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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!
Posted in: U.S. disappointed by Abe's Yasukuni visit; China, S Korea protest
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
Posted in: Hashimoto says S Korean troops guilty of wartime sex abuse
Michael Jun Sung ShimApr. 14, 2013 - 12:00PM JST
It's all comes to this: Pot calling the kettle black!
Posted in: U.S. warns China, Japan, S Korea on currencies
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!!
Posted in: Unfriendly relations
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!!
Posted in: S Korea unhappy with Japanese textbooks
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!
Posted in: Okinawans rally in Ginza
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!
Posted in: North Korea defiant in face of U.S., China pressure
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!
Posted in: Abe pledges to mend ties with China, S Korea
Michael Jun Sung ShimDec. 10, 2012 - 03:29PM JST
Japan was both an aggressor in Asia & victim of 2 A-bombs.Whether A-bombs experience is a good excuse for Japan not to feel sorry to Asians I don't know for sure but A-bomb issue doesn't alleviate the pains that Koreans and Asians had to undergo.But then I can also understand why it's so hard for Japan to apologize to Asia! If our generation cannot solve this issue then nothing much can be done about it.Why can't we just understand each other a little bit more? For example Koreans can stop carping about past so much while Japan makes more effort to understand and soothe Korean people's hurt feelings.Mutual empathy between two Asian countries can go a long way to heal the past wounds!
Posted in: Taiwan urges Japan to apologize over sex slaves
Michael Jun Sung ShimOct. 10, 2012 - 01:43AM JST
Suggest you guys watch the movie "The Red Dawn". It's about what happens when N Korea invades the U.S.A. Coming to your local screens in November 2012!!
Posted in: N Korea says its missiles can strike U.S. mainland
Michael Jun Sung ShimOct. 07, 2012 - 07:49PM JST
S Korea-Japan relations is actually better than what most international media says about it.I hope S Korean media especially try to find more positive news on their relations.
As the saying goes:Accentuate the Positive & Eliminate the Negative.But should the negative fallout in their relations reoccur again, both sides should talk to each other even more frequently than before.We cannot do much about the past, but we can afford to live in a better future and brighter tomorrow if our both countries open our minds and hearts to each other today.
Posted in: Ex-PM Aso to meet S Korean leader to mend ties
Michael Jun Sung ShimSep. 21, 2012 - 04:13PM JST
Japan has apologized more than enough to S Korea!!Enough is enough already!! If Koreans want more apology from Japan then the Koreans too should examine their conscience also and reflect just how good and morally upright the Koreans are.Look we are all human beings and quite frankly speaking, I don't support Korea's anti-Japan sentiment at all to drum up more sympathy from Japan which Korea still perceives as the "aggressor" up till this day!!
Japan is the humblest country in the world because their PMs and even the Emperor have successively offered apologies in profuse ways..How many times have the Europeans and U.S.A. apologized to their colonial victims? Not even once I'd say! And Japan's PMs have said sorry to Korea at least more than 5 times. The British were just as bad as Japanese and England has never apologized to its former colonies and yet nobody has ever burnt Union Jack!!
To be honest with you guys, I am just as sick and tired as anybody else of seeing Korean nationalists burning Hinomaru Flags even as many successive Japanese PMs have offered apologies from the "bottom of their hearts"one after another.The past is over and it's about time Koreans be more generous to Japan and forget and forgive Japan's sins in Korea!!
By the way, I am Korean and I hope my writing here helps peoples of both Koreans and Japanese think more positively of each other & I also want to see stronger bonds of friendships between ordinary Koreans and Japanese people even if there is a political and diplomatic conflicts between Seoul and Tokyo!!
Posted in: Nationalism may rise under Japan's next gov't
Michael Jun Sung ShimAug. 14, 2012 - 04:37PM JST
Come on kids (Korea & Japan) be nice to each other!!
Posted in: S Korea's Lee says Japan must settle colonial-era grievances
Michael Jun Sung ShimAug. 05, 2012 - 11:34PM JST
I entreat Koreans to show more love and compassion to Japan.Koreans who show clemency for Japan's past sins committed in Korea during the colonial era will thus be blessed by God above who asks of us to continually forgive
Those who wrong on us.If your brother who sins against you seeks your forgiveness then do forgive the sinner.
Korea should forgive Japan and forget the past history and just move on!
Posted in: S Korea hates Japan more than N Korea, Gallup Poll reveals
Michael Jun Sung ShimAug. 05, 2012 - 04:00PM JST
Mr.Ichiro Ozawa is one of many sanguine Japanese politician who is more flexible on issues like granting the "voting rights" to permanent Korean residents in Japan..S Korea already has allowed some Japanese residents in Korea to take part in local Korean elections(Not The Presidential Elections in Korea) giving the suffrage rights for international residents in Korea especially eyed for Chinese/Taiwanese residents in Korea.So Koreans have made some attempts with tangible results to allow non-Koreans to become a part of the Korean society.I am sure more Koreans will love Japan and Japanese if and only if Japan opens the door for Koreans in Japan to take more active roles that they can do something to make Japanese society a better place for all peoples!!
Michael Jun Sung ShimAug. 05, 2012 - 03:33PM JST
Why does it matter so much as someone is Korean/Japanese and etc? Look all we want is friendships between these two Asian nations.I won't ask Korea to get over history but I will ask Koreans please genuinely forgive and reconcile with Japan.Shouldn't Korea be the one who should show mercy to Japan especially when the latter has issued several apologies to Korea and Korean people??.I don't like negative things just be positive and something good will come out between Korea-Japan tomodachi=친구(chingu)=friends in Korean.
Michael Jun Sung ShimAug. 05, 2012 - 10:24AM JST
Come on children.I use this opportunity to ask Koreans please stop hating Japan and Japanese..Korea has received more than one apology from Japan's PM both verbally and in written statement saying Japan offers "heartfelt apology" for the sufferings it wrought on Korean people during the colonial era (1910-!945). I actually like Japan a lot and I even have a small Japanese flag in my room just as when most Koreans abhor Hinomaru. But having a Japanese flag in my room doesn't mean I glorify Japanese Imperialism in Korea quite the opposite..Many times in the past did my grandparents remind & tell me how difficult life in Korea was under the Japanese iron fist rule!! I sympathize Koreans who suffered under Japan but now Korea is climbing up the economic ladder and is becoming more modern.The only thing I can hope for is to let time pass and the old generation who hold such bitter memories will pass away..We live in a very international world and Koreans should stop wasting their time lecturing others how badly Japanese behaved to Koreans.In fact,Korea and Japan plus the U.S.A. should join hands and jointly form a triangular alliance to deter & balance the military power of N Korea-China-Russia trilateral military alliance.
Korea should do away with its past and paranoia about Japan becoming more powerful because both Japan and the United States have asked Seoul to join their club to keep an eye on its opponents!! There isn't much I can do to alleviate Korean people's anti-Japan sentiment but I do see some hopeful signs from both Seoul and Tokyo that both countries are back on track to develop stronger bonds of bilateral friendships between them..When I see progress in Korea-Japan friendships I feel very happy and elated to see such improvements between S Korea and Japan.China will always back and prop up its N Korean regime and I don't see any breakthrough in inter-Koreas ties anytime soon so yes starting from scratch with U.S. at the epi-center,Korea and Japan declare new friendships between them and work towards more developing stronger partnerships!!
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