East Asian xenophobia
Vicious Anti-Korea Graffiti Signals Rise of Nationalism in Japan
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  • Tim Godfrey

    Most of SE Asia has the same complaints about the Japanese war record and waffling apologies.

    Only Korea and China have chosen to make an issue of it 70 years later.
    Most likely because they saw it as a way to garner economic advantage.

    But this endless focus on the war record has resulted in a nasty backlash in Japan.
    Japanese who used to have no strong opinions are now very angry.
    They feel used given the huge sums of money Japan has invested in these countries over the last 50 years.

    The extreme reactions are a reflection of this anger.
    I see no way to ameliorate it now.

    It is sad.

    • NC Chew

      You conveniently overlooked Prime Minister Abe’s visit to the Yasukuni Shrine which houses war criminals, who included those who committed atrocities in both these countries. Abe should have known a visit would arouse hostility in China and South Korea. Yet, he went ahead with it. If this wasn’t a deliberate provocation, what is? .

      • Tim Godfrey

        Getting upset over Yasukuni is a good example of pettiness on the part of Korea and China because when you look at the big picture it does not mean much that a few war criminals are mixed in with the thousands of other war dead.

        The problem with the “provocation” argument is it is an endless circle. A provokes B so B provokes A and so on and so on. The only way to break the circle is to stop caring about meaningless symbols.

        Perhaps the thing the makes Japanese the most angry is Korea and China act like nothing has changed in 70 years. They completely ignore the fact that Japan has fully committed to peaceful relations with its neighbors. This entire crisis was entirely caused by Koreans and Chinese who want to live in the past. The Japanese quietly put up with the hostility for decades but it has come to a head and may be spiraling out of control.

        • JB

          “The only way to break the circle is to stop caring about meaningless symbols.” No problem, all you have to do is ignore all of these cultures for the last 1000 years. The “meaningless symbols” are the core of all three nations histories. You need another plan cause that isn’t going to fix it.

  • Jim__L

    Nationalism — far deadlier than religion. Or conquest. The only thing that comes close is government malice / incompetence.

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