To BelaVista: Instead of labeling all Koreans as hateful and obsessed people who hold grudges, you should do some research and find out why Japan has not reconciled with its neighbors in Asia, especially Korea and China. Just compare the different routes taken by Japan and Germany in the aftermath of World War II. Unlike Japan, Germany has repeatedly issued sincere apologies for its wartime atrocities. Germany took full responsibility for what the Nazis did during the World War II, acknowledged its wartime atrocities, apologized and paid reparations to the victims. Do you know what the West German Chancellor Willy Brandt did to express remorse, guilt, and sorrow for the victims of the Holocaust? He dropped to his knees in front of the memorial to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943 during his state visit to Poland in 1970. It wasagesture of repentance and apology that hadapowerful effect on both Germany and Poland. Unfortunately, Japan has neither shownasincere gesture nor spoken sincere words of repentance and apology. Instead, Japan has shownapattern of issuing an apology to the victims of wartime atrocities and following that up withastatement or an action that negates the apology. For example, in 1993 Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono apologized to the comfort women. (In case you didn’t learn about the comfort women when you were in school, I’ll explain. The comfort women refer to some 200,000 women who were coerced and forced to become sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during WWII. They came from the territories occupied by Japan, mainly China and Korea, but also from Taiwan, Indonesia, Dutch East Indies, and the Philippines). However, several Japanese politicians, including the current prime minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, have denied that the comfort women were forced into sexual slavery and refused to apologize. The mayor of Osaka, Toru Hashimoto, recently made remarks that “Anyone can understand that the comfort women system was necessary,” and, “There is no evidence to prove that the Japanese government forcibly took the women” even though such documentary evidence had been discovered byahistorian named Yoshiaki Yoshimi. Those words by Japanese politicians not only render the previous apology powerless, but also re-traumatize the surviving victims, stir up anger and resentment in the nations affected by Japanese war crimes. Moreover, WWII war criminals are honored and venerated in Japan. The Yasukuni Shrine honors about 2.5 million Japanese war dead, including 1,054 Class-B and Class-C war criminals, and 14 Class-A war criminals. Among the Class-A war criminals enshrined there is Hideki Tojo. I’m sure you know that Hideki Tojo wasageneral of the Japanese Imperial Army and the prime minister of Japan for the most of WWII. Several Japanese prime ministers and politicians have visited the shrine to pay their respects to the war criminals like Tojo. Can you imagine German politicians and ordinary German people going toashrine that honors the Nazis, including Hitler, for their “service” to the country and praying for them? The chances of that ever happening in Germany are very slim to none. Furthermore, German schools teach the history of Holocaust. German history textbooks have not been revised to whitewash the actions of the Nazis. They educate their children about the horrible war crimes committed by their ancestors. Sadly, Japanese schools have failed to properly educate their children about the history of Japanese imperialism and wartime atrocities. Japanese history textbooks whitewash and justify the crimes committed by the Imperial Army of Japan. The effects of using revisionist history textbooks are profound, as Japanese children, some of them future leaders and politicians, grow up believing the whitewashed history. That’s why some Japanese people like you think they can shamelessly accuse and blame Koreans and Chinese for “holding grudges”. How can you forgive and forget when the aggressor refuses to sincerely apologize and continues to backtrack from taking responsibility? Think about that. So instead of spewing hateful remarks about the entire Korean population, you should try to understand why they’re still demandingasincere apology from your country. It’s because they never got one. Lastly, it’s offensive and unfair to categorize all Koreans as obsessed people who “…have this fixed idea that Japanese are all bad and should be punished or even exterminated”. Are you sure you’re not the one withafixed idea that all Koreans think that way about Japanese?