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By Tajima Osamu
Korean anti-Japanese thinking is quite abnormal.
Former Korean President Geun-hye Park, in her speech at a March 1st
Movement Anniversary in 2015, mentioned that the “historical dynamic of
one party being a perpetrator and the other party a victim will remain
unchanged even after a thousand years have passed,” implying that Korea
will bear a grudge that will last for 1,000 years.
This statement itself is extremely abnormal but there is more. The
Japanese annexation of Korea was conducted lawfully based on a mutually
agreed upon pact. The reason why America, Great Britain and other European
countries approved of the annexation without objection was that the
annexation was thought to be reasonable, considering Korea’s situation at
the time. Korea was entirely bankrupt. After the annexation, for a few
years, taxes from the Korean people financed only one-third of the total
budget of Korea. It was the Japanese government that provided the balance
of funding. The Japanese government’s supplementation of Korean finances
continued to the last year of the annexation. Still, President Park stated
that Koreans will continue to hold a grudge against Japan for the next
Mr. Tajima, the author of the current book, tries to get to the bottom
of this bizarre thinking by reflecting on the psychology of the Korean
people, which is a product of Korean history.
Questions are welcome.
MOTEKI Hiromichi, Acting Chairman
for KASE Hideaki, Chairman
Society for the Dissemination of Historical Fact
Note: Japanese names are rendered surname first in accordance with Japanese