I don’t know why so many Koreans are shamelessly propagate lots of lies…. almost every Koreans speaks about something… something(especially about Japan) they know nothing about.
Oh, I remembered why … in the Confucianism culture such as Korea and China, it is honorable thing to tell a lie to others in order to defend family or “uri (our)”. However …. Koreans and Chinese are not standard of the World. Japanese (and the rest of the world) consider a liar as a despicable person.
Anyway, here is an example from Youtube.
Kine Phile: Japanese Democracy is not pure democracy my friend. Japan in Meiji era was under the dictator. The Meiji king. It is not democracy at all my friend. Now S.Korea surpassed its democratical value, and Japan should admit it. There will be no impeachment in Japan because Japanese people are not brave enough to change the system. Look at Korea and Korean people. They are brave enough to fight against what they don’t like and smart enough to change it in a democratical way.
- First of all, which country has “pure democracy ” today? What does it mean by “pure” democracy.
- This guy says “Japan in Meiji era was under the dictator.” – Not true. It was a democratic constitutional monarchy (Meiji constitution had some obvious defects I admit though). Meiji emperor had very very limited political power under the Meiji constitution because that’s what constitutional monarchy supposed to be.
- “The Meiji king.” – HERE WE GO. Koreans can’t stand the fact that Japan has the emperor, as I explained before. Meiji emperor.
- “no impeachment in Japan” No, because Japan employs parliamentary system. There is no President to impeach. We have “vote of no confidence” instead. Besides, Japanese prime minister can be very easily replaced. For example, prime minister Uno had to resign because he had a “lover”. Prime minster Yoshida Shigeru resigned because he said “idiots…”. A microphone picked up his monologue…during his speech at the congress. I could give you a long list.
- Japan fought for the change 150 years ago (Meiji Restration) while Korean could not.
- Japan fought for the democracy and gained democracy in Taisho era 100 years ago. It’s called Taisho democracy. South Korea is 100 years behind.
- You probably don’t know about how Japanese protest.
So, every time I talk to Koreans, I feel as if I’m talking to an evil-minded 10 year-old kid. I’ve known Koreans for a long time, and I still wonder why they shamelessly tell lies…
I already wrote an article about the so-called “candle revolution”. Read it if you like. By the way, I must say the “separation of powers” in South Korea is broken (I could give you a whole bunch of examples). And South Korea does not have freedom of speech.
Japanese modern democracy starts in 1868 almost 150 years ago. Then, in 1890, the Meiji constitution was enacted. Many don’t know Japanese democracy has a 127 years of history. And Japanese democracy is not something just imported from overseas.
The Oath in Five Articles (1868) describe what Japan has been and what Japan should be.
The Oath in Five Articles
- Deliberative assemblies shall be widely established and all matters decided by open discussion.
- All classes, high and low, shall be united in vigorously carrying out the administration of affairs of state.
- The common people, no less than the civil and military officials, shall all be allowed to pursue their own calling so that there may be no discontent.
- Evil customs of the past shall be broken off and everything based upon the just laws of Nature.
- Knowledge shall be sought throughout the world so as to strengthen the foundation of imperial rule.
I just had a quick conversation with a Korean at Youtube.
볼리야: Because Japan is the most pro-Chinese nation in the world, Japan’s political system is based on Chinese system. Political parties such as Liberal Democrats and Kumhéito is a Maoist party.
Me: I have lots of experience talking with Korean people. And what I’ve learned is that Korean people learning stuff in Korean tend to have very biased or limited knowledge of the world. It seems you understand English, I suggest you study things in English. And try Japanese if possible when you want to know things about Japan.
I read Korean news, but it is very very biased.
And I must say, “political system is based on Chinese system. Political parties such as Liberal Democrats and Kumhéito is a Maoist party.” is very very wrong. And I don’t understand what Kumhéito is.. Koumeito maybe?
PS. I just wrote an entry about Japanese democracy. You can read it here. (I wrote some harsh things about Korea, but forgive me)
볼리야: First of all, the name of the blog should be changed to “Japanese living * in * Korea” or whatever.
Me: I mean..
“A Japanese (living in Japan) (speaks) on Korean (matter)”
볼리야: I do not know Japanese history, and I cannot speak Chinese like you, so I cannot understand what your blog claims.
Me: “I do not know Japanese history”
That’s precisely my point. Then, why did you say “Japan’s political system is based on Chinese system” if you didn’t know?
볼리야: When I saw bunch of Chinese letters, I gave up to read.
However, I am kind of professional in modern world history. And of course, political system of Japan is based on Chinese oligarchy.
Me: “When I saw bunch of Chinese letters, I gave up to read.”
?? the translation is there. The Japanese phrase are pics of original “The Oath in Five Articles” I mentioned. Anyway, you can ignore it.
“political system of Japan is based on Chinese oligarchy” Can you please elaborate on that?
I mean I know lots of Korean people saying “Japanese political system is “dictatorship” or “oligarchy” or whatever in SNS or comments. They are just saying so in order to feel superior.
No one in the world seriously saying such thing. So, if you believe so, you need to explain your claim with grounds and sound basis with reference and all.
Me: I’ll give you a reason why Japanese political system is NOT oligarchy.
We democratically elect members of parliament, and they democratically elect the prime minister. Anyone can be a prime minister. And the most importantly “separation of powers”( legislature, an executive, and a judiciary) is strictly preserved.
By the way, I must say the “separation of powers” in South Korea is broken (I could give you a whole bunch of examples).
Me: Seriously though, you Koreans don’t feel shame telling lie? Is that true?
In the Confucianism culture such as Korea and China, it is honorable thing to tell a lie to others in order to defend family or “uri”. However …. Koreans and Chinese are not standard of the World. Japanese (and the rest of the world) think a liar as despicable person. You guys better realize by now.
Me: I’m still waiting for you to answer my previous question.
볼리야: Biggest characteristic of oligarch nation is that there is heredity, which means if the father is a politician, son is also a politician. A lot of politicians in Japan earned its place using heredity, and the biggest example would be Abraham Shinzo.
I don’t have enough knowledge about Japan, but I learned lots about modern history. Expect that there will be no different opinion that Japan is an extreme Pro-Chinese nation, and influenced by lots of political systems from USSR – PRC – Japan.
Me：You say “I don’t have enough knowledge about Japan” , but you said “I am kind of professional in modern world history”. … … .. anyway.
“Abraham Shinzo”, Dah. It’s “Abe Shinzo”. Come on…… anyway
The prime minister Abe Shinzo did not become prime minister by inheritance. He became the prime minister because Japanese VOTED for him and his party. What do you mean “heredity”? His father was a good politician, so the son must be good as well, kind of heredity? I wish… (Besides, former Korean president Park Geun-hye’s father was a politician too. How about that?)
So, you are not only wrong, but you insisted without knowing a thing. It is very disgraceful thing, kid.
And you say “I don’t have enough knowledge about Japan, but I learned lots about modern history. Expect that there will be no different opinion that Japan is an extreme Pro-Chinese nation, and influenced by lots of political systems from USSR – PRC – Japan.”
OK…… ARE YOU BRAINWASHED?
Japan’s political system today was established(1947) before China(PRC, 1949)’s. And pre-war Japanese political system was established in 1890. It’s way before USSR(1936). Japanese political system was originally influenced by European, especially Prussia(German) model, political system. Actually, Ito Hirobumi and others chose that model. And as you know, Ito Hirobumi was killed by a Korean.
Anyone who knows tiny little bit about history would immediately realize what you are saying is incorrect.
Me: Please, please tell me not all of Koreans are taught this kind of crap….
Oh..on the second thought, yeah, sadly I knew. I knew this kinds of crap is “common knowledge” among South Koreans…
I’ll quote my comment myself.
“I have lots of experience talking with Korean people. And what I learned is that Korean people learning stuff in Korean tend to have very biased or limited knowledge of the world. It seems you understand English, I suggest you study things in English. And try Japanese if possible when you want to know things about Japan.”
If he insists “Japan’s constitution was created by the US”, I could not say a word. But “Japan’s political system is based on Chinese system”? Seriously?
Japan is technically a constitutional monarchy, much more like the UK than like American democracy. The Prime Minister is the head of the ruling party, which forms the cabinet. Both upper and lower houses in the Japanese Diet are elected positions, not inherited, unlike the House of Lords, positions in which are inherited
For a lovely overview of the topic:
Realistically, every government has some families whose profession is politics. In the USA for instance we have the Clintons, Bushes, and Kennedys among others. None of their position were inherited, but politics does run in the family.