Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Japan's Apology For Annexing Korea

  • "Japan apologized once again to South Korea on Tuesday for colonizing the Korean peninsula for more than three decades in the early 1900s," quotes The Marmot's Hole's Yuna [emphasis hers] — Japanese PM, Naoto-Kan apologizes (in tears) to Korea.

  • "South Korea's conservative leaders this week allowed an apology by Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan to resonate more strongly than past displays of sorrow for the sins of war," writes Donald Kirk — Seoul devours Japanese apology. "One way or another, Japanese leaders have been issuing apologies for the sins of their predecessors since the 1950s. Koreans - and Chinese and others - are so used to hearing the A-word that they tend to shrug it off as meaningless whenever they hear it again."

  • "It lacked a declaration of the complete invalidity of the Japanese annexation of Korea, and it was utterly lacking in anything about the countless instances of victimization that took place during Japanese colonial rule, including forcible conscription, atomic bomb casualties, and the comfort women issue," said Democratic Party spokeswoman Jeon Hyun-hee, and other issues nt mentioned were "detainees in Siberia" and — Kan’s apology receives mixed response.
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    Anonymous Anonymous said...


    I read somewhere that one of the first things the Japanese did in Korea was to go to the places that the Koreans considered to be "meridians" (I use the word because the correct one doesn't come to mind) and drive spikes through them, the Koreans believing that this would deprive them, (the Koreans) of the Chi, and make resistance futile.

    If I recall correctly, the Koreans were beggining to, or planning to, remove these spikes. Do you know anything about this, and wish to comment?

    11:22 PM  
    Blogger The Western Confucian said...

    I heard that, too, upon arrival. I also heard that the spikes were removed. I also heard that it was nothing more than an urban legend.

    I tend to believe it was an urban legend, as was the idea that the Japanese changed the spelling of "Corea" to "Korea" so Japan would march first at the Olympics.

    Such ideas spread quickly in a homogenous culture like Korea's. Back during the 2002 World Cup, someone wrote that Turkey was a "brother nation" because it had sent volunteers (not conscripts, I guess) to the Korean war. Now, almost every mention of Turkey somes with the phrase "brother nation."

    12:08 AM  

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