AMPONTAN

Japan from the inside out

Ichigen koji (155)

Posted by ampontan on Wednesday, August 29, 2012

一言居士
– A person who has something to say about everything

A de facto state of war still exists between North and South Korea, though the truce continues. The governments of both North and South say that unification is their heartfelt wish, and that continues to be their official line for the people….While the Koreans as an ethnic group seem to want to come together, the government and business leaders of South Korea, and the dictators of North Korea, do not appear to be sincerely interested in reunification….

…(Separation) has become the normal state of affairs, and the governing bodies of both countries have solidified that separation. In short, the concept of the state in both countries has been created on the premise of separation.

But the unifying force among the Korean people remains strong. To prevent that, and to continue the separation, requires a state of tension both at home and abroad. In South Korea’s case, that tension takes the form of anti-Japanese policies at home, and anti-Japanese demonstrations abroad….

…In all states, not just the divided ones, the concept of the state is formed through a thorough education of the people. The concept of the state in South Korea has become inextricably linked with anti-Japanese sentiment, and that has been taught through the educational system. As long as the divided state continues, South Korea will not lower their anti-Japanese banners. As long as North and South Korea remain divided, South Korea is unlikely to change its anti-Japanese policies.

– Ishida Masahiko, writing under the name of Red Dragonfly on the blog Agora

2 Responses to “Ichigen koji (155)”

  1. 21st Century Schizoid Man said

    I think if they are unified, they will continue to choose anti-Japanese policies to solidify unification and to use that card for their relation with Japan, China, U.S, and possibly with Russia.

  2. Robert said

    I live near Seoul, and I have to say I have become very disheartened by the vehemence of anti-Japanese sentiment here in recent months. There seems no rhyme or reason to it, and the mis-perceptions one encounters in the local media are extraordinary. There appears to be a great deal of psychological projection by Koreans onto the Japanese, and some truly bizarre logic and rationalization. The effects on the US-Japan-ROK alliance must be devastating, and Chinese ends are being well and truly served; surely no one else profits from the situation, unless it be NK.
    ——
    R: Thanks for the note. The national Korean newspapers have Japanese editions, so I know what you mean. National news websites are also translated into Japanese, and are even…more so.

    As for the rhyme or reason, I hope to have a post offering a possible explanation by tomorrow.

    -A.

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