Why is anti-Japanese sentiment almost non-existent in Taiwan, unlike in China, South and North Korea?

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    kominka

    Leaders of China, North and South Korea score points with their population by taking a hard stance against Japan. The anti-Japanese sentiment helps fuel their nationalism. Taiwan has a natural antagonist in China, of course, and must remain forever wary of China's intentions. This is what I read, and it makes some sense to me.

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    Ms. Alexander

    I think Taiwan is just more anti-China than they are anti-Japan.

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    JapanGal

    If you ever travel to Taiwan and talk to very old people, they claim that the Japanese were very kind in their occupation. They built railroads, roads etc.

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    semperfi

    Because people in Taiwa- a democracy- are allowed to THINk for themselves............................WHEREAS, Chinese population is inculcated by the Propaganda machine .

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    Dara Danh

    Japan made much effort to improve the Taiwan's economy, industry, public works and to change its culture during it's rule between 1895-1945. After the Chinese Civil War, the Nationalist "Kuomintang" migrated to Taiwan and made themselves the ruling party.

    The relative failures of immediate post–World War II rule by the Kuomintang led to a certain degree of nostalgia amongst the older generation of Taiwanese who experienced both. This has affected, to some degree, issues such as national identity, ethnic identity and the Taiwan independence movement. Partly as a result, the people of Taiwan in general feel much less antipathy towards the legacy of Japanese rule than other countries in Asia.

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    Peter Payne

    Taiwan was well treated by Japan during its Colonial Period. They stopped things like foot binding and brought in a massive irrigation project to help Taiwan prosper. The name of the engineer who did this was Yoichi Hatta and he's a hero there. Also, after Japan left Taiwan got Chiang-kai Shek who ruled with an iron fist for decades, to Japan looked much better in retrospect.

    Taiwan loves Japan like Japan loves the USA.

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    Flyfalcon

    Taiwan loves Japan like Japan loves the USA.

    It is extreme generalization. Old traitor folk like LEE TANG HUI want to kiss all Japanese boots. He graduated from Kyoto Imperial College. Not to poor and broke Taiwanese FISHERMEN. They got less fish and they are getting resentment over J govt. FISHERMEN LOVE FISH MORE THAN JAPANESE!.

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    Tokiyo

    It is extreme generalization. Old traitor folk like LEE TANG HUI want to kiss all Japanese boots. He graduated from Kyoto Imperial College. Not to poor and broke Taiwanese FISHERMEN. They got less fish and they are getting resentment over J govt. FISHERMEN LOVE FISH MORE THAN JAPANESE!.

    Your's is not much better of a generalization. LEE TENG HUI an "old traitor folk" pfft. Take a look at the current horse in the office and we will talk about traitors.

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    taj

    Of course the question itself asks for generalizations, but the answers given above are accurate and informative! I'm impressed. Nice thread, JT readers!

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    Thomas Anderson

    Because Taiwan wants to spite China.

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    SamuraiBlue

    Basically it's education.

    Mr. Hatta Peter mentioned is taught in Social studies in Taiwan plus the older people who had actually lived during the occupation era talks fondly makes a big difference.

    If you compare the actual investment that had been injected between Taiwan and the Korean peninsula, you'll find that Japan had actually invested 3 times more in Korea than Taiwan. I believe Japan had open an university earlier in Korea then in Taiwan showing how Japan had prioritised Korea over Taiwan.

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    BertieWooster

    JapanGal-san,

    If you ever travel to Taiwan and talk to very old people, they claim that the Japanese were very kind in their occupation. They built railroads, roads etc.

    I have the same experience.

    Older Taiwanese that I spoke to over there were very happy to speak Japanese and were very friendly to us. I heard the same thing that you mention many times. Japan helped them very much by modernising their country, building railways and so on.

    I also found them to be somewhat similar to Okinawans in character, laid back, friendly and open.

    I'm afraid I didn't find this in mainland China or Hong Kong.

    Why it is this way I don't know.

    But it does seem to be so.

    The relationship between Japan and Korea is, I think, quite a different to that between Japan, China and Taiwan. In some ways, the Korean situation seems similar to the relationship between France and England.

    Geographically close, but with a history of war between them going way back.

    But going back to China, I can't help thinking that this country is just reacting to nationalist maniacs like Abe, Ishihara, etc. Politicians who DENY that Japan did anything wrong and who want to alter the constitution so that Japan can build up its military and "fight alongside their American brothers!"

    I must say, I can't entirely blame them.

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    volland

    "Why is anti-Japanese sentiment almost non-existent in Taiwan, unlike in China, South and North Korea?"

    That is a very strange question... why would one fascist not be friends with another fascist? Franco, Mussolini and AH got along quite well in the 30s and 40s in the last century.

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    herefornow

    Really? So the Taiwanese president stating last week -- in an article featured here on JT -- that Japan should apologize and make reparations for the "comfort women" was not expressing anti-Japan sentiment? Huh.

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    Thomas Anderson

    Basically it's education.

    This article is interesting: "Anti-Japan education? Hmmm, I don't remember receiving it..."

    http://business.nikkeibp.co.jp/article/opinion/20121205/240617/

    Is so-called "Anti-Japan" or "Anti-China blah blah" sentiments just blown out of proportion by both of the media in either countries? It seems like it... Maybe Taiwan is simply not playing those games played by Japan, China and Korea.

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    Thomas Anderson

    Most Japanese people are oddly fixated on the allegation that Chinese students are allegedly receiving some kind of fierce anti-Japan propaganda education from the Chinese government... but I don't think that's quite true. They probably don't even have the time to be taught anti-Japan education. Education in China is very competitive and they would rather get good grades and climb up the social ladder than being concerned about being anti-Japanese.

    And Chinese people tend to think the same... they think that everyone in Japan is anti-China and etc, etc. Nothing could be any further from the truth. The whole thing was made up out of mutual distrust of each other and it's being blown way out of proportion.

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    mrkobayashi

    http://www.jpri.org/publications/critiques/critiqueXIII1.html

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    blanko

    It's nice to know that Japan has at least one friend in its neighborhood. Way to go, Taiwan! Thank you for not being a nation of haters.

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    Priest

    That is a very strange question... why would one fascist not be friends with another fascist?

    What are you talking about? Are you saying that Taiwanese people are facists?

    * Because Taiwan wants to spite China.Anti-Japan education? Hmmm, I don't remember receiving it..."*

    Anderson- Always entertaining to read your insights. You had an interesting childhood-receiving education in South Korea, China, Taiwan and North Korea? No? Maybe, thats why you didnt receive anti Japanese education? Perhaps, one day you will actually do some research on the topics you post on. Until that day...

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    flowers

    This kind of question is politically motivated. Is it really true that anti-Japanese sentiment is almost non-existent in Taiwan?

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    JAXTC

    there are several reasons for this. for one thing, american policy makers have dictated that taiwan would be subservient to japan, and serve as a neo-colony of japan. because of the corrupt nature of the taiwan regime, they have not strayed far from what they are told to do. taiwanese lack the ability to think for themselves and accept what is expected out of them from their american masters. it's not difficult to drown out voices that are anti japanese. they are simply marginalised or censored out, giving the illusion that no one is anti japanese. this could be a genetic defect. the taiwanese people lack the kind of solidarity that koreans have. maybe taiwanese are selfish and simply dont care that their own people are getting killed by japanese. or perhaps the anti japanese ones were simply all killed, and the remaining ones are all pro japanese. maybe the taiwanese are corrupt and will keep their anti japanese sentiment to themselves, as long as theyre getting paid. japan has huge amounts of influence in tw, and if the ruling class of taiwan wishes to get paid, then it would be wise for them to keep their mouth shut, and say the "right things".

    there is some anti japanese education in the mainland, however, the anti japanese activity may not actually be a product of the mainland Chinese govt itself. the mainland govt is also corrupt, and if they want to get paid, then it would also be wise for them to keep their mouth shut like the taiwanese. japan is one of the largest contributors of foreign aid to the mainland. for this reason, i believe a lot of the anti japanese activity in the mainland are actually funded by the west, through foundations, and the ned. the reason is simple. the west fears a union between mainland China and japan. the west has turned mobbing into an artform. as far as i know, the west has rent a mob operations going on all over the world, from kosovo to Iran. China is no exception. one of the policies of the west is to constantly play China against japan. hatoyama was overthrown was because he was too close to mainland China. japan had several regime changes until they got their current neo-fascist regime. as far as i know, the u.s. has been pushing for an agresive regime in japan for decades, but havent gotten what they want until recently. most mainlanders are not anti anything. they have no enemies. they are politically unaware and do not know who their enemies or allies are. if you look around mainland China, the cars that dominate are japanese. japanese restraunts are popular, as are japanese clothes, film, and music.

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    taijing

    The elderly population, including my maternal grandparents, say they used to be Japanese. This is something I feel proud of, because they had a proper identity to identify themselves with. Now some people in Taiwan are confused whether they are "Chinese" or "Taiwanese". I consider myself Taiwanese, of course. But I somehow felt it is too bad that Taiwan was given to the Kuomintang douchebags at the end of the WWII. Elderly people have a tear in their eye when speaking of the life they had in a disciplined, clean and ordered society during the Japanese rule...

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