posted on Aug, 10 2010 @ 07:36 AM
The Japanese government has just formally apologized to South Korea about its 35 year colonization of Korea. This is a milestone because the Japanese
government has only sparingly addressed and atoned for its brutal war record during the Second World War.
This is the first step to healing and reconciliation between the bitter neighbors. Still, so much more needs to be done, however, this is the first
step. A little background of the occupation, included forced labor of the Korean people, forced conscription into the Japanese Army, turning Korean
into sex slaves or comfort women, illegal land confiscations, theft of Korean artifacts, and the gradual assimilation of Korean culture into Japanese.
The situation for Korea was similar to other localities under Japanese rule during the war.
I am unclear how this latest development from the Japanese government will affect the relationships they have with other nations affected by the
militarism during the war? It ought to be interesting how China and other nations affected by Japanese atrocities will react?
The Japanese government has largely been mum about their involvement in World War II and would rather throw money at the victims than formally
apologize. We will have to see how this plays out in the future, and could this gesture be an attempt to foster better relations with South Korea to
further isolate the North?
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