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  • Honk

    Thank goodness for the treaty of tokyo bay.

  • Maynerd

    Japan’s outright denial of WWII atrocities is very disturbing. On the other hand when will statues honoring the millions of victims of Mao, Stalin, and Pol Pot be erected?

    China has invaded, suppressed, and run ruin over Tibet. Maybe Sydney and Glendale can construct monuments to the Tibetan people as well.

    On the brighter side, this would be a nice jobs program for struggling artists.

    • Tim Godfrey

      Both Korea and China are rewriting history in order to smear Japan and have their self serving narrative of WW2 be accepted as the “truth” by the rest of the world. Japan is responding with its version of events which is just as biased. The truth is likely somewhere between the two extremes.

      Korea’s attempt to get these statues put up in foreign countries has outraged many Japanese to the point where they don’t really care what the subtle complexities are. They feel they need to counter Korea’s propaganda and are trying to do it.

      I think westerners should refuse to get involved in such debates with statues or any other statement. Getting involved simply raises the stakes and makes things worse.

      • samurai in au

        I myself is a Japanese and I agree with many points. However, I would like to point out that you probably did not know that Japan had apologized and proposed compensating the victims of Japan’s war crimes. Please refer below. The problem is the westerners do not research well enough before they conclude Japan as 100% evil. Behind this movement there is always China and Korea’s anti-Japan policy and we, Japanese, have learnt no matter how much we apologise or pay compensation, it will never be enough. Especially, China as national policy, they encourage people to hate Japan in order to distract its own people from their corrupted govt.

        Korea’s action of installing the “comfort girl” statue right in front of Japanese Embassy is crossing the line of minimum courtesy as a mature nation.

        Anyways, appreciate if you take a minute to read the following;

        Japan-Korea Peace Treaty of 1965

        The Korean government demanded a total of 364 million dollars in compensation for the 1.03 million Koreans conscripted into the workforce and the military during the colonial period,[7] at a rate of 200 dollars per survivor, 1,650 dollars per death and 2,000 dollars per injured person.[8] South Korea agreed to demand no further compensation, either at the government or individual level, after receiving $800 million in grants and soft loans from Japan as compensation for its 1910–45 colonial rule in the treaty.[9]

        However, the South Korean government used most of the grants for economic development,[10] failing to provide adequate compensation to victims by paying only 300,000 won per death in compensating victims of forced labor between 1975 and 1977.[8] Instead, the government spent most of the money establishing social infrastructures, foundingPOSCO, building Gyeongbu Expressway and the Soyang Dam with the technology transfer from Japanese companies.[11] This investment was named Miracle on the Han River in South Korea.

  • Breif2

    “the Abe administration’s decision to allow Japanese defense manufactures to export military equipment for the first time in decades won’t make the neighbors any happier with Tokyo.”

    ??? While the usual bien-pensant suspects in Korea will sputter and the Chinese will be apoplectic, I daresay that most of Japan’s neighbors will be very happy to acquire its military equipment.

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