South Korea feud with Japan continues causing internal rift
South Korean media on both sides attack each other over Tokyo
On Monday, a conflict concerning a politician’s lunchtime drink decision, the Chosun Ilbo, South Korea’s most widely circulated journal, ran an editorial. It was a historic event to the inner divide of South Korea, as conflicts with Japan increased over export restrictions and military work.
Some days ago, in a moment of widening rancour between Japan and his homeland, Lee Hae-chan, the governing left-wing Democratic Party chief, ate at a Japanese restaurant in Seoul over a sequence of historical and financial conflicts.
After the press recorded that Lee had eaten sake, the Japanese rice-based liquor quickly criticised him as a hypocrite, through a common customer boycott, for smoking a Japanese beverage. Lee’s group hurried to reject Lee’s drunken sake, claiming that he had consumed cheongju, a rice liquor manufactured domestically.
The background to the event is an increasing discussion in South Korea about how to deal with Japan on the snowball line. The generally business-friendly right-wing calls upon the left-wing government and media to criticise Japan and seek negotiated solutions before South Korea suffers from excessive economic harm due to Japan’s export restrictions.
In reaction, the party began using one of the most potent slurs in the country, accusing some individuals of being a’ pro-Japanese spy.’
It extends home to the colonial rule of the Peninsula in Japan from 1910 to 1945, when individual prominent Koreans cooperated with the Japanese empire to put Korea under its dominion. Such employees are known today as traitors who placed their desires above the country.
Since Korea’s independence, the left side of the political spectrum of Korea has accused the Conservative right of descending from the employees of the occupation who have grown rich.
And it’s not just leaders that are suspected of being Japanese shills. In an essay entitled “How did the pro-Japanese partners create’ Cole Japan ‘,” Money Today went on to write: “the issue is that these Korean individuals who like cool Japan and are involved in Japanese anime, pop songs and graphic books play a fresh position as pro-Japanese partners.” Cho wroten “I believe that every South Korean citizen who criticises, distorts or condemns the decisions of the Supreme Court on forced labour deserves to be called pro-Japanese associates.” The publishing house, edited by Chosun Ilbo on the right, accuses leaders of using an ancient phrase to prevent them from managing the present situation.
“They must use this word for political reasons unless they are emotionally sick,” the journal says. “Would this dispute have gone to the surface if they were instead to come up with cool-headed reaction policies?” The Chosun itself created some debate by covering the Japan–South Korea line which some networkers have praised as being too gentle about Japan. A petition has collected more than 232,000 signatures on the South Korean government website calling on the administration to shut down the Chosun. After the 200,000 marks has been crossed, the govt will have to respond officially.
The ruling party legislator Kim Young-ho stated,’ When the citizens who describe the Liberty Korea Party as pro-Japanese colleagues, they don’t launch a political assault but only make an authoritative judgment.’ Na Kyung-won, leader of the Liberty Korea Party in response, stated, “There are more pro-Japanese Democratic Party descendants, although many of these continue to frame right-wing parties as descendants of pro-Japanese collaborators.” In particular, the opposition party has taken advantage of President Moon Jae-in’s experience as a lawyer defending a person accused of collaboration. Moon was a lawyer before joining into politics and effectively depicted the offspring of Kim Jae-toe in 1987, an entrepreneur who worked in the north of the nation and became wealthy after carrying over a company established under the Japanese empire, the Oriental Development Company.
In reaction to the debate, Moon said he did not accept the payment for his excellent case job but instead handed back the cash.
Professor Lee Jun-koo of the Seoul National University Emeritus came to Moon in a blog post to advocate for the Moon, arguing that Moon’s role as Kim’s lawyer did not imply his sympathy.
Poll figures indicate that only 24% of the left-wing South Koreans support the search for a mutual alternative with Japan, while 65% of self-identified conservators support it. By political group, 71,6% of the governing members of the Democratic Party oppose the pursuit of a friendly alternative, while 72,3% of the followers of the Conservative Liberty Korea Party support a favourable choice.