The relationship between China, South Korea and Japan seems to be at rock bottom. What lies behind this sad situation? Japan’s aggressive conduct in the first half of the 20th century is among the factors, but why the confrontation now?

It comes from the hostile tit-for-tat language being used by our leaders, not by the people. Despite the troubles caused by Japan in the past, many Chinese and Korean people are trying to forget the past and make friends with the Japanese. They are visiting our country and welcoming us to their countries, too.

To enhance the friendly spirit between the peoples, leaders of each nation should refrain from using language that could keep past antagonisms alive and provoke new hatred.

Unless the leaders are careful about this, they might invite another clash that would be a disaster beyond our imagination.

takeru toki
nishinomiya, hyogo

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