesn’t mention the Women’s Fund or the formal apologies Japan has given over the years (only refers to one near the end), but only makes reference to some politicians who have made comments about who was responsible for the ianfu. This article then claims Abe’s promise (to his constituents within his first year in office) to pray at the Yasukuni shrine deepened Korea’s suspicions for catering to the right-wing.
But, on a brighter note, this article seems to believe that Abe’s affirmation of the 1993 apology was the impetus for Korea finally agreeing to meet with Japan. My comments on his statement regarding the apology are here — I thought this would work out well for Japan. Now, if only Korea would just stop lighting matches and help create a peaceful relationship between them.
Read more @ http://nyti.ms/NBSVDh
(Photo from http://www.businesskorea.co.kr )
Definitely must be getting old… this is the second time this year I’ve been sick and it’s already March… I used to only get sick once a year… but twice already? I guess I’m doomed =P
Anyway, my apologies for being away since Friday. I’ll try and make it up; still feel under the weather, but there’s still movement in the South China Sea which has garnered my attention, so I’ll try and combine a few articles to make a long spiel. Hope you enjoy!
…tho I am kinda sad no one beat me up about my lack of Today in History’s…. maybe no one reads them…?
Tensions continue to rise in Northeast Asia; this time between Korea and Japan. Prime Minister ABE has again revisited the possibility of reviewing the Japanese Prime Ministerial official apology of 1995, which was based off of the the “Kono Statement” given by Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei KONO in 1993. I say “again” as on March 1, 2007; he stated there was no evidence the Japanese government had kept sex slaves (“Comfort Women” or ianfu).
On 1 March, South Korean President Geun-Hye PARK, during a ceremony celebrating the opening of an exhibition on ianfu as well as the anniversary of the 1919 uprising while Korea was a colony of the Great Empire of Japan, stated that Japan will be isolating itself it it continued to deny the existence of ianfu. Her translated quote was, “Historical truth is in testimony from the survivors. Japan would only bring isolation on itself if it turns a deaf ear to their testimony and sweeps it under the rug for political benefits”.
She also pointed to follow Germany’s example in repenting from its past wrongs; and only in doing this, will South Korea and Japan be able to move forward.
What are your thoughts on this issue? Has Japan sufficiently apologized — through official statements, compensation, creating the Asian Women’s Fund, a website describing the events, etc? Or has Japan’s wavering been a signal that maybe they are just attempting to appease South Korea but aren’t heartfelt in their apology?
Read more @ http://bit.ly/NHgAmj