Survey Reveals That 70% Of Japanese Don’t Trust South Korea

Another survey reveals that Japan-Korea relations are cooling

Back in July, the South Korean high court awarded compensation workers who had been forced into working for the Japanese during the second world war. Four workers were each granted a sum of 100 million won (approx. $95,000) by a Korean high court judge to be paid by Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal, who the court ruling stated had committed “crimes against humanity by joining the Japanese government in mobilising forced labour for the sake of the war of aggression”.

This has been an issue of some controversy in Japan, particularly since the Japanese government takes the position that any claims of compensation to be paid to South Korea were resolved under the agreements surrounding the promulgation of the 1965 Treaty on Basic Relations between the two nations. However, it is also the case that when the treaty was signed almost fifty years ago, issues such as forced military prostitution and forced labour were not discussed; for example the first former comfort woman came forward to speak about her experiences in 1991, several decades after the claims for compensation were supposedly resolved.

In light of the Korean court’s controversial ruling, a timely public opinion survey has revealed that around 70% of respondents did not trust South Korea, while an overwhelming 79.2% said that Japan should not pay compensation. Cue inflammatory comments from the vocal internet right wing.

From MSN Sankei:

Sankei Shimbun-FNN Opinion Poll: 70% “Can’t Trust Korea”, 80% say “Don’t Pay Korea Compensation”

Recently there have been a series of judgements ordering Japanese companies to pay compensation to Koreans who were forced to work in Korea during the war; however in a joint opinion poll carried out by the Sankei Shimbun and FNN [Fuji News Network], the number of respondents who replied that Korea, Japan’s diplomatic and economic partner “can’t be trusted” reached almost 70%.

Regarding the payment of compensation, it appears that the Japanese government takes the stance that the issue had already been resolved under the Treaty on Basic Relations between Japan and the Republic of Korea, and the Claim Rights Agreement, which were signed at the time of normalization of relations between the two nations in Showa 40 (1965), and take the judgements of Korean courts as one factor in the cooling of Japanese-Korean relations. Japanese economic organisations such as the Keidanren voiced their concerns on November 6 that this would have a bad influence on the economic relations of both countries.

According to the results of the opinion poll, 69.3% of respondents said that Japan “couldn’t trust Korea as a diplomatic and economic partner”, while 16.8% said that Korea could be trusted. 82.7% of respondents indicated that they “could not agree” with the judgement of the Korean courts, while 5.6% said that they could. Finally, 79.2% of respondents said that “Japan should not pay compensation”.

Still, regarding calls for revision of the Kono Statement, due to the fact that no official documents have been found that corroborate the 1993 Statement, which accepted the forced recruitment of military prostitutes, 55% of survey respondents said that “I think the Kono Statement should be revised”, greatly outweighing the 27.5% of respondents who said they “didn’t think” that the statement should be revised.

Comments from Twitter:

大日本帝國:

Based on the premise that this opinion poll is accurate, I can’t accept that the fact that there are some Japanese people who actually trust South Joseon.

ルルーシュ:

We definitely can’t trust them.
It’s better that we don’t pay compensation.

NBL@金欠なう::

I wonder if the 16.8% who said that we can trust Korea are either zainichi or weird K(rap)-POP otaku?

ぷらねろ!☆31日(火)東-ノ-39b:

I mean, who can trust people who pass judgements that just violate international treaties because it suits them?

ψ(`∇´)ψケケケ:

Really it’s 95% isn’t it? Because FNN Fuji TV’s pro-Korean inclination is included.

ep3typer:

Wonder why we’re all using “LINE” despite this?

大和たけし(伍長):

30% are bastards who trust Korea, and 20% are bastards who think we should pay compensation. Wow, so there are even scum like that in Japan, huh. If they’re not scum, then they’re crazy weirdo spies.

林田 友宏:

Results are obvious.

team-tk (Japan):

These numbers are unbelievable, but that’s the reality at the moment. Something’s gotta change…

ホーニー岡沢なのだ!:

Even in the same opinion poll, the results in the Asahi Shimbun, Mainichi Shimbun and Tokyo Shimbun were completely different!!

太郎:

Even if 100% of people had said they didn’t trust Korea it wouldn’t have been a strange result.

Comments from 2ch.net:

名前をあたえないでください:

20% are saying that compensation should be paid, so we should hurry up and pay 20% of the total sum required by Korea.

名前をあたえないでください:

Rather than saying “Don’t pay compensation”, I wish they would tell the world that “Compensation has already been paid”.

名前をあたえないでください:

There’s no reason why you would trust a country with no future.
The countdown to Korea’s downfall has begun.

名前をあたえないでください:

Way too many people who do trust Korea.

名前をあたえないでください:

You can’t even trust the Sankei Shimbun.

名前をあたえないでください:

If the survey had just been Japanese people:
Can’t trust Korea…90%
Don’t pay compensation…90%
It’s because we’ve got those shitty zainichi that the numbers are lower.

名前をあたえないでください:

Zainichi South and North Koreans, return to your homeland immediately. There is absolutely no reason for you to be Japan!
There’s no need for you to go out of your way to live in the Japan that you hate so much, is there? This is why you idiots get called dimwitted animals.

名前をあたえないでください:

Let’s make it so that even if you kill a Korean, you’ll be found innocent and paid a reward.
All the gooks will disappear in a flash.

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  • wafflestomp

    I wouldn’t either. All those times Korea invaded and mistreated Japan!

    wait….

    • Mighty曹

      Hahahaha.

    • piratariaazul

      LOL

  • http://yoursexycousinrex.tumblr.com/ Your Sexy Cousin Rex

    No one should trust the government blindly, especially the government of others.
    A more interesting survey would be to study how many Japanese people even trust their own government.

    • Boris

      Does anyone trust their own governments?

  • lonetrey / Dan

    Asia seems to have this racism thing going on….. I wonder if it’s like America?

    In America, I’m pretty sure racism is alive and well in many areas. But if you look around, there’s always that general public opinion that we should push for equality and fight the ignorance.

    Do they have that in Japan/Asia?
    Just wondering, because I’ve seen zero signs of it.
    But just because I haven’t seen it doesn’t mean it’s not there.

    • sung ha

      The thing is japanese people in general, besides those crazy guys in their vans, would never tell you in your face that you should go home. They fear gaikokujin, as well as koreans but in korea they really hate black people… I’m not sure why but all the korean girls started to scream and run away. I felt so awkward and never invited him to join me to a trip to korea ever again. :/

      • sung ha

        I meant my black friend that I’ve inveted from america, sorry for my english haha

        • David

          When I first lived in Korea in the 80’s there was open hatred for black people, Koreans did not even try to hide it. I was under the impression it had gotten much better. I know when I last visited Korea, this summer, I saw black men and women walking around shops with no note of animosity from the store owners. Of course this is near the military bases, so they are used to black people more but just the fact that they hide it now, if they still feel that way is an improvement. In the past very few of the bar girls would even let a black man buy them a drink (now you know it is bad when the professional girls won’t even fake it). My black friends used to tell me they hated their one year tour in Korea.

      • Sillian

        I’m not sure why but all the korean girls started to scream and run away.

        You don’t mean it literally, do you? It is generally a good idea to try not to use too much exaggerations when you are discussing controversial topics. It hinders the discussion.

        • http://yoursexycousinrex.tumblr.com/ Your Sexy Cousin Rex

          when he pulled out his cock

      • chris

        i dont think “fear” is the right word. there are plenty of ethnic Koreans in Japan and Korean tourist/immigrants but they arent “feared” and Japanese people won’t run away from gaikokujin or Koreans. its more like, if they do not conform with the Japanese cultural standard, then they tend to be despised or looked down upon. for example, foreigners who arent knowledgable about train manners. yes, its legal to drink publicly on trains but no, it is not socially accepted. people think, “you really couldnt have waited to get off the train or drink indoors somewhere?” society code and uniformity is upheld for the most part. if you arent aware of these rules (mostly foreigners), then you stick out like a sore thumb and people judge you.

        • rollin wit 9’s

          And we all know, the nail (thumb in your case) that sticks out gets hammered down!

    • chris

      that is probably because you are not aware of the “older” Japan and how society was before recent times. in Japan at least, there has been a slight push for equality amongst working conditions for women, and the acceptance of homosexuality in the last decade or so. you could never have imagined a transgender or homosexual celebrity on tv in the 70’s, 80’s, and most of 90’s. now, there are a few like Matsuko/Ikko/programs that show homo-erotic content. acceptance of foreigners has gotten a little better as well but depending on the “type” of foreigner. U.S. military forces are frowned upon in some areas like Okinawa because of rape, and violence but they are also important to business and the local economy where they house these troops. the U.S. troops near Yokosuka/Tokyo are a lot more tolerated. there are mixed racial couples between U.S. military guys and Japanese girls (mostly with whites, but some with hispanics and blacks). there has also been an increase in Chinese/Indian/Southeast Asian immigrants working in Japan, as well as the Spanish speaking and Brasilian immigrants in Gunma Prefecture. you also see more international students and workers (teachers) scattered through out the country. however, even then, racism and *cultural* racism like most places in Asia, is still common. i believe the racism you most predominantly in Japan is based off cultural racism as oppose to ethnic racism. for example, foreigners who are not accustomed to the highly standardized culture of interaction/showing respect/manners regardless of race could bring animosity from folks who do not like the idea of outsiders not conforming to its own culture. that isnt to say there arent any ethnic racism – my friend dated an American black guy and a woman in her 50’s/60’s told her that, that she was “concerned” based on the fact that he was black. the younger generation is a lot better. there are even trends in some areas that consider darker complexion as good looking (gyaru, kurogyaru, ganguro), and even something called “black culture” where they try to adopt physical characteristics of black people (more notably hair styles, skin color, and fashion).

      in terms of diplomatic ties and cultural racism with neighboring East Asian countries, more specifically S. Korea, i personally believe nothing has changed, or if not, regressed.

      • lonetrey / Dan

        Ahh, I see what you mean.

        “Cultural racism” vs. “physical appearance / ethnic racism” are indeed different. You make a really good point! My mind didn’t pick up on that until just now.

        • Ami

          I’d say their is racism based on phsical apperance BUT its NOT always the same as American racism.

          1.) Asians who’ve had little to no contact with foreigners may have prejudice because of what they’ve seen on western tv or heard through other expats. (Imagine an old white guy telling his rural asian girlfriend that blacks are evil)

          2.) Its common in many Asian cultures for dark skin or brown to be considered “poorer” or “low-class” and white “rich” because brown skin is tanned from working outside while light-skin people stayed inside This may hinder an interracial relationship.*

          **For some reason: people act like this is okay and its not. Its not racism (directly) but it IS classism. There are pure Asians with natural brown skin asians who are made fun of for their color or sometime even denied jobs.
          Why do you think dangerous bleaching creams are so popular in Asia? I digress…

          • Ami

            Also, i forgot to add this but

            3.) Asian societies are almost never as homogenous as portrayed. Even if its not ethnic, there are separations among class, area (think NY vs Boston) and even family. These seperations can lead to discrimination (like new yorker insulting a bostonian)

            I guess humans find a way to separate themselves no matter what.

    • Guest23

      Pretty much a lot of factors to why they can’t let go with the race-issues.

      For example this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxnmMrWOj3c

      Medama pretty much got a lot of hate mail and death threats, just because you don’t see it that much in their media, doesn’t mean it’s not there.

      Not to mention that conformist societies tend to be repressive, so they got to have an outlet to let it all out, pretty much racism or nationalism or both.

      And they do little to combat or even set up anti-discriminatory laws, it’s the Big Three East Asian countries, pretty similar in a lot of things, you can also blame the politicians playing shepherd to the flocks of sheep, protecting them against the *wolves*.

      • lonetrey / Dan

        That is a really interesting video! Thank you for sharing it with me, definitely pertains to my interests!

        • rollin wit 9’s

          yea he should have more upvotes on that

        • Guest23

          You’re welcome, check http://www.reddit.com/user/medamasensei a lot of interesting things he tells and the colorful responses it garnered to some noticeable people.

          I usually show this along with many others to show racism and discrimination in Asia in my classes, quite a surprised reaction on my students who were big fans of Japanese culture, I usually say not to let it cloud their hobby and passion. And bravo and kudos to the guy for not giving in to those netouyo pressure.

        • Claude

          I think this debate was a little less shallow than something you would read on Reddit.

          japologism.com/racism-in-japan/176/comment-page-1#comments

    • chucky3176

      Your question should really be addressed to Japan. Their racial hatred toward Koreans is time immortal and it’s imprinted into their genes. On the other hand, Koreans say they don’t like Japan (specifically Japan’s history denials and their slime bucket politicians), but rarely will they say they hate Japanese people, and calling for killings of Japanese as if their bugs. Japan made a killing off of Korea. They first colonized Korea, ripped off all the natural resources to the tune of $2 trillion in today’s inflation value, got rich making profit off of American’s involvement in the Korean War, then got let off easy by paying to Korea, $300 Billion in grants and $500 Billion in loans, for the 1965 Treaty. Ever since then, they ran up an annual trade and account surplus with Korea for 50 years to the tune of over $2 trillion during that time period. Japan’s account surplus is currently at $43 billion for the year, about half of that is probably due to trade and investment with South Korea. Japan also reaped huge interest money from loans to South Korean firms and citizens – the money that Japanese routinely and falsely characterize as “economic aid”. Without trade with South Korea, Japan’s annual trade deficit would be far worse, since Japan racks up $25 to $35 billion dollars a year in trade surpluses, every year for decades.

      If Japanese want to end the diplomatic relations, and end this one ended economic relationship, I’m all for it too.

      • chris

        “rarely will they say they hate Japanese people” but they will congratulate them on the earthquake/tsunami during football matches, protest by beheading pheasant heads on Japanese flags, stabbing themselves in protest, holding signs like “kill japs”

        you try to twist this into a one-side is civil and peaceful, while the perpetrator is the evil, vicious ones. the fact of the matter is, right-winged nut jobs exist everywhere. there certainly are crazy Japanese protestors as well as crazy Korean protestors. however, you’re speculating that all Japanese people hate Koreans because its “imprinted in their genes” <- do you know how stupid you sound by saying that?

        oh and btw, "Japan is South Korea’s second-biggest trading partner, and commerce between the two rose 16.8 percent to $108 billion in 2011, according to the Korea International Trade Association website" – Bloomberg Business. – cutting off economic ties would be detrimental to both countries.

        • chucky3176

          chris, Japan is South Korea’s second biggest trading partner because most of it is Japanese imports into South Korea. I’m all for the Japanese netizen demands for diplomatic cut, we can fix the imbalance once and for all.

          • chris

            CIA Factbook states South Korea’s top export partners – China 24.4%, US 10.1%, Japan 7.1%

            you really think economic policy makers would want to do that in the first place? public opinion on bilateral ties do very little economically between countries that are intertwined in the global market.

          • Yorgos

            shit i hate those pesky FACTS.

          • chucky3176

            Yes I do. Japanese media is printing all kinds of stories, spreading rumors that Japanese are being dragged along in the streets and hung up in Korea, then demanding economic sanctions against South Korea. Only last week, a major Japanese weekly printed a story that Abe said South Korea is just a stupid country, we can take care of them by withdrawing all our financial lendings, and they’ll collapse. Another daily yesterday, said Japan can start an economic boycott South Korea, since it’s not really an essential market for Japan. It proposed to start one by using the Dokdo/Takeshima issue or the recent South Korean judgement ordering Japanese companies to give back wages to four South Koreans who were unpaid during WWII.

            Another big deal was caused last year, when Japan decided to use the currency swap line between Japan and S.Korea as a weapon. Japanese media at that time claimed Korea would collapse economically. They’re singing the same songs again. They’re the ones who are talking about it constantly. Go ahead do it and see what happens.

          • Rutim86

            > Only last week, a major Japanese weekly printed a story that Abe said South Korea is just a stupid country

            Well, that’s a rumour and worth as much as your posts here while South Korean president walking over Japanese flag on his visit on Dokdo is a fact…

          • chucky3176

            If it was just rumor, then why do they get printed in respected Japanese conservative weeklys, with close contacts with Japanese high government officials? By the way, SK president never walked over Japanese flag, but he did visit part of his own country.

          • Rutim86

            Oh, it Diet’s members who walked over Hinomarus. President only wanted an apology from the Emperor ;)

          • chucky3176

            chris, 7% is only about $30 billion. Japan is a tiny market for SK goods.

      • Sillian

        Time immortal and imprinted into their genes? I’d be surprised if you stop making exaggerated and dramatic comments about Japan.

      • lonetrey / Dan

        I like your calm and collected attitude.
        In contrast, your words are so blatantly biased :(

        Chucky, has anyone told you you’re sort of like a spicy snowcone? :/

        • David

          lmao

        • tenko

          ditto…

      • tenko

        koreans “rarely” say they hate japanese? dude, have you lived in south korea? every stranger i ever met there had just had to disclose that dokdo is korea’s land within 1st hour of conversation on any topic, just to make sure i know it, and great many have clearly stated they hated japanese people. asked “why, have you ever met a japanese person?” they answered “no.” “have your family ever been harmed by a japanese person?” samely, they answered “no.” and then just added that they hate the japanese for stuff that didn’t even happened in their grandfathers’ generation’s lifetime, for stuff from the second world war and before. geezus christ, grow the hell up! if we moaned and bitched about this like you do in europe, we’d already have killed each other, be glad that you guys are separated by seas, koreans, japanese and chinese. you all hate one another for reasons not pertaining to you, your families, this century or several decades now, but still choose to dwell in the long past. grow up. seriously.
        it also always killed me how hypocratic koreans are. you hate japanese, you’re very open about it. ok. but how the hell come you don’t hate chinese people then? you were their bitch for 500 years, much, much longer than the not even 50 years japanese occupation. during these 500 years they imposed fees on you, you had no right to conduct foreign policy – all foreign issues had to be conducted through beijing – and all kings had to be confirmed by beijing. care to explain how this hasn’t caused any hatred towards the chinese?

        • chucky3176

          Personal anicdotes?

          Dude, the only times Koreans get flipping mad over Japan, is when it involves history, politics, or territorial squabbles with Japan – when Japan is in the news. There are no calls for Japanese on the streets to be killed. While they don’t like Japan as a country, Koreans have no inherent racial or cultural animosities towards individual average Japanese. Where as in Japan, parents still hire detectives to make sure their future sons and daughter in laws don’t carry the Korean gene anywhere, dating back 500 years. And just last year, a Japanese man got sued by his former fiancee who was quarter Korean, for breaking up the engagement because he found out she had a grandfather who was Korean. It was all on the Japanese news.

        • fawefwafwa fewaifwae

          die painfully cretin.

    • dffd

      you need to get off the american dick

      • lonetrey / Dan

        Haha…. I have an American dick. It is Chinese too.

        Did you think that comment through at all?

    • https://www.facebook.com/dinie.akhemu Gerhana

      i thought that was just a front, a facade American like to put up. Is it really real? or its one of those ‘everyone is equal but some are more equal to me’?

      • lonetrey / Dan

        Kind of, sort of.

        I prefer to think of racism and the effort to address racism here in America as a giant Schrodinger’s Cat experiment.

        Many people like to either think A) Racism is everywhere and we should be constantly vigilant, or B) Racism is not everywhere and we are overreacting but it is ok to err on the safe side.

        And then people go around the many States and see for themselves, and all report different results.

        The only clear results from people’s experience is that there is racism and at the same time there is no racism.

        Yes, I know. That answer is not really what you or anyone is looking for.

        • https://www.facebook.com/dinie.akhemu Gerhana

          I am not really looking for an answer. I just wanted to say that American are also people, they are just as good and as shit as everyone else. They are not more special than the other nationalities on Earth.

          • lonetrey / Dan

            Oh, definitely. I completely agree. I think I’m a little less optimistic about Americans than you are
            and I tend to think we (yes, including me) are prone to making large and very annoying mistakes.

    • David

      lol you could include Indonesia in that. The Thai people are pretty cool with just about everybody (they do have a problem with the Ethnic Chinese Thai who have been in their country a few hundred years but not a problem with the Chinese in China).

  • Lou Maessen

    Can anyone a bit more in toutch with east asia tell me if this is a normal and relevant topic over there? Ive heard say that japancrush and its relatives are nothing but sensationalist magazines cherrypicking the juiciest items but im not quite sure what to believe.

    • besudesu

      Well, perhaps you might say that my opinion is biased since I’m the editor of the site. I’ll leave the cherry picking argument aside, since although that is never our intention here, some people will always insist that it is.

      You may know that in Japan there is an “internet right-wing” or “netouyo”. These are the people who, despite being a physical minority, appear as a virtual majority due to how vocal they are on nationalist issues. The reason this article was selected is because it got a significant response on Ceron.jp (if you click on the link for the Twitter comments, you’ll see that at the top of the page there is a number in a box that is red. This means that the article has drawn a large response from online users in Japan; the system they use is yellow, amber, red for showing increasing online popularity). As far as I can gauge as a single person checking number of Japanese portals and sites, this article drew a significant response, and therefore I chose to translate it. That does not mean, however, that this is representative of the entirety of Japanese opinion, just that on a given day this article, for whatever reason, attracted attention.

      Abe is a right-wing nationalist leader, so stories like this crop up quite a bit these days. Japan is in a recession (although “Abenomics” is supposedly going to rectify that), labour is more precarious than ever for young people, and therefore his right-wing fix-it-all economic approach has garnered considerable popularity since his election in December 2012. And when things aren’t going well at home, it is always easier to blame it on the other. From that perspective, this is a fairly normal and relevant topic.

      In short, there is a certain popular appeal to articles like this at the moment in the Japanese media, and the presence of an online right-wing means that these articles will often rise to the top of internet monitoring sites, or appear to attract more attention simply because they deal with Korea (or to a lesser extent, China). Obviously, that is all we have to go on here, since we are concerned specifically with Japanese internet culture.

      I hope others will also respond, to give you a variety of viewpoints.

      • chucky3176

        You’re downplaying what the Japanese media is doing. They’re not only printing sensational anti Korean stories, but they also lie to their people. Japan is scared stiff of China’s economic retaliations, so they’ll never go to the same length.

        • Yorgos

          reminds me of the behavior of another nearby country.

          • fawefwafwa fewaifwae

            die painfully cretin.

      • Lou Maessen

        Thanks for the anwser. I only asked because I like to place in context what I read.

    • Comebackkid13

      I would say that they Cherry Pick articles, but they are picked based on their popularity. I read about half a dozen news articles a day on Sankei and Yahoo everyday, but I don’t pick them based on trending. Besu and JapanCrush picks them by popularity. You can check in her link Ceron.jp.

      Its because of this, however, that JapanCrush gets labeled certain ways. For example, when you have an article such as this that becomes the highest trending news of the day or week by far, and is laden with Anti-Korean sentiment, it can paint Japanese or JapanCrush in a certain
      way. JapanCrush does nothing to sensationalize the news, however. I think the reality is more interesting. I personally come from the boat that these are fairly good indicators of public opinions and trends.

  • Mighty曹

    70% is an alarming rate.

    • besudesu

      Yeah it’s pretty alarming. But then, the MSN Sankei article tells us nothing else about the respondents. We don’t even know how many there were. I will look for this info when I get a chance. Also, the Sankei is pretty right-wing, so if the respondents were recruited from their readership that would expose quite a significant bias. Which would then be exacerbated by the fact that the people who read and commented on the article about the survey would also probably be somewhat supportive of the Sankei’s perspective…

      • Mighty曹

        Yes, it’s hard to believe that figure.

      • someguy

        Polls have repeatedly show that well over 85% of Japanese people hate China, and while Korea’s is a bit more variable, it’s not exactly positive either (and I am not talking about polls from the right wing nutcase Sankei either; independent polls of Pew Research Center supports this claim as well). It is a fact that not once in history did a poll show Chinese people hating Japan more than Japanese people hate China.

        With so many independent polls that show otherwise, why are people here so surprised? It’s a cultural thing for Japan to hate China and Korea. Japan always has, ever since Hideyoshi’s attempt to conquer Korea and China. That attitude has NEVER changed, not for a second. Just look at Japanese media, as well. Pro-Chinese and Korean politicians have been faced with assassination attempts, while books that describe Chinese people as being fans of murder are national best-sellers.

        Stop calling China brainwashed. It’s clear to me Japanese people are the real brainwashed ones.

        • Miniluv101

          No the Chinese really are brainwashed, it’s kind of an important part in creating a stable dictatorship. Japanese and Koreans are however still clinging to medieval beliefs despite having the access to learn better, which is a shame.

          • fawefwafwa fewaifwae

            die of cancer.

          • James Wang

            Most Chinese people read more books than you non-brainwashed western “free” people. Sure there are much more restrictions on Chinese internet and no private media. However, for every internet blog post and youtube video you are reading and watching, a Chinese person is reading JJ Rousseau, Adam Smith, David Thoreau, Suntzu’s Art of War, Mencius, Xunzi, Karl Marx, Confuciu’s Chunqiu, The romance of the three Kingdoms. That’s why despite the heavy censorship in China, Chinese people are much more keen on power politics and strategic thinking. Only the stupid people who are un-interested in knowledge choose to be un-informed. Also, there is another difference between non-brainwashed westerners like you and Chinese people like me: you are more interested in collecting information, while we spend more time on working out theories. That’s why, comments like yours sounds touche, while ours sound nerdy and confusing.

        • Hokit

          ” It is a fact that not once in history did a poll show Chinese people hating Japan more than Japanese people hate China”

          Really? Where’s the proof?

          Remember, you said “not ONCE in history”.

          Or, as is likely the case, are you just pulling shit out of your ass?

        • Eidolon

          That’s because there’s a large segment of the Chinese population that looks begrudgingly up to Japan for its economic and cultural achievements in recent times. Had the opposite been the case – ie had Japan been the poor, developing country and China the rich, developed country – you bet your arse the Chinese view of Japan is going to be a lot worse than it is, especially were Japan to act in the same arrogant way despite being less developed.

          Western media regularly ignores the role of developmental status in East Asian perceptions of each other. To reduce East Asian hostility towards each other solely to geopolitical differences and the memory of WW 2 is equivalent to saying that the Chinese perception of Filipinos is only the product of recent conflict over the Spratleys. There’s a deep seated East Asian contempt for those they see to be lower than themselves that goes beyond the realm of political competition in shaping their perceptions of each other.

          • James Wang

            Actually, most Chinese people are fond of Japanese food and culture, what we hate is Japanese right-wing militarism. Japan has being less developed than China for most of its history, things only start to change until a decade after Meiji Restoration in the 1860s. We Chinese has treated Japan much worse in our history than we would like to admit. Our ancestors were if not the most racist people on earth. In fact, the Japanese has never really invented any vocabulary that is innately derogatory towards China. One misconception is the word 支那 (sina) which is in fact a Tang dynasty Chinese translation of a Sanskrit word that was later adopted in Japan with the spreading of buddhism. While on the other hand words like 倭奴,狗奴国,倭寇,倭夷,etc were all innately derogatory.

          • James Wang

            You seem to suggest that we resent Japan out of jealousy. That is wrong, you vastly over-estimated the Chinese people. We Chinese are not the over bearing, vain nobles who are sensitive to the achievements of others. Quite the contrary, we are the snobbish bunch who suck up to the strong and cruel, and scorn the weak and stupid. We antagonize Japan for threatening peace, while glorifies and sucks up to Russia and US for their military might and victory, despite the fact that these two countries spend a set amount of of their military expenditure in maintaining a standing strike ability against Chinese cities in a massive scale. While the Japanese aren’t even interested in entertaining this idea.

          • James Wang

            We resent Japan because the increase access of information in China gave more and more Chinese people a more realistic view of Japan. We used to think that Japanese people are people with absolute principle who place honor above everything else, who defies the strong and worshipped by the weak, like Spartans. But it turns out that they are in fact meek and sheepish, stubborn and vain. They terrorize the weak and vulnerable, and is fearful and submissive to the strong. They only pick on easy victims, and is quick to kneel in apology when there is a risk of reprisal. They are self centered to the point of blindness, they have no ability for strategic thinking. They are short term smart ass and long term losers. They are so easy to manipulate, like a bloody infant! But we Chinese are the ones to blames, we bullied and ridiculed them for centuries, we blockaded their trade routes for no good reason for centuries. It’s because we never treated them equally like how Confucius want us to treat all human beings, we never showed them love and respect. It is only karma that our selfishness and carelessness would come back to haunt us.

  • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

  • someguy

    Now this is the topic I’ve been waiting for!!

    But yeah, no surprises here. I don’t even know what to say, even though I am supposed to be a netouyo impersonator. I think that last comment about how killing Koreans should be legalized says it all.

    Btw, Chinese people on Chinasmack have said far less inflammatory things about the Philippines, yet non-Chinese commentators are cheering for the destruction of barbaric China. Yet, here on Japancrush, Japanese say worse things, and the most these stupid gaijin say is, “Is this normal in Japan?” Double standards much?

    • linette lee

      “Btw, Chinese people on Chinasmack have said far less inflammatory things about the Philippines, yet non-Chinese commentators are cheering for the destruction of barbaric China. Yet, here on Japancrush, Japanese say worse things”

      exactly…thank you.

      And also a stupid retard Korean trying to instigate conflict between some Philippine bloggers and Chinese bloggers. What a snake. I don’t blame the Japanese for not trusting Korean. Sneaky and liar.

      • someguy

        I like how so far, I am the ONLY person who has pointed out the netouyo who wants to legalize killing Koreans.

        China has pledged to help the Philippines (even though China itself is poor and ravaged by the typhoon), donated even more money after international pressure, and is now even sending a medical ship to the Philippines, all the while being an enemy. Yet, what do those stupid foreigners on Chinasmack say? “OMG, Chinese people are brainwashed!” “China will never be a superpower!” And I think on one site (I think TIME or something), someone even called for a complete genocide of Chinese people for this “cheap” attitude like Hitler did to the Jews.

        Now, here on Japancrush, what do these stupid foreigners who want “peace” in Asia say? “Oh, this isn’t the mainstream view of Japan, is it?” Total hypocrisy. No wonder China mistrusts and hates the outside world so much.

        • socali

          Please lay down the crack pipe.

        • David

          The hate is strong in this one. SOMEGUY why are you on a site with foreign opinions (opinions that are far from homogenous by the way) if you hate foreigners so much? You call us “stupid gaijin” (which is weird and wrong coming from a guy who is not Japanese) and “stupid foreigners” and then wail that our opinions don’t mirror yours. I have no idea where your from (sounds like China) but you need to relax and state your opinions in a coherent manner and then not be disappointed when people disagree with you. That is he way of the world my son.

          • tenko

            amen!

          • someguy

            It’s kind of hard to explain who I am, and it can get long… so for those who don’t really care about me, don’t read this post.

            First of all, I am Taiwanese. However, I am a die-hard supporter of the ROC (although not necessarily the party, KMT). I believe in reunification of our ancestral land under ROC, and not the PRC. I detest the CCP, for the most part, but do give credit to them when it’s due (mostly only to Deng Xiaoping, though). Nonetheless, as an ROC supporter, I stand by China’s claim on all territorial disputes, as that is irrelevant to “Communist propaganda” or not. ROC supporters believe that Tibet, Xinjiang, etc. are Chinese lands. However, I will admit that demanding Mongolia back right now is pointless and in vain, so I am willing to give up Mongolia.

            As for my views on foreigners… actually, for a Chinese patriot, I am very pro-West. I live in the United States right now, and if I can ever become someone great for the Chinese people, I want to become the Chinese Fukuzawa Yukichi (he’s that Japanese guy who convinced Japan that the future lies with the West, and not with Asia). Generally speaking, I find CCP trolls who insist that the West is the enemy to be stupid, but there are some very rare times where I do agree that their fears of the US are justified. Although I like the West, sometimes, I don’t really like where it’s headed. I prefer the Enlightenment era and the 19th century, where the West was at its height of its cultural influence.

            Anyways, this time, the post above was more like an angry outburst to how I’ve been feeling recently. Usually, I’m not as anti-West.

        • RothschildIsMoney

          You should know that most of the top comments in these sites are rigged.
          In ChinaSmack, the ones who’s made on top usually the most passionate hate comment without rational point whatsoever.
          The comments in these sites can be manipulated easily through shill accounts which can be controlled by very few users to generate lots of posts or more often skew the voting on existing posts and comments to manufacture a false consensus.

          • David

            In other words, don’t get all bent out of shape every time you see a poll.

      • nqk123

        no Chinese wrote much more worst stuffs about Philippines

      • fawefwafwa fewaifwae

        die painfully cretin.

    • Guest

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    • RothschildIsMoney

      Cold War mentality and media misrepresentation are the reasons.

      You can’t blame them for being dumb. It’s a structural ignorance.

  • Balkan

    “There’s no reason why you would trust a country with no future.The countdown to Korea’s downfall has begun.”

    And Korea should trust Japan? If you have partners like these, you don’t need enemies.

  • Guest23

    Not really surprising, any details on whether they did a similar survey on China?

  • socali

    In the words of Rodney King….”Can’t we all just get along?”

  • David

    “There’s no reason why you would trust a country with no future.The countdown to Korea’s downfall has begun.”

    lol I find it funny when people say things like that, because you know they actually believe it. They are really just waiting for it to happen any day now.

    “Let’s make it so that even if you kill a Korean, you’ll be found innocent and paid a reward. All the gooks will disappear in a flash.”
    This is one is not so funny. Even though he is a nut, people like that can be dangerous nuts.

  • 원기 홍

    I just highly recommand to fix that radiation shit first japs. what kinna world yall livin’? we all freaggin same ape same nigg. what u tryna fuck shit up.

    • tenko

      you shut up, can’t even write in english. get a goddamn dictionary!

    • bang2tang

      same ape? lol

  • Monsquaz

    I believe polls conducted back in the early nineties showed that most Japanese had a positive view of South Korea. This has probably changed as they’ve become increasingly aware of the anger that the Koreans hold towards Japan.

    We all know which country is ultimately responsible for the current situation, but regardless of that, is it any surprise that most Japanese aren’t filled with warm fuzzies when asked about South Korea knowing that most Koreans apparently see Japan as a military threat.

    • fawefwafwa fewaifwae

      die painfully cretin

  • The Comedian

    My observation of Japancrush and Koreabang.

    Koreabang’s top stories that Korean netizens talk about most: goose fathers, entrance exams, high cost of school meals, no equality of sexes, military duties, etc etc,

    Japoancrush’s top stories that Japanese netizens talk about the most: animes, manga’s, evil Korea, cute characters, bad Koreans, boys and girls who don’t want to date, killing Koreans, all of Japan’s problems due to Korea and Koreans, etc etc.

    • tenko

      well, these are the english languaged ones. you do know that a fair share of editors here are foreigners, right?
      for fresh content regarding koreans hating on/laughing at china and japan go to dc inside forums if you can read korean. it’s somewhat an equivalent of 2ch in japan. as for the japanese forums, kill me, i don’t know anything other than 2ch and in there i never found my way to the xenophobic parts, but seeing comments on the internet made by japanese people even on facebook, i’m sure there has to be some place where they vent and go ranting on koreans, i just don’t know any personally. i can ask, i noticed one new facebook friend of mine posts a lot of anti korean content, he should know where to find more.
      but rest assured, it is a perfectly two way street. i read in both of these languages and have lived in both korea and japan, i’ve seen enough to state this with certainty :)

      • nqk123

        i have to agree on this one. this problem is pretty world wide.

      • A Pinky Promise

        The difference is that in Korea more and more losers (who have no real jobs, no girlfriends) turn into pro-Japanese trolls, while in Japan that’s not the case. Wherever they go, they post a comment that worships Japanese girls while hating on Korean girls for being so materialistic. You said DCinside is filled with Korean nationalists? Not quite. Have you ever visited history forum in DCinside? People there mostly mock Korean history and Korean ancestors. They always curse Korea for their not being successful in their lives. http://gall.dcinside.com/board/lists/?id=history&page=

        • chucky3176

          He obviously has never seen Korean forums for real, thus his erroneously made up logic. Korean forums are far more in variety in the range of opinions and topics – in line with democratic traditions of having the right to different opinions. Completely the opposite of the uniform, almost one voice-like homogeneous Japanese forums.

          • A Pinky Promise

            I actually envy Japanese for being one voice. I’m so fed up with Koreans siding with each political party and fighting all the time without making any progress.

          • syntheticzero

            Japanese aren’t one voice. The above comments aren’t representative of everyone there.

          • Eidolon

            He obviously has, however, seen the forum from which you come, because it is the direct analogy to 2ch for gyopos.

    • torentosan

      I lived in Korea and can truly say that Koreans are hate filled bags of pure hate. Japanese have a right to be suspicious of the devils. That being said, yes, we must all aspire to be better and overcome petty ignorance such as this.

      • Sillian

        You didn’t even have to add the last sentence to make the account look more legit. xD

      • fawefwafwa fewaifwae

        I’d gladly f uc king split your skull wide open.

    • namako

      It’s difference between Japancrush and Koreabang.
      Go http://www2.2ch.net/2ch.html and translate all the link in the left bar.
      You don’t even know that 2ch has 850 boards and that “Comments from 2ch.net” in this article are picked from an unpopular thread of a rural board, do you?
      You remind me of netouyos who say “Korean netizens always talk about Japan!”.

  • Guest

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  • bumfromkorea

    70% don’t trust South Korea, and 55% think that Kono statement (the go-to example of Japanese apology by the apologists) should be revised… what was that about those crazy ultranationalists being a fringe minority again?

    Time and time again, the Japanese electorates prove that their representative democracy is, indeed, representative.

  • Butsu

    The reason for this is because of all the staged lies the Japanese TV companies pushes onto their viewers!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dh42nl6Jv4s

    • chucky3176

      Butsu, pretty pathetic effort. Once again, that’s only few Korean nationalists reacting to Japan’s moves, protesting about Japanese government decision to distort history text books, dokto/takeshima island dispute, comfort women, and all the Abe and his cabinet ministers saying pretty provocative things like “comfort women were necessary”, and “Japan didn’t invade”, etc etc. – all political stuff.

      Compared to these where the ordinary Japanese citizens are mass protesting on streets of Japan to kick all Koreans out of Japan and kill all the cockroach Koreans. You can bet no Japanese television shows will discuss these:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0aVy9ARQlE

      They even had the video of the 14 year old Japanese girl in middle of Osaka, screaming mass murder all the Koreans which went viral. The Japanese netizens did a good job taking down all the youtube videos of that girl. Japanese were very embarrassed after press from Daily Mail and Christian Science Monitor got hold of the video and wrote editorials. They wiped clean all the videos of this girl after Japan got bad press from world media. I’m going to have to find a copy and re-upload to youtubes, does anyone have a backup copy of the video and help me out?.

      The Dailymail erroneously reported that this was about North Korea, it wasn’t.

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2305900/Japanese-girls-anti-North-Korea-rant-goes-viral-rogue-state-threatens-nuke-West.html

      • bang2tang

        Hello chucky, lol

      • Butsu

        You are too fucking easy to bait chucky. Bet you hate on the Korean guy speaking Japanese in the video too, like some do in the comments.

        Both sides in this are just as bad, there ain’t no saints here. I will continue to believe that a majority of South Koreans do not feel animosity towards Japan and the same goes the other way around. Polls or whatnot.

      • bang2tang

        Hello chucky, I watch Korean variety show, it seems to be usual to those comedian or guest to talk about dokdo on their show even on Happy Together, lol.

  • Korean Guy

    The United States has expanded their ban on Japanese fish to 14 Japanese districts. Where are all the angry responses from Japan that this was an anti-Japanese move? Where are all the threats to take US to the WTO? Like they did against Korea when they announced bans from 8 districts in Japan?

    • bang2tang

      so US is SK ally?

  • chucky3176

    I’m sure this is not the answer this Japanese guy who thinks Koreans are insane animals, is what he wanted to hear from a white foreigner in Korea.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZKXIpONbwk

    The Letter From A Japanese Youtuber:

    I’m a Japanese guy, and I apologize for my poor English in advance.
    I watched a couple of your videos that have interested me.
    Recently I study Korean history and I’d like to hear your opinion on Korea from a foreigner’s point of view.

    More
    and more Japanese (including me) have become aware how insane Koreans
    are and whole Korea is especially when it comes to Japan-related issues
    in the last 10 years. Please don’t take it as a racism.
    My country is a victim that has been damaged by their anti-Japan propagation for years.

    Could you let me hear your honest opinion on historical issues between Korea and Japan at first?

    1. What do you think of Dokdo/Takeshima issue? Do you think Dokdo/Takeshima belongs to Korea?

    2. Do you believe Japan ‘enforced’ Koreans to be comfort women as they claim? Do you believe they were really sex slave? Does Korea have a right to denounce Japan for that?

    3.
    Do you think Japan has to apologize or hasn’t made enough apology to
    Korea for her occupation? Do you believe in Koreans’ claim that Japanese
    occupation was really cruel? Thank you very much for reading. Again, I’m sorry for my bad English. I’m looking forward to your reply.
    Sincerely.

    • Rutim86

      > I’m sure this is not the answer this Japanese guy who thinks Koreans are insane animals, is what he wanted to hear from a white foreigner in Korea.

      Here’s an article from today’s Chosun Ilbo about Japanese SDF advancing into Korean Peninsula. DPRK cold war times style of writing, enjoy!

      http://i41.tinypic.com/jfcevp.jpg

      • chucky3176

        I doubt you even fully understand what that editorial is saying. And no, that’s not what he’s saying. Try again.

        • Rutim86

          It only depicts the fear of Japanese SDF, even fighting together with South Koreans and US, if an intervention on Penisula would happen, isn’t it?

          Most Koreans think about it in the same way as Japanese netouyos – no help needed.

          • chucky3176

            No it doesn’t say anything about “fear of Japanese SDF”.

            Your 2ch or Japan Yahoo pals who you got this from, have the wrong ideal.

          • Rutim86

            So what’s the ‘right idea’?

          • chucky3176

            The main ideal of the article is it’s criticizing South Korean government’s lack of self reliance on defense matters, overly relying on the US who’s now about to call in the Japanese troops into Korea, in case of another Korean war.

            Most Koreans don’t want your troops in Korea when Japan thinks they did great favor for Korea during the colonization and also during the Korean War (for sending 7000 Japanese laborers to help the US logistics). It has nothing to do with fear of Japanese troops, it is about the disgust for the ideal of Japanese troops in Korea again. The editor criticizes Korean government depending too much on the US and not controlling their own destination. That’s the ideal.

          • Sillian

            Just curious… Why do you keep saying ‘ideal’ instead of ‘idea’?

  • syntheticzero

    I have to say, as a Japanese-American, coming here to see the shocking comments by so many Japanese who apparently “hate” Koreans is truly disturbing. What is the matter with you? It’s very disappointing and stupid. It seems to me that Japanese who hate Koreans are missing the fact that the way to build up your country is to work on making it stronger, not to denigrate other people. It hurts Japan in the eyes of the world, it is not honorable, it is racist and it is ridiculous. I am proud of my Japanese heritage, but I have many Korean friends and I have visited both Japan and Korea. Everyone in Japan who thinks Korea is so different — sure, it’s different, but I can tell you coming from a country (America) where there are so many different ethnicities, Korea is actually the closest of all the other Asian countries to Japan in terms of culture and style. Not only this, but they’ve recently been growing economically far faster than Japan, and have been creating very interesting things in movies, music, and in other respects. Korea and Japan should get closer, not farther away. Hate simply makes both sides weaker. Wake up, Japan.

    • Sillian

      Korean and Japanese people get along very well overseas. In real life there are real people instead of imagined devils. I know it looks much worse online but there is really no reason for this much hate from both countries even if some conflicts may arise because they are next to each other. Politics should not be taken too personally. It should not be blown out of proportion. Everything should be placed within the right context and degree. Unfortunately the internet often being a hatching room of the lowest common denominator doesn’t really help because there are too many intellectually lazy people who lack critical and fair thinking and some other people who take advantage of them.

    • http://ameblo.jp/cluttered-talk/ Michiko

      “Korea is actually the closest of all the other Asian countries to Japan in terms of culture and style”

      yes it is what I’m feeling thinking all the time, as it is much obvious when one ever sees movies or dramas come from abroad, just for instance, Japanese role is frequently acted by Korean actor or Chinese actor in Western films, of course this is only a bit of examples.
      I somehow knew it even with no occasion to go abroad, just being a diligent watcher of foreign movies or dramas.
      Anyway, what you gave this time is what I’m telling Netouyo guys by each time, just they don’t understand.
      They had been calling me Korean for long time, as a long term resident in Japan, so I opened a photo of the part of my Kosekitohon lately on my blog, somehow I thought I had better do it.
      By the way, Japanese talking is available?
      As I found your Twitter, but it is just about my small favor, nothing more.
      Honestly, writing reading English is still something to me.

      • syntheticzero

        I would love to talk with you about what is going on in Japan around this issue, Michiko. My parents are Japanese but unfortunately my Japanese is pretty bad (really bad), much, much worse than your English. Feel free to @reply to my Twitter if you like, we can try to converse there, if you wish.

        • http://ameblo.jp/cluttered-talk/ Michiko

          I see, thank you for replying to me.

          • syntheticzero

            Mitsuさんは、みちこさんの英語が下手だと言っているのでなく、彼は、自分の日本語が最も下手で、Michikoさんの英語が上手なはずだという意味でその文章を書いたつもりです。その英語の意味を誤解されているらしく、申し訳ないことでございます。もちろん、傷を付けるつもりではないので、本当にすみません。彼は、ディスカッションを是非続けたいということですので、ご連絡をお願い申し上げます。orz

            -My friend helped me by expressing my apology and explanation in Japanese.

            I’m sorry. I think there has been a misunderstanding. I wasn’t saying anything negative about your English — I think we may be having a problem with the way I expressed myself. I was only saying that my Japanese is bad, not anything bad about your English. Your English is quite good, I can understand it. Big apologies. Please contact me if you would like to continue the conversation. orz

          • http://ameblo.jp/cluttered-talk/ Michiko

            Hope you got the message.
            I’m sorry I mistook it, I don’t know exact why that I was so upset.
            Maybe so tensed and much alert for all the time whether I’m writing something totally improper, trembling if I get defamed my English again.
            I know I’m not kind of person with a skill joining English forums.
            Then I was getting so confused by each time any English native person says mine is a total sham.
            As I have no words or credibility to refute them that it’s not, actually, I have no idea whether it is or not.
            I hope English native people are going to be more tolerant with other native Japanese coming after me, if there’s such one.
            Wish they are not getting rigid to them, as usually we have no such proper skill.
            Unfortunately, its opposite situation is not going to happen, never, as no English native comes joining Japanese web sites, so I can’t laugh at anybody, I’m just getting laughed only, likely gone crooked.

            Appreciate the effort that you and your friend made at this time.

          • Dermot Haughey

            Your English is not a “sham”. It is actually very good. The meaning behind what you say is clear, and anyone saying you are very bad at English is just being mean.

  • chucky3176

    The book “48 Reasons Why South Korea Will Collapse” becomes a best seller in Japan. Yahoo Japan is full of anti Korean news stories, as most of their internet forums are. On the streets of Japan, there are daily hate protests against Korean cockroaches. Respected Japanese magazines and papers are printing ludicrous stories of Japanese people being beaten and murdered by Koreans in what Koreans are supposedly calling “Japanese hunting”. They’re also printing petty insulting stories on Korea’s president, calling her a lonely old woman who needs a man – all because she refuses Shinzo Abe’s request for a meeting (and other dozens of daily attacks on Korean politicians and even Korean entertainers). Japanese government and media talk of putting economic sanctions against South Korea (for what reason Koreans scratching their heads), which is unprecedented against a country who hasn’t done anything notable other then protesting Japan’s history revisionism. What is going on in Japan for them to go fly off their handles like this? They are talking more crazy everyday, I’m almost afraid to read the news, wondering what are they going to be so angry about today.

    • syntheticzero

      The whole situation is very regrettable. Japan and Korea are natural partners, the closest culturally of all the Asian nations and nations that have been recently quite interested in each others’ movies, music, and culture. But then we have bizarre disputes over the Dokdo/Takeshima islands — let’s face it, let’s get real, these are nearly uninhabitable rocks in the middle of the sea which have rarely been used for any useful purpose, and it is ridiculous for the two countries to be fighting over such insignificant territory. We should move past this. Japan should stop hyper-reacting to everything that happens over those islands — I mean, seriously, it is absurd. Korea should try to find a way to lower the temperature over the issue as well. I understand they are upset about past Japanese imperialism but Korea currently controls the islands so why make a big additional issue out of it? Both sides, it seems to me, are using the issue to inflame domestic political fervor at the expense of the strength of both countries. That is a very low reason to do this — on both sides. Both Japan and Korea would be stronger if each country realized its power resides in greater cooperation.

      Japan can learn from Korea:

      http://www.47news.jp/feature/columncontest/english/too_modest_and_melancholic_jap.html

      and Korea can still learn from Japan. We need to find ways to get past the disasters of the past and move forward.

    • http://ameblo.jp/cluttered-talk/ Michiko

      Not any offense, just curious, are you a foreign person able of reading Japanese?
      I just wondered about it as you seem to know the condition very well.

    • James Wang

      I only see Japan on the route of further degradation, so much so that the public would even have an apatite for woe sayings about foreign nations. A strong and confident nation don’t care about such stupid books, for these books are empty words of flattery that slackens a nations’ will. It’s like opium that put people at ease and plummet their alertness. 懈怠,is the Chinese word for it. That is why China keep on making new war time Japanese atrocity films. Not that Japan is a threat today, but rather the Chinese image of Japan is a readily available tool and effective tool for the Chinese government to mobilize and motivate its people, and at the same time consolidate the legitimacy of its control on people. It’s part of people’s nature to resent unwanted foreign invasion much more than a undesirable government.

  • Smith_90125

    Korea and Japan sound like England and France from 100-150 years ago. They’re eventually going to have to get along and recognize each is the best ally the other is going to have, NOT the US.

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