AMPONTAN

Japan from the inside out

Ichigen koji (184)

Posted by ampontan on Friday, September 28, 2012

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

I think these cycles of friction with South Korea are inevitable. A look at history shows that friendly Japan-Korea ties have been maintained only at those times when they resembled those of the proverb which recommends relations as simple and uncomplicated as water*. Japan should continue to engage South Korea in the future about historical problems, but with the people in that country calling to make Japan a hypothetical enemy, the anti-Japanese sentiment there exceeds that directed at North Korea and China. Isn’t that a clear demonstration that public opinion in South Korea towards Japan emphasizes nationalism rather than shared values?

Even though we have market economies, there were tariff barriers to the sale of Japanese products until recently, and even now there are many non-tariff barriers that block their sale in the Korean market…in these circumstances, the free market cannot be a principle cementing bilateral ties.

People say that Japan and South Korea share the values of liberal democracy and a market economy, but South Korean “freedom” suppresses the expression of opinion or the freedom of viewpoint toward Japan. The state also sees the management of nationalism as proper. In Japan, a society in which that sort of behavior goes unchallenged could not be called “free”.

– The Tweeter known as Aceface

* 君子の交わりは淡きこと水のごとし

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