Watching the news these days, i see many news about the dispute between Japan and Korea over an Island. (some of you alreayd may know, the book stuff..)
And also a Demo in China (i'm not sure what that was specifically over about..), demonstrator's saying stuff's like "BOYCOTT JAPANESE PRODUCT" (ehem.....wonder how many Japanese products they are using at home??...their the one's who's gonna make a lose out of it....lol).
Personally, i do think that what Japan did about putting the island as part of their country in their school books, and i understand the demonstration currently occuring in some Korean places. However, i think that it is getting abit TOO historic.....i saw some of them burning Japan's flag.....(man...what is this...where in the 20th century)
Also, in China, i feel that the Chinese government has many problem's telling the country about what's has been really going on in the world (ie: School, Media).
I see many of the demonstrator's do not know the fact that Japan is sorry, and has and is stil contributing lots of money to China (and Korea) to reuild their country aftr all the things that has happened in the past, and they do not know this because they do not tell this at school......(all the dark side about Japan....)
I just want to say one thing, i see those countries doing demo's towards Japan...but do you see Japan doing demo's towards AMERICA regarding the bombing of Hiroshima and other stuff which they have done to Japan?
Anyways, enough from me, please give me your comment's (negative/positive,lol)
*NO RACIAL COMMENTS, i just want to discuss this issue, and what you guys think of it
You know, I'm actually pretty sure that the Chinese mostly rely on their own products, so I don't believe a boycott would give China as hard of a blow as you seem to think.
Anyway, regarding the islets, you have to try and look at it from a neutral perspective. Korea has owned and funded the islets since anyone can remember. The US and France have dug out old maps (some even from the 12th century), clearly showing that the islets are Korean. And, right around the same time scientists discover the islets as a potential oil resource, Japan suddenly claims them. How does that work?
The islets in question are very close to an island called Ulleung-do, which is inhabited by several Koreans. The Koreans rely on the fishing waters around the islets, and have for years. How is it that the Japanese can suddenly try to take their lives (figuratively speaking) away?
The Japanese have tried to lay claim on these islets twice in the past. Each time, Japan had given in and agreed that the islets were Korean. How does that make them Japanese? Yeah, it doesn't make sense. 2005 was Korea-Japan Friendship Year, and it was going considerably well. That is, until Japan decided to screw it all up.
Oh, and about the Japanese textbooks, think about it as if someone began spreading a bunch of lies about you (or began claiming your things) in order to make themself look better. Wouldn't that get you pissed? Japan is completely aware that their textbooks contain distortions of Korean history, yet decided to use them anyway. You know, they also use textbooks with Chinese historical distortions, and they are completely aware of it.
Korea was actually doing pretty well, as far as letting the anti-Japanese feelings settle. However, Japan's unfair behavior and blatant lying has provoked the anti-Japanese sentiment resulting from the imperial Japanese occupation of Korea. Yes, there is flag burning and rallies, even in the USA. No, I wouldn't call this "too historic." Your people weren't tortured and ruined under imperial rule. Your people's islets aren't being claimed by the same nation. Your people's history isn't being distorted in that same nation's school textbooks. I can see why it's difficult for you to grasp why so much commotion is occuring over this situation.
Oh, and this is the 21st century. Definitely not the 20th.
Yes, I do hear the anti-Japanese sentiment in China is through the roof. In fact, I heard that the Chinese are raised hating Japan, and some don't even know why. They just know that they hate Japan. I don't think it's that they're actually being shielded from the reality of this world.
How do you know that Japan is sorry? Has Japan bothered to apologize? No sir. Has Japan bothered to apologize to any
of the countries that suffered under their imperial rule? Most definitely not. Japan agreed to compensate Korea for the atrocities committed in their occupation. Has Japan bothered doing so? Nope. The subject has been brought up several times by Korea, and yet Japan seems to intentionally push it to the side.
If you're going to complain about Chinese historical distortions, well, don't. I would say that Japanese historical distortions are in need of more attention. They basically completely white-wash Japan's history.
The Japanese are taught only the good side of Japan, in contrast to what you are saying is happening in China.
The difference with the nuclear bombings in Japan is that America and Japan were at war. Japan attacked America. Japan was the enemy and the Americans had to do what they had to do. I bet that if America had bombed Japan for no reason whatsoever, they would have apologized
victims at the least. Something Japan has yet to do.
It's funny, really. Japan wants to become a permanent member of the UN Security Council and expects Asia's support. I believe basically all of Asia is against it. They believe that Japan cannot be given such a large amount of responsibility, if they can't even suck up to their past actions and take responsibility for them.