Why Do Koreans Hold a Grudge Against Japanese?
Unfortunately, as most predicted, the relationship between Japan and South Korea is deteriorating right now.
Personally, I don’t have anything against South Korea, nor do I have any animosity towards its people. I just have a strong displeasure with the politics of a country that has used its historical background to support itself.
What the Korean government is saying and doing is incoherent to say the least, and as I wrote in the previous article, what they are doing is nothing more than a “spoiled brat with a kitchen disease”, but it is also true that, to a certain extent, the situation in Korea should be considered as such. .
So, this time, I would like to summarize what the old man knows and thinks about, why the Koreans hate Japan so much.
As usual, this is a poorly written article, but if you are interested, please proceed.
First of all, I would like to talk about a fundamental point, but the reason for this is that there is a difference in historical perception.
If you do a lot of research and study, you will find that the history that Korea claims and the sense of history that Japan and the rest of the world are aware of, are not the same.
Nevertheless, there are various things that go into this, such as the intentions of the country. So I can’t help but think that it’s inevitable that they tend to favor their own country to some extent.
In fact, even the United States, which is now a friendly country, has been consistent in its assertions about the Pacific War. But, as you know, that is the way it has to be in a sense, and the world has accepted it as a good thing, which is why we are here today.
In fact, the United States and Japan fought each other in wars, but now they are able to get along with each other and respect each other’s country.
Sometimes it is argued that Japan has become a vassal state of the United States, but I don’t think that it is necessarily the only aspect of Japan’s status.
From a military point of view, when the US and Japan have been fighting for military power from the past to the present, there is nowhere for Japan to win, so it is natural for Japan to be placed under the protection of the US. There may be various opinions about this, but at least that is my opinion.
However, on the other hand, South Korea has proven beyond compare that such views and arguments of other countries can only be harmful if they are taken too far.
Why does Korea not forgive Japan?
It’s a bit long, but I think this article is very clear and explains the dilemma our neighboring country is facing.
A very zippy summary is: ……
They had an enemy that they could conveniently beat in order to keep the country together.
That was Japan, the defeated nation at the time, as I understand it.
When people have a common enemy, it’s easy for them to cross barriers and come together.
I think that’s what bullying is all about.
Our neighboring country, South Korea, was in a state of war at the time and had to get together to win. They chose Japan, which was recognized as a war criminal by the world, as the scapegoat and made it one of the opportunities to unite the country by designating it as the source of all evil.
But unfortunately, that was the beginning of the tragedy as the whole nation of Korea began to push forward its anti-Japanese policy.
In the era when my dad was alive, the anti-Japanese education in Korea was often reported through the mass media.
But many people in those days wondered why they were doing this. The reality is that in the past, people didn’t even take an interest in the education of our neighboring countries.
There were many more serious incidents happening one after another, so most people didn’t pay attention to the education of our neighboring countries.
But when I think about it now, it was probably a bad idea.
Education is the foundation of a country.
Even if you don’t see its impact right away, ten or twenty years down the road, it can shake the foundations of a country and change its ideas and values.
That’s probably true. It is almost impossible for children to distinguish between right and wrong. Social norms are all things that they learned from adults in their childhood.
The result of the anti-Japanese education and the formation of distorted perceptions in our neighboring countries is the current state of affairs. You could say that we are in an untenable situation.
However, as a note, I do not think that Japan’s argument is necessarily absolutely correct. As I wrote earlier, education reflects the will of a country, no matter what kind of country it is in.
As I mentioned before, education reflects the will of the country, no matter what kind of country it is in.
Therefore, the ability to live in this era is essentially the ability required to think through these issues and come up with the correct answer in your own way.
As a result of my personal research on this, I feel that what South Korea has to say this time around is unreasonable and messed up.
And now, because of the widespread use of the Internet, those who have a flexible mindset are starting to notice this problem, even if they are from South Korea.
Some of the younger generation, especially those who never stop thinking and are willing to look into the matter, seem to be able to grasp the correct answer in their own way, with a clear understanding of the position of Japan, Korea and the world.
Japanese culture favors group behavior.
One of the characteristics of Japanese culture is the “live‐and‐let‐live basis culture”.
It’s a spirit of mutual respect and concession, where people respect each other’s intentions without having to be too clear about it, and take the initiative to help others.
I think this is a unique Japanese culture and, in a sense, a virtue.
If you are too aggressive, you are often told, “Well, well, well, don’t get angry.” But the Japanese didn’t understand that this was an original culture of Japan and was only understood in Japan.
Even now, there may be many people who don’t understand it.
Basically, when there are conflicting claims, the culture of other countries is a battle of words, a clash of claims. It’s a battle.
If you get mocked, you lose. If you pull back, you lose. If you admit it, you lose.
Nowadays, we don’t have such extreme cases, but it is commonplace in other countries that when countries with no communication and trustworthiness get into an argument with each other, this tends to happen.
That is why in our time, people from foreign countries would say to me, “Why don’t the Japanese assert their opinions more? People used to wonder, “How can you be so shy?
‘You’re so shy!’ I’m sure that from the point of view of other countries, it would have been seen as nonsensical.
In Japanese culture, we have a unique tendency of expressing ourselves too much and standing out is a disgrace.
We are required to stand side by side, read between the lines, and behave as a group, so this culture is definitely a factor in this issue.
Personally, I don’t think that this side-by-side culture is necessarily a bad thing, and if it can be applied, I think it should be used to its fullest extent. In a sense, I believe that it is an ability to lead a peaceful social life.
The characteristic of this Japanese culture is that it was developed with the aim of causing as little conflict as possible.
One thing to keep in mind, however, is the fact that in such a culture, there will be people who do not fit in, who do not tolerate and who do not integrate into society, and who have different ideas.
If we can create a place for those people who do not fit in, or if we can create an environment where they can be tolerated, understood, and helped, we can create a mature culture that makes the most of their individuality.
As I mentioned before, Japanese culture may seem alien to other countries, but in recent years, it is becoming more and more recognized and popularized in other countries.
Oh, we’re Japanese, right?
Now that the groundwork has been laid for it to be understood, we are no longer looked at in a strange way. I believe that the image of Japan as we know it today is the result of mutual efforts, both internal and external, to learn from the cultures of other countries and to communicate our opinions.
Korean culture is bound up in resentment.
Now, here is the culture of our neighboring country, South Korea: …… This is a tricky one, but the fact that they have developed their own cultural system is making things even more complicated.
As I mentioned earlier, there is no doubt that there is a culture within other countries that says if you pull back, you lose when it comes to a dispute.
This is due to the fact that mankind has always been subjected to warfare since its emergence in the world. Especially in European countries and China, it is rare to find a time when there are no conflicts, because that is the history of the human species that we have always thrown ourselves into battles.
Sadly, the Korean peninsula, on which the neighboring country, Korea, is located, has a history of always being involved in warfare in Asia. Incidentally, Japan, being an island nation, has never been involved in such conflicts. It is because of such a background that Japan was able to do things like shutting off the country without thinking about it in the Edo period.
The culture of the Korean peninsula, which has been involved in such turmoil for a long time, can understandably resent other countries and especially Japan, which ruled the country in the modern era, as a foreign enemy that invaded and undermined them.
In such a situation, Korea has developed its own unique culture, and it is said that it has its own unique ideology called “Han”
The result of a fatal lack of alignment between Japanese and Korean cultures.
As you may know, Japanese culture has a strong tendency to keep what they want to say to each other and share the atmosphere and atmosphere.
Especially when it comes to negative feelings, there is a tendency to feel ashamed to show them.
Men are not supposed to cry.
It’s not cool to raise your voice. It’s not cool to raise one’s voice, etc., and it’s not good to express one’s emotions.
On the other hand, in Korean and continental cultures, as I mentioned before, it’s basically a culture that empathizes with negative emotions by expressing them in a strong way.
Therefore, I heard that there is a culture of women without any feelings, and the current anti-Japanese movement, where negative emotions are exploded, is, in a sense, a natural way of appealing to the Korean culture.
But that is why the cultural compatibility between Japan and Korea is, in a sense, fatally incompatible with each other. After all, the two cultures are completely opposite in terms of direction.
If someone in Japan were to come to Japan and express their anger and grief like the Koreans do, they would probably be summarily dismissed in Japan. Or, I have the strong impression that they would watch him/her from afar and never approach him/her.
If someone were to complain about their grief and anger on the street, I think the same thing would happen to them. It would depend on the content.
This is probably due to the fact that Japanese people do not like to make a big deal out of it.
I can clearly see the scene of people trying to keep their distance from each other while gossiping about the person behind the scenes. They will take pictures and videos on their phones and some of them will even call the police.
In other words, in my opinion, that’s what the distance between Korean culture and Japanese culture is all about. And the tragedy is that we have come to this point in time without Japan being able to understand that this is the kind of culture we have.
This is just a consequence of the fact that if Japan had been more aware of this, and had taken a stronger stance against Korea and discouraged it in the past …… or, in some cases, had intervened more actively in anti-Japanese education through the mediation of the U.S. or other third countries, I don’t think that we would have been able to do so in the past.
But in fact, we have come to this point because we left it at that without understanding the Korean culture and made a mistake in dealing with it.
When arguing in foreign countries, if you ignore it and don’t argue, or if you try to keep things quiet, you will be drowned out by louder voices.
It’s also true that if you make a loud noise and make others aware of it, you can make them think it’s true. I understand that it is the way of South Korea that they used the position of the war victims to push their demands to Japan and made them accept it.
I think there are many people of the older generation, including me, who feel sorry for the past war.
I have understood the tragedy of war to the point of being disgusted with it, and I still think that it is impossible to tolerate it. Whether or not the reality allows it, I’m not sure.
Therefore, there is no doubt that I feel sorry for the many people who suffered as a result of Japan’s invasion in the past, and it is an undeniable fact that I don’t want that tragedy to happen again.
However, even if you have those feelings, if the other person has no intention of receiving them, I think the fact that there is nothing we can do about; it is all that lies in front of us now. This is even if it is due to the cultural differences I mentioned earlier.
From the Japanese sense of values, I think that economic cooperation and other accommodations are sufficient to compensate for such a situation in Korea, and many people think so. We signed the treaty, and we agreed to it at the time, so it’s all good, right? That’s what the rule of law is all about, right? This is the feeling based on Japanese values. In fact, we provide aid and apologies at every opportunity.
However, according to the Korean value system, the spirit of resentment that Korea is a victim and deserves to be rewarded is very strong.
I interpreted it as a culture that says if you feel bad, you should continue to make amends forever. Looking at the actual behavior of the government, I can’t help but think that this is the culture. I guess that’s why some countries don’t admit things that are bad for them. If they admit it, they will be on the receiving end forever.
They didn’t understand the critical difference in this way of thinking until now, and that’s probably why they are in the situation they are in today.
When I think about it, I can’t help but think that it was a mistake to try to understand and deal with Korea with Japanese values in the first place.
And so South Korea descends into exile.
This may sound like a radical title, but I don’t think it’s an exaggeration.
It would be useless to bow to Japan, the evil demon.
Therefore, I can see that they want to take Japan down by one way or another, but since Japan has already played the diplomatic card, there is nothing they can do.
As seen in the diplomatic snitching diplomacy, not only Japan but the rest of the world is already well aware of the method of winning by making an exaggerated noise and appealing to it emotionally, which has been used to win over many international public opinions, and is being countered solemnly and individually defeated and dealt with. That is why they were not taken seriously at the WTO the other day.
As I wrote before in this article, I see this as a bad example of what happens when you misuse the “power of words”, whether it’s a country or an individual, when you make a mistake.
I think there is actually little more Korea can do in this situation.
Being removed from the White Nation has already been decided, and domestic public opinion in Korea will not allow it to become weak-kneed diplomatically due to its anti-Japanese education.
The moment it becomes weak-kneed, it becomes a frightening country that can be disbanded by demonstrations from its supporters.
We have fallen into a state of affairs that is neatly following its own course.
Frankly, I think it’s pathetic, but I still think that reaching out here is the wrong thing to do, as I’ve said repeatedly.
Korea cries every time it falls down, and I understand that this is what has happened as a result of Japan’s excessive attention to it every time. That’s why they have to stop living a life of dependence on Japan.
I don’t care if they are based on resentment and make Japan their enemy, or whatever, but unless they stand on their own feet and move forward, they will literally not be able to stand on their own as a country.
I think the last position Japan can take is to pray for this to happen and to watch over them.