2019: Amidst an Explosion of Anti-Korean Hate

Security in East Asia  -  China - USA - Japan - Korea - Taiwan
Source:  The Asia-Pacific Journal | Japan Focus Volume 17 | Issue 21 | Number 3 | Article ID 5324 | Nov 01, 2019
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Amidst an Explosion of Anti-Korean Hate:
Thoughts on Overcoming Colonialism and Bringing Peace to the Korean Peninsula

Satoko Oka Norimatsu

Colonialism raises its head once more 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the Korean March 1 independence movement. I never thought that in such an important year Japan would experience such a vicious explosion of hate not only towards the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), but also towards the Republic of Korea (ROK). Ever since his debut as a politician when elected to the lower house of the Diet in 1993, Prime Minister Abe Shinzo has stood in the vanguard within the Liberal Democratic Party of a faction championing denial of Japan’s war of aggression and the history of the Japanese military’s sex slavery and the Nanjing Massacre. Since Abe has been prime minister for a total of eight years, first in 2006-2007 and then from the end of 2012 to the present, the current situation may be the inevitable conclusion to his reign. Distortion and denial of the history of Japanese military sex slavery under Abe’s administration has spread through the media to general Japanese society. It has now extended to denial of “forced mobilization” as a whole, and as hate speech intensifies on the streets and in public media including the Internet, right-wingers have even begun to propagate historical revisionism overseas in the name of “history wars.”

In late 2015, the pro-Japan Park Geun-hye administration governing the ROK at the time and the Abe administration attempted to devise a “final resolution” to the issue of Japanese military sex slavery through a meeting between the foreign ministers of each country with no involvement by the victims and without producing any official document. Then, following the October 30, 2018 ROK Supreme ....

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