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Tokyo ‘extremely disappointed’ with South Korean president’s remarks

AFP | 2013-11-6 1:18:02
By AFP

Japan is "extremely disappointed" that South Korean President Park Geun-hye sees no point in a summit with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, an official said on Tuesday.

The comments come after Park said a sit-down would get the two sides nowhere while Tokyo refuses to apologize for "past wrongdoings."

Abuses carried out during Japan's repressive colonial rule remain a source of deep anger and resentment in South Korea, particularly the treatment of women forced to work as comfort women in Japan's wartime military brothels.

"We are extremely disappointed that concerns were expressed in this interview" with the BBC, deputy chief cabinet secretary Katsunobu Kato told reporters.

"Japan has been explaining to the South Korean side our position over past issues such as perceptions on history and comfort women, and we've asked them to accept it," Kato said.

Japanese politicians express exasperation over repeated requests for contrition by South Korea, pointing to numerous apologies and a 1965 agreement that normalized relations and included a large payment to Seoul.

Abe and Park have not yet held a formal meeting, although they have met at international gatherings.

"South Korea is an important neighbor that shares with us basic values and interests, so Japan will continue efforts to build cooperation," Kato added.

"Prime Minister Abe always says we should hold a summit exactly because there are problems," he added.

In an interview with the BBC aired Monday ahead of a trip to Britain, Park said issues over the interpretation of history and comfort women have not been "resolved or addressed."

AFP



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In an interview with the BBC aired Monday ahead of a trip to Britain, Park said issues over the interpretation of history and comfort women have not been "resolved or addressed."

There is not a gesture more genuine than this ..... to apologise!

Note: It requires a great, brave and honest leader  cum politican to do what he did!
注意:它需要一个伟大的勇敢和诚实的领导者,
暨政治家,做的他所做的!

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There is not a gesture more genuine than this ..... to apologise!



A Self-Serving Admission of Guilt: An Examination of the Intentions and Effects of Germany's Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

by Sharon Chin, Fabian Franke, Sheri Halpern



Excerpts…..


“We all recognize that a Holocaust memorial in Berlin is fundamentally different…the memorial can only be understood and accepted if it is the result of a fundamentally German initiative”
- Moshe Safadie


Germany needed to create a memorial that would serve as both an apology to the Jewish community and to record how Germany’s collective public memory regards the Holocaust today.


The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe connotes that the Memorial’s purpose is to serve as an apology to the Jews for the atrocities Germany committed during the Holocaust.


When one separates the effects of the Memorial from its intended purposes, therefore, one will discover that this memorial was not created truly TO the murdered Jews, but rather OF the murdered Jews and TO the Germans.

“We did not ask for it.  We do not need it.”  

These are the words that Stephan Kramer, the General Secretary of the Central Council of the Jews, claims represent the adamant rejection by the Jewish community of the Memorial proposal (Kramer 2005).  The community objected on the grounds that it was initiated by a  non-Jew, German Lea Rosh.


The Council, represented by President Paul Spiegel, instead suggests that a more productive alternative would be to promote visits to the actual, relevant Holocaust sites in order to bring about a more authentic form of remembrance.


However, when one considers the intended purpose of the Memorial, as officially stated by the German parliament:


“to honor the murdered victims, keep alive the memory of…inconceivable events in German history and admonish all future generations never again to violate human rights, to defend the democratic constitutional state at all times, to secure equality before the law for all people and to resist all forms of dictatorship and regimes based on violence" (Bundestag Resolution 1999),



In the words of Avishai Margalit, an Israeli philosopher, "the way for the Germans to re-establish themselves as an ethical community is to turn their cruelty, which is what tied them to the Jews, into repentance" (Schofield 2005).


Whereas guilt is an emotion that people attempt to absolve their minds of, this memorial allows for a sense of “collective responsibility,” which “cannot be neatly ignored or packed away” (Ouroussoff 2005).  This transformation of guilt to collective responsibility represents the attitude that action must be taken so that the negative events of the past do not happen again in the future.



Beyond overall reconciliation with its past, the reasons why the Memorial is in fact for the Germans rather than for the murdered Jews are ever-present in German life.  This claim is attested to by the inherent physical location of the Memorial.  Germans cannot ignore the Memorial, as they are forced to pass by and look at it on a regular basis.  Moreover, many Germans feel that it enhances the aesthetics of their city, and appreciate the fact that it is a public space (Memorial Site Surveys 2005).  The location is politically prominent, as both the Reichstag, Germany’s seat of the lower house of parliament, and the Bundesrat, the upper house, are just a few meters away.


On the international level, the Memorial serves as a way to improve Germany’s image in the eyes of outsiders.  The Memorial was the first of its kind in that it served as an implicit apology to the governments of other countries for its actions during World War II (Leinemann 2005).


In Japan’s public discourse, an analogy has been drawn, focused on the difficulties that would emerge if one were to create a memorial in Tokyo to Asian victims of Imperial Japan.  “It would be like navigating a minefield, as it was in Berlin” (Japan Times 2005).


Sandra Anusiewicz, an education curator at the Jewish Museum, stated that the Jews “know about the Holocaust.  We don’t need a memorial to help us remember.  We remember. The Holocaust memorial is for the Germans.” (Sawyer 2005).


For the past sixty years, Germany has dealt with the Holocaust in a guilty manner.  The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe now presents the opportunity for a catharsis, through both debate and its sheer presence, to achieve a more positive sense of national identity signaling a template that other countries may follow.[


So, nations of the world, take the skeletons out of your closet.  Bring them backout into the daylight and deal with them there.
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THE ARROGANCE OF THE CURRENT JAPANESE GOVERNMENT TOWARDS ITS VICTIMS KNOWS NO BOUNDS AND FEELS NO SHAME.

Japan is incapable of true repentance and contrition.  To Japan, the problem is that the South Koreans are asking for an apology.  By turning the obligation of Japan to apologize into an unjustified request by Japan's victims of institutionalized military prostitution and rape, torture and murder for restitution, Japan has made another mistake - denial of its responsibility for its crimes.  If you add the crime to the denial of the crime, and now, add further this expression of disappointment at the woman president of a country victimized by Japan, you have a triple crime having been committed by Japan, not a century ago, nor just a year ago, but also, to this very day.

Preaident Park is right.  Why should the victim of mass rape, South Korea, oblige Japan to a show of amity, when Japan continues to hurt the feelings and the honor of the South Korean people?

Japan has shown its lack of shame and sensibility in expressing its disappointment, instead of its remorse.  There is no hope of Japan ever repenting.  The apologists for a "united Asia" asking South Korea to forgive an unrepentant mass murdering regime, and blaming South Korea for not forgiving, are themselves guilty of being an accessory to Japan's crimes against Korean humanity.

North Korea should express sympathy with Park, and promise South Korea that until Japan restores justice to all Koreans, of the north and south, all Koreans must unite in spirit and in deeds to defend the honor of their ancestors and the rights of their citizens.

There will never be another day, another hour, another minute, when a Japanese will rule over the Korean people.  Never ever again!


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You are pathetic.

Did Japan rape you? No? SKs weren't even alive when it happened, same with the ...

Your frustration is entirely understandable.  Japan's apologies lack true contrition, and its reparations are too tiny compared to the damage and destruction it has wrought on Korea.  What is pathetic is Japan thinking its toys suffice to redress the deaths of tens of millions of Koreans under its brutal rule for half a century, and the shame and anguish of hundreds of thousands of young, dignified, and beautiful Korean women, sacrificed at the Shinto altar of eternal shame and damnation.  Yes, Japan finds itself unable to repent in the face of such unspeakable monstrous evil it had created.  This evil may exceed Japan's ability to pay in kind or in specie, but that is Japan's own fault, that it owed so much to so many, and for so long.

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