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Hi, I’m Korean and I hate Japanese people

korean_dollNo, I’m not Korean and I don’t hate Japanese people neither. I actually pretty much like both of them :-)  

I met the other day a Korean dude and, I don’t remember why, the conversation turned around mythology. Greek, Norse, Egyptian (which is of course not European…),… Of course, I was surprised he did not talk about less European mythologies like Aztec, Chinese or Japanese, and I told him so.

He replied with a simple “Japanese people do not have a strong mythology. It’s not even their own. They do not have anything of their own. Not even their Emperor, that came from my country, Korea”.

Someone told me that Japanese and Koreans do not mix well together. I know it, or at least the theory, and I told him. So the Korean dude insisted: “I must have it in the blood, or something. I simply can not stand them.”

I find those attitudes pathetic.

First of all, his statements are simply wrong. The first emperor was Japanese. Their Shinto gods are powerful and they have a very important variety of gods and goodnesses, some of them strong enough to create the world and, unlike other gods like the Greek ones, people still believe in some of them.

Secondly, I do understand that Koreans have suffered for long from Japanese sphere of influence, but so they’ve had suffered from Chinese and Manchu. Will he hate everyone until the end of time?

Third, he was speaking a perfect Spanish. He was clearly Spanish or in Spain since his childhood. Now, several possibilities open upon us:

  • Is he adopted? If he is, why the hell would he care about a country he probably does not even know? I do understand the importance of self-definition, finding it’s own roots and all those problems adopted children have. But why define yourself in opposition to someone instead of as belonging to a group?
  • If he’s not adopted, why keep with a hate that is disappearing little by little in his own country? Does he really feel from his own country? Has he visited Korea? And Japan? Does he even know enough Japanese to actually hate them?
  • And if his own family has suffered Japanese atrocities, will he keep hating a country for what they did more than half a century ago? I do agree they haven’t acknowledged it yet, but we are talking about their government, not the actual people that often disagree with their rulers. Should I keep hating the fascist side of Spain for what they did to my family? Or should I work in order to reduce the gap that once fractured Spain in a civil war?

Those grudges only serve hate and foster future conflicts. They are simply not worth and, in some cases, are not even justified. This kid spoke without knowledge, education nor wiseness. Those are the persons that keep alive enmities that should have been buried long ago.

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346 Responses to “Hi, I’m Korean and I hate Japanese people”


  1. Haruki
    on Apr 7th, 2007
    @ 23:49

    Hi, I’m Japanese and I don’t hate Koreans, hahaha! :-D
    Well, actually I love Korean food and many parts of Korean culture fascinate me.
    My mom was an English and Japanese teacher and taught Japanese to foreign students, mainly from Korea and China.
    Many of her students came to my house and they taught me some of their culture, too. I still keep those fond memories.

    Although Korean and Japanese languages do not seem similar, grammatically and in terms of pronunciation they are quite close.
    Besides, I would say that Korean and Japanese people have many things in common, such as being respectful to elderly people and having great value in politeness.

    Here I’m not going to bring about many things about the WWII.
    Certainly, the Japanese soldiers invaded Korea and cuased lots of tragedies.
    In high school, I even learned sad stories about those Korean women who were made sex slaves, too.
    Many Japanese people are conscious of that.

    In my opinion, if an apology by the Japanese prime minister would satisfy Korean people as they say, he should do it.
    But how many of Korean people remember some Prime ministers actually did it before?
    If an apology is not for constructing a better relationship between Japan and Korea, but for Korean people to feel they have won, it doesn’t seem fruitful to me.

    These days, I’ve seen so much hostility Korean people have toward Japan or Japanese people.
    Something that I don’t understand is that some (not all, of course) Koreans that do not know any Japanese people or that haven’t visited Japan keep on saying that Japanese women are submissive and Japanese men are cowardly, bastards etc. Look at the reality with your own eyes ;-)


  2. iiome
    on Apr 8th, 2007
    @ 11:15

    Hi I’m French and I do like wine and cheese ;) I’m also Alsacien and sometimes I feel the burden my elders born. There is what belongs to the past but we can’t get ride of the sorrow.

    When I read the title I immediately thought of the confort women. It seems that the matter 60 years later could still be actual.

    [quote]
    On 2007-MAR-02, Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, said that the “comfort women” were not coerced into becoming sexual slaves. He said:

    “There was no evidence to prove there was coercion as initially suggested. That largely changes what constitutes the definition of coercion, and we have to take it from there,” he said.
    [quote source: http://www.religioustolerance.org/sla_japa.htm ]


  3. Haruki
    on Apr 9th, 2007
    @ 00:36

    Hi, iiome.
    As you quoted, it’s lamentable that the Prime Minister still said such a thing, because it will not bring any solution.

    On the other hand, although his comment is inappropriate, especially when it’s out of the context, I partly understand why this statement was made.
    This is because some Korean women said they were victims of the sexual slaves but later it was found out that they had mde up stories.

    Of course, it’s difficult for them to prove such things and the Japanese should not dasily deny the compensation saying that they cannot compensate without proof.
    But when there are such people that are not victims but ask for money, the Japanese government and the Court have to be careful about determining, too.

    At least it’s evident that having faith only in documents leads us to this kind of inconsiderate comment by the Prime Minister, and destruction of important documents and falsification of many proofs which I’ve seen in Japan, China and Korea…


  4. N.
    on Apr 18th, 2007
    @ 10:59

    Having spent time in both Japan and Spain, I felt compelled to comment on your site. I taught English in Japan for a while and I came across a variety of attitudes toward other Asians while in Japan. Predictably, the older generations were less trusting. One woman openly wished for the death of Chinese people in one of my classes. The younger people tend not to be overflowing with hatred, at least as far as I could tell. But cultural animosity is everywhere. Anglo-Saxons (as well as some Spaniards) detest the French and vice-versa, but there are plenty of examples of influencia afrancesada in both English and Spanish languages. There is validity to the Japan-Korea shared cultural roots claim. The point, at least for me, is not do dwell in past atrocities and perpetual victimhood, but to appreciate the humanity in everyone regardless of race or nationality.

    N.
    opinionatedjackass.blogspot.com


  5. gino brown
    on Jun 8th, 2007
    @ 18:20

    yeah im korean, and im with you N. i have a lot of japanese and viet frends, even though as i was growin up i heard nothin but hate towards them in my family. but i chose to ignore that, i am 1st generation in the US. and as i grow older, im 22 now, even in father mostly the hate has calmed significantly. were gettin old, and life is short. so lets get it together people!


  6. Jimmy
    on Oct 19th, 2007
    @ 21:53

    Hi i’m chinese and while i dont necessarily hate japanese people invidually, as a whole i’m not rather fond of them.

    Its mainly in the history of how the japenese invaded us and done some horrible acts of violence, But more so because earlier in history china was the biggest influence of japans development, without us japan wouldn’t be the way ti is now – writing, style etc etc.


  7. Guille
    on Oct 20th, 2007
    @ 03:39

    I do agree with you, Japan owns a lot to China, as it has influenced for a long time Japan. But let’s be honest, China lost that influence a while ago, in the XIX century, probably before.

    Of course, there can be no excuses to Japan’s aggressions and cruelties. But let’s not forget some of China’s. The Age of Warlords, the Guomindang Regime and the Great Leap Forward left more than 30 million people dead, some with extreme violence.

    But don’t think it’s China and Japan alone. Spain, as my country and to give just an example, killed thousands of Jews, and we own a lot of our culture to great civilizations like the Romans or the Arabs, the late often little liked here. We Spaniards have a long history of cruelties and violence, even among ourselves, as in our recent Civil War and subsequent dictatorship.

    The point is, history should be a tool for understanding, not to keep long time grudges :-)


  8. m
    on Oct 25th, 2007
    @ 20:46

    The first mention of Japan appears in the Chinese archives in 297 AD. The Japanese nation was referred to as Wa (dwarf), ruled by a female shaman by the name of Himiko. Wa was a nation of more than one hundred squabbling tribes. Somehow this chaotic nation turned into a strong united nation by the reign of Emperor Keitai (507-531 AD), thanks to the influx of a large number of “horseriding” warriors from Korea. (Douglas 1978)

    According to the Silla Chronicle, Queen Hamiko (卑彌乎) sent an emissary to Korea in 173 AD, and about at this time, her son married a daughter of King Kim Su-ro, from which Niniki (邇邇藝) was born. Queen Hamiko and Amaterasu (天照大神) are believed to be one and same. Japanese archives claim that Niniki’s grandson became the first emperor of Japan – Jinmu Tenno, but Silla archives show that Jinmu was in fact a grandson of King Kim Su-ro, Lee Pa-ri (伊波禮 I-Wa-Re in Japanese). Strangely, Kojiki mentions that Jimmo came from Korea and established a base in Kyushu, from which he advanced to other islands of Japan. .

    Conclusion
    Scientific studies in different fields – dialectology, archaeology, anthropology, genetics, geology, and histology – indicate that proto-Koreans began to colonize the Japanese islands some 2,500 years ago. The immigrants from Korea pushed aside the stone-age Jomon inhabitants. Silla maintained a close tie with Japan but after the fall of Silla, Japan and Korea evolved relatively isolated from each other.


  9. Mark H
    on Oct 26th, 2007
    @ 14:46

    Hi, I’m Australian and I like Fish And Chips. p.s. I don’t hate Koreans, I don’t hate Japanese.


  10. Brandon
    on Nov 14th, 2007
    @ 21:56

    You know what I hate! I hate Dust Mytes!!! Little ba!!!rds are everywhere. LOL. I’m american.(can’t your tell?) Was a redneck.. now I’m Japanese?? My family is anyway. Chinese people get treated like mexicans do in Kentucky… when they work for the Japanese. So do the Filipino’s and thai. The same happens to the Japanese when they go to China to work or live. It is the pride we have in our own countries that defines what others are experiencing as racism. I know first hand. Got the scars to prove it. You can sift through the pasts all you want. You can’t move to France and say Damn, why is everyone treating me like I’m from Rednecksville. I feel offensed because he’s talking about me smelling different. I think I’ll hate this person for the rest of my life because of where he is hating me from. Respect their pride, because if you can’t, your making racism yourself.


  11. Mary Ewald
    on Nov 22nd, 2007
    @ 02:32

    People all over the world want to feel superior to each other. We all do it in some way. We may be the first to be in line for a concert, or see the latest movie, or go to the new club in town. What’s up with that? Some others have taken it farther than most. Cruelty, death, and destruction, and trying to impose one’s way of doing things on another have happened since the beginning of time: look at Cain and Abel, or even the snake in the garden of Eden, and these atrocities will continue to happen. What can stop it?
    On a lighter note, women have figured out that chocolate makes us happy. So, everyone should just grab some chocolate and some churros, “¿porque, no te callas?”, and eat their chocolate.


  12. José
    on Jan 1st, 2008
    @ 20:30

    Well im reading all of these comments and I must say touché for all the educated replies on here versus other sites I have read.

    I personally think any form of racism is sad and pathetic and detestable. My family is also from Spain and in agreement with Guille…we must look forward and not rely on the past and keep grudges..we simply use it as a tool not to make the same mistakes.

    Spain has had many invaders and as a people we probably have 9 or more cultures that mixed with our orginal ‘ The Iberians”. The longest culture was of course the Moors in southen spain primarily for over 800 years. Can you imagine 800 years and do you not think it has affected our gene pool./..come on…of course it has. Just as in Italy when the Moors were there, of course not as long.

    Point is, for Spaniards(Spanish) to be against Arabs, French and all the rest would be pointless…after all its in our blood. I personally do not know many spanish people that dislike the french, in fact one of our cultures ” The Catalan” is related to Provencal…so why would we, its like distant cousins.

    I personally have friends that are Japanese that do not like the Koreans and the Chinese. Having said that, I had a Korean cleaner. The reason I stopped using them was for their hatred and lack of understanding of the Japanese. In fact this Korean woman sais that if her son completed his engagement with this Japanese girl hes been dating…she would disown him . This is all just proof that lack of education, bad sentiments, the past has not been healed and leaves people in a state of limbo. Lets move forward and realize that their exists good and bad in every race and culture. Lets just move on and try to make it work and stomp out hatred and focus on peace and harmony.


  13. Helen
    on Jan 12th, 2008
    @ 18:33

    I am a Chinese and British. My heart was trembling when I was watching the photos of children and babies killed by the Japanese solidiers in WWII. They beheaded the children and took the eyes out of the babies. Animals!! I hate the Japanese soliders. I dislike Japanese at large. They are a cruel race in a whole.


  14. Guille
    on Jan 13th, 2008
    @ 16:18

    Hi Helen.

    I understand your sensitivity concerning the Japanese atrocities, it must have been horrendous.

    But if you hate all nationalities that have committed atrocities then I must be sorry for you as you must really hate yourself.

    Indeed, as I’ve written before, being Chinese you must be aware of all the atrocities your government has done to it’s own people (Age of Warlords, the Guomindang Regime, the Great Leap Forward,…) as well to others (Chinese invasion of Tibet,…).

    And being British… how ashamed you must be!! You must know of the Indian famines of 1877 and 1899 when, while millions of Indians were dying of hunger, the British were speculating and exporting their grain to Egland. Or when the British troops suppressed the Mau Mau revolt in Kenya in the 1950s, where prisoners were questioned with the help of slicing off ears, boring holes in eardrums, flogging until death, pouring paraffin over suspects who were then set alight, and burning eardrums with lit cigarettes. The soldiers were told they could shoot anyone they liked provided they were black. Others are the Tasmanian genocide, the use of collective punishment in Malaya, the bombing of villages in Oman, the dirty war in North Yemen, the evacuation of Diego Garcia,…

    Come on, Helen. Let’s stop making generalizations, let’s try to get out from the brainwashing and history revision governments try to impose on us, and get far away from the concept of nationalism, it’s getting old fashioned.


  15. Simple
    on Mar 5th, 2008
    @ 23:25

    Racism is not something people are born with. It is fed and aborbed by one’s parents. Unfortunately, your Korean friend, who has never been to Japan, probably has not interacted with a single Japanese person in his life, has been force fed images of this hideous beast that his parents created for him from birth. Hatred begets hatred and is something learned. Many Korean parents still engage in this spreading and brainwashing of hatred to their children which is something I do not condone. By the way, I am Korean.


  16. Danbee
    on Mar 15th, 2008
    @ 23:34

    Hi Simple,
    as a Korean you should be ashamed of yourself
    You talk about this as if Koreans are making our history up and ‘brainwashing’ our children.
    You may be Korean but you were probably brought up somewhere else in the world and are ignorant about this issue.

    Japanese poeple have done terrible, terrible things to Korea. Just two days ago I heard a typical story of a ‘comfort woman.’ She was forcedly taken away while she was sleeping away. The next day she was taken to Japan where she was forced to have sex and was gang-raped up to 30 times a day. She was only 12 and she did not know what was happnening to her. She said that the soldiers jumped on her like dogs and she did not know whether she was living or dying. Luckily she survived but she has nightmares till this day. SHe is not able to reproduce and lives alone as she is no longer able to lead a normal life (and her family was killed by japanese soldiers). She said that she hopes the Japanese Government apologises before she dies or she will never be at peace. Please do not deny their sad stories and say that they have simply made them up or made exaggerations. This issue is not well known ot the world (compared to other incidences such as the holocaust) but please dont say that it is not true- it is an insult to all those victims who have experienced too much.

    Foreigners may say that forced sex was common in all wars but the Japanese are known to have been especially cruel and the Japanese were the only ones who set a large number of ‘sex homes’ and ‘brothels’ where thousands and thousands of Japanese soldiers went to everyday. THese sex slaves were only 12-18 years old. THis issue of comfort women is just one of the painful histories for Koreans under the Japanese regime.

    I am sure that these comfort women will never be able to forgive Japan. However I believe the nation is prepared to… but it really angers Korea when Japan doubt their histories and alter what they have done in their text books- the least they could do is to apologise and accept what they have done. THe pain and suffering caused by the Japanese soldiers will not be easily forgotten if they keep taking this stubbon attitude.

    By the way, I live in the UK and my best friend is Japanese. I dont hate Japanese people – I just hate their country.


  17. Yunji
    on Mar 16th, 2008
    @ 15:22

    Danbee,

    Simple isn’t being ignorant at all. He is only saying how SOME Korean parents are extreme with their views and that they instill on their children to only hate the Japanese. I think 99.9999% of all Koreans (including I) are aware of the atrocities the Japanese have done. And as you say, it should be remembered for as long people live on this Earth, not just to recognize people’s souls that went through such nightmares, but also to set forth an ever lasting peace and to strive with all countries and people around the world to never allow such things to happen again.

    I am troubled by what you are saying though. What does it mean to hate a country but not it’s people? To hate a country means to hate all aspects of it which includes it’s people. To hate the identity of Japanese people (their country) is to hate them which insults me.

    I am 3/4 Korean 1/4 Japanese and lived in South Korea, Japan and Canada.


  18. danbee
    on Mar 17th, 2008
    @ 00:21

    To Yunji,
    Yes you are right i should have not said that I hated the country. What I meant by, ‘I don’t hate Japanese people-I just hate their country’ is that although I do not have any any grudge against individual Japanese people (as this would not be fair or right) I hate how those running the country (ie the Japanese Government’) are so reluctant to apologise and accept what they have done to the past. I am very sorry as I would have been insulted too if I was in your position.


  19. Alexei Loke
    on Mar 27th, 2008
    @ 23:47

    hey does any one remember unit 731 , the terible warcrimes and rapes that happenened

    you japanese are all scum and rubbish benaeth my shoe , you are a subhuman race that do not deserve exisistence

    the crimes commited by your fathers and grand fathers are inexcusable and every japanese person should face a slow and the most painful death to pay penance for it

    DEATH TO ALL JAPANESE!


  20. Guille
    on Mar 28th, 2008
    @ 01:35

    The only Alexei Loke I found on the web is this one:
    http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=137450778

    I don’t know if that one and this one are the same, but by the way it is written, it perfectly correspond to the 16 years old adolescent that is depicted above.

    “you japanese are all scum and rubbish benaeth my shoe , you are a subhuman race that do not deserve exisistence”
    “every japanese person should face a slow and the most painful death to pay penance for it”

    Sigh… that is a well developed argumentation…

    Try harder next time.


  21. Parakeet
    on Apr 1st, 2008
    @ 20:37

    Terrible atrocities have happen all over the world since the beginning of time. In this day and age, we are expected to be a little more civil.

    Yes, what happened to the Africans/African-Americans during American colonization was a terrible thing. But they have received countless apologies and much contribution.

    The Nazi holocaust surprised and disgusted the world at the time but Germany today teach their children how it was wrong.

    Japan to this day refuses to acknowledge or apologize to China, Korea, and all the Asian countries they invaded, burned, plundered and massacred. Hardly any contributions were issued. Japanese children are taught that the war effort was justifiable and that they won the war (in a way.)

    I agree it is wrong to keep hate in your heart or to be racist to another country but Koreans and Chinese have a right to be angry. The atrocities they faced are forgotten in history, not even taught in Western schools. Should such a massacre be lost forever in history books? Japanese government hopes so! Japan should offer a sincere apology and admit the wrong doings they committed. That would be the first step in creating a more peaceful relationship between them.

    I am half Korean, half Japanese… I sincerely believe there can be peace between the two, I’m the result of that, but I admit Japan needs to take the first step and admit their invasion was wrong so that there can be national peace.


  22. Guille
    on Apr 2nd, 2008
    @ 11:43

    That is a discussion I often have with my girl.

    I do also think Japanese should accept what they did and ask for forgiveness.

    On the other hand, it is true that they have paid compensations to Korea and China, far beyond what was expected while they keep asking for money (a cash cow?) to the surprise of the Japanese, and that the atrocities, no matter how bad in the beginning, have often been manipulated and made worse that they were by the winners. As always, winners write history.

    In the end, I do believe they should accept what they did, stop paying China and Korea and change their constitution for one of their own, not a US forced one. Of course, it is easier to say it than to do it.


  23. Mimi
    on Apr 10th, 2008
    @ 06:25

    No, the first emperor did come from Korea.
    I’m japanese & korean.
    Yeah he is right.

    Why do you think Japan is in the middle of the ocean ?
    Its a long story I can’t explain, my mother could do it for you though ^^

    And

    I’m more of a korean person.
    My dad was japanese and he took me to the U.S because he didn’t want me to grow up bad & become all racist & crap.
    But one thing I hate about Japan is that they took my friends grandmother and used her as a sex slave.
    But the past is the past.
    Whatever.

    Sayounara !


  24. Guille
    on Apr 10th, 2008
    @ 13:22

    The first emperor came from Korea. It does not make him Korean ;-) “m” (comment #8) gives a pretty good explanation talking about proto-koreans. Otherwise we would all be Africans :-)

    Let’s not forget that, Japan as we know it was created before Korea, that was composed of different kingdoms, just as Spain was different kingdoms until the Catholic Kings unified them (well… still today there are remnants of the different kingdoms, but that’s another story).

    Anyway, more seriously, I’m not going to argue who is more Japanese than who, and who is more Korean than who, I find that ridiculous. Saying that the first Emperor was Korean has no sense as Korea did not exist, the same way the concept of Japan did not have much sense before the reunification of all it’s tribes/kingdoms.

    Oh… and I’m getting really tired of people hating things. As you say, the past is the past.


  25. Guilleisannoying
    on May 14th, 2008
    @ 04:46

    guille! stop trying to justify everything..
    you try to make everything sound okay but all of your argugments are so weak and LAME
    just learn to accept that the Japanese are wrong in trying to forget the past and not admit to all the atrocities they have committed. You keep saying ‘the past is the past’- well the Japanese are not exactly helping Koreans forget the past if they wont even apologise or accept what they have done- if they do make a public apology, I’m sure Koreans will say ‘the past is the past’ and try to improve their relationship with the Japanese. You cant expect korean to just simply forget their painful history under the Japanese rule.


  26. Guille
    on May 14th, 2008
    @ 12:45

    Dude, either you did not take the time to read what I wrote, either you simply did not understand it. You know, things I wrote earlier like “I do also think Japanese should accept what they did and ask for forgiveness.”.

    But let’s try to explain it again :-)

    I do believe sometimes it is better, at least for a while, to “just simply forget their painful history under the Japanese rule”. In Spain we had to forget a lot in order to evolve to democracy and not start a second civil war. Later in time there’s always time to come back and arrange things.

    I do believe it is in the interest of some governments (mainly China and Korea) to keep the grudge between their countries and Japan alive. You know, a common enemy unite people. And the money Japan gave and keeps giving already to China and Korea amounts to quite a lot of money.

    But I honestly do not try to justify Japan. As I told before, I am in favor of public apologies and the acceptance of the crimes committed during the war.

    The problem is, in such sensitive subjects, people lose their objectivity and tend to get impregnated with arguments that are very often one-sided and made for the interest of some governments. Yes, Japanese were very bad, but not that very bad. No, the US were good, but not that good (atomic bomb, incendiary bombs over Tokyo and Germany,…). It is always important to hear and, mainly, understand the other side’s arguments.

    Anyway, I do appreciate your education in giving your opinion.


  27. Minji
    on May 17th, 2008
    @ 07:02

    hello. i would just like to say that yes koreans have not forgiven the japanese, and some koreans dislike japanese but that does not mean that all koreans hate japanese. Look, i’m korean and i do not dislike the japanese at all. I enjoy their shows, manga, drama, and music. The people that do not forgive the japanese are people who are not willing to forget the past. the past is the past, and we should forget wut happened back then and just be united. i don’t want people to hate each other because of these kinds of reasons. i really enjoy japanese culture and and bet some japanese people enjoy korean culture.also their are a lot of koreans in southern korean who love japan’s culture. in fact, theirs a singer name BoA, she is korean, BUT she sings japanese and korean songs.she has probably forgiven the japanese, or else she wouldn’t singing japanese songs.

    ~if i could wish for anything in the world, i would wish for the prime minister to just please apologies to the countries that they massacred,etc.. and that we can just all get along..i just want us all to get along.that’s all.i don’t want hate, or racism in this world. i noe theirs racism but i want koreans,chinese,etc. to stop hating japanese, and japanese to stop hating koreans.~

    This is my wish,my only wish.BTW(Like i said, i’m korean but i forgive.)


  28. Kana and Yui
    on May 21st, 2008
    @ 05:27

    We just stumbled across this. I’m Japanese, I don’t hate Koreans. Yui has Korean blood in her, and we’re best friends. And as much as we know that apoligies are needed, we know they won’t be said anytime soon, sadly. What saddens us is the fact that most of the world is disgusted by Asians. For our tastes in food, and the anime(Which most of the people we’re friends with aren’t into) Japan produces. Racism isn’t needed.


  29. Kei
    on May 23rd, 2008
    @ 17:53

    I’m American and I hate Koreans. Soooo arrogant, rude, and have no care for any human they do not know. I like the country, if that counts at all.


  30. Guille
    on May 24th, 2008
    @ 04:35

    Hi, Kei.

    It is funny, but half of the world think exactly that about the US, “Soooo arrogant, rude, and have no care for any human they do not know. I like the country, if that counts at all.”

    I am sure it is not true for the US, it must also be wrong for Korea :-P

    Cheers.


  31. Minji
    on May 24th, 2008
    @ 07:14

    i agree with you guille, i think that half of the world also think that the US is “sooo arogant,rude, and have no care for any human they do not know.”honestly to tell you the truth, i dislike living in america.sry if that offends anyone or gets them upset.


  32. Guille
    on May 24th, 2008
    @ 15:05

    Well… What I wanted to say is that every country/culture is “sooo arrogant, rude and bla bla bla” for someone else, and that thus there is no reason to make such generalizations.

    As I sometimes say, there is no good or bad countries, there are countries you like and countries you dislike.

    But it is true that some relationships are more strong than others, like Koreans-Japanese, Israelies-Palestinians, US-Rest of the world,… The objective is to make those feelings as pacific as possible.


  33. Real Japanese
    on May 31st, 2008
    @ 04:56

    “Japan to this day refuses to acknowledge or apologize to China, Korea, and all the Asian countries they invaded, burned, plundered and massacred. Hardly any contributions were issued. Japanese children are taught that the war effort was justifiable and that they won the war (in a way.)”

    An absolute lie. I see Koreans saying this all the time. Then I ask them, if they have ever saw this with their own eyes. They say yes, but it’s complete lies. Japanese children DO learn the history at school, just not as emphasized as in Korean history. Korean history probably focuses on this almost 90% of the time.

    Please, before you Koerans speak, you should actually try to look and see for yourself what Japanese kids learn instead of jumping on the convenient bandwagon and believing what you “heard” which is complete Korean nationalistic brainwashing and propaganda.

    That’s like me saying, “Oh, I heard that Korean school teach students they they are descended from a “master race” and thtat it is perfectly fine to kill and harm Japanese or Chinese innocent people. Also, I heard that Koreans schools teach Koreans that Confucious was Korean and that CHinese characters originated in Korea.”

    What utter BS.


  34. Guille
    on May 31st, 2008
    @ 15:06

    Hi Real Japanese.

    As far as I know, the education in Japan depends of the school you have been to. My wife’s school is very different from some of her friend’s school, and apparently the history she learned also changed.

    Anyway, it is a fact that there is an ongoing controversy in Japan about textbook treatments of Japanese military actions during World War II. And that this controversy is leaded by Japanese teachers, not Koreans or Chinese.

    Of course, this does not imply what you complain about (Japanese kids being taught the war effort was justifiable) but surely gives something to think about.

    Cheers, and thanks for commenting.


  35. misaki
    on Jun 10th, 2008
    @ 23:35

    bitch
    stupid ugly korean pig
    Plastic Surgery is the only thing your country should be proud of
    i’m a japanese who is living in England and in our mind,japanese and chinese are very polite and kind but korean people are rude and selfish, u guys talk freaking loudly in public to attract people’s notice maybe
    it’s like korean people never get any education
    u are freaking overacting every moment
    hate this poor small “country”


  36. Guille
    on Jun 12th, 2008
    @ 13:34

    Misaki-chan,

    What you are saying, besides being extremely insulting, is pretty childish. What you are saying is simply not true. I find Japan a pretty loud country, as are sometimes the Chinese.

    I think it is because of such opinions that some koreans keep hating japanese people. It is sad that, due to such minority, grudge keep going on.

    Please, mature a bit and think again of what you said.

    Cheers.


  37. dissapointed
    on Jun 13th, 2008
    @ 05:45

    I do not understand. Why do you guys not get it that it was during WAR. WAR people! i understand that it was very VERY bad of the japanese to rape/sexually assault and use koreans as sex slaves, but honestly speaking…there are many japanese women who were sold to american soldiers and even today many are being kidnapped to north KOREA as tools for sex and maybe even more (i would not know, i never experianced a horrible thing like that). In fact, if some koreans really want to complain about sex slaves, then GO DO SOETHING ABOUT CAMBODIA! there are children there that are barely 8 years old who are forced to have sex with any man that is willing to pay (the money does not go to the by the way) and sold off to other parts of the country jsut to have sex. If you really are against the things that the japanese did in Korea and China, then before complaining, go stop these horrible things in Cambodia. Honestly (although i apologize for my harsh language), i do believe that what the japanese soldiers did was wrong and cruel (don’t forget inhumane) but the japanese COUNTRY (including children, babies, going-to-be-mothers, elders and all the innocent people) paid for their cocky attitude with the Nuclear BOMB (which, even to this day, is the only country that has experianced the dropping). What do you thin of that? is that not cruel?
    I’m pretty sure you can tell but i am a full japanese, living in this country which allowed me to see both sides of this argument. But i repeat myself (over and over again) that what the japanese soldiers have done is disgusting and jsut plain horrifying. but i do believe that they did get it in the end with the bomb. I mean come on people…ITS A BOMB!
    Also, i would like all of you guys to know (and believe me you won’t find this on the internet, you have to actually live there in order to experiance it) that Japan dedicates every August of every year to the happenings at war on PUBLIC TELEVISION AND RADIOS. INCLUDING WHAT HAPPENED IN KOREA AND CHINA.

    But i guess my overall questrion is this…
    can you still hate or grudge over a country who has been bombed (which some still suffer from)and suffered immense pain and trauma from it?

    O ya, and btw, if anyone would like to claim that the bomb was nothing or that Japan should have deserved more, you really need to take a good long look at yourself in the mirror.

    thank you for your time :)


  38. Chris
    on Jun 14th, 2008
    @ 01:44

    I don’t hate Koreans or Japanese, but after reading some of your replies, I’m starting to dislike a select few. Just about every single country out there is guilty of some atrocity at some point in their history. It’s beyond my comprehension, the amount of people that were not directly affected by such atrocity, and that they still hold resentment for something that happened before they were even born.

    To the Koreans: the Japanese have apologized for what happened to the “comfort women” on many occasions. You (the Koreans) don’t except since they (the Japanese) did not apologize exactly how you wanted. Well too bad! Just because an apology isn’t as you wanted, does not mean you forget that it was given. Both a Japanese prime minister and the Japanese Gov. offered sincere apologies for what happened to these women. Get over yourselves, accept that apologies were given, and move forward.

    To the Japanese: I feel your government’s apologies to the “comfort women” are sincere. No longer should request for additional apologies and compensation be entertained, no matter what US, or other countries, resolution is passed stating otherwise. However, the BOMB card that is being pulled by the likes of “disappointed” has to go. There have been far worse tragedies in this world’s history, natural and manmade, that surpass the BOMB in devastation, disruption, and toll on human life. Like it or not, those two bombs saved lives. They resulted in an unconditional surrender that saved Japan and the United States from an even bloodier past.


  39. American Jimmy
    on Jun 24th, 2008
    @ 05:35

    misaki, you need some anger management. I’m an American who grew up hearing about the Japanese from an uncle that fought with the 2nd Marine Division in WWII. He fought in Saipan, Okinawa, and other bloody battles. He respected the Japanese, but told everyone that they were cruel, duplicitous, self-serving, and greedy. Only later did I realize that was just like most Americans. No wonder we get along so well now.


  40. Observer
    on Jul 1st, 2008
    @ 23:01

    Everyone,

    An IP trace on #35 “misaki”‘s post reveals the country of origin to be S. Korea. Should have been obvious from the beginning since the name “Misaki” is the name of the MMA fighter who all Koreans hate with a passion because he whipped the living tar out of the infamous Korean fighter “Chu (Akiyama)” who was found to have cheated his way to several victories by using soap/oil on his body.

    Anyways, Koreans posting inflammatory messages against Korea while posing as Japanese on internet forums is nothing new. This seems to be a very common practice amongst Korean trolls on the internet. Cowardly and repugnant? Yes. Surprising coming from Koreans? Absolutely not.

    I can’t believe you guys fell for this.


  41. jake
    on Jul 2nd, 2008
    @ 00:57

    I’m white and I like all asians except for Koreans. I speak Cantonese and I’ve lived in south east asia for 4 months, but the Koreans in Los Angeles are nothing but Mongols. Their extremely racist and rude to everyone that I know. In fact every asian I know hates Koreans. The Koreans that I’m friendly with are american born, but their still crude little barbarians, they have mongol blood after all. Little Ghangis khan’s in mercedes driving extremely slow but not stopping for people, grinning fat heads smelling like kim che- I mean poo.


  42. Guille
    on Jul 4th, 2008
    @ 12:10

    Dear Observer,

    I must admit I would be glad to know how did you manage to get the IP trace of #35. The only way I can think of is illegal, and I would appreciate any help closing security gaps in my web site…

    Furthermore, when I investigate that IP address myself, the country of origin of the comment seems to be Canada, Ontario to be more precise. I have doublecheked the IP ranges of South Korea and the IP address of the sender definitively does not correspond.

    I will finish stating that Misaki is actually a common name in Japan…

    Cheers.


  43. Choi
    on Jul 4th, 2008
    @ 19:02

    Hello i’m korean

    I don’t hate Japanese people. i understand how you feel

    i love Japanese food and everything

    To Japanese people and everyone if you feel bad with

    korean people

    I want to say sorry that all and i love

    every one no matter who you are and

    where you from

    sorry for my bad ENG

    good luck


  44. joemama
    on Jul 5th, 2008
    @ 07:19

    i hate jake. i love kimchee and my bmw.


  45. h
    on Jul 7th, 2008
    @ 03:01

    “Canada, Ontario” (a place with a huge population of recent Korean immigrants) is still not “England.” Misaki is hardly “a common name in Japan” (not even in the top 2,000th). Few Japanese would put their real name in the name field anyway.


  46. OzFusheng
    on Jul 7th, 2008
    @ 06:18

    I’m America. I have been to many places. My fiance is Japanese, born and raised in Tokyo. Perhaps, it is not all Koreans, but a majority ARE very rude. We currently live in LA, the Korean population here tend to isolate themselves from everyone else. They stare, they’ve went as far to call me a “white devil loving whore.” And no…that was not from a teenager’s mouth.

    Basically, stereotypes are in the world for a reason. I previously dated a Korean man, he was very nice and sweet…and over dramatic. Almost every Korean I have met (no, not ALL) has been insanely overdramatic. They constantly have this “we are better than the rest of the world” attitude. The recent insanity over beef is a great example of overreacting to the smallest things.

    I love many things about Korea, the history, the culture, but one thing they could do to help their image, well…is stop being arrogant and ignorant to the rest of the world.

    And yes, that can be said about any country….but seriously, the stereotypes are there for a reason, it is in their control to break those stereotypes.


  47. haneul
    on Jul 13th, 2008
    @ 22:15

    jap….pfffff they are not even worth talking about..they should all pay for what they did and apolojize to us!!!
    white people dont always know what they are talking about, we know, we come from Corea, our grandfathers/grandmothers suffered……we know.
    we hate each other..well some coreans and some japanese dont hate each other but others do and im one of them..
    corea is not perfect…but please we are way higher than them dogs……
    i am super racist sorry, everyone is a bit racist no?
    we should revenge…..
    bomb atomic..pfffffff not enough, it didnt kill them all.
    they are not even a country he….just a small sinking island that has problems all the time….pathetic.
    people reading this will be like “oh so childish grow up blahblah”
    well im in high school..so yeah …
    and whats wrong with people being like ” we are btter than the rest of the world blahblah” SO, we are pround of being Coreans! is it bad? look at americans….they are…pathetic, look at them…they sing while looking at their flag everymorning…i mean they call themselves an open country, blahblahl bullsht americans think they are better than others.
    “can you still hate or grudge over a country who has been bombed (which some still suffer from)and suffered immense pain and trauma from it?” of course i can.
    my best friend is vietnamese and her family had the napalm bomb on them….i know how it is…..and i feel sorry for them really…but i dont feel anything for the japaneses.
    i know i sound horrible but thats the way i think.
    i am really not modern and open minded i know.
    alot of people think coreans are the “mean” and japanese the innoncent…because some coreans really reallllly hate them..but Japaneses….(some, not all) are worst…so dont think we are “mean”
    oh and btw how can u like japanese food? its sick…..fish fish fish fish, fish fish fish fish thats all you got?


  48. dangling fury
    on Jul 14th, 2008
    @ 11:39

    It is really nice to see that being mature is so valued in the world today. Even nicer to see that two countries that could be swallowed very soon by rising Chinese hegemony are trying to band togther for shared economic and regional development. Some of you people posting are pathetic and will be no more than convenience store workers living off your parents for all your adult lives. Have a nice life.


  49. ARASHIROX
    on Aug 21st, 2008
    @ 12:58

    I’m glad you don’t cause I’M Japanese.haha I actually have a lot of Korean friends. and for ‘haneul’, UM it isn’t just fish……haha there’s lots of different types of foods here and whatever if you don’t like them. I Don’t think Koreans are mean anyway :]


  50. Slash
    on Aug 21st, 2008
    @ 12:58

    To Haneul:

    “i know i sound horrible but thats the way i think.”

    - Yes, you do sound horrible. However, I already know that’s how Koreans think.

    “people reading this will be like “oh so childish grow up blahblah”

    - Yes, you are very childish. However, the rest of the world knows that Koreans are very childish, immature and stupid.

    “i am really not modern and open minded i know.”

    In other words, you are a typical Korean..not modern, not open minded, horrible, stupid, bigoted and really bad at writing English. Please take an ESL class so that we can understand your g.ooky talk.

    Thank you.


  51. Guille
    on Aug 21st, 2008
    @ 12:59

    Dear Slash,

    By insulting Haneul you are not really showing your maturity either.

    Please, let’s try to keep the discussion without insults. I am starting to get tired of people throwing attacks to each other. Let’s try to stick to facts and personal experiences.

    By the way, Slash, the world is not supposed to speak English. Be happy when someone speaks or try to speak your language, it is a sign of interest to your culture, not an obligation.


  52. reader
    on Aug 21st, 2008
    @ 12:59

    guille,

    what makes you feel so righteous to police over ppl’s comments on the forum? Stop pinpointing everyone’s phrases, and sentences, it’s seriously getting annoying.
    besides, it really takes an Asian to understand this. you, a foreigner, living in japanese, or married a japanese woman, doesn’t make you an Asian. stop discounting ppl’s anger over this issue, what japanese has done to the rest of asia will not even remotely be remedied by some apologies, even if they are sincere…the pain they’ve affliced deserved to be cast on them as well, curse them to their very rotten souls.
    I agree with the previous comments, they really are a subhuman race, if you disregard what they’ve done to the chinese and korean on the basis of no sufficent proof, fine, I’ll let you pass this once…but take a look at what they’re doing to their own women and children…their incest, child pornography rates are so high and common, and they always come up with the most perverse things too, even in this modern era, like eating sushi off of nude women. But you know what, what they do in their own country is none of my business, I could care less, their women probably likes it, but don’t go around and spread their venom elsewhere. In short, they’re a hateful race, and genocide is the perfect prescription for them.
    “Death to the Japanese”?! Yes, I concur!!


  53. Guille
    on Aug 21st, 2008
    @ 13:00

    Dear reader,

    I will explain me what makes me feel I have the right to police ofer ppl’s comments:
    1- This is not a forum, it is a blog, and it is MY blog.
    2- The very same fact that I am not an Asian helps me to be a bit more objective.

    There is nothing to say about number 1, but let me develop over number 2.

    Often people tend to lose their objectivity when they talk about matters they feel very strong about. Relationship between Japan and other countries is the perfect example.

    But let me give you another example, the Spanish Civil War. Well… the last one. Here in Spain it is a subject that, even 80 years after, still makes people fight about. Even now you can see the main political parties fight over issues related to that Civil War, it’s history, it’s legacy. And guess who is considered one of the greatest experts in Spanish Civil War history… yes, Anthony Beevor, a British. Spaniards have not yet been able to find the necessary objectivity to such a work.

    I must insist upon the fact that I am not dismissing anything, I am aware of the destruction and killing that Japanese left after them. I defend the concept of accepting, living with and getting over difficult moments in history. Every region in the world has something to get ashamed of.

    I will also admit that I must be a bit weird, because I do not find eating anything off a nude woman to be perverse. I pretty much like it, but I will tend to more sweet flavours, like chocolate or whipped cream. But I will leave my sexual preferences for another day.

    Japanese have indeed a lot of imagination when touching subjects related to sex, but I do not find them specially perverse. Have a look at any porn shop in the US (or Europe for that matter) and you’ll see pretty shocking things.

    Oh… I would personally lobotomise people talking so freely about genocide and murdering of a race. They clearly are not using their brain, so they should not miss it anyway.

    Cheers.


  54. reader
    on Aug 21st, 2008
    @ 13:00

    ahh, I guess I’m talking to the wrong person then, since you’re obviously biased. But again, it’s your blog, then this will be my last post, and just as a response to your comment, because us non-japanese Asians are intelligent enough to think “objectively” ourselves, we don’t need some sub-japanese foreigner to lecture us on world peace and acceptance.

    The fact that you always have to go back to the spanish historical references in order to draw some relations to the Asian-japanese history, clearly supports my statement that you’ll have to be an asian youself, and an asia-borned asian in order to understand this pain, and our hatred against the japsanese. It really takes one to get to know one.

    calling it a legacy, history, concepts of accepting are just sugar-coating things, and in your case, a foreigner mindlessly defending something you obviously do not share and understand. It’s ppl like you who always say, “yes, I’m aware of these atrocities, etc.”, well, what’s awareness going to do anything?! and by accepting them, you are dismissing the victimizations of the non-jap asians. Us, asians, haven’t even accepted it, where in the heck do you come in to lecture us about accepting it?!

    As much as I support genocide of the japs, it wouldn’t be up to me, and I doubt you’ll ever be able to perform any kinds of neurosurgery on any living being. So, save it, despite all your “kind” intentions, this is just something that Asians have to duke out with the japs…the only ones that’ll run for your help will be the japs, if a war ever breaks out.

    FYI, I live in the west, and I know that none of my fellow citizens ever indulge in the formentioned perversions as routinely or publicly as the japs, or you.

    goodbye, and jap suits you well.


  55. Guille
    on Aug 21st, 2008
    @ 13:01

    Dear reader,

    I guess you haven’t understood me at all.

    First of all, I do not defend Japanese. I am actually the first to condemn their attitude.

    Secondly, if I use Spanish historical references is because it allows me to show that lack of objectivity and aggressivity does not only happen in Asia, but in all the countries that have recently gone through periods of extreme violence. I use Spain as an example in order to avoid comments as “because us non-jap Asians are intelligent enough to (put whatever suits here) ourselves”. I guess I was not clear enough…

    Thirdly, I think you are generalizing a bit. You Asians, as you say, are as divided about that question as any people in any countries. I know a lot of Asians since a kid, from all around Asia, and up to know I’ve met very few people that share your ideas. They tend to be tired about attitudes that only create instability and separate people, even if their own relatives also suffered atrocities. I guess we met different people, as we tend to meet people that shares our points of views, but in any case that prove that they exist, and that they are in significant numbers if maybe not a majority.

    Fourthly, I’ve seen too much in my live to affirm things like “I know that none of my fellow citizens ever indulge in the formentioned perversions as routinely or publicly as the japs”. That kind of “perversions”, as you call them, happen everywhere. It’s like what a Japanese told me once, “there is no gays in Japan”. Silly thing, you simply must know where to look at. In order to criticize someone else you must learn to criticize yourself first. Why do you see the speck in your brother’s eye but fail to notice the beam in your own eye?

    Fifthly, if I want to lobotomize anyone, a chainsaw will suffice, do not worry about that :-P But I guess you are right, me talking about lobotomizing people is just as stupid as people talking about the genocide of a race. Sometimes I also lose my mind.

    But then, once all the arguments have been exposed, are we really going to convince each other? I’m afraid not…

    Cheers.


  56. Tomas
    on Aug 21st, 2008
    @ 13:01

    FOREIGNERS END UP HATING KOREA MORE AFTER SPENDING TIME THERE

    What’s interesting is that Korea seems to be a nation to which foreigners will go and live a couple of years, and end up leaving hating the country and its people even more than prior to arriving for the first time.

    Usually, with other countries, it’s the opposite. Westerners might have negative feelings about China, Philippines, Japan, or Vietnam but after living in those countries for a while and experiencing real people instead of myths propagated by anti-Chinese/Japanese/Vietnamese propagandists (such as some of the kyopo posters in here) they develop a liking to their host countries which they carry over even upon returning to their home countries.

    On the other hand, foreigners go to Korea with positive anticipation and high expectations because prior to going, all they hear from Koreans is that “Korea is the best country in the world” or “Koreans are the most physically attractive people in Asia”, or “Koreans are inherently good, peaceful, and never will cheat. Only Chinese and Japanese are cruel and dishonest.” Thus, many of them go to Korea expecting a real heavenly treat with lots of positive feelings about Korea.

    Unfortunately, after arriving in Korea and spending enough time there to discover the truth of Korea’s real face, these foreigner undergo a drastic change. They witness first hand the bigotry, selfishness of the “me first”-ism ruling the country, childish arrogance, disregard for consideration of the non-Korean point of view. As a result, foreigners feel cheated and betrayed and end up with feelings of contempt and disdain for Korea even though they came without any. It’s the opposite of what happens to foreigners when they travel to other Asian countries.

    Thus, when foreigners bring up this very interesting and valid point on internet discussion boards like this, the first reaction by Korean-Americans and Koreans always seems to be that of defensiveness consisting of “I have experienced the same bad things in your country so don’t say anything bad about Korea” or “You have some nerve trying to hold Korea to the same standard of western countries when we have our own special standard.” The point is that the Koreans and kyopos always an excuse. On the other hand, one response you will never hear from is the expected mature reply of “Hmm…it’s obvious that many foreigners seem to have difficulties and express frustration at alot of aspects of Korean culture and society. I wonder why that is? Maybe we should take a deeper self-retrospective analysis of ourselves to find out what we can do to improve this situation.”


  57. Slash
    on Aug 21st, 2008
    @ 13:01

    Among the Asians, I find that the Japanese are the most mature meaning that they care the least about these “my d!ck is 1cm bigger than yours” or “My country is one day older than yours so therefore, we are superior” type of contests with which Chinese and ESPECIALLY Koreans always seem to be obsessed. I think it stems from a jealous grudge and inferiority complex which is sort of understandable given that both countries got their asses handed to them by Japan in the early 20th century. The fact of the matter is that in these “Asia Pride” websites, almost 90% of the participants are Koreans (majority) or Chinese with a smattering of SE Asians. It seems as though bragging about how superior their own country is, ridiculing countries, like Japan, to whom they feel jealous anger, and basically being obsessed 24/7 with comparing one’s own country to another country (Japan) to whom they feel jealousy or inferiority is mostly a Korean, and sometimes Chinese trait. However, Japanese hardly give a rats @$$ about these things because they really don’t care or have a complex about comparing their own country with others like Koreans or Chinese. Thus, they hardly ever come into forums like this.

    Also, it’s obvious because whereas there are sooo many overseas Koreans and Chinese who have immigrated to English speaking countries for a better life (meaning that that themselves came to the realization that their own homelands of Korea and China are some of the worst places to live), hardly any Japanese people immigrate these days because they are satisfied living in their own country, unlike Koreans. Thus, you will see many Koreans and Chinese in these forums because they are fluent in English. On the other hand, hardly any Japanese people are fluent in English on a level at which they can engage in discussion as seen on these forums. Thus, it’s obvious that the only people who come here are Koreans or Chinese.

    For the record, I am an American citizen whose mother is Chinese but whose father is white. However, I spent considerable time in all three countries (China, Japan and Korea). I loved my time in China, Hong Kong, Japan, and Taiwan..however, Korea was a complete sh!thole. So glad to have gotten out of that racist 3rd world country.


  58. Axl Rose
    on Aug 21st, 2008
    @ 13:02

    Japan is similar to countries like Sweden, Norway, Netherlands, Germany, etc…modern and very progressive.

    Korea is similar to countries like Saudi Arabia, China, Iran, Pre-Civil War US South where they will beat a woman’s brains out for showing her face in public but have no qualms about committing the sickest most violent sex crimes, rapes, and treating women like garbage behind closed doors. Of course g.ooks will never admit this but sneakingly hide it from foreigners.

    That’s g.ook culture for you, violent, sick, immature and chauvinistic.

    Yes, Japan along with many liberal, modern, progressive societies like Sweden, Netherlands, and other European countries have a very open attitude toward sex. They consider it natural and not something to suppress.

    Contrast this very modern and tolerant attitude to that of backwards, barbaric woman-beating countries like G.ookland which slyly portrays itself as some chaste nation but is the biggest supplier of whores in the entire region..even exporting its ugly flat faced whores worldwide.


  59. Haruki
    on Aug 21st, 2008
    @ 13:02

    After reading this all, I’m feeling almost sad about the fact some people can write so badly about the others. Don’t you find it weird that you can hate someone you hardly know about? Don’t you feel that sometimes the hostility is created and manipulated by the government in your country?

    I’m Japanese who spent some years in the States and Europe but most of the time in Japan, so I know a great deal about this kind of conflict. I learned some part of the history in Japan, then in the US, and kept on reading many books and articles, and my viewpoint has changed completely.

    The only thing I propose is learning more about the history, and from different view points, because the history is always biased. If you get information in one language, the probability is even higher.
    For me, it’s important to know about the history of those victims of Japan’s aggression, partly because it’s our responsibility to keep remembering it, and partly because we have to learn how to protect ourselves against the “attack” of people who have some conflicts and try to blame us to divert their frustration. (“When confronted to problems, people get united.”)

    What concerns me is the education in those countries.
    I’ve seen a photo of some drawings displayed on the wall of the metro. They are maps of Korea which 3-5 years kids of kindergarten drew, attacking Japan and tearing a Japanese flag, and those paintings are displayed on the wall of the metro as good examples. It’s incredible that such young kids already learn to hate something.

    I’m happy some people appreciate Japanese people and culture. To those who haven’t had the chance to get to know the Japanese and say all the Japanese should die, well… I hope one day you’ll have the chance to visit Japan or get to know Japanese, or simply to know that it doesn’t make you any good keeping hostility.


  60. response
    on Aug 21st, 2008
    @ 23:09

    #41 Comment by jake
    I’m white and I like all asians except for Koreans. I speak Cantonese and I’ve lived in south east asia for 4 months, but the Koreans in Los Angeles are nothing but Mongols. Their extremely racist and rude to everyone that I know. In fact every asian I know hates Koreans. The Koreans that I’m friendly with are american born, but their still crude little barbarians, they have mongol blood after all. Little Ghangis khan’s in mercedes driving extremely slow but not stopping for people, grinning fat heads smelling like kim che- I mean poo.

    mongols huh? certainly not ALL koreans are like that. every race isn’t perfect. japanese have polite people and yet very rude people too. but that’s LIFE. you’re calling koreans racist? re-read your post. maybe you’re the one that’s racist. either way i hope both sides learn to forgive each other. [korea&japan] loveee kimchi & sushi! ^_^


  61. Kate/Haewon
    on Aug 22nd, 2008
    @ 10:13

    Wow. I’m not even going to attempt to get into this thing – at the end of the day, regardless of race, gender and age, it’s pretty much near impossible to change someone’s mind if it’s fully set. Especially when it’s between strangers on the internet. It may sound defeatist of me, but realistically, it really is a near-impossible task short of brainwashing everyone into (gasp, something positive!) accepting all cultures and ethnicities as they are, rather than turning them against one another.

    I just wanted to say that I really admire not only your view on the whole, Guille (oh look everyone, I referred to Guille specifically by name so I’m technically trying to get a message to the blog owner, not sending out hate messages to you all. What a concept!) but the way you so calmly managed to handle a large number (not to mention the range) of ignorant and stubborn people who have left their unnecessary two cents in response to your entry. That must have required a LOT of restrain that I personally don’t think I would have had.

    I especially liked “By the way, Slash, the world is not supposed to speak English. Be happy when someone speaks or try to speak your language, it is a sign of interest to your culture, not an obligation” for some reason, personally. Your reason is such an obvious thing yet so many people have the expectation that English IS the be-all of languages without argument.

    Personally, as a Korean by ethnicity, I’d like to apologise for other Koreans who are too, and unnecessarily so, set in the past. As an Asian, I’d like to apologise for all the unnecessary and now-verging-on-petty issues between its nations. As a New Zealander by culture and citizenship, I’d like to apologise for its occurs-only-in-a-select-few-but-is-prevalent-nonetheless (and I say this because I witness evidence to this every day) Western ignorance towards Asians (can we please note that I specifically said a select few here guys, as in I’m aware that not everyone in the Western culture is like this? Sheez, it’s like walking on eggshells around here with some of your hotheads.)

    But most of all, as a human being no different from any other with the freedom to think for myself regardless of parental/academic/cultural/historical/etc influence, I apologise for the sheer inability of the specie in general to tolerate every race, gender and age. One would’ve thought with this individual freedom to think for oneself, there really is no cause for discrimination based on other influences.


  62. Guille
    on Aug 22nd, 2008
    @ 11:33

    Thanks for your message, Kate/Haewon.

    I must admit that I have though a few times already to close the post to comments. It is sometimes a bit hard to accept some of the words that have been written. I am not speaking of the few personal insults to me, I don’t really care about them, but of the insults they throw at each other. Thankfully, there are some reasonable voices around there, like yours, and I do believe only because of them it is worth to keep it open.

    Thanks a lot.


  63. paulkimchee
    on Aug 24th, 2008
    @ 01:17

    I don’t hate the people. I don’t hate the country.

    I hate their right wing government.

    THESE are the people that are responsible for the lack of apologies and textbook omissions.

    I’m a Korean guy living in Chicago.


  64. Guille
    on Aug 24th, 2008
    @ 15:14

    Dear paulkimchee,

    You are right, and I do agree with you. Often governments are responsible for tension between their respective people. A direct and official apology by the Japanese government would probably settle a lot of matters.

    But we should not forget to look as well into the Chinese and Korean governments, who also tend to exacerbate tensions between Japan and other Asian countries in order to hide internal problems like corruption and mismanagement of public founds.

    Cheers.


  65. Dave
    on Aug 25th, 2008
    @ 09:13

    Humans are emotional creature, to say to a human to be ignore their emotions is foolish, especially with the super charged emotions the Japanese imparted on a large part of Asia. Comfort women, mutilation of children… please, that’s only the tip of a much more horrific iceberg. Makes the holocaust look like childsplay. If only the asians were so lucky to have faced the Germans instead of the Japanese.

    On top of that, Korea is right next to Japan. China enjoys a buffer from the tension. Imagine a world without Korea, in which Japan and China are having territorial disputes (Liancort rocks). Huge international conflicts would arise.

    Korea also has a chip on its shoulder. It used to have land and power that rivaled ancient China’s, but Korea lost it, and after the Korean war Korea was reduced from all its ancient greatness into ashes. However, they call it the miracle of Asia for a reason. In 50 years Korea has gone from dirt to the 11th strongest economy in the world. It has one of the largest militarily also. They just got 7th rank in amount of Olympic medals won. Media and Korean culture are global. Koreans when from greatness to nothing, and that explains their chip. Now Korea is something again and they are very proud. Arrogant yeah, justified most likely. As for the rest of the world, mostly white… if you look down on someone with a chip on their shoulder they will be pissed, rude, not nice. The western world is pumped with anti Asian media, and the majority do think they’re better than Asians (physically, culturally, whatever). They can see it and they can feel it, many will not fake being nice and polite to you.


  66. Guille
    on Aug 26th, 2008
    @ 01:00

    Dear Dave,

    It is probably one of the best defenses of the Koreans I’ve seen. You don’t deny their defects, but you explain them.

    A few things though…

    I don’t think the Germans were better than their Japanese counterparts. With the British and United-Staters they were relatively civilized, but not with the Russians. They considered those as inferior to them and waged a cruel war against. There were enormous atrocities against both soldiers and civilians, and the repression was specially cruel, even against their own supporters.

    While I do agree with you concerning the economic greatness of Korea and the incredible recovery they did, I doubt a bit about their global Korean media and culture. At least here in Europe Korean culture and media is still far behind Chinese and Japanese to name a few. And I must admit is a pity, as for instance you’ve done some really great movies lately. Thankfully, your gastronomy is also arriving little by little here, I am a bit fan of Korean food.

    I am also surprised about your statement of anti-Asian media in Europe and the USA. I can not say about the later, but I do not feel it is the case here. You might be right, mind you, with all those documentaries about poverty and underdevelopment in some countries, and news about China, the country that took the “bad wolf” role of the Soviet era lately… it is something to pay attention to.

    Oh… the rest of the world is not mainly white. Actually, white people are a minority as we are only 20% of the world population and Asians the majority with 60%. It is true though that white minority holds far too much power. But be sure that it is going to change in the near future :-)

    Thanks for posting, I’ve appreciated your comment a lot.


  67. Dave
    on Aug 26th, 2008
    @ 06:13

    I’m not sure how the Germans treated the Russians, but if the Japanese had the same mentaility as the Germans, does that mean they thought everyone was inferior since experiments were conducted on anyone they could, russians and US pows included.

    I guess international would be a better world than global. Korean media has become huge in Asia, they call it the “Korean wave.” You can google it. The Korea wave would also help explain some of the anti korean sentiment because it’s so big its effects are threatening socially and economically.

    As for anti Asian media, i’m not sure about Europe, but I am positive about the US. At first, the far side of Asia had it ok, until the idea of “yellow peril” set in westerner’s eyes. You can google yellow peril. Anti Asian propaganda filled the media and the effects of it are well ingrained into society today. The racism Asians face is not as easily seen as the racism blacks face. More than being economic it is social. We are the model minority, we are not made to look stupid and like criminals. We are made to look like losers. In the media Asians are typecast as greedy, ugly, mean, angry, etc… Asian men feel the brunt of this, however Asian women have it arguably worse as they are made into sexual prey. Most of this is disguised as politically passable, but it has definitely left its mark. Rosie can get away with saying Ching Chang chong Ching on national television relatively unscathed and without apologizing, that’s how close to politically correct making fun of Asians is.

    As for the rest, I guess what i meant was the west (westerners/whites). For players in this world, I see it as the west and the east, and the middle is just a tug of war for oil.

    Thanks for giving me a place to write, if I talk about this with my friends, sometimes I bore them~


  68. Guille
    on Aug 26th, 2008
    @ 20:50

    Dear Dave,

    You’re the welcome. As I told you, you have *real* arguments, and that is always positive.

    Germans did experiments on POWs and Jews, a bit like what happened in Unit 731:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazi_human_experimentation
    Furthermore, they treated soviets as subhumans. The Soviets got their revenge when they entered Germany…

    And you are probably right concerning anti-Asian feelings… sometimes racism is hidden well enough, and is sometimes the worse. If Rosie could get away with their words is probably because of a lack of reaction or lobby of Asians, be they Chinese, Koreans or Japanese. The difference of culture can be sometimes misinterpreted as submissiveness or shyness.

    I think in Europe things are not as bad, mainly because we do not have as many Chinese. But we can see what you describe with South Americans and North Africans, our traditional immigration.

    Cheers.


  69. thans
    on Aug 28th, 2008
    @ 03:11

    nice blog! and i agree with everything you stated in it too. many parts of korean culture fascinates me but we all have our fair share of mistakes so..no hard feelings to japan or korea!


  70. Phoebe
    on Sep 2nd, 2008
    @ 10:20

    I’m an ex-pat living in Tokyo. While I have been surrounded with Japanese people for quite some time– I can honestly say that they aren’t necessarily stupid,
    But, they certainly don’t think any further then they have to for something.

    And perhaps this is just a common difference between Westerners minds and Japanese Minds.


  71. Guille
    on Sep 2nd, 2008
    @ 14:05

    Dear Phoebe,

    You are very right. Japanese people are socially educated to simply accept things without questioning authority.

    I’ve had experiences where I drove some Japanese crazy by simply asking them *why* they where doing things some way and not in another way. They were unable to answer me…

    On the other hand, we all have ways of thinking and doing things because social pressure or influence. For example, in Spain people are very often late. Or in the US, they tend to be very friendly but a bit superficial. It’s the kind of things we keep stumbling across repeatedly without questioning ourselves or our society.

    Cheers.


  72. takenoko
    on Sep 7th, 2008
    @ 07:10

    enjoyed reading comments. but i feel that one important fact is missed out so let me point it out.
    i think that anti-japan education plays a big role in the countries like china + korea.
    you see, japan is the most positively viewed country in the world from bbc’s world poll with 2 neagative votes (negative view was majority)in which china + korea gave. on the other hand, indonesia gave positive vote with highest positive view rate. wasn’t indonesia occupied by japan during ww2 like most of asian countries? yes, it was.
    taiwan – japan relationship is very good & taiwanese appreciate what japan did to modernize thier country during colonial time. they also love japanese culture up to now. taiwan was the colony of japan just like korea was.
    i really think anti-japan education is the key especially for koreans. cuz chinese are becoming more liberal these days.
    by the way, i’m japanese and i do like sake & sushi but i hate those who hate japanese!


  73. anonymous
    on Sep 7th, 2008
    @ 16:17

    I read all comments.

    I’m Korean and I’m proud to be Korean. (i’m not kyopo)
    However, it does not mean that Korea is the best and perfect.

    Some of you said all Koreans are sick minded but I can tell you that you are wrong. Well, some are, but not all of them are like that. I believe people you saw and knew were some Koreans who were rude and arrogant and that could have made you feel bad about us. but you have to know that it’s some Koreans, not all of us.

    It’s true that most of Koreans have a little bit or alot of negative feelings towards Japanese people. but that doesn’t mean everyone is. indeed, my bestfriend loves Japanese comics/animations and is currently learning Japanese(language).

    I think everyone is racist in some way. But you shouldn’t judge us by our physical appereance and few Koreans you know because it’s like saying ‘I hate your family because your brother is so rude and your family has similar looks,’ without even knowing the family. You don’t know if their mum and dad are nice and different to your brother.(I’m just saying as an example).

    I feel really bad when i read or hear any insults about us because not all of us are like people they think we are.
    It’s like we can’t say all of people from your country are just like you.

    I think Japanese gov should accept and apologise what they have done in the past, like how Germany did. Plus, i hope they stop faking Dokdo as their island.

    If you like us, we like you but if you don’t, well then, that’s your problem. Most of us are warm harted inside and we have feelings, just like you. I don’t understand why there has to be insults & fights where there could be polite discussions.


  74. takenoko
    on Sep 8th, 2008
    @ 02:11

    i usually do not like to argue over the net but what comment #73 describes is what i meant anti-japan education led by the government of south korea. japanese government accepted & apologized to your proud country but your government did not tell its people about it & japanese government did pay billions of dollars. also takeshima (they call it dokdo) has been a part of japanese islands for years recognized internationally. don’t you understand why so many people dislike koreans??? didn’t you read the article of this thread in the 1st place??? –> “korean’s pathetic attitudes + claiming false statements”
    enough said…
    oh i forgot to mention 1 more thing. you said not all koreans but the fact is most of them.
    period.


  75. anon
    on Sep 9th, 2008
    @ 23:55

    I have read all the arguments and its difficult to take one side. However, I would like to address some things.
    About the issue of comfort women of korea taken by the japanese, I believe that if you put yourself in the position of the koreans, apologies, no matter how sincere, will change the fact that these women have been raped. These women’s lives have been destroyed because of what the Japanese did to them. However, this leads me to two points: one, that human nature and history have already shown us that putting ourselves in another’s position rarely happens and therefore the other point is that Koreans should stop dwelling in the past. What has happened has already happened. There is no use in complaining what has already been written. If Koreans truly wanted to gain respect from Japan, they would work harder to make their economy better and change their attitude, instead of complaining about things that will not change.

    And yes, I do admit that Koreans are needlessly arrogant, nationalistic, and racist. But then again, isn’t everyone racist? It’s just that some are less prone to admit it or show it than others. Nonetheless, Koreans need an attitude change. In fact, I think Koreans have much to learn from Japan’s success. Instead of being simply angry at them, Koreans should learn what has made Japan such an economic power in the Western world.

    If Koreans want change, they have to change themselves before pointing the finger at others.

    That’s my spiel. PEACE

    sidenote: I am Korean.
    sidenote2: I hope people will stop being immature and make generalizations…but that’s highly unlikely


  76. Dave
    on Sep 10th, 2008
    @ 08:46

    Japan’s success is because it was the west’s asian lapdog. If you’re the first to sell out you do alright. The miracle in asia is not Japan… it’s korea, google it~ It’s nothing special for people that sell out to power to gain power.

    Takeshima/dokdo whatever you want to call it can be seen from Korea just by looking in its direction. Of course Korea was there first. It was occupied by the Japanese and claimed as part of Japan when Korea was basically powerless, and of course the west took their lapdog’s side over Korea, which was preoccupied and occupied. And for some reason in this world, what the west thinks is what is.

    If Japan asked any country that counts, who owns that island, no one will say Japan. They’d simply say it’s under dispute.

    As far as other nations liking Japan, they don’t like Japan… they just picked economy over pride, or already have too many current problems to be worried about their past. Other countries have the luxury of not having to be next to Japan.

    Yaknow, relations would be fine if the Japanese just stayed on their side of the water… the problem is the Japanese think all the water is on their side. Just because they called it when Uncle Sam was looking, a child’s argument, but valid if you’re a lapdog.


  77. takenoko
    on Sep 11th, 2008
    @ 10:01

    do i have to say that again???
    “korean’s pathetic attitudes + claiming false statements”
    oh well….


  78. Guille
    on Sep 11th, 2008
    @ 23:30

    takenoko, please… takeshima is an island that has been in dispute since a while. Both sides have perfectly good arguments about historic documents from centuries ago that prove that they are the rightful owners.

    Furthermore, if Korea seems to have a biased teaching of history, I can promess you that Japan has the same problem. Furthermore, Japan has apologized, at least technically, but it sounded more like “ok, we’ve apologized, now let us alone”. I do believe the japanese people have apologized in their own way, and have accepted, at least partly, their responsability in the conflict, but the government has not had yet a full acceptance of massacers and other attrocities some Japanese soldiers did during the war. And no matter how much money they pay, as long as they don’t truly and sincerely appologize both Koreans and Chinese will keep the pressure with those moral arguments.

    On the other hand, Dave, did the Japanese have the choice of being USA’s lapdog as you say? Did the Germans have something to say concerning their occupation? All countries the USA invaded have ended up with military bases. I do agree, though, that the Japanese could have done more to get away from US influence… I do consider the UK and Japan as US colonies :-) I’m jocking… kidn of…

    And do you think Korea would exist the way it is today without the intervention of the US? As much as you might hate to admit it, the US still has a strong presence in Korea. And it was the US who contributed the most, after South Korea, to win the Korean War. Of course, they were defending their own interests… just like they do in Japan.

    Cheers, and thanks for posting!


  79. Dave
    on Sep 12th, 2008
    @ 04:28

    Takenoko, what exactly did I say that makes you think my attitude is pathetic? Also, which of my statements were false? I’m pretty sure everything I said was either a true fact or an opinion.

    It’s not that you have to say that again, it’s that that’s all you can say, it seems. An ironclad defense in your own mind, but in reality, as weak as a Lays potato chip.

    Guille, Korea does owe a lot to the USA. MacAuther is considered a hero. Older people are very grateful to the US, the resentment is a relatively recent trend. As you said, the US was just defending their own interests, but it was not the US’s interest for Korea to become a player in this world. The US protects their interests in many places of the world, almost none of which has done what Korea has done.


  80. Dave
    on Sep 12th, 2008
    @ 04:34

    Takenoko, also if you would be so kind, can you show me some literature that supports you claim of Anti Japanese Education in Korea/China. I’d like to read about it.

    Right now I am under the impression that it’s just explicit history.

    Is teaching about the Holocaust considered anti German education?


  81. takenoko
    on Sep 14th, 2008
    @ 04:51

    Guille, takeshima is in dispute alright. but i wonder why korean government desperately refuses to take that issue to international court? instead they illegally occupies the island by force. at the same time, japanese government is just waiting to ease things up like they always do when there’s an issue. both sides don’t seem to solve it at all(at least i feel so). but i’m scared that there’s a movement in korea recently claiming tsushima as thier island too… plus when u say about historic documents, it’s much fewer historic documents from korea & most of them are written by & in chinese.
    Dave, i wasn’t saying ur attitude was pathetic but in my opinion, u certainly have an attitude. i mean u seem to look down others from ur way of speaking & “what u believe is true” is ok because everybody thinks that way. i was just reminding people of this article. anti japan education… if u were a foreigner living in korea u would know. i have many american & australian friends who teach english in japan. some of them happened to teach english in korea before they came to japan & they all said to me that koreans are taught to hate japan. that’s their impressions but all of them said so! there are many of literature about it here in japan but u have to be able to understand japanese language 1st. education comes not only from schools but also from the cultures, families & etc. u know what i mean.
    by the way i found out that chinese hate koreans the most. i thought it would be japanese but i was wrong. hmm… interesting.


  82. superkook
    on Sep 16th, 2008
    @ 08:05

    this blog is useless.if you have a brain to read historical documents,,,in 1900,korea was no more than stone aged culture,ruled by chosun king and yanbang,majority was slave.Seoul was no more than dirt strips except for king’s quater.No wonder Korea never restord Chosun Kingdom when asked by stupid Americans.Koreans can not stand the fact that they got liberated by japanese,,,whom they thought monkeys living off korean coast.So,,,forever they will hate Japanese,,,it could not have happened in their mind.Pityful chinese slave,or imitated confucious group of people,,never had their own civilization or culture,,copycat of china,,chinese slave,,all historical documents prove it.their jobs were to supply pretty virgins every year to china,,nowadays to American soldiers.No wonder no pretty girl left in korea,,my experience,,so many ugly looking girls and men on the streets of Seoul.


  83. Guille
    on Sep 16th, 2008
    @ 09:31

    My dear superkook,

    You must clearly be an historian! Such passionate defence of Japanese supremacy, so clearly documented, so impartial, must have come from a delightfully clear mind!

    Specially that, as it has been clearly documented, Japanese did treat Koreans with respect. No massive killings, no sex slaves, no Koreans used as force labour,…

    Let me just remind you that there are some 50% more US soldiers in the Japan at the moment we are talking, and that, no matter how much I like Japan, I must agree with Dave, Korea has acted toward the US in a much more independent way than Japan. If on must be a colony of the US, that would be Japan, not Korea. Not that I’m saying it is, of course…

    I must disagree on one point with you though. I do find myself Korean girls pretty cute.

    Enjoy your day and your last century’s imperialism.


  84. Korean-American
    on Sep 21st, 2008
    @ 10:49

    Great Blog! Full of passion… Truthseekers would not be disappointed here… However, judging by some of the extreme comments, there could be quite a few trolls who are who are interested in disturbing other people and seeing others get all “hot and bothered”. Thus, we should remain a bit skeptical as to the real identities of all involved.

    Truth be told, everything that happened is seriously tragic for everyone.

    There are good points on all sides. I think though in the end all the hating makes ALL ASIANS look bad…

    I think though as a Korean, feeling and showing outward anger towards the Japanese only weakens our country by making us feel bitter and consuming our energy, and I don’t think the Japanese government is going to do much else esp. since over a half century has passed since WWII.

    I think our energies as Koreans are better served by working hard and keeping quiet. I truly think that voicing our anger outward just destroys our better intentions. It is just more efficacious to keep quiet in this battle, as it really won’t solve anything to keep hating the Japanese. The best course is to forgive and move on, but if you cannot… I think channeling the negative energies into positive effort to self-improvement is better.

    One thing I hope for in the not-to-distant future (well, relative to the age of the Earth), is that eventually China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, etc. will all redraw their national borders…

    Naturally, I realize that likely new atrocities will emerge in future times as a function of this but…things never really do change.

    Whatever.


  85. knowingtruth
    on Sep 30th, 2008
    @ 02:41

    Please see what Koreans are doing to our flag..
    http://3.csx.jp/peachy/data/korea/korea1.html

    One day I will translate this site into English.

    About colonialisation of Korea.
    We brought lots positive side to Korea, none will discuss about this..

    http://www.cyberessays.com/History/32.htm

    I hate to think that I don’t like Koreans or Chinese.
    But to protect ourselves, we have to watch out those people. They are not nice.

    In Korea, there are only a few university that they teach them world history. only a few in korea!

    They are brain-washing their citizens, and spread those uncertain fake history to all over the world while Japanese people don’t speak up from their point of views.

    How can I like people who hate me ? C’ mon


  86. Who is the Criminer?
    on Sep 30th, 2008
    @ 03:42

    Why Korean soldiers raped Vietamese women really bad in Vietnamese war and not apologyize to Vietnam about it ?

    They said Koreans were the worst rapist in the world..

    I wonder why Koreans can accuse of us so bad without asking themselves about raping Vietamese..


  87. Dave
    on Sep 30th, 2008
    @ 04:34

    50 years is not very long ago at all.

    Anyone who actually experienced it, has the justified right to hate the Japanese till they die. Their children have the justified right. Their children will probably not care much, and their children won’t care very much at all.

    It’s going to take generations of polite behavior for people to let go of their justified hate. (oh yes… justified.)

    I remember a professor of mine talking about his experience as an elementary student during the occupation. He really liked his Japanese teacher, and he told us about the building of roads and schools. He said he was conflicted because he hated the Japanese but really liked his teacher.

    It’s somewhat like what Chris Rock said about the USA and African Americans… the uncle that paid your way through college, but molested you. The illustration is way off on levels of cost/benefit(for Korean/Japanese and US/African American history), but I think it helps to understand the type of situation.

    Things should be ok 100 years from now~… if the island issues stop.

    One thing that bugs me is when people site sources against Korea they are all written in Japanese… does anyone else see this as hugely discrediting?

    If I used Korean sources to bash the Japanese I could blame them for almost every problem in the world because you can’t trust alot of stuff written about the Japanese by Koreans. It just a bunch of angry people writing their opinions and guesses as facts. Just like you should not trust a lot of the stuff written about Koreans by the Japanese. I wonder how many Japanese people get their political passions and historical evidence from sources as reliable as a comic book.

    knowingtruth… Cyberessays.com?? are you kidding me, c’mon man. No author, no cites, no credability… it could have been written by a middle school student.


  88. knowingtruth
    on Sep 30th, 2008
    @ 19:25

    Dear Dave,
    You know what ? I can’t find so many English sites talking about this..
    Because Japanese people don’t speak up like I said before.
    Asian history is not really cared in the world, or just believe what Koreans or chinese says, and that is enough to the people in the world. Because if Japanese don’t speak up, then they think it is true..

    We don’t speak up, because this is our culture. Insisting ourselves is considered “Selfish” in Japan.

    Also We, Japanese didn’t know that we have problmes with Massmedia, and education in Japan.
    So, we were also competely ignorant what the truth was. Young people who didn’t know the War, listened to Korea, and China as well.

    see this site

    http://truthjapan.wordpress.com/about/

    I have received “Self-battered education” in Japan.

    But now we have internet, lots of truth are coming out..
    People in Japan start speaking up for it..

    You will see from this blog, what is currently happening in Japan

    http://ianfu.blogspot.com/search?updated-min=2007-01-01T00%3A00%3A00%2B09%3A00&updated-max=2008-01-01T00%3A00%3A00%2B09%3A00&max-results=50

    There will be more English sites in the future explaining from Japanese point of views.

    Even there is a Korean speaking up for Japan.
    http://www.japanprobe.com/?p=2353

    You know this guy will not able to go back to his country, Korea after he published this book.

    here are more detailed explanation after I searched through internet

    http://www.ciaonet.org/wps/cub01/

    This needs passwords and username to get in. but I think you can have free trial.

    The was on Colombia University Information technology site.

    the title and author

    Japanese Colonialism in Korea: A Comparative Perspective

    Bruce Cumings

    Asia Pacific Research Center

    October, 1997

    NOTE : He mentioned ” confort women” and ” being forced to change to Japanese name ” are still in contorvercy in Japan. And we didn’t find any supportive evidences on those to be true from Korean sides.

    http://countrystudies.us/south-korea/46.htm

    http://ampontan.wordpress.com/2008/06/06/when-japan-and-korea-were-one/

    All right, I found many site in English.

    Contribution on modernalized Korean

    http://countrystudies.us/south-korea/46.htm


  89. knowingtruth
    on Sep 30th, 2008
    @ 20:39

    I just wonder on the comment on #75 Mr. anon about comfort women..

    Japanese put themselves into Koreans women shoe?
    Do you imagine to put yourself into our shoe then ?

    Do you feel understandable, and fair if you convicted of a murder, and you found guilty without any proof, and just by saying some of his relatives said that you killed him.
    or if you said that I wasn’t there, so I won’t know the truth then, think about this..
    If your father who protected you, fought for you were convicted of a rapist and found guilty without any proof, Do you agree with the decision ?
    Why there are no proofs ? Would you say, becuase Japan destroyed all of the proofs?
    Wow.. then, Why Germans could not destroy all of proofs indicating Hollocost ?
    Would you say Japanese were smarter than Germans were to sucessfuly destroyed, and cleaned those proofs?

    All right, I am spending too much time on internet.. I have to go back my daily life now..


  90. Dave
    on Oct 1st, 2008
    @ 04:48

    Knowingtruth, the link with the Korean professor was definitely interesting. The other two links just read like conspiracy theories. The last link, I was too lazy to sign up for a free trial~

    The prof’s argument definitly has its flaws though, and if I could ask him follow up questions he might be able to address them.

    My biggest problem with the prof’s argument was his entire argument is an IF situtaiton. A situation that he says himself will lead to no progess. If Japan hadn’t colonized Korea, Korea would have never developed to what it is today. He has huge problems with other “IF” statements but doesn’t realize his own argument is an “IF” situation. Then to use this “if” statement to say that Koreans should be so grateful (not simply acknowledge a contribution but grateful) to the Japanese, it is clear that his opinions are extreme.

    That’s my only problem with the structure of his arguement. I got problems with other aspects too~ However, much better than cyberessays.com!~~


  91. knowingtruth
    on Oct 1st, 2008
    @ 19:28

    Dear Dave,
    I understand your problem. But well, we won’t know what if Japan didn’t colonized Korea anymore will we ?

    You didn’t read Prof. Bruce Cumings’ Statment ?
    I found another site where you can read it without passwords.

    http://aparc.stanford.edu/publications/japanese_colonialism_in_korea_a_comparative_perspective/

    Prof. Cumings is quite interesting person. Because I think he observes from Korean side, since he specializes in modern Korean history.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Cumings

    well, still I can’t find the answer to your question what if Japan didn’t colonzied Korea though..

    Dave, I enjoy discussing with you since you make sense to me, not all of people who I discuss with me make sense to me though.
    Especially, Koreans… They don’t raise any reasonable questions if they don’t agree with, they just beaten up the arguments.

    I also found blogs that an Australian guys is writing.
    I thought it would be intersting to you since he is not a Japanese, and writing from Australian’s eye.
    http://www.occidentalism.org/

    Some more links added 4 Oct 2008:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWB-sc1wGV4
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxSepm1A0lg&feature=related


  92. yeah
    on Oct 2nd, 2008
    @ 00:46

    i hate japan full stop
    what ever you guys say i will always hate japan
    their country with all their porn and weird disgusting movies and other extremities
    ughhhhhhh
    i cringe everytime i think about the country
    yeah i know a lot of you will hate me
    but its only my opinion
    and i will refuse to change it


  93. dave_fan
    on Oct 2nd, 2008
    @ 01:02

    I love Dave! He rocks!


  94. rocknroll
    on Oct 2nd, 2008
    @ 01:04

    oh shut up ‘knowingtruth’
    what do you mean Japan dont like to ‘speak up’ because its their culture to not do so…
    wth?
    it completely contradicts with how the japanese have acted in the past and also at present


  95. Guille
    on Oct 2nd, 2008
    @ 12:34

    I am tired. Things are going sometimes a bit too far.

    Starting from now I will simply erase all comments that simply bash either side. I am thinking about comments like #35 or #92.

    I will accept personal experiences and argued (documented if possible) comments.

    A bit like Dave and many others, I do not agree with everything he says, but at least he arguments his answers.


  96. Guille
    on Oct 2nd, 2008
    @ 12:39

    By the way, I have a spam filter, and sometimes it detects comments as spam. knowingtruth has seen that, as because of his links some comments did not appear.

    Up to now I have not deleted any comment on purpose, so if you see your comment does not appear be a bit patient, I’ll do my best.


  97. flower
    on Oct 2nd, 2008
    @ 16:41

    This website just shows how much hate there is in the world.
    I know both sides have been hurt but let’s please try to understand each other a little more.


  98. yea...
    on Oct 12th, 2008
    @ 09:15

    http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Go_-_Movie

    A Japanese movie about racisim on both aspects. Nobody is a saint, and we are all sinners.


  99. The remainder or justice
    on Oct 17th, 2008
    @ 09:46

    Hello, I’m Vietnamese and I like koreans and japanese people. Sure, the japanese have invaded VietNam but I still dont hate them.


  100. truth
    on Oct 20th, 2008
    @ 00:28

    Hello, I am Korean and I have Japanese Friends. I do not hate Japanese people and I do love sushi but even sushi is not japanese because koreans have been eating raw fish before japan ever existed. Many people are not aware that Japan’s development from feudal society to be put abruptly is only a thousand years old. They are a mix of chinese, japanese native, and ainu(russian). Many members of the monarchy were Korean. Many skilled tradesmen, artists, and warriors are from Korean descent. The development of Japanese society, politics, philosophy, psychology and technological advancements have been influence primarily by Korean civilization for the most part of its history. Truths are blotted out in Japanese textbooks to preserve national dignity in the Japanese educational system. And even the popular samurai sword was developed hundreds of years before by a Korean dynasty called Paekche and this sword was called “saburabi” which sounds a lot like samurai. This sword is curved but not to the extent of the japanese samurai sword and it has no guard. Meaning that the philosophy of Korean martial arts was Kamakaze-like because without a guard the sword was used for piercing as oppose to slashing or a kill or be killed attitude as oppose to moving away. Admit the truth no more lies. Japan is the second most powerful economy in the world why lie. Japan has been great at commercializing, designing, and exporting quality goods that I find very entertaining and useful. Japanese have good work ethics and take more pride in their work than the domestic competition. i.e. electronics, automobiles
    Law of averages compared to other asian ethnicities–> Japanese are open/perverted depending on your level of tolerance. They are less humanistic and pompous regarding sexual molestation and human experiments performed on live bodies which they have not given a simple apology openingly like their german allies in the presence of a war tribunal for the crimes committed by that Japanese regime. They are powerful militarily as they spend a large sum of money for the army under the pretext of National Defense. Japanese technology is highly advanced and are capable of making a nuclear bomb within six hours. Which I find interesting because most of the world seems oblivious to that fact and the world media keeps focusing on pyongyang north korea with their outdated nukes and factories. For the most part Japanese civilians have highly good manners, open minded, respectful, and fun to be around with. Japanese are mainly shinto buddhists which reflects their indoctrination as oppose to Koreans which have four influencing religions christianity, buddhist, confucian, and shamanism. koreans reveal their emotions more outwardly through expressions and gestures much more than japanese or chinese.


  101. truth
    on Oct 20th, 2008
    @ 01:18

    Korean brothers and sisters do you not know that hate is a powerful word and that if you have this descrutive negative emotion filling your subconscious you will reap what you sow. You can not have a positive and a negative mental state at the same time they can not co-exist in the same plane. Replace fear, hatred, greed, and jealousy by suggesting, invoking, and verbalizing through self control of mental states with emotions such as love, enthusiasm, faith, romance, and desire that can truly benefit and attain the likeness of a refined individual. Be like water and do not over react or under react. In life you can not ask something for nothing this world does not work this way. If your mental states are destructive you destroy none other than yourself. Create a spirit of harmony and unity and you will see the good things that are waiting for you. Ask and ye shall receive.
    IT IS TIME TO GROW UP!


  102. JeenaJingle
    on Oct 22nd, 2008
    @ 06:05

    I am 100% Korean, my parents came to America when they were in their late 20′s and I was born here in California.

    Then I moved to korea when I was 3 so that I can learn the culture blah blah blah. Still, I remain to be the epitome of a banana (yellow on the outside, white on the inside), due to the fact I attended American schools all my life.

    Even in my banana status, I find that it is hard for me to forgive the Japanese. I do not think it’s easy for hot tempered, stubborn people (like the Koreans, and boy do I know Koreans) to forgive something that happened in history, let it be 50 or 100 years ago.

    Because I am Korean, though an Americanized one at that, I feel that the hot blood pumping through my veins and the strong bones that erect me upright are tainted with history I can never forget.

    Yet, in the defense of “forgiving and forgetting,” I think it is wrong to be outwardly racist. No I do not go around with a megaphone spouting the atrocities of the Japanese. No I will not deprive a starving Japanese hobo from food and water solely because of their heritage. No I will not judge a Japanese person based strictly to history. At least not in a tawdry manner. Despite my dislike for Japan, I feel there is something very commendable in their behavior that Koreans should adapt to. The Japanese are very clean people (c’mon, I can lick the streets of Tokyo and not get sick. Now Seoul on the other hand…) and they are very good at hiding anger, dislike, and jealousy.

    More or less, I think when your nationality is mangled by another in such brutal ways, you cannot help but feel some sort of discontentment towards that nation. Oh, and I think its nice to remember Koreans are really cheap, stubborn, firey, proud people… so that might add to why its hard for us to forgive.


  103. Shin
    on Oct 25th, 2008
    @ 13:55

    Hi I’m half Japanese and British woman! I’m a mix and lived all my life outside of Japan. I personally feel that I am a Japanese even though I’ve only visited Japan a few times. I’ve lived in Korea for three years now, and one thing that I felt at first is hatred. I’ve hated the Korean character since my very first stay, as they were rude (most of them at least, do not say sorry when they’ve clearly bumped you, they would look at you as if nothing happened or as if it’s your fault!), they shout in public like the whole world is on their shoulders, they are very expressive and hostile, they like being dominant over the other when the truth is, they have no sense of respect with the others unless the other is superior to them in career, wealth or status, and the women are unbearably loud, obnoxious, materialistic and irritating (they talk/act like they’re a Japanese wanna-be).
    Having said all these, I understand that I will be bashed with hatred as well. But what I’m saying is that, Koreans do not actually hate the Japanese, they want to say they do, but hey, where did they all get their ideas from so that they could prosper? clearly, it’s from the Japanese. Korea is an infant industry and had protectionism rights over their products after having copied the technology of the Japanese. Now they have their automobiles which were copied from the car legends of Japan, Toyota, Honda & Mistubishi. They have their mobile phones that are very much alike to that of the Japanese phones. They have different types of electronics which the Japanese cannot even sell in Korea, since it’s guarded by the Korean law. In short, the Koreans say they hate the Japanese, because of the past not because of their attitudes. (which is a whole different story)

    The Koreans copy mostly everything from Japan. In the show business, the Koreans want to enter the Japanese Industry when clearly, they have no idea that they are going to fail anyway. Luckily enough for Boa, and a number of Korean entertainers out there, they have been given a chance to be famous in a country not their own. If you will notice, a lot of Korean women are viewed to be gorgeous and adourable. This is because the whole country is flooded by cosmetic surgery clinics.


  104. Shin
    on Oct 25th, 2008
    @ 13:57

    At a very young age, Korean girls already demand to receive cosmetic surgery. I’ve encountered a 14-year-old girl who actually got an eyelid surgery for her 15th birthday. This is actually shocking for me since any other girl would ask for something but a surgery. Another encounter I had was when I was in highschool in Korea. I had a classmate who had a her cheeks lifted for some stupid reason. She looked better but the thing is, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with how she was! If you want to check out how much the craze in cosmetic surgery in Korea is, you can just look in a Korean website like, cyworld, where normal people, put up their pictures. Here you’ll see that most of them indeed, look cute and pretty, but the face behind every photo is fake.

    Most Korean women you’d see (even in public) would have any of the following :
    - eyelid surgery
    - nose surgery
    - chin surgery
    - forehead surgery
    - jawline surgery
    - leg surgery
    - breast surgery
    - lip surgery
    (not so serious category..)
    - mole at the tip of the nose
    - lip tattoo
    - natural eyebrow tattoo
    - eyelash extensions
    - permed hair

    I hung out with Koreans, some are nice and most of them are pretending to be nice. I don’t generally hate Koreans since not all of them are rude and disrespectful. But it’s either I’m unlucky in my experiences or the Koreans don’t know how to make a connection and a good relationship. As a new student, I didn’t know anyone and I had no idea of the Korean language. As I was walking along the hall, a Korean student called out to me and said, “Babo”. I had no idea what it was until I learned of the word. It meant, stupid. I let go, even though I should’ve gotten mad at him.

    So foreigners like me in our school, had discrimination over the Koreans in our school, since they had no idea how to mingle, to have fun and no sense of humor.

    After my highschool days, I’ve been in a relationship with a mixed Korean. He’s great as a boyfriend and I have nothing against him. But the only thing that irritates me is about Korean girls too. Even though they know that my boyfriend has a girlfriend, they would flirt with him. The worst part is that, even if I’m in front oh them, they would still do it. Even as a I speak now, these Korean girls won’t stop flirting, not only with my boyfriend of two years but with other guys that I’ve known.


  105. Shin
    on Oct 25th, 2008
    @ 14:00

    They like to flirt to get what they want and won’t stop until they get it. It doesn’t matter if it’s a material or a person. They would flirt innocently but are very feisty within. If they see a good looking guy with a not so good looking girl, they would publicly say what they think and would get jealous of the other. They are aggressive and creatures who would ruin a relationship, like they did with mine. (all 10 girls knew about me and pretended that they are happy for our relationship and when I’m not around, they would flirt with my guy and do their cunning plot which i always knew about since my guy is loyal to me)
    The funny thing is, they don’t know how to fight back. When confronted, all they would do is ignore you or pretend that they’re innocent.

    This is my main reason of why I responded to this. We have our own ways to hate each other, but the reason of Koreans to hate the Japanese is irrational as it all happened in the past. The Japanese are very kind people, they would apologise to the tiniest things. The women aren’t cunning but extremely shy. The women in general aren’t demanding either.

    As for the post above here, face it honey! It was the past, don’t you think that not only the Koreans should hate the Japanese? Why is it that the Koreans are the only ones who bitch about the past, when there are other countries out there that has been ravaged by the old Japanese rule. (Manchuria, and the Philippines.. they’ve been mistreated more than Korea..so, stop bitching about the past… life is unfair.. and a lot of people who suffered about the past do not bitch as much as the Koreans do) Do you think African countries still bitch about the past? of how the French tormented them and enslaved them? of how the British did them wrong? of how the Southerners barely approved of them being free? of how the Portuguese, the Dutch and the Norse, invaded African countries? Get over it. The Africans did.

    Things change and the past have changed into something very civilized now. The only thing that won’t easily change is the attitude of the Koreans which is not something to be proud about.


  106. Dave
    on Oct 29th, 2008
    @ 03:04

    Shin, you are obviously a nutcase.

    Korean girls flirting… are you kidding me? Girls flirt with taken men in every nation, even the ones where you get killed for doing so. You sound like a middle school student that’s upset about girls hitting on your boyfriend. Also it wouldn’t bother you so much if you weren’t insecure about your relationship, in which case you got other problems… chew on that~

    As for surgery, Japan has more than twice as many plastic surgeries than Korea, with only double the population of Korea, so the ratio of surgeries to people is higher in Japan. The difference is Koreans are very open about surgeries. Also the super hot girls from every nation have surgery. Oh yes the celebs, models, random hot people… lots and lots of surgery all over the world.

    Show business… the only thing Japan has better than Korea in show business is anime and porn. Korean media floods Asia. An example is most of Chinese TV is Korean shows that take most of the viewers (like 75% korean 25%chinese), so much that China is considering banning some Korean media to help their own industry. No one else besides the Japanese really cares about Japanese entertainment. Korean movies sometimes make it to American movie theatres, I can’t recall ever seeing anything Japanese anywhere, except for their famed anime and porn.

    I’m sure if African nations(not talking about arab nations) were in a position to complain about what was done to them they would, but they’re in no position, and it was a much longer time period ago… and… the list is long. If the day comes where African nations are great successes and run by actual black people, western nations will definitly get an earful, and all hell will be raised if western textbooks say they did africa a “favor” or even omit the fact they slaughtered/raped/infected/mutilated/humiliated africans. If I were an african living in africa I’d probably hate white people… and i’d have every right.

    Also, with your positions on Korea/Koreans you really think they’d be nice to you? If I thought you were an idiot from a nation of perverts, would you be nice to me? Go to China, you’ll be football tackled and not receive an apology, not everywhere is like where you’ve grown up, and that does not mean their impolite.

    Common sense… something not so common these days it seems. But then again maybe you are in highschool, and i’m stupid for even responding…


  107. Hanjie
    on Oct 30th, 2008
    @ 13:16

    Both of us Japanese and Korean’s share exactly the same xenophobic attitude’s our grandparents or parents taught us. Both korea, china and japans governments have their dark spots. Personally I love everybody koreans are my asian brothers and I won’t discriminate on someone that shares so much common with me. It only set more fuel to the fire when WWII started. This rivalry been going on way before the 20th century where talking all the way since the Hideyoshi’s invasions of Korea, the Seven Year War. When japanese fuedal lord Toyotomi Hideyoshi invaded Korea. Does that make me feel superior to a korean No. True, their where no sells outs in that war and as they say the strongest will live and the weakest will die. But at that time it was like what 1592? You win some you lose some. But nobodies perfect every asian country or european country has done something to another nobodies innocent its all a matter of historical facts.

    But to the point almost every “SINGLE” ethnicity has been influenced by china (yeah europeans also). Without the chinese they would have been no industrial revolution (and no im not talking about them working on the railroads). I’m talking about the basic building blocks of tools such as for farming, cooking, smithing etc. Crossbows, airplanes (basic ideas), hot air ballions the list goes on and on. They are one of the oldest civilizations in existence so of course their going to share ideas and influences with Korea, Japan, or Europe, much younger and isolated civilizations. So I guess where all sellouts then because of this lol.

    I wouldn’t waste me time discriminating on somebody who’s country is only about 120 miles away from mine (from closet point). And genetically almost the same, may not be linguistically but share a similar cultural backround as my own. That’s like a ukrainian hating on a russian. Or austrians hating germans its silly. I wish people get can over the past and move on its 2008 not 1940 or the ming dynasty geez. It’s that same xenophobic, nationalistic attitudes thats only going to let us repeat the past. Except with nukes and bullets not swords and horses lol.


  108. Hanjie
    on Oct 30th, 2008
    @ 13:25

    Lmfao trying to compare the statistics on which nation has the most plastic surgery? Oh god I forgot this was a forum for while.. =P


  109. Hanjie
    on Oct 30th, 2008
    @ 13:30

    comment thread whatever. (for the politically correct people) lol =P


  110. JeenaJingle
    on Oct 31st, 2008
    @ 04:00

    Okay, I find it funny that Shin is a korean last name and yet you use it as your name… I would know since my own last name is shin..

    I dont get what this whole shindig is about korean plastic surgery. The whole WORLD is filled with plastic surgery okay, sheesh. And eyelid surgery? You know why we have that? Because in Asia big eyes are considered beautiful. In fact, in all countries girls with big eyes are considered more attractive.

    By the way, if you didn’t know, a lot of Asian people, including Japanese (not Americanized asians) dislike mulatto kids.


  111. Guille
    on Oct 31st, 2008
    @ 08:29

    Dear JeenaJingle,

    Actually, the whole world is filled with plastic surgery, but it is not equal everywhere.

    In some places woman get a lot of plastic surgery. I’ve heard about Korea, Japan as well, but can not confirm it. In Central and South America it is very common as well. I’ve known several girls that had new boobs for Christmas or their birthday. In Europe we do have that as well, although the numbers are by far inferior…

    Concerning the eyes, think about the fact that Korean like big eyes because they do not have them and want to look like the Europeans, at least for the eyes. In Europe is the oposite, top models and some girls do surgery to get eyes a bit like Asians, something they also try to do with make-up. See, it’s funny, we always want what our neighbours have :-)

    Cheers.


  112. Nori
    on Nov 14th, 2008
    @ 08:13

    I deleted the comments of Nori, Hiraku, Japanese and Yamamoto, all written by the same person. They were insulting and did not bring anything to the post.

    Guindilla


  113. michelle
    on Nov 17th, 2008
    @ 22:00

    Deleted comment by Yoki and Michelle, both made by the same person. I suspect they are also the same person as Nori above, as both wrote from the north-east of the US with the same style of writing.

    Please, Nori/Michelle/whoever you are. Stop insulting.


  114. Jae
    on Nov 28th, 2008
    @ 03:31

    thank-you Dave,

    Besides that, I would like to say that many people who are expressing their opinions on this blog are talking about the general aspect of both Japan and Korean societies. I want to remind the debaters that there is a difference when you say “Koreans/Japanese did this…” and when you include the word “most” before the subject. I am classified as an Korean-American by governments but as I have matured, I have come to realize that I practice more towards the American culture. Therefore I am more American than Korean, at least in my opinion. Although I am still Korean and I do not pertain to any of the categories to be offended, such insults to my country (both) and the people affects my emotions negatively. My best guess is that I have a sense of nationality becuase I am Korean by my looks and my family tree have Korean roots.

    That being said, I want to bullet my opinions because I am tired:
    -Yes, past is the past, but there are always reasons why people are angry, whether they are right to be upset or not. I beleive it is problems from both Korea and Japan.
    -Plastic surgery is a choice by each person practicing their rights and perhaps it is part of a culture of Korea, but what negative impact has it on society? Did the crime rate go up? Does it intervene with someone else’s rights? Most people would agree that it would be socially acceptable to allow a person A who has had bad burns from a car accident to have cosmetic surgery. Why? The most likey answer is becuase she did not choose to end up with those burn marks (it was an accident). But what is the difference when person B who wants to have cosmetic surgery in a state of well being? Did she choose to look like who she was when she was born? It brings a sense of fakeness (society’s rejection of altering their normal being) but should we not judge by a person’s inside anyway rather than their cover?


  115. Jae
    on Nov 28th, 2008
    @ 03:32

    continued…

    -People hate, loathe and abhor other people. It is one of the natural emotions and reactions we have as human beings. Now the difference is someone having a grudge with a strong supportive reason, than someone who doesn’t. Although many of us believe that they can judge whether one has a good enough reason or not, it should be decided upon the hater. For example I have hated anything Japan (Japanese people, Japan’s government, and Japan’s products) because of my blind pride in Korea. After I had taken history courses and started gaining objective information on my own, I had discovered information that even school does not teach, adults who are not informed and especially not of media’s concern. I had learned many corruption in Korea’s government today and our sad past within our own country. Although Japan did invade our country, it was mostly the act of the government and I have asked myself which country that is powerfull would not be hungry for more power? I do not forgive Japan for what they did because that would imply that Japan has done something wrong. Is it not Korea’s fault to have chosen such weak emperors? I also cannot say that I do not hate Japan because that would mean I am not a bit racist. It is hard for me not to judge as we all do, but it is harder when I have allowed such prejudice thoughts about Japan in my head. Now, I am not an extremist rascist, but a normal rascist who was born to judge and assume thoughts about people.

    If you hate Korean or Japanese people, have a good reason. Think it through. Most likely though, it isn’t a very strong reason. But much of that comes to you when you mature and gain more knowledge about the issue.

    Thanks for reading. Peace,

    Jae

    I’m probably never going to see this site again because I found it while browsing on the internet intending to find information on my research paper. So if you have something to add or inform me of my flaw, I have a facebook (Jaehoo Han). Probably won’t help those who don’t have one..sorry.


  116. Queen of Psychos
    on Dec 17th, 2008
    @ 18:35

    Hi, I’m crazy and I want pie :D

    To make it all short; love this post, hate that dude.
    I love all countries in Asia but Japan lies closest to my heart<3 I like Korea too, but I still don’t get it why they hate Japan without any reason at all? .__. I mean, I seriously HATE Spain, but I at least have MANY many reasons to why I do so (not gonna typ all my reasons here, haha) but that dude doesn’t seem to have ANY reasons at all, eh?
    Oh well, still great post! ;D
    Have a nice day~

    Love,
    Yumi.


  117. Guille
    on Dec 18th, 2008
    @ 12:13

    Dear Queen,

    I could give you hundreds of reasons to hate Spain. I could give you hundreds to love it. You probably were the unlucky one :-)

    Cheers.


  118. takenoko
    on Jan 5th, 2009
    @ 20:56

    it’s kinda late but…..
    Happy New Year !!!


  119. Guille
    on Jan 6th, 2009
    @ 11:09

    Well… thanks! :-)


  120. jjbebe
    on Jan 8th, 2009
    @ 03:34

    Imagine a world where no one gave a damn about stupid issues like this ahha.A utopian world it would be.I don’t like racism but I think it is good to have a little bit of national pride.China hates Japan because these squabbling little island people rose to power and defeated them many times;China’s national pride destroyed.I believe Asian countries should get along just like Europe, however I also think Japan should be cautious about China.China thinks the war never ended.Militarily and diplomatic Japan should be unfriendly towards China.As everyday people-no of course not- treat everyone as a human being.Japan’s enemy is not the Chinese people, it is the Chinese government; vice-versa.Japan should limit Chinese immigration,Chinese imports, and anything Chinese for the sake of Japan.Trading with nation that hates your own is like shooting yourself in the foot. I am part Japanese.When you meet people that harass you; pretend they don’t exist.


  121. Guille
    on Jan 8th, 2009
    @ 15:35

    Thanks for posting.

    I must disagree with you. European countires did only get along for the last 60 years, and that´s nothing from a History point of view. Furthermore, this is only true for the EU, as not even 20 years ago Europe was still divided into two enemy territories, the US-controlled West and the USSR-controlled East.

    Now the question comes, how did the EU countries get along each other? Because I must remind you that, not long ago, wars went along between countries that would become allies in the next war. For example, the war between Germany and Austro-Hungary in the XIX, or the alliance between countries (England included) against France in Napoleon times.

    The wars among European countries ended when they developped a common interest. And, as very often happens, this interest is economic (“It´s the economy, stupid!” as some say). After two World Wars, France and Germany, the two natural ennemies, developped a mutual and dependent economy with the creation of the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) in 1952. From there, and the development of mutual understanding, the European Nations started to get allong each other with the EU as a result.

    So I would say China and Japan should reinforce their economical dependency, as well as their mutual understanding, as if both countries are sufficently dependent of each other, understanding will follow.

    Cheers.


  122. Jimmy
    on Jan 13th, 2009
    @ 17:53

    I am half Japanese and Western and growing up I never believed that Japanese did such things. I thought it was all lies or exaggeration. I have since grown up and seen far and wide, including my own. Japanese have not changed to this day actually. Japanese pretend to be nice but inside still think like World War 2 is raging on. They think their culture is “proper” but in fact it is a mental disease. They are heartless and cold, and very disturbed people. Anyone who doesnt believe me should watch the Anime “Fireflies Grave”. This comes from someone who speaks perfect native Japanese.


  123. Jimmy
    on Jan 13th, 2009
    @ 18:30

    Japan exalts its own retarded culture from Tokyo as if it were the bible. Truth is they squashed any hope for entrepreneurial spirit and economic revival by destroying Kansai/Kyoto culture, which was open and flowing, and the source of the vast majority of Japanese multinationals. These same multinationals have since been taken over by Tokyo and are staid, profitless, and stagnant. Tokyo culture is a bureaucratic culture one of strict discipline but lack of creativity, freedom, and plain common sense. It is a ruthlessly devised propaganda designed to take advantage of outsiders, minimize exposure to resistive attack, and squash any opposition. No wonder successes and creativity come from Nintendo (of Kyoto) and Toyota (of Aichi) only because they have managed to keep Tokyo propagandizing bureaucrats out of their companies.


  124. Japanese-American
    on Feb 11th, 2009
    @ 03:56

    I am 3rd generation American/Californian who is full blooded Japanese. Never been to Japan.

    I always felt a kinship to all my asian brothers and sisters here in the good ol USA because of the treatment and racism that I’ve experienced.

    I have stuck my neck out to assist some Korean golfers who were being threatened physically. It was unfair and I stood up for them. I ain’t looking for a pat on the back, just stating what happened.

    The next year while golfing with my elderly Japanese-American uncle — a group of Koreans started screaming at us. For what? To this day I have no idea. My uncle told me to leave it alone as they come from a country where life was hard. I left it alone. I’m still amazed at my late uncle’s reaction. Here he was a US Army veteran of World War II who fought for the right to be treated fairly here in the USA.

    It pisses me off to see these Korean immigrants who migrate to the United States and bring their hate. They have no idea or appreciation of all the sacrifices that minorities paid for (sometimes with their lives) for them to have the freedoms they so enjoy here.

    But over the past ten years with the influx of Koreans I have developed a case of I hate the Korean immigrants. Why? Because of their hate they have brought here.

    Pray for me because I hate being like this.


  125. Japanese-American
    on Feb 11th, 2009
    @ 04:11

    After reading these posts I’m more confused than ever.

    By the way, the Spaniards Olympic Tennis and Basketball teams chink-eye was racist. But that’s a whole other story.

    One last point, not all Korean immigrants here in L.A. are haters. That said, the majority of K immigrants still look at me with a jaded eye.

    One last last point. I’ve always gotten along with Filipinos, Chinese, Vietnamese, and everyone else under the sun. Koreans, sorry to say I just don’t get.

    Please save me the whole Korean-Japan debacle as I view it as ludicrous.


  126. Guille
    on Feb 11th, 2009
    @ 10:12

    If your uncle was fighting in WWII he was probably part of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. This unit was composed almost exclusively of japanese-blod US born United-Staters. They are the most condecorated unit in US history, nicknamed the Purple Hearth Battalion, due to their high ration of casualties (314%).

    Otherwise he would have been in a non-combat position, as the US army was not very confident on asians (nor blacks for that matter) in combat roles.

    Oh… I find Japanese-born can also be a bit racist. Otherwise it is difficult to explain how your blod did not mix (not even a bit!) with the natives in three generations :-)

    Thanks for posting.


  127. Japanese-American
    on Feb 11th, 2009
    @ 19:35

    To Guille,

    Muy bien. My uncle was a veteran from the 100th/442nd “Go for broke” unit. However, many including my father were also US Army veterans but not with the 100th/442nd. My older brother and cousins are also US Army and US Marine Corp. veterans who fought in Korea and Vietnam, I personally missed being drafted because the Vietnam war was wrapping up back in the mid 1970′s.

    [...I find Japanese-born can also be a bit racist. Otherwise it is difficult to explain how your blod did not mix (not even a bit!) with the natives in three generations :-) ]

    I have no doubt that many Japanese born have racist views and if they bring their hate to the greatest country in the world … f##k em and they should be deported as fast as they can swim. That’s my take.

    However, most Korean immigrants (not the Vietnamese, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, Mexican, Indian, etc.) are looked down upon with disdain, here in California. Why? Because of their we are better than you type of arrogance and hate.
    This is America not Korea.

    What makes America great is the immigrant.
    Most come from impoverished countries and they bring their work ethic and culture that enriches this great country. We are not a perfect country, but we strive to be.

    I have had to confront Korean men and women because of their RUDENESS and aggressiveness. Like bullies, they ALL back down when confronted. In fact, they are a bit shocked that I would get up in their face for their piss poor behavior. Go figure.

    My point is this: I find it maddening that I have to confront IMMIGRANTS physically.

    God dammit they look like me! But they bring an unnecessary hate and to the United States. I’ve had more problems with Koreans (Korean-Korean) than Blacks, Whites, Yellows, Browns, Reds, Greens, etc. combined.

    That is a problem that the Korean community needs to fix or the mierda will hit the fan, again. The riots in Los Angeles in the 1990′s were inflamed by the Koreans piss poor relationships in the barrio’s and ghettos here in Los Angeles.

    Burning down their businesses was wrong. Many Korean store owners had a good relationships inside the communities they served.

    But there were too many Korean store owners who brought the hate and all Koreans paid for their behavior.

    Again, NOT ALL KOREANS, but to got dam many.

    In mi familia, we have many beautiful mixtures of hapa children. Hapa is a Hawaiian term meaning mixed blood. Japanese-Black, Japanese-White, Japanese-Brown, and … Japanese-Korean. They are all my family.

    Hapa here in the USA is not looked down upon. In fact, our President Of The United States Of America is hapa.

    It’s a beautiful thing.

    To Guillermo,

    Watch other poster’s mouth, as well.

    Jap to an American born Japanese are fighting words, like spic, n i g g e r, and g o o k.


  128. Guille
    on Feb 11th, 2009
    @ 22:51

    Dear Japanese-American,

    Thanks, but it was not too difficult to guess when knowing a bit the WWII fighting formations :-) To be honest, I discovered them through the Lost Battalion history. United-Staters tend to lose a Battalion in all wars (in WWI they also lost one!).

    Oh… Guille is the nickname of Guillermo, just so you know it. And concerning the “Watch other poster’s mouth, as well.”, I can promise you I do. After getting bored of insults I have deleted several posts that used bad words and did not bring anything. If I have left your is because, although aggressive, it was educated, argumented and based on personal experiences. I know Jap might sound offensive, but it is nothing compared to other things people have wrote.

    Happy to know you got mixed in your family. You say that “What makes America great is the immigrant”. It is true that the melting pot that have developed there is an amazing social experience, and that it is something that can almost not be found anywhere else.

    To be honest I am a bit surprised to see so many people rant against Korean aggressiveness, as they have never seemed to me to be rude people, but hey, I have never been in your situation. I simply hope it will change, as Koreans seems to be a great culture and country otherwise.

    Thanks for sharing your experiences!


  129. Japanese-American
    on Feb 12th, 2009
    @ 04:41

    Guillermo,

    If ever in Los Angeles, California I’ll buy you a beer or two or three…
    I believe since this is your blog, you have my email address.

    “…I know Jap might sound offensive, but it is nothing compared to other things people have wrote…”

    That saddens me as a person who tries (not always successfully) to be “one love” for all.

    But Guillermo, if you would be kind enough to block the usage of JAP as I think it compares to any word that is meant to demean or humiliate. I try my best not to use hurtful words.

    I will cuss though now and again.

    Domo (That is sadly the extent of my Japanese speaking ability) Que tonto.

    To Korean-Koreans or Korean-Americans,
    I want no war but clarity.


  130. Guille
    on Feb 12th, 2009
    @ 09:44

    Dear Japanese-American,

    No, I don’t have your email address, as I don’t ask for it in order to leave comments (although I should start soon if I change to WordPress as I think I will…).

    You know that if you come to Madrid you are also the most welcome :-)


  131. Japanese-American
    on Feb 13th, 2009
    @ 16:47

    One more thing:

    One of the greatest American patriots who led the most decorated United States military regiment, (The 100th/442nd Nisei or Japanese-Americans) was a Korean-American.

    His name is Colonel Young Oak Kim. He has been HONORED and ADMIRED by the Japanese-American community for many years. He loved his men and they loved him right back. He is no longer with us as he died a couple of years ago.

    The common ground Colonel Young Oak Kim and his men shared was their Americaness. They were and are Americans. Not Koreans or Japanese but Americans.

    The Korean immigrants (Not all but many) and subsequently their American born children (Not all buy many) are undermining this community by carrying on the hate from one generation to the next.

    My point:
    Leave the hate in Korea don’t bring it here to the USA or for that matter anywhere else.

    I have no desire to enter the frey that is Korea-Japan. It is a dark tunnel with no light at the end.

    Why enter the darkness looking for the light when together under the open sky and sunshine we can build a better future for all.

    One Love.

    Guille,

    I wish I could write Spanish half as good as you write in English. Bravo!

    JA (But no P)


  132. A Japanese Guy
    on Feb 15th, 2009
    @ 00:35

    I am Japanese, and I know some Korean and Chinese people at my university. They are cool in general, but I can sense a hint of resentment in a few of them. It’s not open, but it’s in their eyes. I believe that the anti-Japanese sentiment isn’t as strong as years before, but it still is passed down through the generations. I find it sad that some people decide to hate an entire nationality just because of what several of its countrymen decided to do in the past. None of my grandparents fought in the war… should they or I be hated so fiercely by strangers who happen to be of a different nationality? It just doesn’t make any sense.


  133. um,,
    on Feb 20th, 2009
    @ 10:36

    I heared than Koreans are much more suffered from japanese, they killed live people to expreiment how much time they can suffer in the gas room….etc you can’t imagine


  134. Chinese-American
    on Feb 26th, 2009
    @ 03:20

    Sure, Japan does have culture, but one of their major forms of writing, kanji, is directly taken from the Chinese.

    Why so many people hate Japan?

    Their war crimes during WWII, the obvious. You wouldn’t understand, you wouldn’t have much empathy, because you are not of Chinese or Korean culture. It is painful to see your ancestors before you being tortured not too long ago. It is horrible, absolutely painful and horrifying seeing those atrocious acts they committed. There are pictures of things stuck up women’s v******…done purely for fun. Pictures of people being buried alive were taken as souvenirs. Okay, you commit many terrible acts of crime – but you add even more shame by taking pictures of them for souvenirs. Honestly, how low can you get?

    Sample acts: medical experiments (ex. dissection while the victims were alive and awake, injected with biological disease), rape (ex. husbands were forced to rape their daughters and sons were forced to rape their mothers, rape of women of all ages, yes, including infants), killing (ex. there was a contest to see who could chop off 150 Chinese heads the fastest).

    Then Japan, being immature, denied any existence, any trace of the Nanking Massacre. Really…to go that far?

    And this may seem low, but why not hate, dislike, be racist? We have good reason to. Those acts were committed around 60 years ago, we still remember. It’s kind of hard to simply “forget” those acts that killed around 600,000 of your people. Think about it, if one country invaded your country and murdered and committed ruthless acts against your people, wouldn’t you be angry?

    Like I said before, you have no empathy for what the Chinese and Korean have gone through. Sure, you may have sympathy, but you will never – never – understand the pain we feel until you experience it yourself. Maybe then will you learn to understand.


  135. Chinese-American
    on Feb 26th, 2009
    @ 03:28

    P.S. Personal experience:
    My dad came from China, so did my uncle, aunt, etc., and they’re all pretty old. They all dislike or hate Japan to some degree. “They’re all pretty old,” meaning that perhaps their parents or parents’ parents experienced the horrors of what Japan had done to China? Hard to ignore what they had done, it was large-scale destruction.

    How can you say to us that we should “grow up” and “stop hating Japan”? That’s like saying to a Jew, “Hey, grow up. Forget the Holocaust, it wasn’t a big deal.”


  136. Korean-Canadian
    on Feb 26th, 2009
    @ 04:01

    This forum was very good for my procrastination.

    Here are my 2 cents.

    I agree with the Chinese-American poster before me. It is impossible for westerners or Japanese to understand the pain. Of course the western media never portrays Japanese as being worse than the Nazi Germans so they are largely UNAWARE of the atrocities.

    The half hearted apologies and extremely insensitive statements from politicians of all levels in Japan, even from the very ones who apologized, flames the hatred toward Japanese even more.

    Don’t go on saying that Koreans hold grudges forever. Why just in Canada even though the French were defeated over 250 years ago, there is still heated hatred and controversy even over historical battle re-enactments.

    Having said this I find fellow Koreans to be extremely honest and hard working people but like in any culture there are many who lack manners. I have had a series of run ins with many Koreans in online forums who have a gangster like attitude and better than you attitude. This is immature and I do actually agree that more Koreans tend to be like this than other cultures. I actually think it is retarded but not unique to Koreans. It is unique to overly materialistic cultures like Korea, Italy, and mostly the USA.


  137. Cholo
    on Feb 26th, 2009
    @ 16:31

    For Corean-Kanadien and Chinito,

    One in the same, no?


  138. Guille
    on Feb 26th, 2009
    @ 16:47

    Cholo: No, Korean-Canadian is from Canada and Chinese-American is from America, more specifically from the US.
    And I know that not only due to their names :-P I looked at their IP address.

    Thanks for your helpful comment.


  139. Korean-Canadian
    on Feb 26th, 2009
    @ 17:24

    wow i am impressed with the fast response. i would love to hear your thoughts.


  140. Korean-Canadian
    on Feb 26th, 2009
    @ 17:28

    http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1139759,00.html

    please look at this 20 million chinese killed, probably around 1 million korean killed. Probably countless more tortured or raped. FAR FAR WORSE than holocaust. Only half assed apologies from Japan… How can we not hate them?


  141. JA (Not P)
    on Feb 27th, 2009
    @ 00:29

    Guille stated in his original post:

    “…So the Korean dude insisted: “I must have it in the blood, or something. I simply can not stand them.”

    I find those attitudes pathetic.

    First of all, his statements are simply wrong. The first emperor was Japanese. Their Shinto gods are powerful and they have a very important variety of gods and goodnesses, some of them strong enough to create the world and, unlike other gods like the Greek ones, people still believe in some of them.

    Secondly, I do understand that Koreans have suffered for long from Japanese sphere of influence, but so they’ve had suffered from Chinese and Manchu. Will he hate everyone until the end of time?

    Third, he was speaking a perfect Spanish. He was clearly Spanish or in Spain since his childhood. Now, several possibilities open upon us:

    Is he adopted? If he is, why the hell would he care about a country he probably does not even know? I do understand the importance of self-definition, finding it’s own roots and all those problems adopted children have. But why define yourself in opposition to someone instead of as belonging to a group?
    If he’s not adopted, why keep with a hate that is disappearing little by little in his own country? Does he really feel from his own country? Has he visited Korea? And Japan? Does he even know enough Japanese to actually hate them?
    And if his own family has suffered Japanese atrocities, will he keep hating a country for what they did more than half a century ago? I do agree they haven’t acknowledged it yet, but we are talking about their government, not the actual people that often disagree with their rulers. Should I keep hating the fascist side of Spain for what they did to my family? Or should I work in order to reduce the gap that once fractured Spain in a civil war?
    Those grudges only serve hate and foster future conflicts. They are simply not worth and, in some cases, are not even justified. This kid spoke without knowledge, education nor wiseness. Those are the persons that keep alive enmities that should have been buried long ago.”
    ==============================
    Yet MOST Koreans, Kyopos, and expat Koreans elsewhere (USA, Canada, Australia, Spain, etcetera) foster more hate where ever they immigrate.

    Guille I agree with your sentiments about “…Those grudges only serve hate and foster future conflicts….

    To all Koreans do you really hate all Japanese? Little children and future little children or just the colonizers? I hope it is the latter.

    Do Korean-Canadians hate Japanese-Canadians too?


  142. Guille
    on Feb 27th, 2009
    @ 09:46

    Dear JA(not P), thanks for quoting, but apparently I had a few data wrong. It seems the Japanese gods are Koreans, and such not as “pure” as I initially though. But I guess this is not important, as it is not a competition about who has the most powerful god, as you clearly state it.

    Dear Korean-Canadian, I work in front of the computer and have a look at the blog sometimes :-)

    My thoughts are actually scattered around this comments, and I decided to keep a moderating stance, as I did not see what I could bring additionally to what has been said.

    But I must point to you that the article you link to, while talking about atrocities and lack of official Japanese acknowledgement, has as main subject the fact that Chinese government is artificially keeping the grudge against Japan with an anti-Japanese centered education since kindergarten, as a mean of self-preservation. And that is also a dangerous attitude.

    Thanks for commenting.


  143. Korean-Canadian
    on Feb 27th, 2009
    @ 19:36

    the fact of the matter is, if the japanese politicians truly and wholeheartedly apologized and didn’t go back and nullify their apologies with outrageous land claims and frankly racist remarks I think the whole region would be a lot safer and peaceful. This in turn would lead to true reconciliation.

    Japan currently has territory disputes with FOUR separate countries in the region. N and S Korea, China, and Russia. This speaks volumes about who is really the aggressor in this situation. Japan singlehandedly through their callous actions and insistence on ignoring or glorifying their past actions is the most hated nation in the region.

    It is true and I frankly admit that both China and Korea are guilty of propaganda but the Japanese are also equally guilty of this by systematically denying their past. For example, many of Japanese politicians genuinely believe that the Korean colonization is what led to the success of the Korean economy today. This is simply wrong.

    If the Japanese PM and ALL senior level politicians respectfully apologize then the propaganda machine of China (more so) and Korea would subside at least partially. Japan through pride and probably prejudice does not do this which is really difficult for any rational person to understand. What most Koreans do not want is financial compensation but a genuine heart felt apology.

    I do personally find the whole situation to be a bit ridiculous though having said all that. If the three countries could put aside their differences and move forward they would be an unstoppable force.


  144. Korean-Canadian
    on Feb 27th, 2009
    @ 19:42

    Let me just add that to the average Japanese they are grossly unaware of their past actions and atrocities. Furthermore there is a huge amount of ignorance in the western media and people that largely works in Japan’s favour.

    The Japanese are largely seen as honest and hardworking people which in fact they are. The same is true of Koreans. On an individual level I think most people get along. I have been to Japan and had no problems there and I have similarly met Japanese tourists in Korea when I was in Korea. In Canada I have worked with many Japanese and have a few friends who are Japanese. As long as we do not talk about the territorial disputes etc we are fine.


  145. Guille
    on Feb 28th, 2009
    @ 02:29

    Dear Korean-Canadian,

    I do mainly agree with you. Japanese Government has an important part of the responsibility of the situation due to lack of apologies. And Japanese population, probably as the Koreans, are hard working and honest people that are paying its respective government mistakes.

    But the fact that Japanese has territorial disputes with FOUR countries only mean that it was on the losing side of WWII and all other countries took advantage of it. Germans and Polish do still today have territorial disputes. Thankfully, they know how to deal with it. Damn, even Spain has territorial disputes with THREE!! countries, Portugal, UK and Morocco, and we are not a specially aggressive country :-)

    Thanks for commenting.


  146. jliy231
    on Mar 19th, 2009
    @ 03:42

    i don’t hate japanese people.
    i strongly dislike their government. the past, and the present. not only their past actions on south korea but so much more that their government, but rather their doings in the present day by still saying dokdo the island is theirs and not korea’s. i know an older senior and after hearing the stories she experienced during the times when the japenese controlled south koreans. i was just in genuine shock.


  147. sk123
    on Mar 24th, 2009
    @ 06:59

    I hate the Japanese people. They’ve oppressed us, the Koreans, for a long time, they’ve took credit for our work, and are sneaky rats. Yes, I’ve been to South Korea. Yes, I am 100% Korean born and partially raised. And Yes, I am smart, I couldn’t have gotten into MIT as a Course 6 (EE and CS) major and went to Stanford Grad if I was “dumb”.

    My point here is that you cannot expect us just to say, “Oh, Japanese people, were all good. No bad feelings.” The world doesn’t work out that way.


  148. green cat
    on Mar 25th, 2009
    @ 10:43

    This is more like my own monologue than comment to the public, I think. Anyway, I wonder, if some of you can tell me what I should do? How do you feel if you were me? Should I hate myself and deny my identity? Because I am Japanese-Korean. Oh,should I say I am Korean-Japanese in case I might be insulting someone’s feeling? (BTW I am also Canadian)
    My dad was Japanese and my mom was Korean. They both had died already, but they loved and respected each other until the last moment of their life. That’s why I don’t know why Koreans and Japanese hate eath other so much.
    I love my dad’s country. I love my mom’s country. I love my own countries and I really like who I am.
    On the WBC game, I was very happy for both Japan and Korea.
    MY country won the game, at the same time, my country lost the game. But that is not the point. It was a great game indeed.I proud of my countries. I may not as smart as the ppl who posted the comments here, but the small brain like me even think that I don’t want to waste my energy and time for hating others. I would rather make love.
    ( I am not using dope though)
    When you hate someone or something , you are hating yourself, really deep inside of your heart.


  149. Guille
    on Mar 25th, 2009
    @ 14:50

    Dear sk123,

    I have met and worked with people from the best universities. Cambridge, MIT, University of Tokyo, and many others. And I am going to share a secret with you: They did not impress me.

    Yes, of course, some were really smart, but no more that others going to less known universities. It is true that they usually were capable of amazing feats, such as quick calculations and understanding other complicated systems, but many were socially impaired, and that is a problem in today’s society.

    The main difference between those universities and less known ones is the money and contacts. People think those students are better, so they will put them in high responsibility posts and pay them more, and this will push people to try to enter those universities, allowing them to increasing study fees and thus have more money to run experiments, do interesting things… and the loop is closed. I mean, look at George W. Bush, he went to Yale and Harward, and has been the most disastrous president in all US history!!

    Of course, those universities have scholarships, so they can accept really smart people over which to construct their success image.

    To end this rant, my dear sk123, really smart people do not need to prove they are smart. You simply listen to them and realize they are.

    Thanks for posting.


  150. Ori
    on Mar 31st, 2009
    @ 11:37

    Okay.

    Let’s clarify one thing.

    I’m a Japanese Korean who was raised in Japan. My nationality is Japanese of course.

    Due to my interest in History, I graduated Yonsei University as a transfer.

    At first, it seemed as if the Japanese could justify their reason for hating the Koreans so much (speaking generally)

    To be honest, I was one of those people who taunted Koreans (even though I was half Korean). I’m ashamed of myself of course.

    The more research I did on the Japanese/Korean History, WWI and Takeshima/Dokdo case…the more did I find out about the truth that I never wanted to admit.

    Japanese invasions, imperalistic rule over Korea and China was definitely true. What horrible things they did to both of the countries were just horrible…it was comparable to what Hitler did to the Jews.

    I still can’t forget the picture I saw, a Japanese soldier(with uniform) stabbing a naked Korean woman in her inapproriate areas…smiling as if he was the devil himself. It wasn’t just one…I saw so many.

    At that point, I realized that what I’ve been learning in Japan wasn’t the ‘Real history’ that was behind the agonies of these people.

    With even all these facts, Japan still denies to admit what they’ve done to China or Korea.

    As a half Japanese, I can’t even tell you the guilt I had in my heart when I found out the truth behind the scenes.

    I hate to say, but we as a nation do owe apologie to the Koreans and the Chinese in general, and that we don’t have a right to look down on the Koreans or the Chinese.


  151. fugetaboutit
    on Apr 2nd, 2009
    @ 14:13

    Whatever happens during a war is nothing more than war crimes, you put the kindest person on the battlefield, for just one week, and I’m certain you’ll all be amazed at the things he’s capable of doing. “Comfort Women”, come on, when was the last war which did not have “Comfort Women” ??? If we in Europe had to hate every single tribe or nation that has conquered our own and committed horrible war crimes against our population, we will end up hating half the world ;) .
    The Japanese have apologized countless times already, and I myself even watched it on TV in 2005 when back then Prime Minister Koizumi apologized ONCE AGAIN. Japan has also compensated greatly (money wise) the Koreans already. And this one is for DAVE in particular and his “miracle of Asia” that was fueled with Japanese money. And the so-called “Korean Wave” is nothing more than J-pop culture with Korean twist on it. Every single thing that comes out of Korea nowadays, from cars, to electronics, to music, to movies and dramas has been heavily influenced by Japan. If it wasn’t for Japan, South Korea would have been nothing more than a mirror image of North Korea right now. And of course there’s North Korea, who are also Koreans, and I’m sure we all “love” them ;)
    “Long live the Superior people of Korea who hate everybody, but demand respect from all of us” :D DD


  152. fugetaboutit2
    on Apr 10th, 2009
    @ 15:19

    two words for ‘fugetaboutit’: SHUT UP


  153. yoyo
    on Apr 10th, 2009
    @ 15:24

    fugetaboutit….didn’t the japanese initially copy EVERYTHING from the west
    i dont think japanese people have any right in saying korean people copied japan
    if anything, koreans adopted western technology


  154. fugetaboutit
    on Apr 10th, 2009
    @ 18:54

    I absolutely agree that the Japanese took a lot of technologies from the western civilizations and they even improved them. The Koreans however adopted Japanese technologies, not western, because according to your argument, since the western countries have copied their technologies from even more ancient civilizations such as the Egyptian for example, that will lead us to believe that the Koreans adopted African technologies :) )

    Now supposedly the Koreans hate Japan because they invaded Korea during the First Sino-Japanese War. However Japan did not start that war, China did, so you’re pretty much blaming the Japanese for winning the war while protecting their own country. Korea’s cowardly government is also to blame for being China’s puppet at that time:

    Who assassinated Kim Ok-gyun? – China!
    Who manipulated and exercised control over the conservative Joseon Dynasty? – China!
    Who was against Korea establishing economic ties with Japan and modernizing, because they wanted to keep you in their own sphere of influence? – China!
    And what did you do when Japan tried to establish relations with Korea and open businesses there? – You called the Chinese to kick them out of Korea.

    It makes me wonder how come Koreans do not hate China so passionately instead. Not to mention that it is because of China right now that the North Korean government hasn’t been taken down yet. How long until you Koreans understand who your real enemy in Asia is.

    Why don’t you all do a little research on what lead to the war, instead of blaming Japan for what happened once the war started.


  155. fugetaboutit
    on Apr 10th, 2009
    @ 19:16

    And one more thing I would like to add is that you Koreans have simply gone too far with this HATE. Teaching even in elementary schools little kids to hate Japan, now this is just wrong, it’s for backwards countries, for people that are stupid and don’t know any better. If it was North Korea I would understand, people there can’t even tell right from wrong and it’s not even their fault, but for your country… it’s a shame. They don’t teach kids in Japan to hate the US because they dropped nuclear bombs on them.

    I would also like to ask you if:

    You do not honestly think there’s anything wrong, when I follow baseball and read comments in a SPORTS BLOG saying “dead to japan”, “I would smash the face of the first jap I see on the street today” ?
    You do not think it’s wrong to go to an ELECTRONICS BLOG for a comparison between Sony and Samsung TV and read comments like “f*ck Japan, buy Korean”?

    Your education system is the problem in your country and it’s all politics. The only thing you’re going to accomplish with hate is bring it on yourselves.


  156. yuppy
    on Apr 10th, 2009
    @ 20:35

    Dear Fugetaboutit and others,
    Now I’ve spent very long doing all the research to give you precise info so please read carefully. I hope that it will give you a little insight into why Koreans do not like the Japanese.
    Yes, it is true that in Korea there is general hatred towards Japan and I do agree with you that it is totally unnecessary for Koreans to write things like ‘f*ck Japan’ on electric blogs.
    However, koreans do NOT teach elementary children to hate Japan. I know because I was raised up there when I was young. Later on in the school year, koreans are taught about what happened to Korea for 35 years under Japanese imperialism in their history lessons. They are not taught to hate Japan. That is utter nonsense. Instead, they are taught the facts and the ghastly things the Japanese people did to Koreans do generate a sense of hatred among them…you cant blame them…this is what their grandparents had to go through.
    BUT, there IS a problem with Japanese education. Japanese children are not taught about the truth and what their ancestors did to other countries. The Japanese authorities have been accused by Asian nations for glossing over Japanese atrocities during World War Two. The book was written by a group of nationalistic historians who claim that existing texts go too far to accommodate the views of its former adversaries. For example, it refers to the 1937 Nanjing Massacre – in which some 300,000 civilians were killed – as “nothing like a holocaust”. The book still glosses over other atrocities, such as the use of sex slaves or “comfort women”, and distorts history. The text included material has been criticised for “rationalising and glorifying Japan’s past wrongdoings based upon a self-centred interpretation of history.” I’ve copied and pasted these facts from sites like the BBC news so please don’t say this is not true.
    This explains why Japanese people like you don’t understand why Koreans feel a general hatred towards Japan. You and others don’t know the total truth. We do. Don’t assume we are just over-reacting. A lot of people seem to think Korea is over-sensitive and we are irrational in keeping this hatred towards Japan because of something that happened in the past. Well, firstly, the fact that the ignorant and proud Japanese people do not acknowledge what they have done doesn’t help. A GENUINE apology from the Japanese government would help. Also, don’t expect Korea to simply forget about its painful past. It’s been only 60 years. Our grandparents have gone through the Japanese rule.


  157. yuppy
    on Apr 10th, 2009
    @ 20:36

    Continued…

    You don’t expect the Jews to forget about what happened the concentration camps and the massacres in World War Two. At least Germany is ashamed of its history. At least they are not too scared to accept what happened. Some of the incidents that happened under Japanese Imperialism have been described as an Asian Holocaust because of the sheer scale of suffering. ‘It may be pointless to try to establish which World War Two Axis aggressor, Germany or Japan, was the more brutal to the peoples it victimised. The Germans killed six million Jews and 20 million Russians; the Japanese slaughtered as many as 30 million people. Both nations looted the countries they conquered on a monumental scale, though Japan plundered more, over a longer period, than the Nazis. Both conquerors enslaved millions and exploited them as forced labourers — and, in the case of the Japanese, as [forced] prostitutes for front-line troops.’
    The Japanese rule was truly horrendous, perhaps the worst in history. For example, Japanese military units conducted experiments on civilians. Victims were subjected to vivisection without anesthesia: ‘To determine the treatment of frostbite, civilians were taken outside in freezing weather and left with exposed arms, periodically drenched with water until frozen solid. The arm was later amputated; the doctor would repeat the process on the victim’s upper arm to the shoulder. After both arms were gone, the doctors moved on to the legs until only a head and torso remained. The victim was then used for plague and pathogens experiments.’ According to GlobalSecurity.org, the experiments carried out by Unit 731 alone caused 3,000 deaths.
    Okay, I’m gonna stop now because I have spent way too much time on this blog but I hope this has helped Fugetaboutit to understand a little bit about the anti-japanese sentiment in Korea. By the way, most Korean people have nothing against Japanese people when they meet them as individuals. That would be unfair and irrational. My two closest friends are Japanese. Koreans just hate Japan as a country.


  158. yoyo
    on Apr 10th, 2009
    @ 20:49

    Okay, fugetaboutit,so you first say that Koreans copied everyhthing from Japan. As a response, I say, if so, Japan copied everything from the West. Then you say that what i said doesnt make sense because that would mean that Koreans adopted African technologies. HUH? If you say that Koreans copied everything from Japan, then it is totally acceptable to say that JApan copied everything from the West. And yeah..what you say is quite random but if u think that what I said implies that Korea adopted technology from Africa, then Japanese techno. must too have been adopted from there!


  159. fugetaboutit
    on Apr 10th, 2009
    @ 22:33

    yoyo,

    That was exactly my point, that if you start going on about who got technology from who throughout history, we’d go back to the stone age, and that is totally irrelevant. Korea copied new and improved technology from Japan, not the same technology that the Japanese got from the Europeans a century before. Just because the Americans invented the TV set, does not mean that Japan does not currently use new technologies to produce TVs in order to make them better.

    yuppy,

    First of all I’m not Japanese, I’m European. :) ) I agree that Japan committed horrible acts and war crimes during WWII, but what does WWII has to do with the Koreans? Before WWII there was the First Sino-Japanese War, later the Second Sino-Japanese War, in both wars Japan was dragged into by China because the Chinese just couldn’t get it through their thick heads that they were inferior. The Japanese became the aggressors during that Second Sino-Japanese War because they got greedy, for which there is no excuse, but at the end I believe they were punished more than enough for their deeds. Japan has apologized many times for their war crimes during the wars, and the war that the Japanese government justifies is the First Sino-Japanese War, NEVER ever have they justified WWII. Why are you all always mixing events from 1895 during which period Japan annexed Korea, with events half a century later.

    Nanking Massacre – 300,000 civilians, really? – according to who? I apologize in advance for having a tough time believing information coming from the Communist Government of China. I personally have lived through a Communist regime and I’m pretty familiar with their lies and exaggerations.
    First of all that number is claimed only by the Chinese and nobody else, second, if you find me anywhere a proof that those were all civilians, it would be greatly appreciated. There are no official records to my knowledge, but most estimates for civilians was no more than 12,000, the rest were military and since the Chinese did not accept the demand for surrender and were ordered to fight “to the last man”, you cannot really blame an army for massacring military personal during a battle.

    I’m not defending Japan for what they did during WWII, but just as they exaggerate things for their own benefits, so does anybody else. Still all this information is totally irrelevant to the topic about Koreans and Japanese, so I wouldn’t go any further with that.


  160. happygolucky
    on Apr 10th, 2009
    @ 23:07

    hey guys
    i’m not on anybody’s side
    but Fugetaboutit, out of curiosity, if you are purely European how do you know so much about this topic? ie about korean pop-culture who according to you copied j-pop, comfort women, etc?
    you seem very knowledgeable with your asian history (naking massacre,sino-japanese war, etc.) do you study history at uni or something?
    and last question! Why you so anti-korean and so pro-japanese? Europeans normally tend to have a neutral view or no view on this topic!
    SOrry for the endless questions :)


  161. yuppy
    on Apr 10th, 2009
    @ 23:27

    fugetabouit,

    umm how can u say that when Korea was under Japanese rule as part of the imperialist expansion of Japan during the first half of the 20th century, until the Japanese defeat in World War II in 1945? Korea was occupied and declared a Japanese protectorate in the 1905 Eulsa Treaty, and officially annexed in 1910 through an annexation treaty. ww2 started in 1939 but Korea was under the Japanese rule during all of WW2- hence the reason why i mentioned ww2 and this is not just about what japan did to korea but also to other countries like philippines and china.

    but anyway, ur response seems …a bit out of focus.
    what i wrote on this blog was to give u an honest korean perspective on this topic but u really dont seem to be interested in that

    and why are u so anti korean when u r not even japanese? and why does it matter if korea really copied j-pop or japanese tech? is that really relevant when we are talking about korean resentment and the japanese atrocities…?


  162. fugetaboutit
    on Apr 11th, 2009
    @ 00:20

    happygolucky,

    I studied Asian history in the US, where I lived for 8 years. I lived in Southern California and had both, Japanese and Korean friends, as a matter of fact from a lot of other Asian countries as well. There might of been some remarks, but I never ever taught that the Koreans hated Japan that much. It quite recently caught my attention, especially during the World Baseball Classic, before Japan even won. While I was interested of what people taught of the tournament, I encountered nothing but really hostile remarks from Koreans aimed at the Japanese which had nothing to do with baseball.

    To be honest, I love South Korea just as much as Japan and both countries in my opinion deserve respect for their accomplishments and should serve as role models to the rest of Asia. So I wouldn’t describe myself as anti-Korean at all. I’m a big fan of both Japanese and Korean pop-culture and I believe both countries are doing a great job at popularizing Asian culture throughout the world. As for how the Koreans copied the Japanese, there are countless blogs online discussing this topic, you could check them out. But it is common sense, everything that Japan used to be popular for back in the day is now big in Korea. Nowadays probably both copy each other, not that there’s anything wrong with that. China copies from both anyways :) )

    I simply do not tolerate those extremely disgusting comments that some Koreans have left around the web, even plenty here in this very same blog. I somewhat understand the frustration of the Korean people, (not entirely of course, it would be foolish of me to think otherwise), but they are not the only nation that have suffered tremendously in a war. That hate brings only tension to the region and could easily lead to a future conflict.


  163. fugetaboutit
    on Apr 11th, 2009
    @ 01:30

    yuppy,

    Before Korea was under Japanese rule you were pretty much under Chinese rule for a very long time, didn’t seem to bother your people back then :) ) What were the Japanese supposed to do – wait to be manipulated like you by China?
    As I mentioned already, Japan did what was necessary to protect their own interests, if that required annexing Korea, you can’t blame them if you put yourself in their situation.

    The Japanese established businesses and interests in Korea and wanted to modernize your country and take it away from the Chinese influence, and many people were happy with that, but your government attacked those businesses on the instructions of China. Then the Japanese sent their armies to protect their businesses and your government told your people to fight them off. They practically came to help you, you didn’t exactly greet them with candies :) ) China manipulated your government, your government manipulated your people and it’s as simple as that. Many Koreans preferred Japan over China(that’s why revolutionaries like Kim Ok-gyun were assassinated) but your government was ruled by a bunch of cowards.

    However it wasn’t all bad during Japanese rule. They did indeed modernize the country, and most importantly protected Korea from the Russians, who had their own ambitions and interests in your country. China would of never been able to defeat the Russians, so it could of been much worse because you don’t really want to know what the Russians do to the countries they annex :) )

    “this is not just about what japan did to korea but also to other countries like philippines and china.” -

    I find it difficult to believe that Koreans hate Japan because they invaded the Philippines :) ) and simply had imperialistic ambitions. China has had imperialistic ambitions for the last 3000 years, that continue even today with Tibet. There are hundreds of tribes living in China, have nothing in common, don’t even understand one another, but are FORCED to live under the same “roof”. Nobody seems to obviously care about that, in parts of China they even use the Cyrillic alphabet, but of course they are “Chinese” also :) )

    To be honest, Korea has only themselves to blame for being to weak and unable to protect their own interests. Both Japan and China fought to protect their interests, Korea just happened to be in the middle of it and crucial for both in their pursuit of winning the war.


  164. Guille
    on Apr 13th, 2009
    @ 00:01

    God… I take a few days off, and when I come back I find all those posts! :-)

    I will read them more in detail later, but:

    Yuppy, germans are less and less ashamed of what they did. They consider they have no responsibility about it, as it was their parents, and not they, who did it. There is a general tiredness among young people of being considered all responsible.

    Fugetaboutit, I don’t know what your sources are, but your history lesson seems a bit one sided for Japan indeed :-) Japan has never asked forgiveness, never in a serious and official way at least. And you have a view of history that is indeed very pro-japanese. The problem with Japanese imperialism is that it came too late. 200 years before, and it would have been just fine.

    Both, the feeling I get is that both countries’ education systems are influenced by politics. Probably not everywhere, as education centers usually have some freedom about how they teach subjects, but I have heard comments on text books on both sides.

    Concerning copying tech and culture, I believe this will help the understanding between both countries. It is indeed not important who copied who, as all civilizations can be said to have copied another at one moment or the other. Japanese copied from Europeans and United Staters, Korea from Japan and probably others, China as well, Russia, Europe got an important part of its culture from China and Arabs,… Copy is the best way of flattery :-)

    Thanks for commenting.


  165. Adri
    on Apr 19th, 2009
    @ 17:23

    Madre mía! Pero todavía están comentando sobre el tema este?! 2 años!!
    Diles que le echen un ojo a alguna receta de las que tienes puestas, a ver si comer bien les tranquiliza las ansias de tener razón!


  166. Andrew
    on Apr 24th, 2009
    @ 12:24

    Guille,

    What are you? Some kind of apologist spokesman on behalf of Japanese war animals? I’ve read your posts and blah blah blah all its saying is “the issue is in the past, lets move on, no need to harbour hatred”.

    You ever consider why people around the world respect and admire the Germans, even after such atrocities committed on the Jews and people of Europe? Its cause they have SHAME. They’ve atoned for their evils, hung their heads low and BEGGED for forgiveness.

    The reason why Chinese people like me HATE (Yes…HATE. And goddamit, don’t call me a hate monger either) many Japs is cause so MANY (note the word many…i’ll find u a jap who supports Tojo in 2 seconds, but can u easily find a German advocating Hitler easily?) still walk around holding their damn head up high thinking they’re a superior being, with some sort of demi-god status better than the rest in Asia. Especially how so much of their damn culture was absorbed from China.

    Furthermore before you accuse me of being some narrowminded bigot, I’ve been to Japan. Twice. Experienced their so called “Tea ceremony”, which I scoff at – going around acting all pompous over something that is traditionally Chinese.

    But back to the topic, Japs are hated in Korea and China because simply because unapologetic imperial nationalistic views in Japan remains a mainstream view. And further compounding this, is their denial – which doesn’t help does it ?

    I’m going to rebut all these arguments for you, so hopefully I don’t hear the same old trash you throw around about peace and love and forgiveness that I’ve read above.

    So next, I assume you’ll tell me about the atrocities the Chinese committed such as the Taiping rebellion, great leap forward, so called “invasion” of tibet. well guess what buddy? Tibet issue aside, most of these atrocities are committed by chinese on chinese themselves. most of these tragedies where 30 million died (this may be hard to believe) have been well intentioned. i’m referring to the great leap forward – mao was a crazy bastard, but he certainly wasn’t running around in a foreign city going around with a samurai sword hacking off people’s heads in a “competition” (read: Nanjing massacre).

    And yes, we chinese do censor a lot of this shyt. But the only harm thats causing is to ourselves, when the japs whitewash another textbook, or deny outright the massacre in Nanjing or the comfort women, Unit 731, they don’t just harm their own nation, they deepen the mistrust and fuel the existing hatred from Chinese and Koreans, and many in Asia that were affected by their animalistic brutalities.


  167. Andrew
    on Apr 24th, 2009
    @ 12:25

    Believe me, I’m a firm believer of human equality and brotherhood among people of all races so what I’m about to say will probably sound quite biased and right wing to your ears. But I somewhat think that Japanese people are CULTURALLY (as in not on a humane level as we are all the same, but as a product of culture)more susceptible in showing a brutalistic, perverse animal nature in many situations. i’m not going to bother writing a thesis on this but this is a very interesting point of view as it is a huge juxtaposition with their beliefs in peace and shintoism, zen etc etc. but u just have to look at the quirks of their society to know that … these people are of a different bunch than the rest of us. I mean, what other country on earth can u see a bigger problem in men sniffing female panties over the murder rate? they sell used underwear and sex toys in public? where the idea of honour is entrenched so far deep that one still commits suicide by sepuku. this is a massive generalistion, but i’m saying the japs are a lot different culturally (even tho they have been westernised) compared to china, and even isolated developing countries where natural law and moral beliefs are similar to the mainstream.

    don’t dwell on that, bhut i hope u know where i’m coming from when i explain why many people stilll don’t like the japs. they won’t get no respect from me until they show some genuine remorse.


  168. Paradox
    on Apr 25th, 2009
    @ 07:41

    It is true the Japanese have an “Us vs Them” mentality to their culture, and this can get a tad frustrating at times.

    To quote http://www.thejapanfaq.com: “The Japanese have been raised to think of themselves as part of a group, and their group is always dealing with other groups. This is viewed on many angles — internationally it is “We Japanese” vs. everyone else (more on that later), but in schools, companies, sections of companies etc. there are many groups and sub-groups — and not always in perfect harmony and cooperation as it may look on the surface.”

    I currently am a foreigner (gaijin, literally translates to outsider) living in Japan and have experienced first hand the wall of separation (or should I call it a chain fence since I can still see through it?). Outwardly Japanese do stress politeness and tolerance, but there is this underlying hidden, condescending negative layer towards foreigners, and that shows when it becomes near impossible to get an apartment, a bank account, etc. (Of course not every Japanese has this attitude).

    Today none of this is hostile. But in history that was different, as every country has a shameful history at one moment in time. The problem comes in that Japan places their atrocities away as a skeleton in a closet, due to the way the government runs plus the cultural aspect to always have a good image. I agree with everyone who has mention the aggravation comes in that Japan does not acknowledge the negatives of its history. Everything is justified towards a positive motive and never acknowledged as wrong on the textbook scale.

    A Japanese friend of mine who’s grandfather was one of the pilots during the bombing of Pearl Harbor always told his grandson how much he wished he could apologize to the American people for the crimes he had done. On the small scale, we are all human after all.

    But on the cultural scale, I suppose that’s where friction happens.

    (continued)


  169. Paradox
    on Apr 25th, 2009
    @ 07:43

    (continued)

    Here’s an interesting example I can give: Watching the news in Tokyo there was a special report about the Korean prostitutes for American soldiers during the Korean War. America was looked down upon as vile and disgraceful for engaging in the trade (even though the US military stressed against it and looked down upon the practice). Supposedly the Korean government encouraged the women into prostitution to help fuel the economy. The reporter retorted with: “How awful! What a terrible thing to do.” There was a light mention of the “comfort women” the Japanese forced upon the Koreans, not once anything negative about it, then the topic quickly changed back to the American and Korean government corruption.

    This is not the first the Japanese have swept bad images of themselves under the rug. There was a case back with IBM vs. Mitsubishi and Hitachi about 20 years ago in which IBM accused the two of espionage, but in the Japanese papers it was distorted that IBM with the FBI were creating a plot against two innocent and successful Japanese firms. Ok. IBM could have been wrong in the accusation, but let’s just keep the facts clear. There was no FBI involved, it wasn’t in an attempt to take down the companies just because they were Japanese.

    But see, that’s just the problem. Difference in culture. To the Japanese, image means a lot to them. To admit something was wrong admits they, the Japanese, were wrong. And while that is probably the respectful thing to do, it goes against their image of outward harmony.

    Here’s what I think: In their hearts, the Japanese are very remorseful for what they have done (as my friend confronted to me about his grandfather), but they just cannot outwardly admit it.

    For what reasons, I cannot be sure. Yeah, I’ve felt the superiority complex here and there from them. But I’ve also felt this inner desire to be accepted by the outside world.

    The cultural exchange between Korea and Japan is a good thing. Korean drama is now popular here, and as one coworker stated: “I want to learn Korean now!” so she could follow her favorite Korean drama.


  170. hpp
    on Apr 27th, 2009
    @ 20:37

    wow i have never read an entry so historically flawed as fugetaboutit…and he seems so sure of himself lol


  171. tamil
    on May 20th, 2009
    @ 19:31

    i dont understand the japanese and japanese sympathisers who say, well japan did many bad things, but china killed 30 million of its own people. thats like saying well september 11 was bad but let’s not forget american cops beat rodney king, incarcerates 2 million of its own people at any given time, allowed people in katrina to die, enslaved blacks, and killed natives.


  172. Guille
    on May 21st, 2009
    @ 10:53

    Well… you exactly got it :-)

    One of the things that really surprised me with the 11th of September was the surprise in the US population. I mean, come on, talibans and extremist were trained and equiped by the US during the Afganistan war. And the extremism has been exacerbated by US and European policy of supporting Israel no matter what they did during decenies.

    I understand you speak of the 11th of September of 2001, and not the 11th of September of 1973, where Pinochet executed a coup d’état, partly with the help and founding of the CIA, becoming a dictator for 15 years.

    I am all against terrorism and extremism of all kinds, and the 11th of September of 2001 was a tragedy. But I believe it could have been avoided.


  173. irish american
    on May 21st, 2009
    @ 18:48

    yes that’s true, at first it was afganifian. but then american invade iraq in 2003 doesn’t make sense to us. of course, we realized too late because president bush got on second term in 2004 so we have to wait for four whole year of course we have to bear suffer thank to world critized but finally nov 2008. yes we american made mistake but we should have ask terriorism why they are attack? so we could have know about why they hate so of course none of this would have happened. I wonder when will this country put offically history about iraq and afganifian were invaded by american (of course it is only way to make them forgive us and forget as long as we keep it’s history alive.) “those who doesn’t learn history are bound to repeat” we don’t need to check on germany’s past crime because it is not important to us because they already admit mistake yes it helped us to forget too easy because it is important to be honest like bible said “tell the truth will set you free”


  174. irish american
    on May 21st, 2009
    @ 19:12

    my apology I alway forget paragraph :P though I shouldn’t smile like that but tell truth help clearly our guilty away better than hide that is true positive no matter what negative or positive cause you but they are balance. learn mistake(negative) and do right thing (positive)

    although I know it is bit point off but “great power come great responibile” american spider man’s famous uncle ben (of course it is ficiton) but it is famous top quote in america.


  175. Isaac
    on May 30th, 2009
    @ 12:44

    I’m Korean and i have nothing against the Japanese.


  176. Elle
    on Jun 15th, 2009
    @ 08:44

    Guille.. I just wanted to say, the title seems very misleading.


  177. Guille
    on Jun 16th, 2009
    @ 23:42

    You might be right… I must admit I was pretty pissed off and might have made a provocative title.

    Let’s just say that I do not have nothing against Koreans, I tend to like them actually. It is a part of the world I have not been, but that I am keen to visit. I know a bit about their history, their food (I love to discover a country through their gastronomy) and even their movies (Yon-samaaaaaaa! :-)

    Thanks for our comment, Elle.


  178. KonstantinMiller
    on Jul 7th, 2009
    @ 03:48

    Hello. I think the article is really interesting. I am even interested in reading more. How soon will you update your blog?


  179. guille
    on Jul 8th, 2009
    @ 17:15

    Konstantin,

    Thank you for the comment.

    I started updating my blog again a couple of days ago (lot’s of things to do in the mean time). But I must admit this kind of articles are rare in my blog, that is much more oriented on recipes and restaurants!

    Sorry about that.


  180. HyoKim
    on Jul 18th, 2009
    @ 01:43

    Wow… I read all of the comments posted on this blog…
    and some of them is really hurtful and wrong!

    First of all, i’m Korean and i live in Korea until i was in 6th grade
    and i moved to USA! and i went back to Korean for one year and then came
    back again! weird right…
    Anyway, i’m trying to say that we should not blame Japanese. I have to
    tell you that i do not like history between Korea and Japan. Also, I
    dislike japan very much, but i don’t think its japanese fault. It was
    done in the past and we should stop saying bad and horrible things
    about japanese ppl! However, i believe we should never forget what
    happened in the history.

    Also, when i was reading the comments i could not believe the person
    who says that Korea is like Indonesia? LOL
    I dont think we r different from japan. We make best technologies!!
    (for some dummies : SAMSUNG, LG, GENESIS (HYUNDAI) )

    XD CHEERS!


  181. black oasis
    on Aug 4th, 2009
    @ 02:29

    It’s because of what his parents taught him to believe. Also, Korean is very collective and has a strong sense of national identity. Japanese soldiers did many cruel things back then, but there’s been no signs of Japan ever being apologetic for doing these things. This is the same situation with China too.

    About what he said about “copying”, every society has copied others, because it’s inevitable. When two things are in contact both of them will be changed. Also in some cases, people from one country migrate to another place and form their own country, or a province of a country decides to become independent. Since China was the first civilization to be in the area, lots of the culture seen in Korea or Japan are developed versions of ancient Chinese society.


  182. Laham
    on Aug 13th, 2009
    @ 23:34

    fugetaboutit: “Before Korea was under Japanese rule you were pretty much under Chinese rule for a very long time, didn’t seem to bother your people back then”

    That’s because China ruled Korean NOMINALLY. Don’t apply modern Western political values to classical Confucian historical situation. It’s a huge faux-paux that many Europeans make.

    Just like my French buddy said China sucks because it occupies Tibet. The Qing dynasty had Tibet and its royals were the true patrons of Tibet and its Buddhist traditions. And consider modern China (PRC or Taiwan, I don’t care) are legally the Qing successor approved by the Western powers. This is why you can never say “FREE TIBET” because of this: no countries today ever want to recognize Tibet, except for the banana government illegally sponsored by British civilian interests.

    Anyway, Korea is a cool country. Just that Korea has a huge turmoil for the past 200 years. What I like about South Korea is that its citizens admit that democracy doesn’t works in a Confucian environment. Although Japanese citizens have a very hard time recognizing their countries’ corruptions with sheer lack of interests.

    But don’t worry, there has been a growing Korean-American political influences in the USA. I don’t mind if the White House is taken over by Koreans who don’t speak English since I’m Canadian.


  183. Laham
    on Aug 13th, 2009
    @ 23:51

    fugetaboutit: “To be honest, Korea has only themselves to blame for being to weak and unable to protect their own interests.”

    This is a nice convenient way of saying “hey, I don’t really care about you and your society”.

    hpp: “wow i have never read an entry so historically flawed as fugetaboutit…and he seems so sure of himself lol”

    Let’s not make fun of him. He lives in a world where he can only think in an “occidental” way. Just pity him. No need to be harsh, right?


  184. Loser Japanese in USA
    on Aug 23rd, 2009
    @ 08:50

    Hi I’m Japanese and I live in the USA.

    If any one is reading this…I wanted to say: I’m ashamed of my ancestor’s history and I really wish I could compensate for it. Please note that not all Japanese people are ignorant.

    That said, this goes into a personal story and not a well-supported argument or anything, but I really wish that people like the Korean man in this article would stop hating the other race (of course, this applies to Japanese people as well).

    I went to a high school in a rather well-educated college town. I am going to assume that, compared to some locations in the USA, the people were more reasonable. Yet I still experienced this racism/hatred described in the posts.

    Because of my parents’ job, I had to stay in the library every afternoon. The library was also used by many Chinese and Korean people. Sometimes, even thought they know that I am Japanese, the Chinese and Korean people will talk about how every country in Asia hates Japan. Very often, as if it was his duty to do so, this one Korean would come up to me and say “I hate Japanese.” You might think that he was joking, but the attitude told me that he wasn’t. Sadly, as I regret it now, I said “I hate Koreans too” back to him.
    One day, the Chinese/Korean club at school called me an Asian Nazi. I was totally driven mad and stopped talking to anyone in the Club.

    What I want to say is that since all of us (myself and my classmates) have been born almost 50 years after the end of WWII, and almost none of us have ever been educated in the home country, I see nothing except the education by our parents that have led to this racism at school. I myself have been told many times, by my parents, to hate Koreans. Although the hatred of the Koreans against me may have be partially augmented because I was the only Japanese at school, I believe that they were also educated strongly against Japanese by their parents.

    I truly regret being a racist back at them, and I don’t think this should keep on happening. I think many Asians children outside of Asia have experienced racial antagonism at school because of this hatred, be it Japanese, Korean, or Chinese. I think we should stop this at our generation.


  185. Laham
    on Aug 25th, 2009
    @ 11:58

    Loser Japanese in USA: “Hi I’m Japanese and I live in the USA.

    If any one is reading this…I wanted to say: I’m ashamed of my ancestor’s history and I really wish I could compensate for it. ”

    Dude, you should hate the Japanese far-right wing politicians instead of hating yourself. And don’t call yourself loser, please. Just blame the corrupted politicians from your home country and don’t feel guilty about it. You know there’s an old saying “Hatred masks your problem”? This situation encompasses to all of the descendants.

    It’s very hard to hate a whole group of people, right?

    I’m Korean-Canadian (educated in both South Korea and Canada equally) and I always specify myself that I hate “some Japanese far-right wing politicians” instead of saying “I hate all Japanese”.

    My only concern is that the current people in power in Japan support “subtle” far right-wing beliefs and the corrupted American CIA is controlling Japan. I hope the next party will kick out the American influence once and for all.


  186. DDkissCHAN
    on Aug 27th, 2009
    @ 02:19

    Japan and korea to me will never forget this…Although i have never seen a japanese say bad things about koreans on the net but i always see koreans saying rude things on the net about the japanese people … The same thing that is going on with the japanese and koreans is hapening with Kuwait my country and Iraq we were once close friends with them and many people married from each other suddendly sadam comes and invades us and believe me what he did and his soldiers to our kuwaities was cruel and even children and women were tortured just to give u example of each … women: had their breasts sliced off etc etc o ya RAPE
    Men: T__T the soldiers would tell them to walk with their eyes blindfolded into a path with bombs and while he walks all these bombs explode and well so does he while the soldiers laugh….>.> and the bodies would have the name sadam written on them with a cigerate
    children: infants were stabed and a pregnant women would have someone rip her belly and take the baby out and kill it T_T
    although these sound very cruel and racist of me to say but I dont hate iraqy people even after what all the soldiers and saddam did to us i even felt sad when saddam was excueted because no human would laugh and think ooo ya u desearve it for what u did to our country >.>

    my grandmothers side has an iraqi small family in it that is suffering from the war over there and we send them money every month and they come visit and thank us soo much we love them and they love us we care and they care but why the hate?????? can u see how this reflects teh relation ship with koreans and japanese ?? after all i dont hate or love the iraqi people i count them as normal people ^_^ no more or less than me , my uncle was taken by the iraqis and never came back my family left kuwait during the war to saudia arabia and gave all their money and stuff even the kids toys to iraqi soldiers on the way an my other uncle tried to escapt but were takin to irag and came back after 1 week of torture..ehhhhhhhhh i have nothing more to say except PEACE PLEASE


  187. Laham
    on Aug 28th, 2009
    @ 07:38

    DDkissCHAN: “Although i have never seen a japanese say bad things about koreans on the net.”

    You’ll see a lot in Japanese. Koreans immigrants are everywhere around the world and that’s more likely for Koreans to say bad things about Japan in English.

    Not all Koreans hate Japanese. Period.

    You can see a lot of anti-Korean English comments made by Japanese on YouTube. As far as I know, they are usually hired by few Japanese ultranationalist groups.

    I love Japan in a sense that they are very apathetic to politics unless your friends pressure you. Americans should act more Japanese, less American.


  188. Laham
    on Sep 8th, 2009
    @ 20:20

    Other than that, it’s very irritating that Westerners MUST see non-Western history in a WESTERN way.

    Hate the West… hate it hard… hate it long.

    Korea and Japan should unite to kill the West spiritually.

    tamil: “but china killed 30 million of its own people.”

    But India still has a caste system and lots of religious conflicts that killed and displaced a lot of people? Kashmiri conflict, Pakistan conflict, Dalit problems. With the bunch of nuclear waste incidents in India.

    Yeah, India needs to learn a lot from China and Russia.

    India can like Japan whatever she wants but she must love China as well.


  189. Maureen
    on Sep 22nd, 2009
    @ 20:49

    The other day, I was talking to my friend. This person is black and out of her mouth came a bunch of stuff about slavery, which for those of you not up on the American Civil War, ended in 1865.

    My boss, who is Jewish, refuses to buy a German made car and talks to this day about the Nazis. Approximately 6.5 million people died in the concentration camps. WWII ended in 1945-46.

    To my knowledge, these two groups of people were given very sincere apologies for the atrocities that happened, and yet, it is a common, and widely accepted “fact” that they will continue to hate their persecutors.

    It’s extremely easy and quite conceited to preach about peace and humanity and forgiveness, but let’s not forget that people have very long memories and those memories are past down to each generation. Almost a century and a half later, black slavery in America is still not forgiven. And quite frankly, I, for one, would never have the audacity or the complete arrogance to tell a black person “to just get over it, already.” Because all I would be is an insensitive horse’s ass.


  190. Guille
    on Sep 23rd, 2009
    @ 09:00

    It must be a US thing then… I’ve known my share of black and jewish people here in Europe, and I’ve met few who reacted as strongly as yours. Of course, they are aware of what happened and hate the nazis, but they buy a german car without problems, as they understand that nazi is not equal to german.

    Concerning slavery, I can perfectly understand they did not forgive, as even in the 60′s blacks – much later than 1865, and I am fully aware you know slavery did not magically disappear at that date – were obliged to give their seats to white people on buses, and apartheid was a reality in the US. The problem is, while slavery disappeared, racism (it’s intellectual base) did not, and is still very present in the US and (in a bit lesser extent) in Europe.

    Often, refering to very old history is an excuse to cover a problem more ingrained in the roots.


  191. Massimiliano
    on Oct 22nd, 2009
    @ 19:05

    I’m Italian and I dislike the Japanese for all the crimes against humanity they’ve done to the Chinese and other Asian cultures during the WW2 era. I mean how can you rape 4 year old girls? how can you stab an 8 year old boy with bayonets. How can 7 men rape a 16 year old girl and then burn her and have her father and brother watch this. You people are sick and disgusting, Oh and here’s a little link to WikiPedia about the Nanking Massacre that everyone should read before they have anything else to say. Shit like that can never be forgotten nor forgiven. Ciao
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanking_massacre


  192. Guille
    on Oct 23rd, 2009
    @ 09:25

    You see, that’s the thing. I’m sure you don’t hate germans, united-staters or russians (soviets?) for what they did in Russia, Vietnam and Afganistan respectively, and they did not differ much in acts, although maybe at a slightly smaller scale. But you hate japanese people. Italians were not very kind in Libya neither, you might have forgotten.

    My point: Hate the japanese if you whish for what they did, their grand-children might deserve it, but do not forget to hate the others as well.

    Cheers.


  193. Laham
    on Nov 3rd, 2009
    @ 04:50

    Japan is not the problem. It’s the West that is the core problem.

    Hate the West. It’ll solve 80% of the world’s problems instantly.


  194. Guille
    on Nov 4th, 2009
    @ 10:19

    Ah… Laham, long time no see :-)

    I don’t think hating the west would solve much, but I do agree that a non-interventionism of the west (and east for the matter) would be positive for many regions.

    Take Africa, a continent ravaged by civil war and unrests in many regions. Those are the result of definition of borders with a ruler and the rich natural resources of the continent that push many organizations to favour unrest and help opposing parties with weapons and ammunition to promote a situation that will allow them to get those resources at more advantageous prices. Many people believe that if Africa was left alone for a while (but REALLY left alone, without any government meddling in), new frontiers would result, an increased stability, and from stability a sustainable growth.

    Of course, this would imply that Europe, the USA and China (and India on a lesser extent) would not manipulate local governments, would not try to invest on extracting their natural resources and would avoid exporting weapons to those countries. And that looks too nice to become true.

    Cheers.


  195. juzme
    on Nov 5th, 2009
    @ 10:53

    I am Japanese and I don’t give a crap if Koreans don’t like me. I just think this is all a bunch of crap by people who cling to hatred.

    In fact, let me go on here. I am sick and tired of Koreans always talking shit about Japanese yet they go and open Japanese restaurants. Did you know the majority of Japanese restaurants in the USA are not even run by Japanese people? I can always tell because you look at those slit eyes, their face and yup you know its a korean. Its funny how you watch Korean TV and none of them look like the ones you meet in the street. I’m sure shit will come of this but hey, do I really give a shit?


  196. Laham
    on Nov 15th, 2009
    @ 11:09

    “I just think this is all a bunch of crap by people who cling to hatred.”

    Koreans are hating the corrupted right-wing Japanese politicians, not all of Japanese people.

    You know, my Japanese friend always criticize Japan for having lack of clue how the Japanese government works (irony)…… or how they don’t know anything about the South Korean government or its turbulent history around 1945-1950.

    Japan needs to be more anti-American, and left wing in order to have “great peace”.

    And yet, America is the main cause of every regional crisis in Asia.


  197. Massimiliano
    on Nov 17th, 2009
    @ 20:02

    Every country, has a stain on their flag of something cruel they’ve done. Either it’s written in history books, on the internet, it’s passed from generation to the next one or it’s drawn on a wall somewhere, nevertheless, the Nanking massacre will be the most cruel some, not to forget, it was the 20th century, that makes it sad. It’d be less discomforting if it were a thousand years ago, where people were more “brutal” and less self aware of such crimes that leave scars upon a culture for decades to come. Yes, the Italians had their share in ww2, we even killed our own, but if we did not, Hitler would have killed us. Kill or be killed, but rape or be raped? Besides, we’re not running around making cartoons, games and toys of barely clothed teenage girls with big breasts. Maybe this has something to say for itself.
    Furthermore, Japan dislikes the US for the nuclear bombing of innocent civilians, well, to my knowledge, weren’t the Nanking residents innocent civilians? I’d rather be burned in seconds than have to watch my family raped then killed and then my brains paint the walls of my living room.

    Non essere ignorante, per favore, ciao


  198. Guille
    on Nov 18th, 2009
    @ 11:17

    For god’s sake, read some history…

    “but if we did not, Hitler would have killed us” What does that mean? You know it’s not true. Or at least you should know it… Are the Italians the poor bastards that had to “kill their own people” and a few more English under thread? As far as I remember, you were willingly allies of Germany, and even before that you did such atrocities as to use gaz against Ethiopian civilians. But, yeah…sorry, you were obliged. Snif. There is nothing worse that negationism.

    Nanking the worse civilian massacre in the whole XXth century? Well, it was a bloody matter, and it probably ranks among the most important massacres of the century. But some others have done much worse, and I am talking about millions of people starved to death on purpose, whole populations massacred and reeducated.

    I am not saying Nanking was not bad. It was, very bad. But the winners write the history, and people concentrate on Japanese atrocities while forgetting the others. And I find this shortcomings distressing.

    E infórmate un poco sobre tu propia historia, compañero, que me da vergüenza ajena cada vez que releo lo que has escrito.

    Un saludo.


  199. Godard
    on Nov 23rd, 2009
    @ 17:27

    If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother and hope your guardian genius.


  200. Massimiliano
    on Nov 24th, 2009
    @ 20:03

    Guille, you’d be lucky if you were a part of any culture. You’re arrogant and that’s it. If you think that starving is worse than rape then i hope ur girlfriend and mother gets raped and you starved. If Hitler would ask you, whether you want to join him or your whole country and it’s culture gets wiped out, would you stupidly say no? I bet you would.You’re as much full of bs as Hitler was. I think that because no matter what i write here, your damn stubborn mind will not be persuaded. You have your own mindset and that is it. I hate the Japs and you and I’m glad you know why. I’m not trying to convince others to do the same, let them convince themselves. Rape was present in all wars and invasions, but Nanking is known for that matter itself, where it was most cruel and present. Again, have a nice day and hope you trip on your stubborn Cerebral Cortex.


  201. guille
    on Nov 25th, 2009
    @ 10:50

    Ah… welcome back, Massimiliano.

    I you want to hate me, please do so if it helps you feeling better. But I find funny that you say I am stubborn, when you are so strongly defending your opinions and refuse to see other points of view other than yours. I must admit I can see your point. I obviously do not wish my wife nor mother (nor yours, to be honest ;-) ) to be raped, nor to die of hunger, but I can understand you have been specially shocked by Nanking. What I think you missed out is that I was shocked, not by the starving or killing of other massacres, but by the sheer numbers that I find really appalling, and I am really surprised that you can forget them so easily.

    Concerning Italy, Hitler did not ask Italians anything, nor were they threatened to enter the war. They decided by themselves,and maybe I should remind you that Mussolini had a strong popular support. Ah… if anything, they acted as opportunists, as they let the Germans do the hard work (invading Poland and France, throwing UK out of the Continent) and declared war at the very last moment when they though it was already won.

    Final thing, Schopenhauer wrote an interesting little book, “The art of always being right”. In it, he says that the very last resort that someone can use to be right is use insult and become personal. This is a very popular trick, because every one is able to carry it into effect; and so it is of frequent application. But I find a bit sad you felt obliged to use this usually last resort right from the beginning. Maybe you should read it and improve your discussion skills that are so clearly lacking ;-)


  202. Massimiliano
    on Nov 26th, 2009
    @ 00:18

    I simply try to abstain from such an option. it wasn’t intentional that i had to make this personal, but i have something wired in my neurons, that rape is the most humiliating and disgusting and rude, also brutal crime. I personally don’t care if i had to go thru physical pain, but emotional agony, such as watching loved ones undergo such a torture is just beyond comprehension for me. I’m a very emotional person, very loving, and i would definitely suffer greatlty if I were in the shoes of the people of Nanking. I feel awfully sorry for them thus my strong feelings against the Japanese arose. I’m not ignorant of other massacres or acts of other wars but this one has really stricken me. Again, i did not mean to be invective, but you think Hitler would have let us live? or at least his superiors? No. We tried to buy ourselves some time, it was more so a wise idea at the time. Of course , we paid the price, our hands bear blood stain on them, even our whitest and most sacred of fabrics is now stained. But take this into consideration, today’s Japanese pop culture represents a variety of suggestive themes, such as I mentioned before; Anime half naked teenage girls, in games or cartoons, even as toys. Think twice about this and construe a bigger picture, doesn’t this tell you anything about their way of life? How they are fed with this crap everyday… hmmm, or maybe sushi made from live fish which is being cut open and then put back into the tank to suffer… There are things going on which we tend to overlook, smile at and say, awww… Isn’t this cute. No, this is crossing a line of morality little by little with time. Of course every country and culture has different norms and morality standards, but it is hard to view women as emotional machines if you’re fed with cartoons portraying girls as mere sex dolls. Go on Ebay, type in Anime Figure or w/e… take a look, open ur eyes…
    Yet again, my apologies for the unintentional slander

    PS> Weren’t Geisha prostitutes?


  203. Massimiliano
    on Nov 26th, 2009
    @ 00:26

    I also find that you are quite well possessed with knowledge, i mean no harm, i just don’t like when things such as rape are being flushed down the toilet and overlooked. Women are fragile and emotional beings (they got us into this world), we as men must protect them no matter what the cost, NOT use them. Maybe this is part of my culture, we tend to be gentlemanly but i think and believe anyone can do such. A man of your knowledge would support me in saying that the Japs did wrong and they should try to do better and apologize in a manly manner, not hide behind Mom’s leg.


  204. guille
    on Nov 26th, 2009
    @ 13:04

    I do appreciate your words. And I do understand and respect your position, and agree on the main points:
    - Yes, Japanese did screw up badly there, and the lack of official apologies are definitely shaming. I said it before, I say it now and I’ve said it to Japanese people when they raised the matter.
    - Yes, I do agree no one deserves to be raped, and its use as a weapon or way of chastising should be banished
    - Yes, Japanese can be very special people, and I think the social pressure they feel since child pushes them sometimes to attitudes that are clearly reprehensible, sometimes for themselves (suicide, social isolation,…). But they are nor an aggressive people, and you would be surprised how timid they can be in front of a woman. I admit my view might be a bit skewed though.

    I disagree on some minor points:
    - No, Geishas are not prostitutes, they were too well educated and too expensive for that. They slept sometimes with clients, but it was not as part of its job. There are prostitutes in Japan, such as in many other countries, but that’s another matter.
    - I come from a country were we kill bulls for fun, I must admit I am not very empathic with animals so I was not specially shocked to learn their sushi habits (although they do not put back the fish in the tank as it would not survive, they eat it). But I do understand others can be.
    - I still do not believe Italy had no choice. Swiss choose not to collaborate, and they had a more strategic situation as a pass between Italy, France and Germany territories. The WWII would probably not had happened if Italy had not joined Hitler. But do not get me wrong, it’s fine with me, you are not responsible for your country’s political decisions 50 years ago (nor I am for mine, who did not perform specially brilliantly).

    Concerning women, I do think our society has not yet found a balance in its search for equality between men and women. I believe in equality of rights, but not in equality at all levels, for the simple reason that we are different physically. For instance, I think all should have the same chances to enter a job based on the job requirements. So for a firefighter, if the individual is expected to lift X kg and run Y km, as it is a physical test it is normal that men should be in higher percentage that woman, but I would not restrict access to any woman that has passed the tests. On the other hand, I am sure women have other fields in which they excel compared to men (better concentration? more empathy?) and thus would find normal to find more women in other fields (psychology, business,…).

    Thanks for your latest comments, they have clearly been constructive.


  205. Massimiliano
    on Nov 26th, 2009
    @ 20:12

    You’re a Spaniard, we’re not that far away from each other. I may be thinking wrong by defending my country’s actions so strongly, I mean, I was raised there and the politicians, important figures, teachers, and elders usually tell you nothing more than a justification, they make you believe that what Italy did was the only right thing. I have to think outside of the box for a second, think critically and then i realize that our thoughts and beliefs are shaped directly by where we stand, where we live. WW2 was no doubt devastating for every country. Ones were lucky and others were not, ones joined with hope of gain, respect and survival, others fought bravely till the last soul stood to tell the story. The German people were not to blame, where Germany was in great depression and economical disaster, Hitler stood up and promised them riches, glory, victory and respect and they blindly followed his deceiving dreams, I just don’t understand why they included the killing of so many jews as a part of the dream. Nevertheless, I’m aware that my country is too trying to blind us from truth. We think we hear the truth, but it is something they have shaped and want us to believe. Perhaps the Japanese during ww2 were made to believe by their government that all Chinese are vermin etc. where they are really not and thus these negative feelings. Just like the Germans were to believe that Jews are rats etc. I know one thing for sure, that ww2 destroyed people’s morality, no one then knew for sure what was right or wrong, soldiers were supposed to fight soldiers and then you see troops march into a city and bring hell with them. The use of flamethrowers by German troops, a really painful way to die. No country is rightfully justified nor blamed, i think almost every country was part of the big circle somehow, at least the politicians and the rich elite, dukes and royalty. The civilians suffered the most.
    I believe that if two countries are at war, it is because of politics and they should put politicians in a room to fight till death instead of waging war against people who are innocent. Greed is mother of sin and father of doom.


  206. guille
    on Nov 27th, 2009
    @ 17:16

    Now we do agree, Massimiliano, both in the first and second part :-)

    A note though: while the modern version of flamethrowers were invented by the Germans, they existed before in other forms, such as the Greek fire or in China with piston mechanisms. Furthermore, it was widely used and adopted in the WWII not only by Germans, but by all belligerents including Japan, Australia, the US, UK and many others. When it comes to weapons, the capacity of human nature to adapt and replicate is amazing, sadly.

    Thanks.


  207. Cool guy
    on Dec 2nd, 2009
    @ 12:23

    I dont hate Japan people…..but i read a book called “Year of impossible goodbyes” and my anger to Japan grew bigger and bigger…..

    Even though i dislike them… i admire the foods and electronics.:D


  208. nerdotron
    on Dec 23rd, 2009
    @ 18:10

    DESIDERATA

    We cannot live in ignorance. so we cannot accept the sentece “the past is the past” until there is a REAL feeling of repent.

    Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.

    If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

    Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let not this blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

    Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

    Therefore, be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams; it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.

    Strive to be happy.

    — Max Ehrmann, 1927


  209. nerdotron
    on Dec 23rd, 2009
    @ 18:28

    “Those who forget history are destined to repeat it.”

    George Santayana

    I am sorry but we cannot say “the past is the past” since that past didn’t affect us or our relatives. we have to try to understand the asian minds and contexts, to know WHY it is not that easy.

    What the japanese government is doing today is apologizing for later praising war criminals as heroes at Yasukuni shrine and whitewashing the historybooks through censorship and revissionism.

    The japanese government should instead take example from the germans that annually hommage the victims of the holocaust, and often apologize to the jews.

    Nationalism is old fashioned, but it seems that old fashioned things are fashionable in japan.

    For the good of all asians I hope that Japan stops giving money to China or Korea, and starts to TRULY repent.


  210. KM
    on Jan 13th, 2010
    @ 21:52

    I`ve read through all the comments.I maybe have less knowladge as people posting comments here, but please let me have a chance to post mine.:)
    I found some people saying that apoligy of Japanese government wasn`t faithful enough for both Korea and China. Many of people here are reacting pretty emotional, which is very reasonable. Whatever it was a war or murder,many human were killed. Only you know your pain and only we know our pain.

    I have a question. How do you know the Japanese government was not faithful and scincere for the aplogy? I think it is simply cultual difference, as some people mentioned that Japanese people don`t show their emotions and Korean people do a lot. I myself still find it so hard to have a view of others. That means I am still arrogant to others, however I am trying to forcus on it. Another difficult thing is to accept that is how I am. Can we not think countries as us?

    I have taught that Japanese Imperialism brought huge tragedy in Asia at schools. They taught us not to repeat war. Of course, teachers talked about how Japanese soldiers were bad in Nanking and in Korea. The teachers also talked about two atomic bombs, Hiroshima and Nagasaki. These two cities were used to be major destinations of school field trip in the area where I brought up. What I felt and thought was the war brought nothing good and never ever do the same in future. I don`t know what other students thought about it. Some might hate the states, but I did not. What I learnt from the teachers was only pain but hatred, which I will not give to next our generation. When I started to study at a collage, I became to be interested in the world and often caught my eyes that Korea was blaming on what Japan did during the war on TV and newspapars. Then I started thinking why Japanese government apologized many times, because Japanese government did not officially blame the U.S. on two atomic bombs.

    I think some Japanese people “hate” Korea because they think they have been patient, but Korea is still complaning. Bt the way,Korean people living in Japan have their special benefits and welfare, that gives them almost average or more incomes of Japanese.I don`t mention HOW they came or FORCED to come.They complain those are not enough and they never go back to South and North Korea and living in Japan. I imagine those Korean people are not giving good impression to Japanese peole too, and we have internet nowadays. It is very easy to see harsh criticism of every country on internet. Apparently, we can not see each others face on our comments, we become more arrogant on internet.

    Yes, I am Japanese. I spent a couple of years in some other countries. I have met a lot of people from different backgrounds. My Korean friends are nice. They also have strong unite with Korean people. When they accept others in their group, they respect each other( this is what I feel). I think we just need to be more patient and tolerant to each others.

    Ooops, what a long comment…anyways thank you for your patience for reading! sorry about my poor English.


  211. Kira
    on Jan 25th, 2010
    @ 04:52

    I’m Japanese, but I love Korean people. :3

    dfhgskfh why can’t we all just be friends? D;


  212. Sy
    on Feb 6th, 2010
    @ 23:44

    Hey everyone. I’m Korean working here in the US right now. I just wanted to say that despite knowing about the turbulent past we share with the Japanese, I’ve got nothing but love. Hell, I’m dating one right now. LOL What I’ve learned is, a country’s goverment and it’s people really are two different things. What reason do I have to be hostile towards someone just because they are of Japanese nationality? If another Korean did something bad to you, am I not still innocent because I’m not that person? Punishing people of the present because of what the people of the past did isn’t fair in my eyes. We Koreans, like all other nationalities, are not perfect ourselves. We’ve done bad things. I also want to mention that in Korea I wasn’t raised to hate the Japanese or anyone for that matter. When I go home after this job is done, hate for the Japanese isn’t going to be a daily occurrence in my life. It never was. The Japanese always show great hospitality when I visit their country as well. Maybe I’m just lucky? ….or maybe the hate isn’t as prevailent as some of the previous comments would lead you to believe.


  213. KoA
    on Mar 7th, 2010
    @ 02:26

    Hi! Im korean and i dont hate japanese that much. Honestly, two of my best friends are Japanese, not koreans.
    We get along together quite well and has similar code in converesation.
    However, I might feel uncomfortable and reluctant when we talk about korean-japanese problem.
    I will list some reasons why ‘I’ or most of Koreans dont like japanese people.

    1. Jealousy
    I think many of koreans do not like Japanese in account of jealousy. As a korean i do not want to say im jealous of Japanese.
    The Japanese history was far more un-developed at the old times compared to the Korean history. Many of korean tradition or culture was originated from China and we improved/changed to fit to our taste. Then korea send the Chinese+Korean culture to Japan. Im really sorry to say, but they were a bit inferior(Im not talking about race, but culture) than us.
    However, look at japan now. They are one of the strongest countries in the world and has very developed tech and culture.
    Withouth noticing, koreans may feel jealousy of them. I know its harsh to say it, but I think its somwhat true.

    2. History
    You might have heard of the japanes-korean history somewhere. Most of pro-japanese(I gusee mostly are anime freaks), say “Just forget about it! Its just OLD HISTORY”. Sorry, not to us. My grandmother is still crying about it.
    Research it first plz. (eg. Maruta experiment, Comfort woman-anything is okay).
    I understand every war has similar horrific aspect. However, it goes too far.
    They have done exactly the seme thing as the Nazis done to the Jewish people. And no apologies. Some Japanese people say they have apologied
    and we ignored it. Who did you guys apologise to? I have never heard/read anything about it.- not even in internet newspaper.
    Sigh. I do not want to talk about this in detal cuz it just gonna make me mad.

    2. Hetalia
    This anime is just recently listed on my “Why koreans dont like Japanese people” reasons.
    To be honest, I do not agree with the koreans who say hetalia abase the korean people and korean nation. Not really. Korean character is just fine with its looks and characteristic except carrying a national flag of Japan.
    But I cant complain this cuz most of korean politicians are flatter to japan.
    The korean character shown in Hatalia always say every good thins of other countries are originated from Korea. I can say its completely false. However, what about Japan? I saw many cases that Japanse copies koreans stuff.
    Im going to give you several example.
    -Kimchi
    Japanese remade ‘kimchi’ and name it ‘kimuchi’. The only difference of these food is that ‘kimuchi’ is sweeter than ‘kimchi’. In korea, we call ‘chobab’ instead of ‘suchi’. However, we dont internationally sell them with name of ‘chobab’, but Japan to. Thanks for that, I found some people do not know about ‘Kimchi’ but ‘Kimuchi’.
    -Dokkdo
    Can Japanese guys stop messing up this topic? They suddenly said ‘Dakesima is ours!’ and start provoking koreans. Do you want to peice of me? Koreans have AMOUNT of historical imfor/source/evidence that proves Dokkdo is ours, but Japanese people jsut ignore it and keep saying “Dokkdo is ours! but we cant prove it exactly like Korea do!”
    Duh!
    -Hangul(Korean language)
    I surf some Japanese sites(translated) and I found some Japanese people say ‘Hangul’ is theirs! Shocking! Are you guys elementary skul students?
    They call ‘Hangul’ as ‘God’s language’ or watever, and they showed some lithograph of them which was made not that long time ago.
    Reserch when Hangul was made. Its EASY! just CALCULATE the year!
    -Makkoli(one of korean traditional liquor)
    Japan remade Makkoli and starts to call it milky sake or watever.
    Sake is Japanese traditional liquor and you name it to korean traditional
    liquor. Geez. What do they have in their head?

    3.Figure Skating.
    Asada Mao should admit that Yeon Ah Kim acutally snatched victory in Olympics. Japanese people Yeon Ah won cuz she bribed to judge. However, remember this. 9 out of 11 Figure skating supporters are Japanese companies. Yeah! Not Japanese people have to criticise their own companies, right?

    4. Distortion of history
    I know both korea and japan teach propagandic history to their students. However, at least we know the TRUE history cuz we are the sufferers.
    Sufferer dont tell a lie cuz there is no advantage of bullshitting.
    Sometimes when i read japanese netizens comments(translated) about Korea, i feel sympathy for them. Because they are very excitedly talking about FALSE history. However, they believe it is true. Pathetic.
    I know the Japanese government uses propaganda and gets support from the Japanese people. Well. I dont think they gonna righten the their way of learning wrong history, but i dont blame them that much, but i just feel sympathy for them. Cuz they do not know about the truth. -If you cant beleive me, u can research english one, maybe wikipedia is alright. Dont research either japanese or korean site, they are mostly biased. Esp japanese ones are really a lie and korean ones are likely to be emphasised. -_-

    Maybe thses are the things that i can say right now.(I have more but im fed up with typing)
    I feel really disappointed with about some people who just criticise koreans because they are pro-japanese.
    You should read both aspects and judge it.
    However, before you judge it, be cafeful. One person’s view doesnt generalise/represent the national view.

    If you have problem with my commt, email me.
    I will answer you ^^


  214. Stanley
    on Mar 12th, 2010
    @ 16:15

    Hi
    I am neither Korean or Japanese.
    But, I have to admit that Japanese does not have anything of their own.
    In fact, if you trace a few thousand years back, there are no Japanese …
    They are all coming from the same root/race !!! That is Chinese !!

    However, often if you ask them.. they choose to live in denial !!

    The real native Japanese, now, are very rare .. same goes to the real native Taiwanese.

    After second thought …
    Japanese has something they created as part of their culture…… Hentai anime/manga


  215. kat
    on Mar 19th, 2010
    @ 11:17

    I am totally disappointed about japanese and korean .

    I live in Hong Kong and here is mixed of culture.

    But i am really upset that i saw every girl / boy on the street wear like japanese,make over their faces .Dye their original hair into blonde .Wearing coloured contact lens to enlarge their eyes.Even though i go to local website and browse some products ,all the lists are from japan and korea!!!!!!!!!!(check out yahoo hk auctions )and you will know.Even my boyfriend misunderstood japanese has very big eyes in nature.

    Korean girls are smart that they dont over do ,just go ahead for plastic surgery to achieve a pure beauty image .

    What i see is just a fake face ! I dont see how animes influences here that much,but the cosmetic surgery which gives a definition to girls ( having a face like european is the best)..I must say the AV movies are totally the most harmful pollution to human.I repect geisha but not like this ok.

    I dont just say japanese and korean but also people here.However the cause is mainly from japan and korea.They dont respect their own race.When i read the newspaper advertisement ,there are a list of cosmetic surgery ads!!I doubt god creates human,why dont we discover our potential and make the world better? Buying thousands pieces of clothes and cosmetic every season for what?when you died and you will also be the fossil fuel again ,and the new born generation will use your’ fuel ‘as their cosmetic ?XD


  216. Sy
    on Mar 19th, 2010
    @ 13:11

    I never understood the “they stole it from us” mentality that the homoginization of our country seems to nurture. “They took our culture.” Who cares if we have kimchi and they have kimuchi and who had what first. We’re right next to each other. Things are going to blend. I’m still in America and the other day I ate Mexican food and then watched a kung fu movie. They just celebrated St. Patrick’s day here. Someone alert the Irish and tell them they’ve been robbed. So there I am a Korean woman wearing a shamrock pin on my shirt. It was fun except the green beer part. I regretted that in the morning.

    One thing I appreciate about my life is I’ve been given more opportunity than the average person to experience the world as a whole. I think that’s why I can’t play the “we’re better than you” game. Maybe it’s made me a little too open. With every country I go to the borders between us all start to fade in my eyes. I see commonalities EVERYWHERE. Granted, green beer may not be one of them. Heh


  217. guille
    on Mar 20th, 2010
    @ 12:37

    Green beer? For god’s sake (no pun intended), that must be weird :-)


  218. KoA
    on Mar 22nd, 2010
    @ 10:39

    ————–Sy
    “Who cares if we have kimchi and they have kimuchi and who had what first. We’re right next to each other. Things are going to blend.”

    I know it is an rhetorical question, but i have to say this. “I care”
    Assume that you do a kinda important assignment as a team. Fortunately you have a nice idea and shared it with your team. As a result your team got the highest mark in account of your idea. However, one member of your team has been more prized than you because he just slightly changed your idea to satisfy a Professor’s taste. What would you think about this?
    Are you totally fine with this situation even though he now doesnt want to acknowledge your idea and saying that his ‘slightly-changed’ idea is not actually inspired from your original idea?
    You may be okay, cuz you acually said it.
    But I cant just stay cool like you. Perhaps its because im a korean who is notoriously/famously known as a strong nationalist.
    I understand a sense of globalisation blend all the cultures from different countries and the boundary of culture is not really distinctive anymore.
    (eg. I know many of people who dont know that Japanese fired food-i forget how it called-are originated from Japan. However, its actually originated from Brazil cuisine)
    I know it is silly thing to say ‘the origin of ‘this’ is us’ or whatever.
    However, i refuse to act as a third person narrator of my national issue.
    I feel disappointed with loss of originality of my culture by Japan.
    Is it wrong to think, talk or feel anger/disappointment with it?

    Since “We’re right next to each other”, do you think we have to be more careful to do about these things?


  219. lilya
    on Mar 30th, 2010
    @ 09:53

    Hi, this is quite interesting….Koreans should be at least praised for their honesty.
    The fact is that they hate Japanese so much with such a passion, and they want Japanese and the whole world to know that. Nothing wrong with that, and hope they feel better doing so.
    Meantime, most Japanese will be wacthing them silently with contempt as if they were rabid dogs and will not be thinking kindly. They won’t be wasting time spewing hate and crying out loudly like Koreans, and that’s been their strength.

    So, why don’t Koreans stay clear of Japan/Japanese? The world is big enough, nothing wrong with cutting ties with people you hate.


  220. peaball
    on Apr 9th, 2010
    @ 12:19

    guille,

    i like how despite this post being written 3 years back, it (or rather the situation) is still being discussed till now, though that’s not exactly a surprise :)

    and more importantly i liked how mostly everyone has chimed in constructively (except a couple of trolls) and the comments are remarkably international – i really felt like i’ve gotten a quick introductory dose to East Asian history (sorry didn’t learn much about these nations from our books).

    i’m a Singaporean and we too were occupied by the Japanese during WWII. We learned about the occupation and the atrocities dealt to us through our history books, as well as drama serials periodically made to remind us of the past. Most Singaporeans know by heart that the Japanese were here for 3 years and 8 months (or 三年零八个月 by Chinese-speaking Singaporeans. a considerable feat because, trust me, most Singaporeans do not know much history in general) – not a long time compared to their occupation of other nations, but still enough to scar those who have been through it.

    i was initially disappointed when i heard the Japanese government glorified the war in their textbooks like how the Nazis denied the Holocaust in the past, but i pitied (not “sympathised with”) the Japanese government (or any government) for having to resort to this measure for political purposes. it’s so silly because the truth always comes out, and with the internet it’s definitely coming out faster and fuelling sentiments at a quicker rate as well. technology is but a tool and its effectiveness and danger will greatly depend on how we use it. denial of the power of the internet and globalisation, perhaps more so than denial of the atrocities, will prove costly to the Japanese government (or any government) one day if they do not address the issue as soon as they should.

    that said, i’ve heard war stories from my grandfather who lived through the occupation and for every Japanese atrocity, he didn’t forget those who were kind to him (then a little boy) as well. there are people i hate for what happened in the world wars, but they are not specifically Japanese or any other nationalities for that matter – more so political parties who engaged in conflict for their misguided lofty political ambitions, putting the lives of so many people (including their own) in danger.

    on a sidenote, you mentioned “I love to discover a country through their gastronomy” then come by Singapore if you have a chance! we Singaporeans are really proud of our food (sometimes because we really don’t have much to boast about :P ).


  221. guille
    on Apr 18th, 2010
    @ 21:22

    Dear peaball,

    You might be surprised to know that I know more about Singapore that might seem at first glance. My wife has several Singaporean friends that have stayed at home and has helped us discover your interesting country.

    They told me Singapore is a mix of different cultures, Indian, Indonesian and Chinese, that results in a mix of languages, gastronomy and people. They also told me about the competitive education system, and thus I am surprised to hear your critical comments about your compatriots.

    Anyway, it is a country I really want to visit, and one I am considering living in a few years.

    Thanks for commenting.


  222. peaball
    on Apr 22nd, 2010
    @ 16:29

    hey guille,

    thanks for taking time to reply.

    Singapore is a mix of Chinese, Indian and Malay actually, and yes you are right about the mix of everything possible. the competitive education system is a fact as well but more geared towards the math and sciences and not so much the arts – history, politics, media, literature for example are not the country’s emphasis, and these majors are not first-choice amongst Singaporeans, nor as highly regarded here. truly, Singaporeans are an incredibly educated lot but, when taken as whole, are perhaps lacking in diversity and perspective.

    that said, yes it’s a great country to live in. incredibly safe, yummy, wired, connected and language is not a problem (for you at least) :)


  223. Ever-Altering Apple
    on May 8th, 2010
    @ 04:22

    Hello, everyone. I am K-J from my mother’s mother’s side, and full K from my father’s side (I think). I am quite at a young age, probably too young to engage in this conversation, but I want to post my personal opinions. Feel free to call me anything, since I don’t really care.

    About the whole “koreans are so rude”, that is kind of true. I have a young brother who does not care about me as much, after all we are siblings. He is always loud, and he never really tries to make his own shed of light in everyone else’s opinions. Plus, whenever I’m all “O EMM GEE look they have a new episode of -insert anime name here”, he’s all like, “Betch, JPNeez people are retarded and they all think the same”. No, he really did say that, about several months ago. Then we had a big fight over it, but I don’t recall about the rest of the arguement.

    Also, I know that Korean drama is pretty popular, and so are Japanese’s stuff, and I do know because I do love Japanese and Korean items. (Except the weird XXX thing in Japan….why do they have those kind of things anyway?)

    They still hate each other, though. Not just the land, but the people too, since parents who still strongly hate either one brainwash their children about it. (My mother however did not brainwash me, but left me in my own judgement and choice-making. :D She’s extremely nice, unlike my own father and brother who hurt my mother and myself )

    ——

    In a nutshell, we’re both very immature, and we just need experience to not prejudice and learn to empathize…. Is what I said.


  224. HAHA
    on May 9th, 2010
    @ 03:50

    Japan will never be accepted as part of the Asian community.

    She thinks she is the best, nationalistic, superior, and is a bully on the block.

    Children needs to be spanked and put into their place.


  225. guille
    on May 10th, 2010
    @ 08:57

    That is interesting! I knew about the European community, but did not know about the Asian community. I even though that conflicts in Asia were common among and within other countries.

    I do partly agree with you re Japan’s superiority feelings, although it seems to me to be an unfortunate common pattern among countries in the region.

    Cheers.


  226. kechara
    on May 19th, 2010
    @ 20:49

    Wow. I read nearly every single comment put on here and thought it was quite educational, not only historically but culturally as well, so thank you to guille for writing on this topic and allowing so many perspectives to come to one site.

    I actually came to this site on a google search wondering how abundant Korean hatred was at present towards a country I also wish to visit (Japan) as I am applying to teach English in Korean public schools and would like to be somewhat prepared for any culture shock I might encounter/experience. I think all things considered, the reactions found here are relatively exactly what one would expect. Hate, apathy, and acceptance.

    I’m not quite sure what to say on the topic as I am Chinese/Vietnamese, grew up in the USA, never set foot in Japan (though I plan to), have only been on a two-hour tour in Korea during a lengthy layover from Viet Nam back to the USA (most of which I slept through and was only conscious for the meal) and couldn’t care the slightest about politics or history, though I think they’re quite interesting from an observational standpoint. I usually opt for obliviousness and can’t really understand the whole “to prevent history from repeating itself, we must learn of it” bit. Personally, I think if we all just strove not to be completely asinine creatures there would be no reason to give remembrance to a sordid past. Merely move forward with grace and dignity to provide a better future.

    I suppose because of my obliviousness and all around apathy towards a past which does not personally involve me coupled with my general dislike for the stupidity that seems overly plentiful in political issues that I just don’t take the time to bother with them, I am rather ignorant to the suffering of so many human beings in the past and present and this may make me unfit to comment on the subject, but I try to opt for a more constructive outlook on the world than one filled with demoralization and hate. I know I am not the most compassionate or passionate commenter on this site and my words may fall flat, but I just wanted to leave a bit of a hello and my own view.

    As an aside: I don’t know about all the perverse anime Japan seems to be renowned for, but one of my all time favorite animes I’ve watched is Trigun. Love & Peace! Plus, <3 donuts. :)


  227. Crumplet
    on Jun 6th, 2010
    @ 16:24

    As a korean I’d have to admit I am a bit racist about japan but i don’t know.. the people are okay..

    i had japanese friends.. and in my last school the japanese and korean hung out together a lot.. but we never talked about the war.. it was like taboo..

    i like japanese culture.. their fashion, music, movies.. and all

    i think the problem’s the government, you know the dokdo-takeshima thing and their biased textbooks..

    In korea we’re really open about hating japan.. even though we like their culture.. pretty weird


  228. Justine
    on Jun 11th, 2010
    @ 14:37

    I have lived in both Seoul, Korea and Tokyo, Japan for roughly five years each. I did not see any discrimination when I lived in Korea [or Japan], and I even went to the countryside often. They do like Americans though [both] :]. The culture is interesting Japan was VERY nice, great culture and people. In my opinion this whole ‘race war is dumb’…guess what??? We are both human! I am human, you are human. We are all human. Plus I hate it when people hold grudges from things that happened to their people many years ago. The Korean haters today probably didn’t even live through WWII…so wtf…this is no diff from a black person being racist to a white person because their mom/dad told them that they are evil.


  229. Chau
    on Jun 12th, 2010
    @ 16:46

    this hate thing really only refers to the older generations of korean and japanese and the country’s gov. around the early 1900s. This only depends on the perspective of the person. I have korean friends that are very close to the japanese so really the war doesn’t interfere their friendship. Japan has its problems. Korea has theirs. This is like Russia hating on the USA.


  230. guille
    on Jun 12th, 2010
    @ 18:41

    Chau,

    I am afraid that it’s more than the older generations, as you can see in this post. And it lasted until 1945, which is not really early 1900s.

    Concerning Russia hating on the USA, they might not hate you anymore, but they resumed Cold War nuke bomber patrols in 2007, which is not a very friendly attitude:
    http://www.bellona.org/articles/articles_2007/nuke_patrols

    Well… the USA deploying a ring of missiles around Russia to “defend Europe and the USA from terrorist missiles” was not a very friendly move neither…

    I am happy to see that new generations are getting well together, though.


  231. Elsa
    on Jun 17th, 2010
    @ 16:22

    Well I don’t hate individual Japanese but I am strongly disappointed the fact that Japanese people attempted to alter the history by modifying their textbooks and educating children that their atrocity in WWII was justifying. Although it is not good to be dragged by the past, we have to admit and learn from true history before they can progress to make a better country. Escaping from reality or even trying to lie about the history only expose their cowardness and dishonesty. What makes me even more sad is that some Japanese try to justify the doings by putting blames on others. For example, I have seen quite a lot of comments by Japanese people that Koreans and Chinese are low races so no apologies are necessary. How come people in such a respected country can behave in such a dishonorable manner? I feel truly sorry and sad.


  232. Korean or Goryo
    on Jun 19th, 2010
    @ 02:24

    -look at the departed underdog-

    The gigantic continent called China had many waring kingdoms/dynasties, Koreans are in the flux of them being mixed of many from Chinese dynasties/ Manchu/ Turks to Mongolians through out time.

    Quin (Manchu) than Mongolia (Yuan) empire ruled China and is what China is today- not one identity- hence: Koreans did not sprout out from particulate area spontaneously either, they are conglomeration of dynasties from China.

    China had many trade routes with some cultures (ex:Persian,Uygar) not all materials or ideas are Chinese originally.

    I have no doubts Japan received the last transmission of Asian continental culture.

    Koreans- to be very exterior- rude, expressive, aggression

    Japanese- to be interior- internal feelings, organized, shame, proper,cold

    Chinese- can be a blend of both


  233. CodeRed
    on Jul 13th, 2010
    @ 03:20

    Very good post. You made a huge mistake though in…

    “Greek, Norse, Egyptian,… Of course, I was surprised he did not talk about less European mythologies…”

    Since when is Egyptian even one iota of anything European?! It’s African man, get your head on straight. You can’t discuss the Korean/Japanese issue if you can’t even get the other cultures right yourself.


  234. guille
    on Jul 13th, 2010
    @ 08:52

    He he, you are totally right, what a lapsus :-)

    What I meant was “clasical” mythologies people are more familiar with. Due to our history lessons, we are more familiar with “mediterranean” mythologies (Egyptian, Greek and Roman mainly) and somehow with Nordic mythologies (which is often used in games, movies, etc) than with other “exotic” mythologies.

    It’s corrected, thanks for pointing it out.

    Guille


  235. MIN THE GREAT
    on Jul 21st, 2010
    @ 16:27

    I took my sweet time to read all of your comments, and I must say we have some educated intellects in the house. But also, a few that pretends to know what they are talking about. I am South Korean/Canadian and I know all there is to know about long lasting Korean-Japan feud. So let me just ask a metaphorical question that applies the basic foundation to this matter. If your neighbor’s dad broke into your house one day killed your dad and raped you and your mom, how would YOU feel? And after couple of years the bastard dies and his son comes over and wants to be your friend. Technically he didn’t do anything wrong because the son didn’t do anything right? But still, that’s that f*cker’s son who ruined the life of your fam. You dare tell me you can accept him and be his friend because you are just lying to yourself. It isn’t easy to comprehend this matter when you are the third party that has no relations, because the information that you are using to draw your conclusion has been warped to their liking, since if you have the information you can bend it all you want. So for all of you out there who are saying they don’t understand why koreans hate Japs and it’s ‘pathetic’ that they cannot learn, think twice about that.
    And for your information, their ‘apology’ was a strategic political movement in which they ‘payed’ us back at times where Korean economy was drowning.
    I know for a fact that some people are going to reply to my comment and say that the story I used to get my point across does not relate at all to this matter.
    But before you do, research deep into this topic and you will understand, if your not a fucking retard.
    p.s I have a Japanese friend and he’s cool. I just hate the damn country filled with monkeys lol


  236. MIN THE GREAT
    on Jul 21st, 2010
    @ 16:34

    AND for all of you non orientals, if you have ever been to Japan (which I have) they are THE most racist people in the world. Don’t believe me? Go ahead and check it out for yourselves.
    They may seem all friendly at first in surface, but the truth is they won’t even acknowledge you has a human being. Not saying ALL Japanese are like that. Like my buddy, some of em are nice caring gentle people. But the ones that actually live in the country are fucked up. You can criticize me all you want! But I’m just stating the fact. Seriously. Go there and find out for yourself if you don’t believe me.


  237. guille
    on Jul 21st, 2010
    @ 22:18

    Cheers, MIN THE GREAT.

    I think indeed your comparison, while acceptable, is a bit squewed. You forgot your brother, who helped the fathers neighbour to kill your father and rape your (and his) mother, the same brother that now is at the head of your family while affirming that the neighbours family should be killed and that he never did anything (despite the fact that everyone knows he did). And the brother’s beighbour who tried without success to avoid the confrontation. It’s a bit like the car analogy, it’s difficult to get it right in such difficult situations, and soooo easy to abuse…

    Concerning racits people, the worst racism I have experienced came from black and judish people. In the case of my wife, southamericans have been specially (and openly) rude. I know many Japanese people who find Koreans very racist, having had very bad experiences in Korea. After having been living in Japan for 1 year, I don’t find them that racist (yes, I’ve seen racism there as well), although it is true that I am not of asian descent and experiences might vary.

    Thanks for sharing!


  238. bach
    on Jul 22nd, 2010
    @ 22:27

    His revulsion is perfectly understandable. Due the isolation of Japan, and homogeneity of its population, it has evolved one of the most wonkiest and at times disgusting and brutal cultures in human history. That is why there is a separate field in sociology set aside, just for Japan.

    Now if you want a list of grievences: Tried to eradicate Korean Surnames, tried to eradicate Korean Language, Comfort Women, over 100,000 Korean cultural artifacts stolen, etc.etc.etc.

    And to top it all off, they refuse to acknowledge their crimes or teach them in History books.

    I am not Korean Japanese, or a denizen of any country that has significant ties of economics, history or hate towards Japan.


  239. Masato
    on Jul 27th, 2010
    @ 11:30

    Hi, I’m Japanese and I Korean people are very nice.
    I worked with them in office, hang out together etc.

    Until I came to U.S. and learned about WWII history, I figured that
    textbook in Japan doesn’t mention about raping and killing peasants by Japanese
    in Korean during WWII. It doesn’t even mention that Perl Harbour was
    surprised attack. It just say “this year Perl Harbour war happened”. Duh

    I believe that this must change. War makes people crazy. And poor government
    makes it even worth. Though I wonder if at that time, Korean kicked Japanese ass,
    would they do the same? I don’t know. But no matter what, it is wrong.
    (I would probably feel bit racist against if I know my family was tortured, raped
    and killed by people in other country during war)
    I guess Japan paid the portion of price for being murderer than soldiers.
    2 Nukes in 2 cities, 66,000 civilians vanished in matter of seconds.

    I think we as young generation should know how bad it was and not to repeat the
    same.

    More like politicians should be raped. Especially ones just doing nothing and
    eat up all tax money.


  240. Jennifer
    on Jul 29th, 2010
    @ 06:59

    I’m half Korean and half Japanese.
    A lot of my Korean cousins and uncles and aunts talk a lot of shit about my Japanese side.
    It’s like their trying to make me feel ashamed of being Japanese.
    Although, they shouldn’t be racist…you should listen to what they have to say.
    Japanese people bullied so many Chinese and Korean people (and I know this from hardcore facts.. I wasn’t brainwashed by my Korean side) by raping their women, killing infants and old men and women.. innocent defenseless citizens.. and you know what? They did it JUST because they had the power to. It is very similar to Nazis killing off Jews, except Nazis had an actual motive. The Japanese did it for fun. Please look up the “Nanking Massacre.”

    And you know how every history has a bad past? Well, the Japanese continue to hide their history. They lie that they never did that. I’ved lived in both America and Japan, aand of obviously Japanese students are better educated, however.. when it comes to history, things that are obvious to American students, some Japanese people would be clueless about!

    Even though Japan hasn’t even apologized, China forgave them. This made a lot of Chinense people who suffered in the war upset. They want compensation for what they’ve gone through.. but their own government recognized Japan’s power and decided to kiss ass instead.

    So in a way I think Koreans are right in continuing to be very angry about Japan.
    However, I HATE many of my Korean family members.
    Not because they make fun of me being Japanese, but because they are rude, arrogant, bad-tempered.
    I’m not saying all Koreans are like this, but all my Korean family members are.
    My Korean cousins always starts fights with me. They also care WAYYY too much about looks. The Korean men in my family are disgusted to see even a slightly chubby person. I think this is mean. They were really rude to my sister when she gained just a little bit of weight. My father is also always making fun of people and saying he is the smartest and always going on about his accomplishments. They have too much pride. Some even say Jesus was Korean.


  241. guille
    on Jul 29th, 2010
    @ 09:08

    Jennifer,

    You say: “It is very similar to Nazis killing off Jews, except Nazis had an actual motive.”

    Could you please explain the actual motives that Nazis had to kill Jews? I must admit I haven’t found any. Do you also think they had valid motives to kill communist, homosexuals and gypsies?

    Thanks for commenting.


  242. michael seo
    on Jul 30th, 2010
    @ 16:20

    I’m a korean and I think asian governments are rubbish. They’re right next to each other but hat each other. The japanese say that we koreans are stubborn while they are persistent. y do u think so? do they even put themselves in our shoes? Korean people suffered heaps from the annexation and most of koreas culture was demolished. But then the japanese say that they civilised korea and other countries would have done the same as they did. wrong. Japan started civilising korea, but it was not up untill the 80s that korea actually developed into a successful country. most help was from us, japan. korea has many debts to pay to the japs, but the japs have more debts to pay, since they experimented koreans, and destroyed most of korean artifacts. hypocrytes. all they do to compensate is give a lousy apology which we do not know is honest or not. Japanese people hinder from their wrong-doings and I do not accept that. They don’t even know what it’s like to be annexed. no one likes foreign people ruling their country, Now, it is time for them to stop looking down on us koreans. japanese took 500 years to be the japan it is today. korea took 100. lazy! during ancient times, even though japan had more people, korea was yet more powerful. if they’re gonna look down on a densely powerful country, then they must be stupid.


  243. guille
    on Jul 31st, 2010
    @ 11:17

    Dear Michael,

    What you state about Japan is simply wrong. The modernization of Japan took less than 45 years, in what is known as the Meiji Period (1868-1912). In this short laps of time, Japan raised from a rural agricultural country to world-power status, both in a military, industrial and economical point of view. After the WWII, from the mid-50 the Japanese regained their former status of world-power status, solely by its determination (and a bit of help from the Korean War). Now China seems to be doing better though, having taken Japan’s position as second most powerful economy in the world :-)

    I can unfortunately not comment on the Korean situation, although I know it is also considered as one of the emerging economical miracles in the context of the Four Asian Tigers, and it is the bed of such powerful companies as Samsung, and has one of the most amazing telecommunication networks in the world.

    Still, comparing both countries to see which has been more “lazy” seems to me a bit… childish. I do agree with you on other points though (hindering from wrong doings, etc).

    Thanks for commenting.


  244. michael seo
    on Jul 31st, 2010
    @ 13:32

    korea’s not lazy. during park junghees period korean gained self-confidence from japanese brainwashing that koreans are useless. every day at 6, the national anthem would be played and everyone would stand still. people would be trained to work and earn money from overseas. thus, korea also gained wealth during the vietnam war by sending troops and weapons. It’s much hard-working than china, who doesn’t even have a decent company and has people who don’t work for a dream. THey gain all their money from the populations tax and their gdp is so low. I really hate japanese government. for over a hundred years, they have been brainwashing koreans that they are useless, but in fact, they are more useless. recieving so much from the west, they are so selfish


  245. guille
    on Aug 1st, 2010
    @ 15:30

    Dear Michael,

    It seems to me a bit unfair to say from Japan that they are “receiving so much from the west” when in fact Korea is in a similar situation. Or are you forgetting the thousands of US soldiers and US nuclear umbrella that ensure Korean security from your more aggressive neighbours?

    And aren’t what you describe (athem in the morning, training by government, exaltation of national feeling, etc) a kind of brainwashing too? I must admit I have never been too fond of nationalistic behaviours, no matter where it comes from.

    I also do not understand your rant against chinese, nor why you keep insisiting with comparisons. Chinese are hindered by a dictatorship, and they should be pitied, not despised. Many of them have working days of more than 16 hours, six days a week, which seems to me already inhuman. And China is the second most powerful economy, and they have such important companies as Huawei. Besides, they have entered many important markets such as Europe, US or Africa. So they can not be doing it that badly, aren’t they?

    Thanks for the discussion!


  246. erin
    on Aug 8th, 2010
    @ 06:54

    i think younger koreans have little if any hate towards japan, and it’s changing day by day. as for the japanese, except for the very old (and i don’t talk to those because i really can’t understand their japanese) japan could care less about hating korea. i’ve found actually that more japanese hate chinese than koreans. but i think this is just the total difference in personalities, with the japanese being very polite and quiet and the chinese being rather more like americans…kind of doing whatever they want regardless of what’s going on around them. (this is not my personal opinion by the way, i know all of one chinese person. just what i’ve heard from japanese people)


  247. eh?
    on Aug 28th, 2010
    @ 13:03

    I’m a Korean and i’m slight hate the japanese because they are slightly disgusting because when i read the WWII(comfort women) the japanese get greedy when they not sex with a women even they can sex the dog and theyy tortured the men oh my!.. but that is past but I like them slightly too hehehe because they are ahave originality…

    like-50%
    dislike-50%


  248. Rafa
    on Sep 25th, 2010
    @ 03:55

    Japan is really sick…this has nothing to do with this topic, but I don’t know what to make of this: I was looking on the Wikipedia article Manga one day, went on this random link, and now, well, let’s just say I have a pretty good idea of what Shotacon and Lolicon is. It’s filthy pedophile manga, and it’s apparently pretty popular in Japan, at least way more so than in other countries…

    Korea and China, I guess, yeah, might not be perfect, but, admittedly, publish fewer works of such horrific sexual material…I was on this random chat for anime once, one which posts mainly cartoons such as Naruto, but allows free chat as well, and I asked someone there Japanese whether they knew what “Shotacon” meant. She (or he) defended it with passion, insisting strongly that it symbolized “purity.” I was disgusted, not to mention pretty shocked, and I really don’t know what to think about this now…

    if America knew about this, don’t know how they’ll react…no, I cannot say, because of this and other reasons, I truly “like”, or even at this point much “respect” Japan. Even if only a small minority publishes and reads, come on: Has Marvel or DC done anything like this? I think something should be done to stop this…


  249. Shui
    on Oct 6th, 2010
    @ 04:33

    I’m not Japanese nor Korean, but Japan invaded Korea before and was a major player in the Second World War. Just putting it out there :P


  250. Ming
    on Oct 8th, 2010
    @ 03:20

    Whoa, whoa…what’s your point? Is that, like, some kind of threat, with the smiley and all? Just asking…


  251. MadProest
    on Nov 6th, 2010
    @ 14:07

    I am from Europe and I hate Japan, Korea and China!!!


  252. Ruben Wall
    on Nov 7th, 2010
    @ 03:07

    How come Chinese, Japanese, Korean hate among each other.I realy wonder.For me, they are just primate!


  253. Jae Hee
    on Nov 10th, 2010
    @ 02:33

    hello! :) I’m korean. . .and japanese ppl don’t like me ^^” I didn’t do anything really…but these japanese people comes up to me and says ‘oh ur korean?…what a weak pathetic thing you are.’ i was really mad, and punched them…I’ve heard about WWII and the Japanese atrocities to Korea…naturally, I did start getting a bit of racial hatred (I’m human =P) and then as i got more and more information….I was horrified, and started to hate them for a long time…
    But the past is the past, and now I’m trying to mature a bit more ^_^”
    I’m still a bit uneasy, but thing is, I never actually met a japanese person that was willing to be friends with me -.-”
    I’m still keeping my mind open~ =3


  254. Jeun
    on Nov 14th, 2010
    @ 02:25

    i dont see this. why would you publish such an ostracizing topic? its only one guy, not all Koreans are like this, just the fact that the person creating the post is writing this shows the failure to realize their generalization. case closed, there is no such thing as (race) HATES (race) my parents are korean and own a japanese restaurant, i think the japanese culture is very intriguing and is very adored among many other races such as americans.


  255. Mario
    on Nov 25th, 2010
    @ 17:12

    I read your article, was a very good read. With some of the posts I’ve read here, i must say, you have the patience of a Saint.

    I’m vietnamese/guatemalan. US born.

    I can understand all the hostilities between these asian countries. Every country has done atrocities in it’s history. The USA is a fine example, from the native american genocide, to the recently discovered STD spread they did to Guatemalans (my mother’s country) in the 40′s. In Guatemala alot of people treat the indigenous people like crap.

    It doesn’t matter which part of the world you go to or where you are from, you will always find an ignorant, or bad person. If you’re really unlucky you’ll find a horrible terrible human being. It’s a fact of life which sucks, but should acknowledge. But we should also acknowledge the good, brilliant, and wonderful people that exist in every corner of the world.

    There have been evil leaders around the world (Hitler, Stalin, Idi Amin, Charles Manson), but there has been wonderful leaders also (Mother Teresa, Pope John Paul ii, The Dalai Llama, Ghandi)

    Humanity is coming to understand it’s self and unnecessary cruelty towards themselves. If evil people out weighted good people, then we would have destroyed ourselves long ago.

    I believe Humanity will no longer harbor racism in themselves in the future (distant probably), because they will realize there will no longer be need for it.


  256. max
    on Nov 26th, 2010
    @ 06:51

    hi i would to know how to get rid of a japanese girl who is too much attached
    to my friend and his money he think she is cute and innocent but she is after his dollars that is all can you help and tell me what do they hate and do not like at all maybe she will go away


  257. Louis
    on Dec 4th, 2010
    @ 01:45

    Wait…about that comment about shotacon and lolicon above…Japan seriously publishes this? These comics for pedophiles? Because, and I’m not saying whether Japan itself is good or bad, but that’s just, to me, a little messed up, to be honest…serioiusly, DO other Asian countries follow Japan’s example?


  258. weewee
    on Dec 16th, 2010
    @ 03:29

    actually person that said about the china attack from japan in the sino war before that china attacked japan and i am japanese. But then japan did attack china mostly cause china was communism and right now china is attacking some japanese islands close to kyushu and the north is planning to attack japan’s kyushu cities. And the russions are trying to steal some more minor Hokiadoe islands.


  259. Puro
    on Dec 22nd, 2010
    @ 00:53

    I thought, from what I’ve read, Japanese incursions during the Second World War kind of dramatically weakened the democratic Nationalist Party, and disrupted their own efforts enough for the Communists to take over, thus indirectly contributing to the decade-long regime afterwards…I mean, I could be wrong, but…like, come on, no, Japan didn’t attack Korea/China because they were Communist. They did it because they were proud and wanted land, and saw nearby countries as easiest way to get it. I mean, what about Pearl Harbor? Did they bomb America because they hated Democracy as well?


  260. Abtum Adar
    on Jan 5th, 2011
    @ 18:12

    I think the white-guilt-crusade-against-racism attitude is pathetic. Don’t get me wrong, racism is evil, but when the great-great grandson of a slave owner tells non-whites to stop hating a people they have been at odds with for centuries it is just plain insulting. Most Asian countries have bitter histories of war with each other, and many of the scars inflicted by imperial Japan are still fresh. If you wonder why many Asians hate Japan, do a google search on “Unit 731″. Many of these people have parents and grand-parents who’ve endured some of the worst attrocities ever perpetrated by one man on another. We’re talking less than one generation, and you want to tell people to forgive and forget? Nothing is more condescending and annoying than a white guy asking “why can’t we all just get along?”. You’re probably a white guy with dreadlocks. Stick it up your progessive white suburban mangina pal.


  261. guille
    on Jan 6th, 2011
    @ 11:17

    Mmm… interesting. No, I have no dreadlocks nor I am the great-great grandson of a slave-owner :-)

    You seem to think that all white man are former slave-owners, something that was far too expensive for everyone to afford. And far too distant for many people to take advantage of! As in the US, slaves were controlled by a minority, while the majority of people simply went on with their lives without taking any advantage of it.

    You also mention guilt, which has surprised me quite a bit. You really think ‘whites’ feel guilty for something that happened so much time ago? Guilt disappears pretty quickly in human mind, a couple of generations is more than enough. Do you think young Germans still feel guilty about WWII? And they are right, what responsibility did they have?

    You also tend to forget that we ‘white people’ learned to get along despite centuries of wars and enmities, or did you forget the centuries of varying wars between Spain-UK-France-Germany-Austria, which stopped just half a century ago?

    I think that in this particular case you are the one being racist. Funny enough, the most direct expression of racism (thankfully not representative) that I’ve seen have been made by minorities (black against white, etc) or within minorities (e.g. among people from different South-American countries). And my wife (an immigrant in Spain) have experienced far more racism from other immigrants than from Spaniards. How can you explain that? It really puzzled me.

    By the way, get your maths right. At least 3 to 4 generations have passed since WWII.


  262. Sausage
    on Jan 8th, 2011
    @ 12:57

    Hi I’m American and I can’t wait to invade your countries! IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST.


  263. Suck English Speaker
    on Jan 8th, 2011
    @ 16:39

    (sorry for my poor English skill but I really wanted to write one after reading these things)

    Hi, I’m Korean who live in China
    I’m in international school so I’ve been met many foreign friends. I also agree that many of Koreans are rude. Maybe most of people won’t understand but Koreans have different conception. They really like to use bad word and they even use bad word to their close friend not in a bad purpose. Sometimes I also can not understand Koreans but I’m sure they are not trying to make you angry, and I really think that Koreans should change it. However I feel really sad to see many people to say that they hate Koreans and I feel really sorry for them.
    Also another thing is the relationship between Korea and Japan. As I said I live in China. In our apartment there are lots of Chinese Japanese and Koreans but I have never seen they hate each other. And I’m absolutely sure that almost all of my friends really love Japan, I even tried to learn Japanese for my self. Many people think most of Koreans hate Japanese but I think people who hate Japanese are usually the old people who heard a lot about the Japanese-Korean war. I think the stereotypes in Korea should be change. I think the best way should be just not to make those war again because the war is already pass and we cant change the past things by arguing forever.
    Even my writing wasn’t long I spend so long time, because I suck at writing English.
    I hope you understand what I said even it’s grammatically wrong or something like that.
    I really love every countries in the world including North Korea.


  264. Ken Sugisaki
    on Jan 13th, 2011
    @ 14:53

    Hi i am a Japanese who isalways bully by a group of Korean students in my class…


  265. Ming
    on Jan 16th, 2011
    @ 22:32

    But would you tell the Jews to FORGET the Holocaust? Lots of people tell us to forgive and forget, but not to, say, other massacred groups. The Nanjing Massacre ALONE had more casualties than both bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but no one in Japan seems to care much about that. Should the Asians forget Japan’s past completely, erasing it from history? Only from the past can we shape the future.

    http://www.nanking-massacre.com/content_images/nanking_massacre_11911575.jpg
    http://www.nanking-massacre.com/content_images/nanking_massacre_11727148.jpg


  266. Chloe Kim
    on Jan 20th, 2011
    @ 09:43

    Sorry for my ignorance…but I don’t really get the idea of this post. Are you just saying how weird the Korean dude is, or criticizing Korea for not forgetting the past? Well as some other people commented here, that might ad impossible. There are actually people who lived through the years Korea was occupied by Japan. My own great-grandmother, in fact (who died a couple of years ago) was left an orphan by the Japanese. Her parents took part in the March 1st movement of 1919 (google it) and were either killed or arrested and tortured to death. Her life, as with many old Koreans, was forever scarred by the Japanese, and people are telling us to shut up and forget the past. We are portrayed as racist psychos who hate poor, innocent japan for no reason at all. At school, they don’t teach us to hate Japan. We are taught the true facts of what happened during the occupation, so don’t get us wrong. I don’t hate anybody, but I still get really pissed when a random Japanese guy walks up to me and says “Korea wouldn’t have existed if it weren’t for my country” or “Japan is the reason Korea is here”. I find that ironic because didn’t Japan do everything in it’s power to destroy the Korean culture? Hanguel, our national flag, and anything related to korea was banned. Whoever broke that law would be very painfully tortured to death. Japan modernizing Korea?? I was like WTF. Japan left Korea in ruins, the country split,and the country only had a GDP of 60$ a year. The UN stated that Korea would never recover, not in a 100 years. But guess what? Our GDP went from 60 bucks to over a trillion in just 60 years. Korea is included in the UN and G20. And then what? Japan starts claiming that the reason for Koreas success was because of it’s influence and money (instead of the “billions of dollars” some people on here claimed, it was actually “only” 0.5 billion. The US contributed 6 times the amount.)

    Okay, I’m not trying to insult anybody (sorry if I did), I’m just ranting at people who are too lazy to research and promptly side up with japan. I actually like japan, other than the vast amounts of inappropriate stuff…But like a normal human should, I don’t think that it’s the best country in the world. Nor is Korea. Nor are any other existing countries. We all have our own opinions, and we should all learn to respect each others feelings.
    PS I’m only 12 years old, so sorry for my bad grammar, organization, false facts, etc.
    ㅋㅋ


  267. tojoz
    on Feb 4th, 2011
    @ 09:15

    lol, that Misaki saying Koreans have cosmetic surgery! Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

    Cosmetic surgery is one of the few remaining growth industries here in Japan! Every hostess should have one, and there are many, many hostesses (becaused no decent jobs for women in chauvanist Japan-source UN report).

    Japan and korea are really similar, they re both Confucian, they re both anti gaijin either at the grassroots or govt level, they both about the old getting onto the young (“Silver Democracy”-only the elderly get good jobs etc). Only difference seems that Korean economy is catching up to declining Japanese one.

    Both are about to be dominated by China if they dont learn to cooperate.


  268. Teehee
    on Feb 4th, 2011
    @ 18:53

    I’m… not taiwanese… thaiwanese? ANYWAY I’m from thailand and I love both koreans and japanese ppl. Well more Japanese – because the snacks there are AWESOME, Korean is ok, I just don’t like how they eat dogs— well I don’t know what we… thaiwanese ppl eat (because I don’t live in thailand – I live in finland)
    but anyway eating dogs is just disgusting.


  269. Dan
    on Feb 10th, 2011
    @ 10:55

    Hi.

    I became very interested in the Korea-Japan Relations after I found pictures on the internet of what the Japanese did to the Koreans during the World War 2.
    Beheaded Koreans, raped Korean women(Even some teens), and murdered babies. This wasn’t a scale of just a couple of individual murders.
    This was Mass Murder.

    The Japanese were simply taking advantage of Koreans ever since the Korean Government collapsed under the rule of Japan.

    However, as a Korean myself, I cannot come to blame the Japanese.
    Why?
    Before we blame the Japanese, we need to realize that it’s kind of our fault we couldn’t defend Chosen(Korea) from Japan taking over in 1910.
    That’s history. The winner takes all. The victor writes on the pages of history.

    So I believe that us Koreans should learn from our mistakes and set our goals on the future in developing our nation to being one that can defend ourselves against any country.

    The Past is the Past, the Present is Now, and the Future awaits.
    We can keep blaming, swearing at the Japanese,
    Or we can start on trying to make a better Future.

    I am not defending the Japanese.
    I am simply writing what I think we should do from here.
    I love my country, Korea and I have Great Pride.


  270. Korean kid
    on Feb 28th, 2011
    @ 01:04

    I hate Japs, who was the one that bombed pearl harbor.They even made koreans one of their colonies, even china, Japenese should be hated by every coutry in the world.Someday I will bomb Hiroshima and Nakasaki again


  271. Korean kid
    on Feb 28th, 2011
    @ 01:07

    I will cut of every finger, toes, then arms and legs then scoop off their eyeball on every japenese


  272. Nox
    on Mar 12th, 2011
    @ 23:04

    Considering that Japanese had nearly wiped out the entire Korean culture, and had raped their women in camps under the guise of “comfort women,” and still to this very day try to harass Korea by demanding they hand over Dokdo Islands to them…

    I can understand why many Koreans do not like the Japanese. You, whom are not Korean will never understand that kind of hardship- many families such as mine had fallen into a deep hole because of their actions. So please, shut up.


  273. Bob
    on Mar 18th, 2011
    @ 01:33

    I hate the Japanese government, because they keep denying that the massacres in China ever happened.


  274. Yin
    on Mar 19th, 2011
    @ 01:28

    Hi. I’m Chinese and I don’t hate the Japanese idividually. I hate their ancestors’ and government’s guts. They keep trying to deny the massacres in China ever happened. The Japanese government just HAD to make nuclear plans. Now look, it’s spreading to my city in China (Qing Dao) and the rest of the world. I am very sorry for the tsunami, though.


  275. Izy
    on Mar 19th, 2011
    @ 06:23

    I am a Korean-American. I was born and raised in the US. I have no hatred towards Japan, but I can understand why there is a tension between Korean and Japan. I believe that Korean people hate the government and not Japanese people in general.
    My great grandfather was brutally murdered by the hands of Japanese solider. When Korea was colonized by the Japanese, Koreans were not allowed to be proud of who they were. My great grandfather was one of the rebels that fought for Korea’s independence. He was captured then experimented on, and eventually they cut his stomach open and dropped him at his home. My grandmother and my great grandmother watched him die. My grandmother lucky was not kidnapped and turned into a sex slave. My grandmother married at an early age, and her husband kept her safe.
    My grandmother told me the gruesome stories of her past. They kidnapped many of her friends and neighbors. Japanese doctors would open up pregnant women to see how the fetus develops. Using Korean people as targets for shooting ranges. Infecting prisoners with disease to develop cures. In theory, Japan wanted to erase the Korean race.
    The past cannot be changed. The world is unfair place. It is time that the Koreans and Japanese “get over” what happened in the past and focus on the future. Koreans are not all great either; some of them can be really fucked up as well. The first time, I meet Korean people my age was in high school. I didn’t fit into Korean standards of being “Korean.” I wasn’t skinny enough, smart enough, and was clueless about Korean traditions. I was depressed because I didn’t meet up to their expectations (including my parents) but I realized that I was happy just being myself. I am who am today because of my family and friends (who are my extended family members).
    I think it is time that Japan and Korea settled their differences. It takes more energy to hate someone because you need to be fuelled with negativity. I know this as a fact, it really hard to forgive someone who has done wrong to you, but once you forgive them you feel free. I hate to see Korea and Japan constant fighting.

    ****Please donate and Pray for Japan.***

    읽어 주셔서 감사합니다
    読んでくれてありがとう
    Thank you for reading


  276. radiation
    on Apr 5th, 2011
    @ 11:18

    why is japan dumping radioactive water? they are rich enough to contain the hazardous materials, there are other ways to deal with this than simply dumping the extremely toxic water to the ocean which, by the way, belongs to all countries around the world. what upsets me more is that they didn’t even consult this with any country, including the neigbouring countries which will be directly affected by the radioation from the ocean.
    I felt and still feel terrible for the earthquake and the following tsunami. I cried for them and donated money to them. although i like japanese ppl in general, sometimes I wonder why they allow their goverment (which, by the way, is made up of japanese ppl) to act this way. you need to take some responsiblity too for letting this happen.
    and seriously, trying to take over Dok Do, an island belonging to Korea, is outright wrong and ridiculous.
    sorry i just got really mad after reading the news and had to speak out,
    doing bad things in the past is one thing, but doing more bad things in the present time really turns otherwise peace-loving ppl angry


  277. Anon
    on Apr 5th, 2011
    @ 23:32

    Hi, before I start, I want to say I do not hate Japan, Korea, or China. As a self respecting Asian myself, that would be shameful.
    Personally, I think Japan- Japan’s government, to be exact, not the people- is responsible for what it has done in the past, and must accept everything it has done. Playing the ‘we got bombed’ card over and over will not cut it.
    Also, Korea and China need to accept that it has happened. I don’t mean for then to forgive and forget. It’s just that the anti-Japanese sentiment is heavily charged towards modern Japan and not towards the japanese Empire of 60 to 70 years ago.
    Most importantly? These countries are within 200 miles of each other. They need to live in peace sooner or later, or with theirrapid economic growth, it could start getting really ugly.


  278. Zhang
    on Apr 12th, 2011
    @ 03:06

    Elsa, I am with you. I also cannot accept the fact that the japanese alter the history and intend to lie to the younger generation.

    I am a Chinese. I do not hate Japanese individually although I have read and learnt about the past. My grandparents will never forgive Japanese during WWII due to the sufferings they had gone through..
    Some of those Japanese soldiers and doctors that committed these aristocracies are still alive, some of them confess and felt guilty, but others, most of them, felt no guilt at all. they say that they are proud to serve the emperor and are willing to do anything for him.
    Nevertheless, we are in a new generation now. I do have some Japanese friends who are generous and kind.


  279. frank noce
    on Apr 15th, 2011
    @ 03:38

    I am 70 years old. I grew up with people who fought in WW2. Ive never thought much good about japan & its people. I think the world would have been better off if we had nuked the whole country & all its people. They are still a very heartless vicious people. As they can no longer torture ,mutilate & murder human beings they now take their barbaric pleasures out on all other forms of life. One of their delicacies is still living burnt & sliced fish on a plate.Ive seen one bucked tooth little beauty stating on a TV show that the chief looses points in a cooking contest if the fish is not gulping for air,despicable bastards! These people have no hearts. when I heard about the suenami my thoughts were too little too late. If this had happened in 1942 we would all be thanking God for his retribution.Maybe Gods memory isn’t as short as ours. I would be happy to see the whole evil chain of Japanese islands & its despicable race covered by water & broken in many pieces.


  280. Jay.Choi
    on Apr 15th, 2011
    @ 06:15

    My great grandfather was kidnapped and forced to work in Japan as a mine worker with my grandfather and the Japanese soldiers killed my great grandfather infront of my grandfather. While my grandfather was alive before he passed away he had a deep hatred toward the soldiers, not the Japanese people themselves but the people who have committed such sins. Its not like Japanese people are the only ones in the world that commit such cruel and evil acts, we are all humans its not about race and we are all capable of doing good into this world as well as bad. So don’t discriminate Japanese people. By the way I am Korean and I post this here because my grandfather passed away not to long ago. Be reasonable, it was also a Japanese soldier that saved my grandfathers life and if that weren’t to happen then maybe I wouldn’t be born today to tell this story. I believe its the morals we grow up with that makes us who we are. If you are out there violently killing or discriminating or judging others or being hateful towards others then look in the mirror and ask yourself if you were raised properly. No offense.


  281. Arandas
    on Apr 24th, 2011
    @ 06:49

    didn’t japan kill christian missionaries a lot before? even CHINA has more christians today than japanese, and they’re communist, lol. i don’t know…we shouldn’t hate people because of past, but also shouldnt just forget like nothing happened. but even before ww2, japan was very violent country in warfare…maybe all that graphic manga/anime/horror movies they publish is just way to express that cultural violence and savagery, now repressed but still very much there…I mean, its genetics.

    you might have had ancestor who killed/raped hundreds of koreans/filipinos/chinese…but if you have his genes, that savagery isn’t just going to suddenly fade away. like it or not, its still in your blood…and i don’t know when japan might break out in war again…because some things might be inevitable, whether we want it or not.


  282. Guille
    on Apr 27th, 2011
    @ 12:12

    Frank Noce,

    You say: ” One of their delicacies is still living burnt & sliced fish on a plate.Ive seen one bucked tooth little beauty stating on a TV show that the chief looses points in a cooking contest if the fish is not gulping for air,despicable bastards!”

    Chinese do it too, as do Koreans, although it is less common that what you might imagine (as it is in Japan). Sea food, such as oysters (a common food in the “western” world) are still alive when eaten, or cooked alive in boiling water such as lobster.

    Apparently, Japanese are not the only bastards of this world :-)

    And this is why people should inform themselves before doing such bold statements.


  283. Mei
    on Apr 29th, 2011
    @ 23:06

    hi, my father is half Korean and mother is 3/4 Korean. I was born in Japan. I love japan! Japan is such a great country and i am so happy that i was born there! japanese are very nice and people with moral. On the other hand, I understand why many Japanese still hate korean people…. because you guys don’t have MORAL! you guys look down at poor people, people with disabilities and foreigners. One thing I hate the most about Korean people is that when they find a person who is lower in position than them, they exploit and treat them very badly. Also, you guys love fake Chanel, Louis vuitton etc and love plastic surgery! when I think about Korea, one word that comes to my mind is “FAKE”. On the other hand, Japanese people have beautiful hearts and morals! we always think about everybody! think about earthquake and tunami that happened recently. Even in that kind of situation, they stayed calm and polite. Sorry to say this, but if the same thing happened in korea, so many people will commit crimes to get food and water ! I am so proud of my country (Japan) and really appreciate that I was not born in Korea! Also, about WW2……….what japanse did to korea is obviously not the right thing! For this matter, I believe that korean people have a right to speak. But, it is already past. Our grandparents might have suffered but we didn’t right?


  284. Locas
    on May 8th, 2011
    @ 01:04

    but the japanese didn’t just slaughter, rape and vivisect lots of innocents…they scarred nearly all of Asia, and ruined the futures of many nations. If you’re born in japan, obviously you side with japan. if you REALLY study history, it was because of japan that china is really communist today…mao zedong even outright thanked the japanese, with this being roughly what he said:

    “Who could have thought of we were able to occupy that mainland? Oh, how I did long for it; still, I knew next to nothing about whether we were able to take over or not. My heart rested only only on the day we finally took over. Later on Japanese came again. This is why we said Richard Nixon is a good man. Those Japanese were real good, without Japanese’s help, China’s revolution would not have suceeded. Don’t say that, on the contrary, Japanese helped us in a big way, especially Japanese warlords and the Japanese Emperor. Japanese occupied more than half of China, all the Chinese rose to fight you, we ended up having an army of one million soldiers, and 100 millions people were under our control, isn’t it all because of your help?”

    Japan did not only kill chinese people…they killed china’s future. Lots of people in west, and even in china, like japan a lot nowadays, because it has things they like: video games where you rape woman, anime with sex and genocide and porn, manga where children and infants are raped by their own family or people eagerly copulate with animals, bloody horror movies that get billions of dollars of worth worldwide…loving and forgiving a flawed and horrible country for the right reason is one thing. Doing so for the wrong reasons is another.


  285. John Michaelson
    on May 20th, 2011
    @ 00:34

    I am Japanese. Growing up, I lived in many places, such as the United States, Japan, Hong Kong, and Korea. I admit that Korea was my least favorite country. Koreans are some of the most racist people you’ll meet, they don’t appreciate anybody without class or money, and everything is so fake. There are miles and miles of slums, and so many stores selling fake designer products. In Japan, I couldn’t find one place that sold fake designer items. That’s the same with the US. (Hong Kong did sell fake products). You may say that I’m just an ignorant person poisoned by propaganda. However, living in the US gave me a new perspective in things. North Korea is, obviously, crazy. South Korea, however, is a country where the people don’t care about their environment. It’s so trashy and dirty everywhere. Not only poor people live there, by the way. So, if I were to sum everything up, I would say one thing. No matter what your view of the world is, it’s not fair to say that one country is the best. I’m just saying that if I were to chose a country to live it, Korea would be close to the bottom of my list.


  286. from america
    on May 25th, 2011
    @ 22:11

    I dont like some of Korean thinking like they always say” its originally from KOREA”!! Jesus, Japanese emperor , Native Americans, and so many things. People dont care where it come from but they announce it like everyday and unfortunately Koreans believes about that stupid news.

    also about Sex slaves,,, there is no such a thing happened in WW2. Korean government have no reports of kidnapping from families. If Japanese soldiers kidnapped girls, then of course they go to the police station right?? but there were no reports.some of girls knew that their parents sold them for money(loan) but some of girls didnt know that so they thought Japanese soldier kidnapped them. America investigated about it and they said that those girls were not slaves, they are prostitute. If you can not believe it , check this site. http://www.exordio.com/1939-1945/codex/Documentos/report-49-USA-orig.html

    there were prostitute house in Indonesia and Taiwan where it owned by Korean. A lot of girls were taken to prostitute houses by koreans who run the business.Im sure that so many koreans will say ” ITS ALL LIE!!” but American goverment tried to find out about sax slave but they couldnt prove that it really happened because they only could get false evidence or the testimony which doesnt make any sense. For example, a woman testified that she was kidnapped to Jawa Island by Japanese soldiers in 1937 when she was 13 years old ,but there were no Japanese soldiers there at that point and it was colony of Dutch. 李容珠 testified that she was kidnapped to Taiwan in 1944 when she was 15 or 16 years old for 3 years, but WW2 ends in 1945. American gave up to find out because the testimonies which they got from women, just did not make any sense at all. American actually thought they had lied so they stopped investigating.
    well you also know that Korean soldiers raped Vietnamese and killed innocent people? Phong Nhi and Phong Nhat massacre is famous right??
    If you think Japan is evil then should think that Korea also have a evil side.

    What I think is,,, WE ARE ALL VITIMS FROM WAR!! All of the countries have sad history, not only Korea, China and Japan. Even American killed natives and European traded Africans as slaves. what we can do is to get together and not hate each others. Learning from history is the most important for human. We should never judges people by nation and color.


  287. tay
    on May 30th, 2011
    @ 01:03

    i don’t hate japanese individuals, but as a whole, there is something wrong with that culture. (this is not saying there isn’t something wrong with american culture, or any other country’s)
    the fact that the japanese government STILL refuses to teach about the war atrocities they were a part of in world war 2 is DISGUSTING. germany paid literal money in the aftermath of the war, and continues to reflect on the ethnic cleansing that took place under the nazis. japan was no better than the nazis in the war- they raped, pillaged, had ‘experimental labs’ where they cut off the limbs of live people and injected their livers with horse urine, just to see how long it took for them to die.
    the racism in that country is atrocious and probably part of the reason why the travel industry continues to be low, despite it being a major post-industrial center of the world.
    tho i am chinese, i did not grow up there, so i was not infuenced by chinese media or government to hate all things japanese. i found this hatred all on my own. to be clear, i am not racist- i don’t rule out befriending or dating a japanese person…my comments have to do with their government’s and culture’s attitude to their war crimes and to other races.


  288. tay
    on May 30th, 2011
    @ 03:02

    @ Guille

    “I must insist upon the fact that I am not dismissing anything, I am aware of the destruction and killing that Japanese left after them. I defend the concept of accepting, living with and getting over difficult moments in history.”

    i have a hard time believing this, because most western countries are not taught about what japan did in WWII. in fact, the war criminals themselves were mostly pardoned by general mcarthur in exchange for their biological weapons research. i would ask you to refer to ‘the rape of nanking’ or even just look up one of MANY labs, unit 731, on wikipedia.

    the difference between japan and germany is that germany was ordered by the San Francisco Peace Treaty of to pay in cash for all the casualties and damages suffered by the allies. to date, they have paid in the BILLIONS. not to mention that the entire world knows what they did to the jews in the war.

    japan, on the other hand, has paid zero, and some top officials still deny that the asian holocaust ever took place. the treaty of versailles let japan off easy because they were devastated by the atomic bombs. japan was ordered to pay up when their economy recovered. well…it had recovered, but the problem is, 60 years later, ask a westerner about the asian holocaust, and they have no clue what you’re talking about. it’s a piece of history that japan was able to bury by downplaying it for so long and by not ever publicly apologizing.


  289. guille
    on May 30th, 2011
    @ 12:52

    Hi Tay,

    Thanks for commenting.

    I am aware of the deficiencies of the European education system from a history point of view. While Asians have a history education that covers mainly Asia, Europe and America, in Europe we are more Europe- and America-centric and leave a bit on the side Asian and African history (at least pre-XX century). You are right about the fact that Europeans know better about German than Japanese atrocities (among other reasons, because they are closer).

    I am not a history major, but I’ve read many a history book, and had ample opportunity to complement and develop my knowledge and comprehension acquired during school. I can promise you that I’ve had more than a discussion on those subjects with Japanese people and as I’ve been documenting myself on this period, I am perfectly aware of the arguments of both sides.

    I do understand and agree with most of your arguments, and I am aware of the different points you raise (Nanking, Unit 731, etc). I can say little more than that.


  290. a
    on Jun 19th, 2011
    @ 23:09

    What the japanese people did to Korea was wrong. I will never forgive them. If you don’t know what i’m talking about look it up. oh wait, thats right… the japanese people payed google to get rid of all the websites that showed and told exactally what they did. I really don’t like them. They just want other peoples land because their volcanic earthquake erupting island is sinking every year. Also the crule greedy japanese people changed the maps to make it “sea of japan” instad of sea of the East. They have no right to do that because its shared with Korea. I wish someone can strongly tell them to stay off Koreas land and to stop trying to take it.


  291. a
    on Jun 19th, 2011
    @ 23:24

    Hey Mei, I just wanted to say that your wrong. Koreans have more morals then japs ever will. I lived in Korea and visited that sink hole ( japan) many many times. All i get are fake smiles in japan and horrible attitudes. that country needs a lot to fix. They deserve to give us an apology and we deserve never to forgive them for what they did to Korea. you say our grandparents suffered not us right? Wrong. the tension is still there between the two. Oh and did you hear about the island they were trying to take from us. Morals you say? tell them to get away from Korea and stop trying to take our stuff. Koreans are nothing but accepting and friendly people who are now one of the most advanced country in the world even though the japanese killed more then half their population by trying to take over Korea. Im American and I lived there for 9 years and I can tell the difference between those japanese and the Korean people.


  292. Aziz
    on Jun 26th, 2011
    @ 09:43

    Well I’m not Japanese or Korean or Chinese or even American.. im from Saudi Arabia (Middle eastern). i met a lot of Japanese and Korean as well as Chinese . I have been to Korea 3 times and lived for 4 months. I lived in Australia for 4 years with one Korean and 2 Japanese share mates. And my girlfriend is Korean and been with her for 4 years and to be honest with you Korean people are great and friendly just maybe some of them are racists which you can find everywhere in the world even in Saudi Arabia. That racism appears in some situations like when they are drunk or if you visit their country especially by older people which i can understand coz we have such things like that. And if you are black , which I’m not but my friend is, you will have a trouble time in Korea. However, overall Korea is a great country full of good people : )). For Japanese, they are wonderful people. i have not seen anything wrong with them except some of them are somehow selfish loool  but they are polite , funny , and full of joy. I know you will be angry for me opinion but i wanted to say so .. i know that some Koreans hate Japanese .. and some Japanese hate Korean .. but if they sit together in the same table all that hate will be gone >>? Like Arab people with Iranian people they have so so much hate but when it comes to individual.. there is no hate at all  just forget the history and wars and enjoy ur life with anyone you like ….. life is so short … don’t waste your time for opening old books ..


  293. Martini
    on Jul 23rd, 2011
    @ 04:10

    I am not Korean or Japanese or remotely Asian. But the whole grudge against Japan thing ANNOYS ME! I can’t stand listening about how Japan is inferior blah blah blah, it’s offensive. Korea owes A LOT to Japan, (and vice versa). The current growth of Korea stems from how Korea modeled its economy after the Japanese. And pop culture too, although Korea tries to change up its pop culture as to be different from Japan (eg. focusing on hip-hop, boy bands instead of dance music, although Japan went through the hip-hop/boy band phase years ago). I have been to both countries, don’t tell me they are completely different.

    I understand the past and all that, but Korea couldn’t have gotten anywhere near its level of development today if it completely hated it. Japanese people don’t share, at least overtly, a negative sentiment towards Koreans, as much as Koreans do to Japanese. Yes, Korea has a reason to, but Japan seems to have “moved on” China seems to have moved on too.
    I am not asking Korea to “move on.” But I hope they can accept a more positive attitude to Japan. Korea and Japan share ancient history (they’re almost the same people, genetically, read it up). So I never believe those Koreans who claim that everything was invented in Korea or whatever. Korea loves Japan, but is too proud to admit it. The Japanese have a lot to thank for Korea too (even cynical things, like competition?)

    From my experience, Koreans tend to have a certain rudeness, bluntness or crudeness to them. They aren’t abrasive or hostile, but they tend to lack certain manners. Their attitude towards Japan is not only stemming from their history, But education too. I think there is a cycle of Bias that leads from one generation to the next. That fuels their nationalist sentiments. I don’t like nationalism, it gets in the way of global peace, you know? The Japanese aren’t so innocent too. They tend to ‘forget’ that anything bad ever happened, or accept that it happened, but can’t apologize for it. (also, from a problem of honor and pride).

    That being said, they are two wonderful countries, but have their issues. Here’s a radical idea, why doesn’t Korea FORGIVE Japan? It’s easier for Japan to keep saying ‘sorry’ and finding ways to redeem themselves than it is to let go of the whole thing all together. I’m not saying it will happen, but it’s probably the only way this grudge can ever disappear.


  294. Shim
    on Jul 25th, 2011
    @ 10:20

    Hi Im korean and Im gay.

    Koreans called Japan for help man!? and look what Koreans did to demselves after Japan left..fighting they own nation and destroy what Japanese have built for Korea..trains,dams and stuff..

    I only know this cuz I’ve been livin outside Korea and know the TRUTH.


  295. Miori
    on Aug 4th, 2011
    @ 12:25

    To those who think Japan has never paid anything and never apologized:
    That statement is WRONG.

    Japan has been paying for am extremely long time and is still paying, by the way. In fact, they have long paid what they owed.
    Also, while there are, of course, politiciams who will deny what Japan did (as in any other country they will deny the cruelties), a lot of politicians have apologized already. The most recent apology was from Prime Minister Naoto Kan, by the way. Just so you know.

    Besides, the people living NOW have nothing to do with the past and should therefore not be held responsible.


  296. ZOP
    on Aug 5th, 2011
    @ 17:52

    Takeshima is Japanese territory.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Report_of_Van_Fleet_Mission_to_Far_East

    why korea territory? it’s lie.


  297. K
    on Aug 17th, 2011
    @ 20:57

    Hi Im Korean, and I hate Japanese.

    They all liar and thief. What the hell is “Taksima”???????
    they stole everything from us even our cultures.
    We have so deep n long history in Korea but Japanese hav trying to steel it.
    Look people, you should learn a true history.

    I know this Japanese guy, he is so rude and doesn’t know history at all.
    I told him to apologize for everything what jap have done. u know what he said??? he said “you guys are the one who’s steeling our culture.”!!!!!!!!
    I was so mad!! cuz how could we steel damn jap culture??? we have longer and deeper histry and culture in own country men!! he was SO RUDE.

    K


  298. COREANPRIDE.
    on Aug 18th, 2011
    @ 01:21

    Did you know, stupid japs changed the C in Corea to K, just so that they’d be above us in the alphabetical system? So fucking pathetic and stupid.
    I hate japs.They’re so fucking ugly and disgusting. You think Korea’s number one in plastic surgery? CHECK AGAIN, it’s JAPAN and Taiwan. -_- Since their people are ugly, they NEED plastic surgery, right? So many Chinese and japs are wannabe Koreans. If you go visit Taiwan, their plastic surgery hospitals say, “Become Beautiful Like a Korean Person.” Yeah, I know, we’re the fucking best.
    & After that tsunami/earthquake, Korean people and celebrities donated SO MUCH MONEY to help them out, and you know what they say right after? “Dokdo is still ours.” Fucking bullshit. I hope they get millions of more earthquakes to come. Seriously? They never know how to be grateful OR sorry. And stupid jap shits, if you check the records, if there are 10 reports on to whom Dokdo belongs to, 8 of them says Korea, and only 2 for japs. Yeah, majority fucking wins, bitches.
    During the World War II, they cut off Korean people’s heads off if they refused to cut their long hair short(and ugly) like theirs. They raped and killed thousands of women and children. They burned down houses and rice fields. They did the same thing to China, and there’s even a name for it– “The Rape of Nanking.”
    They’re just probably fucking butthurt that Korea’s one of the four Asian dragons and they’re not, cuz you know, we’re so successful and they’re fucking not.
    You, the writer of this moronic article, probably can fucking say all that bullshit because you haven’t exactly “LEARNED” about Japan’s pathetic and cruel history.
    Seriously, when jap sinks, I hope they NEVER come to Korea. There’s already enough stupid jap shit infesting in korea and I don’t want more fucking jap bullshits dirtying Korea.
    They take Korean Kimbab and call it sushi. What the fuck? They take Korean kimchi and rename it kimuchi. What the fuck again? They have absolutely no originality to their culture, and a lot of it’s ripped off from Korea, seriously.
    This article has failed to convince in me the want or need to compromise or forgive them. I know Japanese people LOVE korean stuff, seeing that K-POP has taken over the Oricon Charts quite a few times and seeing SNSD appear in a jap English textbook.

    In conclusion, I hate japs and I sincerely hope that they become extinct.


  299. COREANPRIDE.
    on Aug 18th, 2011
    @ 01:24

    The Mission was advised by Republic of Korea that:
    :”What is still worse is that Japan now claims the possession of the little islet of Dokdo known Liancourt Rocks near the Ulleungdo known as Dagelet. Japanese officials are making frequent visits to the islet with armed vessels molesting Korean fishermen there. They set up posts here and there in the islet with description declaring as if it were Japanese territory. Throughout our history and knowledge up to the very moment of the declaration of sovereignty over adjacent seas (Rhee Line), Korea’s sovereignty over it has never been contended by any country, as it has long been an immovably established fact that the islet, Dokdo, has been historically as well as legally a part of Ulleungdo (Dagelet) Korean territory.”

    They still never learn. Molesting Korean fishermen? Wow. Fuck those god damned jap shit.


  300. tree
    on Aug 18th, 2011
    @ 17:20

    I’m Thai and I don’t like Korean.

    Recently There’s a clip on youtube that has became quite famous among Thais, the clip stated that “Kyuktooki” is their invented boxing but it’s all copied from Thai’s “Muay Thai” despite the shorts they were wearing has Thai language on it ( see more in the clip).

    So I have decided to look on this subject, about Korean and their copying.
    Some says, they don’t have their real culture so they hate themselves and try to be everyone else , they hate even their looks and that explains about their “Plastic surgery” every doctor in Korean wants to be plastic surgery, it’s that much

    I’ll leave many other things they’ve copied to Japan and China.

    Many people I know who went to Korean , most of them came back with negative comments about how racist , arrogance Korean can be.
    they immediately stop buying Korean’s products.

    I think Korean is the most hate country in Asia now.
    but like they care , anyway.

    And to all Japanese ( and Chinese )
    If your country is really sink,I believe you are most welcome in Thai.
    Almost 40% of Thais is half Chinese and we love you Japanese.
    Thanks.


  301. Loungyoo
    on Aug 18th, 2011
    @ 21:24

    @Rafa & Louis— Please do not refer to people’s interests as sick or twisted, as one should not label as who is normal and who is weird. People have different tastes other than the ones you have and it’s not like lolicon and shotacon is hurting anyone. They’re computer generated images! Not Child Pornography and is surely not produced like Child Pornography. So before freaking out and joining a mob of people to stop this, think about how would you feel if your favorite things were viewed in society as ‘sick’ and ‘twisted’ then having them made illegal when you fully know that it is not harming anything.


  302. aa
    on Aug 19th, 2011
    @ 03:28

    hi im German. i like Japanese and Korean was ok, but sadly i gotta change my mind now. i mean look what those Koreans wrote on this wall… They use such a dirty words and insulting people.. this made me really sad.


  303. usa
    on Aug 19th, 2011
    @ 03:31

    @COREANPRIDE

    “The Mission was advised by Republic of Korea”? LOLL
    How could we believe them LOL


  304. Brazil
    on Aug 22nd, 2011
    @ 08:44

    I would like to thank all you guys for this funny blog.

    I am Japanese and love myself. Since hate won’t make me feel any good I just won’t hate.

    I don’t give a shit for this island as I don’t give a shit to my or your country either. Japan can apologize or pay for everything they did during the WWII and it won’t change anything. The dead won’t come up and the people that hates Japan right now will keep hating this country forever.

    I’ve never faced any of those problems, I will never go to a country in war. I go like 3, 4 times a year to Korea for shopping, eating and talk to girls, then come back to Japan to go shopping, eating and talk to girls. Good! isn’t it?

    You don’t even need to look on history or other countries if you want to see rape, violence or whatever. They are everywhere! Japanese killing and raping Japanese / Korean killing and raping Korean. Do you wanna be part of this shit? Not me!

    but, keep hating each other as I would like to see how this blob grows. (killing time at work right now)

    Cheers


  305. Tachikoma2510
    on Oct 30th, 2011
    @ 08:05

    Firstly I’d like to state that I’m Japanese and I’ve lived abroad(mainly the UK , a couple of years in the states ),during my childhood I’ve had my fair share of racism as for being Asian , but thanks to my friends I was never a victim of any really abusive racism.

    I’ve been reading through the comments and would like to make a statement on some of the historical comments that were made.

    no1. The comment about the existence of regiment 731 is indeed a fact , although the details of their acts are not clear , tests of biological warfare upon humans are recognized and backed up by ex-members of this regiment. The reason why the Japanese government does not admit this is due to the fact that many ex-members are at posts of power (including one of the ex-members being at the top of a department where textbook censorships are conducted), also there are records of negotiations between the US and the regiments leader ishii for the human test data in change for not being prosecuted of war crimes, this leading to a total coverup of even the existence of regiment 731.

    no2. There are no proofs on the so called great massacre of nanjing ,there are no remains of large scale burial of bodies or any sort of large scale quarrels between the population and the army ,there are statements from some Japanese veterans that there was a massacre but there are statements of residents during that time stating that there were no such monstrosities , the given evidence footage and photos from the republic of china is allegedly forged or edited (given that most of the originals are in the storage of Japanese and US archives ) for the use of anti-jap propaganda.

    no3. I’m not really sure what to believe on the agenda of “comfort women” , if it was really forced or not , there are statements of veterans going to brothels that were originally there and accounts of Koreans comfort women ,but to be honest due to the time and political background when this topic rose up ,I believe that propaganda intervened .

    That’s about it, personally I think that Japan during this period was pretty horrible and really f**ked up ,the abused use of the spirit of bushidou by ultra-nationalists is a disgrace to our history and the fact that such cruelties were done should never be forgiven , but dragging on our hatred to generations which have never experienced this episode is completely pointless , nothing productive can come from this . I believe that remembering and understanding our past is the true goal of learning history ,and never should it be used as a tool for personal and political matters .

    Lastly i would like to comment that I have nothing against the Koreans and the Chinese people themselves or their nationality ,I’ve met and become friends with a lot Koreans and Chinese and I haven’t come across any stereotypes which are mentioned in the comment above , we all have our habits and characteristics and none should be judged by plain looks or race.
    *Any hatred I have shown is aimed against the present and past Korean and Chinese regimes and also the japanese government , ultra-nationalists , racial profilers , “NET rights” etc.


  306. Hi,(やぁ、)I’m(僕) Korean(韓国人) and(で、) I(僕) hate(大っ嫌い)Japanese People(日本国民) | 分かった!海外~海外のニュースと反応~
    on Nov 28th, 2011
    @ 12:04

    [...] ガンバレ!管理人、ニッポン! 元ネタ:GUINDILLA:http://www.guindilla.eu/blog/2007/04/02/im-korean-and-i-hate-japanese-people/ [...]


  307. ZOP
    on Nov 29th, 2011
    @ 09:57

    Syngman Rhee Line
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syngman_Rhee_Line
    According to the Report of Van Fleet Mission to Far East made in 1954, the U.S. government maintained that the one-sided declaration of the Syngman Rhee Line was illegal under international law.

    Takeshima is Japanese territory.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Report_of_Van_Fleet_Mission_to_Far_East
    When the Treaty of Peace with Japan was being drafted, the Republic of Korea asserted its sovereignty over the island, but the United States at that time concluded that the island is under sovereignty of Japan because Japan declined to release its ownership under the Peace Treaty.

    The island squatter. it’s truth.
    hey korean’s. let’s study the history!!
    Thanks.


  308. jun
    on Dec 1st, 2011
    @ 09:37

    I am japanese

    Sorry, I can not write English very well.

    I know that hate Korea and Japan.
    But I do not write anything about it,
    But please stop writing lies like this.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/rhrnfu12#p/u

    Koreans say “Okinawa and Hokkaido, Japan was occupied illegally”
    This is a lie…


  309. Idealistic Romantic
    on Dec 16th, 2011
    @ 04:49

    Hello All,

    Pleased to have come across this blog.

    I’m Chinese-American, 26 years old and I live in Irvine, California. My grandparents fled Communism in China during the Chinese Civil War and my parents were born in Taiwan. They migrated to the United States about 40 years ago (I should know the exact year, but sadly, I don’t) I went to UCLA and studied Geography. My best friend growing up was Korean-American and one of my college roommates was Korean-American. I occasionally play basketball with mixed nationalities on the weekends, some of which are Korean-American. That’s my background.

    I feel that anti-Japanese sentiment by the Korean people is justified given the sheer horror of the atrocities. I also feel that the pride felt by the Korean people is justified given the economic success of their country. But, I do not feel that hatred toward any group of people is productive if human beings are to achieve some semblance of solidarity (assuming that solidarity is a goal of course).

    The idealist side of me wants world peace! The realist side of me knows that human nature is flawed.

    In the words of the late German-American poet Charles Bukowski, “You begin saving the world by saving one man at a time; all else is hopeless romanticism or politics.”

    Cheers.


  310. jackie
    on Dec 16th, 2011
    @ 05:08

    i am part korean. hate japanese. for example, WATCH “City of Life and Death”. It is about the Rape of Nanking where Japanese killed 300,000 chinese, raped there women and CHILDREN then tortured them all. They pissed one them, impaled them, with no shame. The worst is that Japan never apologized. There is also a blog online where people are making fun of it, calling the event “funny”. The Japanese at the time were the equivalent of the Nazis.

    Here is a picture of naked dead chinese children, killed by the japanese. http://padresteve.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/nanking-massacre-rape-of-nanking-killing-children.jpg


  311. Idealistic Romantic
    on Dec 16th, 2011
    @ 05:13

    In the above post, I should have specified “human solidarity,” as opposed to “solidarity” in and of itself.

    Cheers.


  312. mika
    on Jan 9th, 2012
    @ 12:25

    Hello.

    Guille, you might be exhausted from those coments.
    but let me say something.

    I am Japanese and I graduated from high school last March.
    so my memory must not fade away so much yet.
    then, I will write about history education of japan.
    I used the most famous history textbook in school.
    The publisher is Yamakawa Publisher.
    This history textbook is most used in Japanese high school.
    and I now open it and write what it says about the wartime.
    it is written so long to translate, so I think I making error.

    About Kominka Seisaku (*Imperialst Education)
    In 1937, the year of the outbreak of Shino-Japanese war,
    Imperialst Education in Korea was strengthened under the name of 内鮮一体(*slogan that Japan as inland and Korea is same?)
    Korean people was forced to visit japanese style shrines, to repeat the vow of the Emperor subjects in unison.
    Also, in education, 内鮮共学(*Japanese and Koreans learn same thing?) is stressed, so they were forced to use the same textbook as Japanese, to use Japanese language.
    The order forced on Koreans to change their names to Japanese ones was enforced in 1940.
    The volunteer system was introduced in 1938.
    The conscription system was enforced in 1943 in Korea (1944 in Taiwan),
    Koreans were compeled to fight with Japanese soldiers in battlefield.
    On the other hand, in order to make up the deficit of labor force in Japan, Government brought Koreans and Chinese forcibly to Japan and made them work at mines, coal mines, and dams.
    It is said that the number of the people who being moved forcibly amount to seven hundred thousand.
    In Korea, about 5 million people were conscripted to work forcibly.
    Not a few people fallen victim by being send to South as a civilian employee of the army.
    Women were mobilized to work as women’s volunteer corps.
    Also, there were women who followed the troops.(what is called comfort women)
    In the intensify process of Shino-Japanese war to Pacific war,
    we must not forget the people of Korea were in harsh circumstance.

    That’s all.
    Sorry if I made miss translation.

    and, as for comfort women, I have read the comment you wrote that Japan hasn’t apologized to Korea,
    as long as I know, that’s wrong.
    List of war apology statements issued by Japan
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_war_apology_statements_issued_by_Japan

    July 15, 1998. Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto. “The Government of Japan, painfully aware of its moral responsibility concerning the issue of so called “wartime comfort women,” has been sincerely addressing this issue in close cooperation with the Asian Women’s Fund which implements the projects to express the national atonement on this issue. Recognizing that the issue of comfort women, with an involvement of the Japanese military authorities at that time, was a grave affront to the honor and dignity of large numbers of women, I would like to convey to Your Excellency my most sincere apologies and remorse to all the women who underwent immeasurable and painful experiences and suffered incurable physical and psychological wounds as comfort women…. By the Statement of Prime Minister in 1995, the Government of Japan renewed the feelings of deep remorse and the heartfelt apology for tremendous damage and suffering caused by Japan to the people of many countries including the Netherlands during a certain period in the past. My cabinet has not modified this position at all, and I myself laid a wreath to the Indisch Monument with these feelings on the occasion of my visit to the Netherlands in June last year” (The contents of the letter of the then Japanese Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto sent to the Netherlands Prime Minister Willem Kok).

    but yes, Japanese Government hasn’t compensate them individually.
    Japanese Government has been thinking that
    The Treaty on Basic Relations between Japan and the Republic of Korea is the role.
    Read this
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_on_Basic_Relations_between_Japan_and_the_Republic_of_Korea
    But the Japanese compensation for Korean people has never been paid Korean people by Korean Government.
    the money was used for the infrastructure and something by Korean Government.
    So there is still problem with us.

    The other day Japanese prime minister and Korean president had a dialogue.
    Korean president broached comfort women problem to the prime minister.
    but our prime minister said, “this problem already finished at the treaty.”
    I think so too.
    but if I think about what the victims and war are and really care victims without the notion of international rules or rules of war or something rationalist,
    I think it would be better to compensate again.
    unless they thin away their sorrow.

    Bye.


  313. p
    on Jan 14th, 2012
    @ 20:36

    Ok.

    This is how I see this. It seems like a lot of people are pretty much retaliating each others comments by bringing out their history books. All I can say is, just stop wasting your time.

    Growing up in a traditional korean family and having family members who experienced the invasion, there is a constant upbringing of their dislike for the japanese. That’s terrible that it happened and I am deeply saddened for what has happened to THEM. If you had experienced this personally, then you have every right to feel whatever you choose to feel. But this event has not affected me in any way whatsoever. I did not experience this, I wasn’t there. That does not give me the right to just start developing hate for a country that I do not know. Personally I am a very proud korean but by spending time in Japan and getting to know their culture and people I have fallen in love with their heritage.

    To all you people saying Koreans are rude, etc. Here’s a reality check for you. Everywhere you go there will always be those inconsiderate immature pricks who dislike other people. It is inevitable. There will always be those inconsiderate, immature and pretty low human beings in any country. What’s done, is done. Knowing that probably over 90% of people here have not personally experienced this event, its pretty ridiculous and funny to read.

    You can lash each other out with your history books but please know that you won’t change anyone’s mind. You are only wasting your time and other peoples time. It’s disgusting to see the amount of hate that exists among human beings. Open your eyes people, we are all the same. We eat, we breathe, we love, we just come from different walks of life. Get over yourselves and fix those narrow-minds of yours. You are only passing down hate from one generation to the next.


  314. Weigugin
    on Jan 16th, 2012
    @ 06:09

    Hi,

    To that one racist guy farther up the chain that says foreigners leave Korea hating it:

    I’M AN AMERICAN WHO LIVED IN KOREA FOR TWO YEARS AND I LOVED IT!!!

    So there. You’re wrong. Along with all the other ignorant comments that people have left stating that the Koreans are this, the Japanese are that, BLAH BLAH BLAH. I suppose you geniuses think that all black people in America eat fried chicken and watermelon, and wash it down with Kool-Aid every day? It’s about the same level of “knowledge.” You people are ridiculous. And yes, I do mean ridiculous, the very meaning of the word, as in “worthy of ridicule” for your foolishness.

    Grow up and try to live life in the real world, meeting and interacting with real people from around the world, rather than spending all your time living in a fantasy created in your mind, where people all speak and act exactly as you imagine them to.


  315. hiro
    on Feb 2nd, 2012
    @ 17:51

    hi, i just want to say that this is such an interesting thread and i had a very good time reading all the comments here. some of you have very good arguments and i feel that i have been very informed and educated about this issue more than i did during my very boring history class. thanks to guille for creating an opportunity for all of us to share our opinions.

    well.. im not as insightful and eloquent as others here but i want to say that jeez, stop with the racism..seriously.we should never judge each other by our race or nationality. it’s very old fashioned really. there are mean and rude people as well as good nice people in any nationality or race.

    i’m not an expert in politics, history, or anything concerning this issue. but i do know that my korean friends are some of the nicest people i’ve ever known and korean food is awesome. and fyi, k-pop is very popular in japan. there is even a pachinko slot machine that is themed after a korean actor ( i forgot his name but he wears glasses)

    with those said.. goodnight and thanks for reading if ever anyone did :)


  316. Ramune
    on Feb 3rd, 2012
    @ 03:16

    just FYI :)

    Timeline of Japanese history:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_Japanese_history

    Timeline of Korean history:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_Korean_history


  317. justmi
    on Mar 13th, 2012
    @ 19:32

    Hi, I’m Korean-American and I very much dislike Japanese people. ever since I learned about the rape of Nanking. there’s a documentary(it was a Sundance selection) and book on the subject. The book’s author, a Chinese woman underwent so much depression after doing the research/writing her book that she committed suicide.

    The documentary was made by accounts of Westerners. Americans/ British/ and Germans. They told the Chinese “Don’t worry. The Japanese are civil” The Chinese tried to warn them…

    What kind of people bayonett a woman breastfeeding a baby in front of her other baby? Rape babies? Slaughter teenage men? the Jap soldiers asked the group of teenage men about to be slaughtered “how do you want to die? Sword? Gunshot?” A Chinese man stood up “How dare you ask us that?”

    And when they returned to Japan and accounts were made the Japanese did not believe the stories and discounted them as lies. The Westerners snuggled footage as proof. The Japanese not only fail to acknowledge what happened but have never appologized and even have Museums made for the Japanese generals responsible for what happened. They celebrate the, as heroes.

    It is part of the Japanese culture to never admit to failure because it is viewed as weakness. that is why I cannot stand Japanese culture. That is why it took them so damn long for Toyota to applogize to familes after their car killed Americans. americans will not let them get away with murder


  318. Drew
    on Mar 16th, 2012
    @ 07:47

    I just stumbled upon this website, and, believe it not, I got engrossed in it by spending past 2.5 hours reading about 1/2 of the comments so far. I just want to say that my favorate comments were made by someone named “Paradox” back in 2009 (see below). The comments were full of real-life stories and experiences that he/she personally experienced and observed by living as a “gaijin” in Japan (vs. based on public perceptions or which version of the history books he/she read).

    I, personally, grew up as a “gaijin” in Japan during the 1980′s (during their “height” of their economy boom), and I concur with 100% with Paradox’ observations. I have personally encountered, saw, experienced, and observed everything single topics that he/she covered. It was as if I wrote it! Especially, comments about IBM vs. Hitachi, etc. and the news coverage of certain topics that are not exactly in “harmony” with their society.

    Those who claim that they have lived in Japan as a short-term student/businesspersson, married to a Japanese, have a Japanese gf/bf, etc. won’t be able to comprehend exactly what we are speaking of. Annually, there are public rallies re: “anti-discrimination/humane treatment of people” in many Japanese cities. They usually chant about how important it is protect the rights of children, seniors, etc. I, once, out of curiosity, asked some of the rally attendees what they thought of the way “gaijins,” especially the Koreans, are being treated in Japan, and not even one single of them made any useful remark. In fact, many of their faces just turned red and looked down, unable to say anything.

    It’s embedded in their culture – they will do whatever it takes to avoid appearing as going against the “collective will” or the “harmony” of their neighbors. In fact, the couple of the most popular Japanese proverbs are, “Put a Lid on Stinky Stuff” and “Hammer Down the Nail That Sticks Out.” That should summarize how the majority of the mainstream Japanese people think and act. So, I am not even a bit surprised or shocked that most Japanese people and people in their government will be crazy enough to make an overtly “controversial” remark or openly acknowledge their wrong doings. As an individual, just about every single Japanese people will be “polite” and “nice” to you on the surface, never openly arguing with you; however, put a few of them in a group, they will readily go “weird” on you and backstab you, literally to death.

    Is it any wonder why bullying in Japanese schools is so rampant? I think someone else mentioned about a Japanese grandfather wanting to apologize to the Americans for bombing Pearl Harbor, and I do believe that he probably mean it; however, I won’t be too surprised, if put him in a group, he will easily shout “Hail to the Emperor,” and start bombing again. That’s a typical Japanese for you. And, to those who try to “self-justify” their wrong doings by saying that they did it to advance the technology of their neighboring countries, etc., I would like to ask, “ok, that’s very nice of you, but did you really have to kill all those people and inflict all that pain to help your neighboring countries?” “Couldn’t you help them in a bit less brutal manner?” I once knew an elderly Korean gentleman who lived through the Japanese Colonial Occupation, and, among many horror stories, he informed me that he was forced to change his surname to “Shimizu” from “Kim” and that those who refused or who chose to speak in Korean were physically punished by the Japanese guards He also mentioned much worse horror stories. Now, the “nay-sayers” would say, “oh, that Korean man was just exaggerating things” or trying to instill hatred toward Japanese, but how did I know he was telling the truth? Because he was my own grandfather.

    To those who cannot understand why so many Koreans and Chinese people are bitter toward Japanese, I will try to use a simple analogy. We all know people who were bullied in schools to the point that they refused to go to school or, worse, yet, contemplate on committing a suicide. Now, let’s fast-forward 30 years. He/she runs into a the former “bully” who tormented him/her at a 30-year school reunion. The person who got bullied will definitely remember the bully (or at least recognize the voice) and tries to confront the former bully. “Hey, remember me? You used to make some of the most fun times of my life a living hell? Do you know what kind of psychological (and/or physical damage) I suffered because of you? And, what you did to my personal self-image/confidence? Believe it or not, I still have nightmares about you!”

    The chance is, the former bully will NOT remember who this person is, or even if he did, he may say, “oh, come on! You are talking about something that happened 30 years ago!” He may even say, “oh, I am sorry, I didn’t know I hurt you that much,” smiles, and walks away with the cocktail in his hand. Now, do you think the person who got bullied will feel, “whew, I feel a lot better now that he apologized…. I will forgive him now and just forget everything that happened in the past…my wounds are now healed.” I don’t think so!

    Also, I have always wondered why so many Japanese people disliked ethnic Koreans living in Japan in general. Yes, it is true that the Korean culture and celebrities are popular among many Japanese people nowadays, but they exactly weren’t receiving the royal treatment a couple of decades ago. During my undergraduate study in the U.S., I’ve asked several international Japanese students the question, “Honestly, why is it that Japanese people don’t like Koreans living in Japan? I think it should be other way around because Japan is the one who invaded Korea, right? I mean, so many of them were forcefully brought to your country by the Imperial Japanese Army as forced laborers, right, so why do you not like them?” Of course, none of them were able to say or explain anything. I also remember, when the movie Peal Harbor staring Ben Afflect was a hit movie. Many of the Japanese students often commented, “oh, I love Ben, he is so cute!” Then, asked about what they thought of the portrayal of the bombing of Pearl Harbor in the movie, the mums were the word. At best, some said, “oh…I can’t believe that Japan actually committed such a crime.” I often wondered, who is worse at brainwashing/denial? The North Koreans or the Japanese??

    I you still can’t understand why Koreans and Chinese are still as mad as hell and hard time just “letting the past go,” I seriously question your level of humaneness and intelligence in general.
    —————————————————————————————————–

    Paradox
    on Apr 25th, 2009
    @ 07:41:

    It is true the Japanese have an “Us vs Them” mentality to their culture, and this can get a tad frustrating at times.

    To quote http://www.thejapanfaq.com: “The Japanese have been raised to think of themselves as part of a group, and their group is always dealing with other groups. This is viewed on many angles — internationally it is “We Japanese” vs. everyone else (more on that later), but in schools, companies, sections of companies etc. there are many groups and sub-groups — and not always in perfect harmony and cooperation as it may look on the surface.”

    I currently am a foreigner (gaijin, literally translates to outsider) living in Japan and have experienced first hand the wall of separation (or should I call it a chain fence since I can still see through it?). Outwardly Japanese do stress politeness and tolerance, but there is this underlying hidden, condescending negative layer towards foreigners, and that shows when it becomes near impossible to get an apartment, a bank account, etc. (Of course not every Japanese has this attitude).

    Today none of this is hostile. But in history that was different, as every country has a shameful history at one moment in time. The problem comes in that Japan places their atrocities away as a skeleton in a closet, due to the way the government runs plus the cultural aspect to always have a good image. I agree with everyone who has mention the aggravation comes in that Japan does not acknowledge the negatives of its history. Everything is justified towards a positive motive and never acknowledged as wrong on the textbook scale.

    A Japanese friend of mine who’s grandfather was one of the pilots during the bombing of Pearl Harbor always told his grandson how much he wished he could apologize to the American people for the crimes he had done. On the small scale, we are all human after all.

    But on the cultural scale, I suppose that’s where friction happens.

    (continued)

    Paradox
    on Apr 25th, 2009
    @ 07:43:

    (continued)

    Here’s an interesting example I can give: Watching the news in Tokyo there was a special report about the Korean prostitutes for American soldiers during the Korean War. America was looked down upon as vile and disgraceful for engaging in the trade (even though the US military stressed against it and looked down upon the practice). Supposedly the Korean government encouraged the women into prostitution to help fuel the economy. The reporter retorted with: “How awful! What a terrible thing to do.” There was a light mention of the “comfort women” the Japanese forced upon the Koreans, not once anything negative about it, then the topic quickly changed back to the American and Korean government corruption.

    This is not the first the Japanese have swept bad images of themselves under the rug. There was a case back with IBM vs. Mitsubishi and Hitachi about 20 years ago in which IBM accused the two of espionage, but in the Japanese papers it was distorted that IBM with the FBI were creating a plot against two innocent and successful Japanese firms. Ok. IBM could have been wrong in the accusation, but let’s just keep the facts clear. There was no FBI involved, it wasn’t in an attempt to take down the companies just because they were Japanese.

    But see, that’s just the problem. Difference in culture. To the Japanese, image means a lot to them. To admit something was wrong admits they, the Japanese, were wrong. And while that is probably the respectful thing to do, it goes against their image of outward harmony.

    Here’s what I think: In their hearts, the Japanese are very remorseful for what they have done (as my friend confronted to me about his grandfather), but they just cannot outwardly admit it.

    For what reasons, I cannot be sure. Yeah, I’ve felt the superiority complex here and there from them. But I’ve also felt this inner desire to be accepted by the outside world.

    The cultural exchange between Korea and Japan is a good thing. Korean drama is now popular here, and as one coworker stated: “I want to learn Korean now!” so she could follow her favorite Korean drama.


  319. Drew
    on Mar 17th, 2012
    @ 05:48

    The whole point of my previous (long) posting is that those who were the “victims” will never forget what happened in the past, but, “tormentors” often either forget what happened or, IF they do happen to remember, will wish that no one would remind them about what they did in the past (or quickly forget the past). This is basic psychology. Negative events in life tend to make stronger impression and stay longer in people’s memory than positive events. So, no matter how many times other people tell them to forget it, forget it, forget it x godzillion times, they won’t forget it, especially when some of the actual victims are still living among us.

    Another thing that really bothers me is that, each year, Japan observes a day to remember the tragedy of getting bombed in Hiroshima and Nagasaki and hold candle ceremonies, etc., vowing to never forget the past and repeat the same tragedy, hope of everlasting world peace, etc., etc.

    However, as far as I can remember, I have NEVER EVER read or heard of the Japanese government (or the media) mentioning WHY (again, WHY) they got bombed to begin with. Although receiving two atomic bomb blasts should have never happen to any country, they just do NOT fall out of the sky for no reason! In fact, the speeches made by the Japanese government (and the media) ONLY tend to emphasize the fact that THEY were the victims.

    Did they just CONVENIENTLY forget the fact that they were not only part of the war, but also actually an ACTIVE participant in the war, attacking and invading other countries? If this is not brainwashing, I don’t know what is. Were the Americans just a bunch of lunnies who just decided, one day, to drop a couple of catastrophic bombs in two specific cities in a foreign country just for the fun of it?

    Another thing that frustrates me is that, some Japanese people try to self-justify what they did in the past by stating that the Japan was just following the “trend” (for a lack of better word) of what was happening throughout the world at that time. What? So, because some other countries were being aggressive and attacking/invading other countries, they somehow just got “sucked into” the situation like a vacuum cleaner? It’s not a fashion trend!

    Even if other countries were doing such things, couldn’t they have think for themselves that what they were doing is bring so much suffering and pain to so many people who had NOTHING to do the war? I know this is a cliche, but they decided to jump off the bridge because others were doing it? By using that excuse, what the Japanese are saying is that they were acting like a bunch of “mindless” robots following what others were doing! That certainly doesn’t sound like something that a group of “intelligent/superior” people would do!

    Going back to the “bully” analogy, all these self-justifications that Japan has been using is like the bully telling the victim, “Hey, man, look at it this way. In a long run, my bullying you did you some good because I made you a tougher person in life, so you should actually thank me for it.” A bunch of twisted, convoluted, self-serving logic.

    I am a true believer in the saying, “what goes around comes around,” and I personally think that bad things are “coming around” for Japan… and I have a feeling that the majority of the citizens of their neighboring countries really don’t feel sorry for them, especially their government.


  320. Drew
    on Apr 4th, 2012
    @ 22:27

    @strony: Are your messages referring to my postings? If so, thank you for your compliment. I am no professional writer, but I like to write, especially when things enrage me ;)


  321. Changho KIm
    on Apr 6th, 2012
    @ 19:46

    I am a korean and I never really liked Japanese people and I still hate them I always bully japanese kids at school. I will never forget what the JApanese did to my country. If any Japanese is reading this then ask your grandparents what their parents did to the country Korea.

    I just wanted say how greedy japanese are. in world war two all they did was expand their terrirtory to korea, china, and the phylipenus. while they expanded the recruited koreans and chinese as kamikaze pilots. because of that i never knew my grandpa.


  322. Changho kim
    on Apr 6th, 2012
    @ 19:53

    and hey drew just shut the #*@% up no one wants to hear u.


  323. Drew
    on Apr 7th, 2012
    @ 05:53

    Changho: Why are you asking to shut the #*@% up? I am writing to SUPPORT your case! You must have incorrectly read my comments….Although as much as I have distaste for some Japanese people, Koreans like you make other intelligent Koreans a bad name. You bully Japanese kids in your school? That’s really pitiful. Grow-up and take some more English writing courses. Your comments are really painful to read.

    You may have good points to make, but people really won’t give much credit to people who write poorly. What’s “phylipenus?” Did you type this on your keyboard or just used your thumbs to text? You are screaming, “Hello! I am illiterate and immature, so please don’t pay attention to what I am writing!” May be it’s a good thing that you never knew your grandpa because he would have probably whipped your ass.


  324. rachel
    on Apr 15th, 2012
    @ 05:36

    i guess some things need at least two generations to heal. mabey after everyone that was in the second world war dies people will forget about hating each other and korea and japan might even be friends.


  325. ishi
    on Apr 15th, 2012
    @ 20:53

    I also think it’s very sad that the most of Koreans think that way and I agree as well that Japan has to admit their wrong deeds but if I’m not mistaken they already paid the countries consumptions…

    I have a Chinese good friend but she also said that her parents hate Japan so I never went to her house.

    Ironically did you know that most of Japanese have Korean blood? Me too, my paternal family has a Japanese name and all but they don’t look Japanese at all, hence I took after my father and look Korean. (it’s the high cheeks)

    The problem in Japan right now is that there are a lot of Japanese born Korean people asking for a Japanese nationality and be treated as a Japanese. Just today did I watch a discussion scene of people talking with such a woman and they asked her a good question: “So if there would be war, would you go back to Korea or support Japan?”

    This question stayed in my head because I’m Japanese but I’ve been born in Belgium.


  326. Understand the real thing
    on Apr 21st, 2012
    @ 19:46

    I really want to explain this, but
    I’m Japanese and I don’t like Korean or Chinese that much…

    Just to make it clear, it’s China OR Korea that copies Japanese things.
    I know this because there is a character names Atom(I can’t spell it in English!) which is in a story about a robot hero. It was made by Osamu Tezuka which isn’t alive anymore, but he invented many great stories and few of them are known in America as well.

    But then, I searched in google and saw a really similar story plot in Chinese anime,(the story was SO similar) except the anime looked different.
    There is also a fake iPad in China(or Korea) called iPed or something like that.

    Another thing, the korean ship crashed or something into a Japanese ship, they blamed OUR ship for crashing into them, but we believe they were the one who kind of stepped into the territory in the ocean. I believe.

    Lastly, Japanese is having troubles with the rules because of the Prime Minister. Please don’t look at Japan as ALL the people. We are all different in here and we can’t be like this if we had a different minister. The prime minister before now, was born in a rich home, not knowing how hard the country is right now. So he didn’t know what was happening until he became the minister, and couldn’t do anything for us. At all.

    So please DO NOT look at Japan All weak and stuff. We are having hard times and everyone’s different, don’t think every Japanese is mean if your friend is a mean japanese. That’s his or her problem, not because she or he is Japanese. Please understand us.


  327. Alonso
    on May 10th, 2012
    @ 14:36

    >Drew

    You talk like an American, but what is your real nationality? I found too many similarities with statements made by Korean.

    You mentioned that you’ve lived in Japan some years, but couldn’t you get the reason why Japanese generally have disliking toward Korean? I deeply doubt your experience in Japan. For if you really have had some “real” life in Japan, it could be apparent. Can you read or understand Japanese? Did you really read newspapers or watch TV? Haven’t you felt upset by the distorted(by China or Korea) opinions made by media? Even as an exchanging student(Kyoto Unv) living here for a year, they were all apparent to me.

    Also, you definitely seem to lack in accurate historical recognition. Where did you get to know “poor” Koreans were “forced” to live in Japan?(Aren’t you a Korean?) You really don’t know how much Japanese have had to have been meaninglessly suffered(mentally and economically) from such inaccurate historical recognition(esp 1980-2000). Just check out what the previous Korean president Roh Moo Hyun mentioned about Korean living in Japan.
    Ignorant and blurred recognition of history or reality always make meaningless conflict. You cited a ridiculous example of bullying. You forget one thing. : A teacher only listens to what the bullied say. The result of ignorance of opinions by Japan(The bully) have led to the current situation.


  328. amanda dio
    on May 25th, 2012
    @ 01:44

    hi guys,
    i am half japanese and half korean.
    i would say everything started because of what japanese have had done to korean. if japanese apologize formally then korean may forgive, however if that’s just to pretend then obviously koreans will disgust of japanese even more. what i heard from both country’s education of ‘history’, koreans teach the history based on the past which is the ‘real’, but japaneses teach history that is unfact which is ‘made up’. According to the survey that was held in japan : japaneses hate koreans the most. my question is WHY? it is understandable if koreans hate japanese but why do japanese hate korean? koreans can’t forget what was happened in the past and if you are human that have feelings then you probably agree on this. However, the time is not same as before, time have changed and things are getting different : not every japanese hates korean or not every korean hates japanese, some korean people like japanese and some japanese peple like korean. personally i like japanese and korean but i like korean more because even though they hate japanese, they did not hesitate to give their hands to japan when they were suffering from the natural disaster and i think japanese really need to apologize from deep in their mind because korea is the nearest country that can help if their land sink. oh and one last thing, i think japan need to give back “Dockdo” to korea because anyone can see that dockdo is more close to korea and also according to the maps from the history. i have many korean friends and japanese friends but most of them don’t really care because they are not in that generation which means they have nothing to do with the history that our ancestors did. but i see my japanese friends do feel sorry for koreans when they heard what had happened. Honestly…i am in between physically, but.. let’s get help when what needs to be returned in it’s place with trufull apology.

    thank you for reading my bad english but i really wanted to say what i was thinking at least once.
    I LOVE KOREAN AND JAPANESE!!


  329. anonymous
    on Jul 3rd, 2012
    @ 13:23

    Hi, Im Japanese. I like some koreans but not the country itself. The truth be told that many koreans distorted the history of war and what happened back in the day between Japan and Korea. But I do feel really sorry for what we have done during the war. But there is nothing can do with it. Its a war and it happens everywhere in the world. Beside, Please not to burn and step on our national flag. Its inappropriate conduct and so disrespectful. We japanese never do that psycho shit.


  330. Pr. Smokestack
    on Aug 6th, 2012
    @ 01:40

    I’m an United States citizen. What I would like to know, If anyone is privy to this information: Why are the United States and Japan are such close allies now, yet Japanese and Korean people seem to have some lingering disdain for each other? The war crimes committed in Korea by the Japanese happened relatively at the same as the United States nuclear bombing of the Japanese mainland. What we did was potentially worse; Whole cities were decimated, people were melted alive, whole areas were left uninhabitable for decades due to radiation. Yet we have been, for some time, very close partners with the Japanese. Likewise, I haven’t really seen any lingering negative sentiment on either side. Japanese people seem to like America and Vice Versa. So what happened/ didn’t happen to make our relationship so different than the Koreans?


  331. Charles
    on Aug 11th, 2012
    @ 21:37

    I’ve taught English to folks from around the world for the last 10 years. I’ve often wondered why the South Koreans have a greater disdain for the Japanese than for the North Koreans.The Jong-Il family have done more to hurt Koreans than the Japanese ever did, and they’ve done it for a longer time. Could it be that the South Koreans have an odd respect for their Northern brothers?

    I’m enjoyed meeting students from both Japan and Korea.


  332. haruka
    on Aug 13th, 2012
    @ 18:22

    I’m japanese and lived mostly my life in Japan, a bit in the UK in my elementary school days. First I have to say, I am really sorry and apologies from my heart to Korea, China, and all the other asian countries that the “Empire of Great Japan” did in the war.

    To be honest, there so much different information and point of views which makes me, the generation born nearly 40 years after the WW2, to understand what actually happened, maybe in other words what I can actually believe in. Not only about the Japanese education about the history which I really feel doubtful of, but also with the Korean and Chinese ones as well. I just can’t simply persuade myself to believe in one point of view. However, I have to admit that in general we are not so much familiar with what the Empire of Great Japan army did in the war, so I decided to look into some books.

    I really feel sad about people talking about hatred. To be honest, I can’t like you if you keep on hating us or other people, while if you like me or even don’t mind liking me, I will try my best to like you. I have some very nice Korean friends and they are so friendly and nice, on the other hand I know there are many Korean people who hate Japan and Japanese, but this is a different issue. My Korean friend told me that he believes in Japan and Korea to work as a team of east asia for a better world, I also believe so as well.

    I am not saying get over the WW2 or forgive us completely about what our grand fathers and grand grand fathers did to your grand father/mother and grand grand father/mother. But we Japanese must study more and understand about what we did, not from a Japanese perspective but from the victim’s, which is at least the responsibility for us being Japanese.

    This blog made me actually think of how to act a role as a leading generation of Japan in the close future, and also the importance of getting to know different people much strongly. I wish peace for the fare east asia and every where around the world. Thank you for the blog.


  333. Polygonal Problem | GenWaka Page
    on Aug 14th, 2012
    @ 02:52

    [...] after that I came to one blog which had a shocking title, Hi, I’m Korean and I hate Japanese people. Well, this is just a fishing title to make people look at the article however the discussion, some [...]


  334. Changho Kim
    on Aug 23rd, 2012
    @ 02:12

    I am a korean and over some thinking I have made a decision I like Japanese people even though they raped Korea and China I mean even though we fight we are all Asian we have many cultures that are alike. Instead of hating each other we should bate those dumbfuk Americans there complete idiots they cant speak a second language they are lousy at everything and some of those white people wear there shoes inside there house how stupid is that!!!


  335. Seuong Bok Kom
    on Aug 23rd, 2012
    @ 02:54

    Hey I am a Korean and I just wanted to say that Japanese should have been in the holocaust I mean if all the Japanese people died in the world everyone would be happy I mean come on we could all tell that everybody hates Japan even God. Why do you think he let out a tsunami to kill them.


  336. min
    on Aug 26th, 2012
    @ 09:33

    Seuong Bok Kom
    You’r too cruel like a Japanese in WW2.


  337. NotaRacejustHuman
    on Sep 28th, 2012
    @ 05:11

    I just saw a really good Kdrama that mirrored the bloody past b/w Japanese occupation & the taking over the Korean’s country.Yes,the Japs treated the Koreans like 3rd class citizens less than human even less than a dog.(Maybe Koreans today act like they do b/c watching the Japs for so many yrs prancing around their country like a superior race &being taught &told tht if you’re Korean,you’re less than human) After watching this disturbing movie in which,the Koreans who were the guards & security where just as violent,cruel,bloodthirsty as the Jap officers!Innocent pple tortured &died in torture chambers everyday &women/children didn’t escape this fate either.I looked this up in the net &was shocked to see that everything from the movie was Identical to actual real History!

    What I can’t understand is how can 2 races that are the most similar in looks,culture, traditions….etc end up being mortal enemies Aren’t humans suppose to be attracted to partners/people that are most similar to themselves? Come to think of it there were may wars in history in which the 2 races fighting were very similar to each other. British vs the colonies, the Scottish vs the Irish,,,,wouldn’t it make more sense if the other race was a whole lot different from their own?

    Anyway, all I can say is Koreans be the bigger country & stop acting like the Japs from the past. It doesn’t make you superior acting like them now. Japs ask for forgiveness for you’re ancestors past atrocities & sins.

    It’s the 21st century & you should not be labeling yourself Korean,Jap, or even Asian…You should be thinking of yourself only as one race….The Human Race!


  338. Koreanman
    on Oct 18th, 2012
    @ 17:01

    As a native Korean man , I can understand why many foreigners do not like Koreans because many of us are actually cheap minded and self-ego driven people and revealing it noticeably.
    (not saying majority in general but for sure we have larger number of them than other nations but surely getting better and better as now Korea is importing many diverse ideas from all over the world but still far far from a pleasant level )

    For Japanese , I can say that they are nicer than Koreans apparently in general but not significantly better than Koreans in the extend that they try to criticize Korean manner whenever they have a chance.
    Many of them actually have worse manner and selfish than Koreans.
    (see how they act at international airports or toristic spots)

    Japanese people are not very easy to be close friends in the end because many of them are likely to stab back.
    (not all but many are actually like that )

    Above staments are true.


  339. choro in Tokyo
    on Mar 23rd, 2013
    @ 09:38

    Japanese and Koreans are different in all aspects.We do not want to be friendly with you.I have never heard of a Japanese who want to go to Korea. Today’Japan faces shortage of work force. We invite many foreigners to come here from Americans,Russians, Indians, Indonesians,Phillipino,Europeans and Vitnamese.Our government only does not invite you.You are also happy not to be stabbed to death. So, perfection. Do not come here, stay there,do not copy us, do not pretend to be us.Play with your girls. Do not be interested in our culture.We do not want to sell our culture to other nations.Do not shadow us.We want no relationship with you.


  340. VVV unite
    on May 2nd, 2013
    @ 05:04

    Hey Koreans if you have grudge about japan , how do you feel about the rape and mass killing the Vietnamese village during the Vietnam war by your troops? Shit happens in the war. Tell me what kind of action did your government take?

    And please tale me, what is the explanation for the Bodo League massacre?
    You killed your own people and that is ok because it’s not by the Japanese hand?

    Again shit happens but if you keep changing it to negative hatread it would just eat you up.


  341. Giorgio
    on May 6th, 2013
    @ 07:04

    I am of japanese descent and can only say, i am neither very proud of my race nor totally against it. I do not understand the culture of japan, their tastes and style seem to me at times odd. I admire them for their technology, their sense of class (societal and the imperial monarchy) and how aspects of their culture and language have become commonly known internationally (sushi bar, tsunami, sake, godzilla, “hare kiri,” karate, jiujitsu, kamikaze, sumo wrestler, anime, etc.) This is not something many asian nations (or many nations in general) can boast. As for the japanese people, I have seen many do very cruel things and many of them do very benevolent things. I have met very warm japanese people and also very cold japanese people. But then again, i can say the same thing for every race of people that i have met. The same thing goes for japanese people who are intelligent and those who are ignorant. I guess you cannot truly classify any one race as being good or bad, warm or cold, smart or stupid, rather can only judge the individual.


  342. Lai Daihan
    on May 17th, 2013
    @ 17:09

    During the Vietnam war, National Liberation Front (NLF), better known as Vet Cong had repeatedly reported on radio brutal and inhumane tortures, mass murders, and savage acts against women and children committed by Republic of Korea (ROK=South Korea) . Every survivor found in different districts of Vietnam testified in unison that women had been raped by ROK soldiers.

    Years from 1965 to 1966, ROK soldiers picked up 42 villagers in the village of Tao, Vietnam and killed everyone with small firearms, thereby creating blood bath. For 19 days from January 11, 1966, in Bình Định Province, Vietnam (Tỉnh Bình Định), soldiers of ROK tortured more than 300 villagers and slaughtered more than 400 of them.

    For one month from December, 1965, soldiers of Republic of Korea (ROK=South Korea) burned down several hundreds of houses in Purean village, Bình Định Province whereas they slaughtered everyone in Kin Tai village. In 9 other villages of the same province, Korean soldiers even used chemical weapons.

    From January 1 to January 4, 1966, soldiers of Republic of Korea (ROK=South Korea) not only looted all the possessions of villagers in Yobinhafura and Buntoafura but also reduced their houses and Cao Dai temple to ashes. They then slaughtered a several thousand cattle. They even stole a few tons of coins from Buddhist temples and then killed residents


  343. Lai Daihan
    on May 17th, 2013
    @ 17:09

    Most of those victimized by soldiers of Republic of Korea (ROK=South Korea) are women, the elderly people, and children who were forced to gather at one place before execution. They then sprayed them with bullets of machine guns. They even cracked heads of kids and beheaded them. They amputated legs of villagers and threw them into fire. They raped and killed women. They kicked pregnant women until pre-born babies came out of punctured wombs. They chased and cornered villagers into a dead end tunnel, and then killed them all with poison gases.


  344. Changho Kim
    on Jul 4th, 2013
    @ 05:27

    Dude we hate chinese people too just shut the hell up your not even Korean what would you know about our history.


  345. Changho Kim
    on Jul 4th, 2013
    @ 05:35

    And who the hell gives a shit about the vietnamese they are not counted as people just like the japanese. If you think about it there is only one succesful country in all of asia. China kills theyre own people to make more room. Vietnam is a failure of a country that the americans bailed on during the vietnamese war. Japan is not a country at all it has no standing army their people are hated by many countrys. And the philipines are okay.


  346. sammy
    on Dec 8th, 2013
    @ 14:51

    the Germans killed 6 million Jews in ww2, yet i never heard a single Jewish group/Israeli made a big fuss over the past. and btw im from south east asia which was apart of the ww2 and yes the Japanese did took our land but my grandmother told me its just that if u don’t obey the new law you’ll be severely punished. im guessing the chinese r too proud to admit defeat that they rebelled which cause a lot of chaos and end up with a huge genocide to show the Chinese that the Japanese are serious. that was the ‘OLDWAY’ of suppression. and now i heard more serious crime(human rights) are made in china to be compare with japan that have absolutely perfect record of good governing in terms of human rights. so if the chinese people want to judge another race by their past correct yourself first then talk about how to punish people who already by now either dead or too old to remember or even stand. koreans in the other hand is just another attention seeker. i know the korean r mad because they r always the last in this race between korean japanese and chinese.but look at the korean nowadays they r the leading entertainment industry. yay for koreans, then again as a leading modern country the past shouldn’t hunt the bright future of the young koreans let alone waste them.

    now am i being insensitive? no you all are, chinese and koreans. y blame the new generation what the old ones did? its not like doraemon really exist in japan where he can take out a doors that leads to the past, u can see how outrageously stupid to keep old grudges. u people r disturbing the economic and moral balance of what the Japanese achieved since ww2. they didnt do anything to u since ww2, other then helping by giving u guys some job. japan is a peaceful country now, despite the racism attitude against korean or chinese but thats normal to compare to the racism in china that leads to a genocide on a certain race in Tibet. at least the Japanese didn’t kill their minority chinese.

    oh they didn’t apologize what they did to your grandfather who is alive and well but have bad memories about the past that i have to do something in honor of my family name because he is too old to do anything about it and we r too proud. well they did apologize,

    June 22, 1965: Minister of Foreign Affairs Shiina Etsusaburo said to the people of the Republic of Korea: “In our two countries’ long history there have been unfortunate times, it is truly regrettable and we are deeply remorseful”

    September 29, 1972: Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka said to the people of the People’s Republic of China: “The Japanese side is keenly conscious of the responsibility for the serious damage that Japan caused in the past to the Chinese people through war, and deeply reproaches itself. Further, the Japanese side reaffirms its position that it intends to realize the normalization of relations between the two countries from the stand of fully understanding ‘the three principles for the restoration of relations’ put forward by the Government of the People’s Republic of China. The Chinese side expresses its welcome for this”

    August 26, 1982: Chief Cabinet Secretary Kiichi Miyazawa said to the people of the Republic of Korea: “1. The Japanese Government and the Japanese people are deeply aware of the fact that acts by our country in the past caused tremendous suffering and damage to the peoples of Asian countries, including the Republic of Korea (ROK) and China, and have followed the path of a pacifist state with remorse and determination that such acts must never be repeated. Japan has recognized, in the Japan-ROK Joint Communique, of 1965, that the ‘past relations are regrettable, and Japan feels deep remorse,’ and in the Japan-China Joint Communique, that Japan is ‘keenly conscious of the responsibility for the serious damage that Japan caused in the past to the Chinese people through war and deeply reproaches itself.’

    September 6, 1984: Emperor Hirohito said to President Chun Doo Hwan: “It is indeed regrettable that there was an unfortunate past between us for a period in this century and I believe that it should not be repeated again.”
    1989: Prime Minister Takeshita Noboru, in a speech in the Japanese Diet, said:”As we have made clear previously at repeated opportunities, the Japanese government and the Japanese people are deeply conscious of the fact that the actions of our country in the past caused suffering and loss to many people in neighboring countries. Starting from our regret and resolve not to repeat such things a second time, we have followed a course as a “Peace Nation” since then. This awareness and regret should be emphasized especially in the relationship between our countries and the Korean peninsula, our nearest neighbors both geographically and historically. At this opportunity as we face a new situation in the Korean peninsula, again, to all peoples of the globe, concerning the relationship of the past, we want to express our deep regret and sorrow

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_war_apology_statements_issued_by_Japan#1950s

    go look at them. there are alot of them. so stop being a jerk and start working together.

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