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    A somewhat dated article here, but I’m afraid the article in the current state is heavily one-sided and biased in my view. As a Japanese who’s been living abroad for a greater part of my life, I’m quite aware of Japan’s reluctance to face its troubled past.

    But the situation is much more nuanced than is presented in the article. Two countries signed the deal below on Dec 28, 2015, which includes the following clause:

    “The Government of the ROK [Republic of Korea] values the GOJ’s [Government of Japna’s] announcement and efforts made by the Government of Japan in the lead-up to the issuance of the announcement and confirms, together with the GOJ, that the issue is resolved finally and irreversibly with this announcement, on the premise that the Government of Japan will steadily implement the measures specified in 1. (2) above. The Government of the ROK will cooperate in the implementation of the Government of Japan’s measures.”

    One important factor for the change of stance by South Korea is actually domestic. The agreement was signed by ex-president Park, who became extremely unpopular and was removed from office upon her impeachment. Public sentiment was such that everything she did was regarded as a problem. Incumbent president Moon basically acted on that basis.

    I’m not sure to what extent the claims made by South Korea are justified. But it certainly isn’t black and white. A major rewrite is necessary.


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