(Seirindo Co. Ltd.)
By Tajima Osamu
March 4, 2019
The author analyzes Korean han (hatred or regret) as follows.
The feeling of han Korea holds against Japan can be said to be a proof that
Korea recognizes Japan as kin. To Korea, Japan is an unruly brother at one
time and an adulterous wife at another, or a neighbor aiming to take “his
wife” (Takeshima Island). Japan is close relation, remaining always
within reach of Korea.
The Korean view of the world is embodied in the “Minor China” way of
thinking. According to this line of thinking, Korea regards China as a
cultural father, itself as an older brother and Japan as a younger brother.
The myth that all Japanese culture was inherited from older brother Korea
(Chosun) is the foundation of their national pride. It is reasonable that
nothing is more dishonorable than the fact that Korea was ruled for 36
years by younger brother Japan. Even after liberation, Japan has always
outpaced Korea. In international credibility, Korea is far behind Japan. To
Korea, younger brother Japan is a pain in the neck.
The Discount Japan campaign (aimed to denigrate Japan’s international
standing), a global policy conducted by the Korean government, is nothing
less than the murder Abel by Cain—in the name of Korea. They think unless
they “lower” Japan’s value, Korea’s international standing will not
be able to “rise.” Anyhow, Korea regards Japan as its kin.
Korea can be compared to the evil stepmother in Snow White.
“Mirror, mirror, on the wall, which country is the most developed in East
“Mirror, mirror, on the wall, which country is the most advanced in
technology in East Asia?”
“Mirror, mirror, on the wall, which country makes the most international
contributions in East Asia?”
“Mirror, mirror, on the wall, which country has produced the most Nobel
Laureates in East Asia?”
Mirror, mirror, on the wall—the one speaking to the mirror is Korea. The
answer from the mirror is, unflinchingly, “Japan is…”
In the fairy tale, the evil stepmother thinks that, “Without Snow
White, I am the fairest one of all.” The stepmother, as a witch, sets out
to kill Snow White, revealing her ugly nature. I can imagine a witch
selling poisoned apples, or “abuse”, all over the world. I would name
this Korean psychological pathology as “mirror, mirror” syndrome,
meaning that Korea is always overly conscious of Japan and swings from joy
to sorrow, according to results of making comparison between Korean and
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