Korean identity is pretty much “We: the non-Japanese” and anti-Japan is their legitimacy over the peninsula. Identity clash is inevitable, and Koreans will not be satisfied until we all erase Korean history and rewrite the whole thing.
It’s deep, deeper than you think.
The idea of “reconciliation” is hopelessly wrong and naive.. .. , Japan and Korea never fought against each other during the war.
Last updated June 02, 2017
Scott Snyder, senior fellow for Korea studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, and Brad Glosserman, executive director of the Pacific Forum CSIS, are coauthors of The Japan-South Korea Identity Clash: East Asian Security and the United States (Columbia University Press, 2015).
Building that relationship will take time. It will be incremental. It could begin with Moon’s personal affirmation of a future-oriented relationship, followed by outreach to Abe to construct a larger and more enduring bilateral relationship. Abe should respond with an offer of assistance (in the appropriate form) to mitigate the damage being done to South Korean economic interests by China. A resumption of the expired currency swap agreement would also be a nice gesture.
While the Japanese government is likely to resist formal renegotiation of the 2015 comfort woman agreement, it is undeniable that Japan-South Korea relations will be constrained without broader Korean public acceptance of Japan’s efforts to address the past. Both leaders will have to do more to change the situation. The challenge for Moon is to show that South Korea’s public grievances toward Japan can be satisfied, while Abe will need to make greater efforts to win over South Korean public support.
Over time, Japan-South Korea cooperation should evolve into a genuine framework of reconciliation. In many ways, Moon is the most appropriate leader for such a deal. The real tensions in the Japan-South Korea relationship are generated by the right in Japan and the left in South Korea, both of which are struggling with the political status quo in their own countries. Moon, a progressive, and Abe, a conservative, are the leaders best able to deliver the constituencies that would make reconciliation between the two countries meaningful. Both short- and long-term considerations should impel them to get started now.
No, I don’t think so. .
Besides, Korea is a country of Han.