Bravo to Seoul’s persistence

Regarding the Aug. 5 Jiji article “South Korea to issue ‘comfort women’ white paper in 2015“: It’s curious how Japan would have the world remember the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but cries foul when other nations remind Japan that not too long ago it was a militaristic power hellbent on cruel, bloody aggression across much of Asia and the Pacific.

Japan might be an industrial giant, but it acts as if it has the moral conscience and heart of a gnat. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his ilk should visit Seoul, drop to their knees and offer a heartfelt apology in front of the memorial statue of a young Korean girl abducted by Japanese agents during World War II and forced into sexual servitude — or as the young victims like her might have piteously called it, “a living hell on earth, a living death.” The more Japan tries to obfuscate the sex-slave issue or cover it up, the more the world will remember. Bravo, South Korea. Never let Japan forget, or the world.

Back in 1910, the United States was thrilled when Imperial Japan annexed Korea, ostensibly to bring the blessings of a more “advanced” civilization unto its Asian sisters and brothers. Japan liked to boast during its colonial era that it was Korea’s “Big Brother.” I wonder, did the wartime sex slaves have to take a Japanese name before being shipped overseas?

robert mckinney
otaru, hokkaido

The opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are the writer’s own and do not necessarily reflect the policies of The Japan Times.

  • HerrProblembear

    Oh, shut up, dude. Are you this enthusiastic when Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and yes, Japan return the favor by upbrading Anglo-Americans for their far longer list of misdeeds, evils, and outright crimes committed against them? Do you cheer and ra-ra for Korea even as it persists as a major hub of human trafficking today? Bravo for Seoul indeed…

  • HerrProblembear

    And by the way, speaking of a “militaristic power hellbent on cruel, bloody aggression across much of Asia and the Pacific,” what are your thoughts on, say, the Spanish-American War? Or the fact that 1/5 of the Filipino population perished in the Philippine-American War? Care to make the argument that the Mexican-American War was a just war? Perhaps the Banana Wars–which were occurring as Japan annexed Korea–were wars of self-defense? Or that the dozens of bloody proxy wars and coups that were effected in Latin America post-1945 to the detriment of its people were somehow noble and for the greater good? Do you weep for Gaza, yet remain unmoved that the US specifically targeted civilians during the Pacific War? The fact that the likes of Robert McNamara actually designed bombing runs to maximize the amount of civilian casualties possible not bother you?

    If Japan was indeed so power-hungry, it was only because the US provided such a fine example–and was less than honest and friendly with Japan to begin with. As always with white people, it’s a case of “do as we say, not as as we do.”