South Korea behaves like a creditor nation even though it has no right to demand an apology from Japan
Japan-South Korea relations have become inertia as a result of repeated demands for apologies, apologies, and compensation.
Article on January 3rd 2022, by Fund Builder (real name kept anonymous, Born in Seoul. Graduated from Korea University. Regrets that most of the information about Japan that Koreans have learned, heard, and seen since childhood is tainted with distortions, exaggerations, and fabrications, and writes her column with the aim of informing people of the truth. Writes columns with the aim of informing the public about the truth. She covers a variety of topics, including comfort women, conscription, diplomacy and security, and the economy.)
If you repeat a certain behavior, it will become a habit. Once it becomes a habit, the behavior tends to become unconscious (automatic). In other words, inertia is created. Actions based on inertia are difficult to stop. The phenomenon of Korea demanding an apology from Japan and Japan apologizing is a typical example of such inertial behavior patterns.
Japan has repeatedly apologized to Korea under the names of the emperor, prime minister, and chief cabinet secretary. There are few cases in the world where a specific country has made so many apologies to a specific country on a national level. Yet, today’s Korean government and Koreans are not satisfied and continue to demand that Japan “apologize! to Japan.
This attitude of Korea is similar to that of a creditor making a legal claim against a debtor. However, Korea has never received an apology because it had the legal right to do so. Japan is under absolutely no legal obligation to apologize to Korea. Japan, meanwhile, apologized on a moral level.
What is clear is that no one has ever given Korea the “right to demand an apology. Likewise, no one has ever imposed an “obligation to apologize” on Japan.
In the past, Korea (Chosun) was annexed by Japan. At that time, Korea was not at war with Japan. In the case of war, the two countries are divided into victorious and defeated, and the defeated country usually apologizes and pays reparations to the victorious country. The defeated country usually apologizes to the victorious country and pays compensation. We are lucky. But good luck does not mean that we should not behave sensibly.
Unfortunately, today’s Korea acts as if it is a victorious nation. They are always high and mighty in their scolding of Japan as if they were its creditors. Today’s Koreans act as if they were given a kind of “right to an apology” from the time they were born.
Excessive apologies” a factor in the deterioration of Japan-Korea relations
Even though there is no right to an apology, Koreans have given themselves the right to receive one. In other words, South Korea’s demand for an apology related to the comfort women issue is based on a 2011 Constitutional Court ruling in South Korea (“It is unconstitutional for the South Korean government not to demand action on the comfort women issue toward Japan”). The basis for the demand for an apology in relation to the conscription issue is a 2018 ruling by the Korean Supreme Court (which ordered Japanese companies to pay compensation). In this way, South Korea is forcing Japan to apologize with extreme self-centeredness.
It is a comedy that Korea, which has no right to an apology, is now forcing Japan to apologize to it whenever it has time, arguing about the authenticity of the apology. It was impossible from the beginning to expect reason and common sense, such as compliance with international law, from a country with such standards.
The deterioration of relations between Japan and South Korea, brought about by an “apology” for which there are no rights or obligations, is at a serious level. If Korea were a normal nation, it would have accepted Japan’s moral apology to a reasonable extent and ended the deterioration of relations amicably.
Paradoxically, the reason for the deterioration of Japan-Korea relations today can be attributed to the “excessive number of Japanese apologies. Repeated and unnecessary Japanese apologies have created inertia, and as a result, Koreans have come to take Japan’s apologies for granted.
Let me tell you about a month-long experiment. The experiment was to give 10,000 won to each family every day, free of charge, and observe the reaction of the people in the town.
At first, the people in the town received the free money with a puzzled look. After about ten days, the people began to look forward to the time when they would receive their free money, and they would come out in front of their houses and wait for it.
After another 20 days or so, the townspeople began to take the free money for granted. Then, on the last day of the experiment, the person who was giving away the money walked straight through the town. The people in the town were very angry and asked, “Where is my money? “Why didn’t you give me my money, 10,000 won? “
If favors continue, they will be mistaken for rights. This is exactly what we see in Korea today. The worst of the current Japan-Korea relationship is also a joint misfortune created by “Japan’s continued goodwill” and “Korea mistaking this for a right.
Korea’s ‘Corruption’ Doesn’t Give Japan Indulgences
Along with mistaking goodwill for entitlement, the attitude of many Koreans, far more corrupt than the corrupt clergy of the Middle Ages, has been a major cause of the deterioration of Japan-Korea relations. What I mean by this is that many Koreans today frequently use the phrase, “Don’t give Japan indulgences.
Japan’s “Asian Women’s Fund,” launched in 1995, provided former comfort women with a consolation payment of about 5 million yen (approx. 55,000 CDN) per person, along with a letter of apology from the Japanese prime minister (61 former Korean comfort women received the payment, while some former comfort women refused to accept it). However, in response, the then The Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery (an anti-Japanese group related to the comfort women) pressured the former comfort women not to accept the Asian Women’s Fund benefits, warning them as follows
“If they accept Japan’s sympathy money, which does not acknowledge their guilt, the victims will become public prostitutes who left voluntarily, thus giving ‘indulgences’ to Japan.””
At the time of the 2015 agreement on the comfort women issue, the Korean media and public reacted with concern that the agreement would give Japan “immunity.
The “indulgent” (letter of atonement) was a certificate issued by Roman Catholic clergy in the Middle Ages to absolve people who had offered money or tribute. It is also an expression symbolizing a corrupt clergy.
In the end, not wanting to give absolution to Japan means that Koreans will forever enjoy condemning Japan, no matter how much Japan apologizes and compensates. This is far worse than the corrupt clergy of the Middle Ages. Because the medieval clergy, even if corrupt, would at the very least grant impunity if they received money, whereas today’s Koreans receive apologies and compensation, but no impunity.
Who is more vicious, the medieval clergy who gave immunity by accepting money, or today’s Koreans who refuse to give immunity even after receiving apologies and compensation?
The Abomination of a Neighboring Country Acting Like a Creditor
In the Proverbs of the Old Testament, we find this passage (chapter 30, verses 21-23)
“The earth trembles because of three things, but cannot endure because of four. By three things the earth shall tremble, yea, by four things it shall not endure: that a slave shall be king, and a foolish man shall be weary of food, and an abject woman shall be married, and a servant shall sit down after his mistress.”
It is utterly insane for a man who has never been given the right to receive an apology from anyone to be under the illusion and delusion that he is a creditor, and to continually force an apology upon his neighbor, who is under no obligation to apologize. Furthermore, it would be worse if Korea were to go beyond forcing its neighbors to go to various places around the world to scheme and humiliate its neighbors on a daily basis.
It would be no problem at all to add this morbid state of affairs of Korea against Japan as a new addition to the Bible’s “By three things the earth trembles, yea, by four things it cannot endure. Individuals and nations alike must know their own stature and act accordingly. Otherwise, it will be an abomination.