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Michael Jun Sung ShimAug. 30, 2014 - 12:38AM JST
Nigelboy you should ask your questions by writing a letter to Korean government not direct at me please!
OssanAmerica So only Korea hates Japan? Why don't Japanese demonstrators target China?
Why did those people shout kill Koreans? In Europe,hate speech is wrong and is punishable by law!
Why doesn't Japan have such rules regarding hate speeches? Surely if Japan likes to emulate Europe then ban
ALL forms of hate speeches NOW! OK! Peace Brother!
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Michael Jun Sung ShimAug. 29, 2014 - 11:28PM JST
"So even now, business with SK is insignificant."
Really? Then why are the Japanese companies that have had invested money in Korea before bilateral ties got worsened still keeping their business intact?
I live in Seoul,Korea now and I have never heard of even one Japanese company, who had promised to invest in Korea, to announce that company decided not to invest any more money in Korea because if that was ever true then I would have read such articles from Korean Yonhap News Agency!!
I can understand the frustrations that Japanese people have towards Korea and it's both Korea and Japan's fault and they should stop blaming each other.I ask Koreans to try to understand the Japanese psyche that Tokyo is having rough time right now and I also entreat Japanese people to be more mindful that Koreans had to suffer the unendurable pains under Japanese rule and please don't compare S Korea to Taiwan or any other former Japanese colonies!!
I do fear however that Korea maybe focussing too much on negative things with Japan and Korea too should grow up and act more maturely.I personally blame former Korean President Lee Myung Bak for visiting Dokdo Island (Of course I & 100% Koreans think Dokdo is 100% Korean territory) but his visit there was totally UNNECESSARY!!
He could have gone there after his resignation from Presidency.Lee also blamed Emperor Akihito saying if he wants to visit Korea then he should apologize to Koreans.Again that's Mr.Lee's mistakes and I ask Japanese people to get over the difficulties caused by his insensitive behaviour!! But if Japanese people still hate Korea even after that then I say please vent your anger at Mr.Lee not ordinary citizens like me or other innocent Korean citizens!! Thanks and Have A Nice Time!! Peace!!
Michael Jun Sung ShimAug. 29, 2014 - 10:39PM JST
I think you misunderstood my point which is that I merely express my view that I am optimist.
Why should I hate Japan even if so many other Koreans don't like Japan?
I have my own way of thinking even though I have two passports one Korea and another U.S.A.!!
Michael Jun Sung ShimAug. 29, 2014 - 06:17PM JST
Why is everyone so negative on Korea-Japan ties? I have a rather rosy view about the future of their bilateral relations moving forward!! Just because the past relations of both Asian nations was bad doesn't mean it cannot improve in the future!! :)
Michael Jun Sung ShimMay. 31, 2014 - 10:12PM JST
"Wouldn't Korean-American support for US soldiers who died in the Korean War for South Koreans be a more appropriate monument to be placed on U.S. soil?"
I know you hate S Koreans so much but at least it's a good thing that not ALL Americans think like you do about Koreans.Your statement in quotes are fairly obvious.There is a Korean War Vet Memorial in Washington DC if you haven't been there yet.
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Michael Jun Sung ShimMay. 31, 2014 - 10:03PM JST
"Meh. Next, I'd like to see the Vietnamese American community erect a statue beside it to commemorate the thousands of innocent Vietnamese civilians butchered by Korean soldiers during the Vietnam war."
Whoever you are I just want to point out to you that Americans also killed innocent Korean and Vietnamese civilians in both Korean War and Vietnam War respectively! So stop blaming Korea at once and look at yourself and your own flaws before you seek to arguments! Get this fact straight! Korean President Kim Dae Jung offered apology to Vietnam for Korean soldiers acts.SO CASE CLOSED! Don't bring this issue up ever again!!
Michael Jun Sung ShimMay. 15, 2014 - 11:07PM JST
Don't Forget that S Korea is a nation with 28,500 U.S.Army stationed there!
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Michael Jun Sung ShimMay. 03, 2014 - 09:26PM JST
Can we just get this over with? I'm Korean who likes to believe in optimism that despite Japan's brutal treatment of Koreans back in the early ages there still is vast potential for more co-operation between the two! I ask Koreans please give up demanding that Japan must apologize and pay compensation for the damages caused on Korea by the Japanese!
If S Korea persists in anti-Japan sentiment the eventual losers will be Koreans not Japanese.Also Korea should be more friendly to Japanese because after Korean leader visited disputed island Dokdo and demanding Japan's Emperor to apologize to Korea.
Right now Korea is number two tourist destination for Japanese travelers and if Koreans just be more friendly
to Japan then more Japanese want to visit Korea.There are plenty of other countries who want Korea-Japan ties to fail notably China and Taiwan both of whom want to win over Korea's industry.S Korea needs to become more foreign friendly and Seoul should reach out more in broader terms to its neighbours especially Japan!
Posted in: Why is anti-Japanese sentiment remaining from the World War II era almost non-existent in countries like Taiwan, the Philippines and Indonesia, unlike in China and South Korea?
Michael Jun Sung ShimMay. 02, 2014 - 10:48PM JST
"The yen’s relative weakness since last year and Japan’s diplomatic friction with China and South Korea were discouraging some people from traveling abroad this year, JTB added."
What has tourism got to do with diplomacy? Some days Japan gets along well with S Korea while other days are not.All this is media hype and Japanese people have nothing to worry about when they come to Korea! Anyway for those Japanese tourists who made it all the way to Korea! Welcome and Enjoy Your Stay in Korea!
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Michael Jun Sung ShimDec. 26, 2013 - 10:21PM JST
Even before abe's visit to shrine,my feelings to japan was quite positive.However after having seen the shrine visit,japan disappointed me quite badly! So visiting shrine is only isolating japan and if that's what japan wants,abe can visit the shrine everyday until he dies!
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Michael Jun Sung ShimDec. 26, 2013 - 10:10PM JST
After all,japan has decided to glorify its past misconduct.Way to go abe! I don't think japan really wants peace with Korea or any other country.japan is too PROUD of itself & they are so narcissistic.I must warn japan that if you keep doing like this then you will make more enemies with everyone! Stop just saying peace only in lip service.Show some actions that japan cares for the peace of mankind! I think the U.S. spoiled japan way too much.Time to spank japan's butts!
Michael Jun Sung ShimMay. 21, 2013 - 09:11PM JST
Well Said Mr.......NOT
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Michael Jun Sung ShimApr. 14, 2013 - 12:00PM JST
It's all comes to this: Pot calling the kettle black!
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Michael Jun Sung ShimMar. 31, 2013 - 03:12AM JST
Also surprised to hear what former U.S. Marine in Okinawa told me that he thinks back in the old years S Koreans were seen as being far more anti-American than even the Japanese or Okinawan people which doesn't mean both of them are always pro-USA 100% either.Sounds strange even for a Korean like me because I would have thought in logical terms it should be the S Koreans who are grateful to Americans who helped Seoul to fight communists during the Korean War.
What really SHOCKED me was when a Japanese hibakusha A-bomb victim said in his own words "I don't hate America" and nobody in Japan is demanding a U.S. Government apology for Hiroshima and Nagasaki.Korean "comfort women" who were raped by Japan's army which included also Koreans whether they were coerced or volunteered constantly demand Japan's PM to apologize to them.The A-bomb survivors suffered far more than those comfort women and yet the ones who were afflicted with great pains such as A-bomb attacks show greater power of endurance than the women raped by soldiers.What a paradox it was!!
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Michael Jun Sung ShimMar. 31, 2013 - 02:54AM JST
Wait you guys are going way too far.In Seoul,Korea I have seen a Korean man wearing a cap with a Japanese flag on it at a subway station on it and not a single Korean bothered him with hinomaru flag on it.And on another occasion again in Seoul,Korea I saw an Asian male wearing a jacket with a Japanese flag on it which was quite visible even to people meters away and also this time Koreans left him alone.I thought Gee!! Koreans have learned how to tolerate the foreigners even the most hated Japanese flag emblem.By the way Koreans say they dislike Japanese and vice versa but I think deep at heart good people from both Korea and Japan want real and genuine peace with each other.Let's Call It A Day Shall We!
Michael Jun Sung ShimMar. 30, 2013 - 09:59PM JST
Excellent Posts sfjp330!! Well Said!!
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Michael Jun Sung ShimJan. 28, 2013 - 04:37PM JST
Thanks for the reply!! Have you ever travelled or lived in Korea? Just How much knowledge do you have about S Korea- U.S.A. friendships and military alliance? In recent polls, it said 90% of S Koreans have positive feelings to the United States.
I'm quite certain that those 90% of Korean people favour stationing the U.S.Army in S Korea.So I fail to understand why on earth you think US Armed Forces aren't welcome in S Korea!! Please back up your statements with hard evidence to justify your argument!! Thank You and Have A Nice Day!
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Michael Jun Sung ShimJan. 28, 2013 - 09:31AM JST
US not welcomed in Japan? Then let Koreans welcome the U.S.Army into S Korea.The threat that Seoul faces
Militarily from N Korea seems to become more dangerous day by day! 28,500 US Army presence in S Korea is way
Too small number to fend off N Korean military threat so Koreans NEED more US Armed forces to safeguard
Itself from N Korea!
Michael Jun Sung ShimJan. 25, 2013 - 11:06PM JST
The U.S.A. Participating in both Korean and Vietnam Wars was meant to calculate the intentions of China's role since both Asian nations are on the periphery or next door neighbors of China! The USA has done a good job at diplomacy by engaging the Chinese on the US side thus further isolating N Korea!
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Michael Jun Sung ShimDec. 23, 2012 - 02:59PM JST
Just as tumultuous island rows are nearing to an end before 2012 closes,we can hope that three new leaders in Asia will strive for more peace in Asia!
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