Register to Comment
Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 37
Like Tree8Likes
  1. #1
    Wascurito Wascurito is offline
    Wascurito's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2017
    Posts
    4,097

    Anti-Korean racism in Japan

    Relations between Koreans and Japanese have never really been good. Going right back to medieval times, Wokou pirates from the Japanese Islands regularly attacked the southern coastal regions of the Korean peninsula and while the Koreans did retaliate with successful attacks on Japanese soil, the problem only resolved itself when the Koreans granted certain trading privileges to the Japanese and with the growth of a strong central authority in Japan in the late 1500s and early 1600s.

    By the late 19th century, Korea was the focal point of power struggles between China, Japan and Tsarist Russia. Japanese machinations eventually led to the annexation of Korea in 1910. The occupation was brought to an end in 1945 (when the Korean peninsula was partitioned) but resentment about Japanese crimes and atrocities remain to this day in both North and South Korea. Meanwhile, 63% of Japanese people think that Korean demands for an apology are "incomprehensible".

    There is a long history of anti-Korean sentiment in Japan. The Kanto area of Japan (which included Tokyo) was struck by a massive earthquake in September 1923. Subsequently, rumours were spread by the government of the time that members of the Korean community were poisoning wells and planting bombs. This led to a bloody massacre of Koreans in which some 6,000 innocent people were murdered.

    These days, there is also openly expressed resentment at the success of Korean pop groups and soap operas on Japanese TV. This resentment has at times led to demonstrations outside TV channels broadcasting items of Korean origin calling for an end to the "Korean Wave" and for TV stations to get rid of the "cockroaches" a term that far-right Japanese use to refer to Koreans.

    There are just under one million people of Korean descent in Japan. Most of these are Zainichi Koreans, descendants of those who moved (or were forcibly brought) to Japan in the 1910-45 period. They have tended to face discrimination and racism, and more recently open hostility from far-right groups. There have been noisy demonstrations outside Korean schools with some of the more extreme groups shouting about Koreans having "filthy blood" and calling for them to be massacred.

    All in all, the Japanese have not been very good about acknowledging crimes committed by their country in the first half of the 20th century. Hence, the extreme nationalism that has (for example, in Germany) been challenged and discredited elsewhere, is far more part of the mainstream in Japan.

    There is also the painful reality of Japan's economic decline. A generation ago, South Korea was far poorer than Japan. Now, there's no real difference in the standard of living in the two countries and, what with Japan's anaemic growth rates, it's likely that South Korea will be the richer country by the end of this decade. That will be a hard fact for many Japanese to swallow.
    Sign in or Register Now to reply

  2. #2
    DexterGreen22 DexterGreen22 is offline

    Join Date
    Jan 2016
    Posts
    275

    Quote Originally Posted by Wascurito View Post
    Relations between Koreans and Japanese have never really been good. Going right back to medieval times, Wokou pirates from the Japanese Islands regularly attacked the southern coastal regions of the Korean peninsula and while the Koreans did retaliate with successful attacks on Japanese soil, the problem only resolved itself when the Koreans granted certain trading privileges to the Japanese and with the growth of a strong central authority in Japan in the late 1500s and early 1600s.

    By the late 19th century, Korea was the focal point of power struggles between China, Japan and Tsarist Russia. Japanese machinations eventually led to the annexation of Korea in 1910. The occupation was brought to an end in 1945 (when the Korean peninsula was partitioned) but resentment about Japanese crimes and atrocities remain to this day in both North and South Korea. Meanwhile, 63% of Japanese people think that Korean demands for an apology are "incomprehensible".

    There is a long history of anti-Korean sentiment in Japan. The Kanto area of Japan (which included Tokyo) was struck by a massive earthquake in September 1923. Subsequently, rumours were spread by the government of the time that members of the Korean community were poisoning wells and planting bombs. This led to a bloody massacre of Koreans in which some 6,000 innocent people were murdered.

    These days, there is also openly expressed resentment at the success of Korean pop groups and soap operas on Japanese TV. This resentment has at times led to demonstrations outside TV channels broadcasting items of Korean origin calling for an end to the "Korean Wave" and for TV stations to get rid of the "cockroaches" a term that far-right Japanese use to refer to Koreans.

    There are just under one million people of Korean descent in Japan. Most of these are Zainichi Koreans, descendants of those who moved (or were forcibly brought) to Japan in the 1910-45 period. They have tended to face discrimination and racism, and more recently open hostility from far-right groups. There have been noisy demonstrations outside Korean schools with some of the more extreme groups shouting about Koreans having "filthy blood" and calling for them to be massacred.

    All in all, the Japanese have not been very good about acknowledging crimes committed by their country in the first half of the 20th century. Hence, the extreme nationalism that has (for example, in Germany) been challenged and discredited elsewhere, is far more part of the mainstream in Japan.

    There is also the painful reality of Japan's economic decline. A generation ago, South Korea was far poorer than Japan. Now, there's no real difference in the standard of living in the two countries and, what with Japan's anaemic growth rates, it's likely that South Korea will be the richer country by the end of this decade. That will be a hard fact for many Japanese to swallow.
    To be fair to the Japanese, asking the current generation to apologise for for something that was done decades before they were born isn't something I'm sure is a great idea. I probably wouldn't feel comfortable asking an Englishman born in 1980 or 1960 to apologise for Oliver Cromwell or Charles Trevelyan.
    Sign in or Register Now to reply

  3. #3
    Drogheda445 Drogheda445 is offline
    Drogheda445's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Posts
    6,546

    The Japanese are one of the most ethnically homogenous nations in the world. For a nation of nearly 130 million, the only real ethnic minority in the country are the tiny group of Ainu in Hokkaido (a very interesting ethnic group, basically all that are left of Japan's indigenous population).

    They still view nationality in terms of ethnicity or race unlike most European countries (although tbf so do the Koreans). While there are many expats in the country those who stay in the country and their descendants face a good deal of stigma as they are never really seen as Japanese. Even returning members of the diaspora find it hard to settle back in (there's actually a large number of Japanese-Brazilians who returned to the country over the past few decades, and have often struggled to integrate).
    Sign in or Register Now to reply

  4. #4
    Wascurito Wascurito is offline
    Wascurito's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2017
    Posts
    4,097

    Quote Originally Posted by DexterGreen22 View Post
    To be fair to the Japanese, asking the current generation to apologise for for something that was done decades before they were born isn't something I'm sure is a great idea. I probably wouldn't feel comfortable asking an Englishman born in 1980 or 1960 to apologise for Oliver Cromwell or Charles Trevelyan.
    They're not being asked to apologize personally. It's all about the behaviour of successive Japanese governments.
    Sign in or Register Now to reply

  5. #5
    Catalpast Catalpast is online now
    Catalpast's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Posts
    19,475

    The Japs and the Korks are Doomed unless they reverse their rates of population decline
    Sign in or Register Now to reply

  6. #6
    flavirostris flavirostris is offline
    flavirostris's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    23,954

    I work with a Japanese-Brazilian. I never even knew that Brazil had an ethnic Japanese minority.
    Sign in or Register Now to reply

  7. #7
    Wascurito Wascurito is offline
    Wascurito's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2017
    Posts
    4,097

    Quote Originally Posted by Drogheda445 View Post
    The Japanese are one of the most ethnically homogenous nations in the world. For a nation of nearly 130 million, the only real ethnic minority in the country are the tiny group of Ainu in Hokkaido (a very interesting ethnic group, basically all that are left of Japan's indigenous population).

    They still view nationality in terms of ethnicity or race unlike most European countries (although tbf so do the Koreans). While there are many expats in the country those who stay in the country and their descendants face a good deal of stigma as they are never really seen as Japanese. Even returning members of the diaspora find it hard to settle back in (there's actually a large number of Japanese-Brazilians who returned to the country over the past few decades, and have often struggled to integrate).
    The gaijin are afforded some leeway because they're visibly non-Japanese - even if they'll never be fully accepted.

    If you look like a Japanese person, you're expected to behave in a particular way. However, ethnic Japanese from the diaspora don't know the subtle little dos and don'ts and that can provoke negative reactions from native born Japanese.
    Sign in or Register Now to reply

  8. #8
    Wascurito Wascurito is offline
    Wascurito's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2017
    Posts
    4,097

    Quote Originally Posted by Catalpast View Post
    The Japs and the Korks are Doomed unless they reverse their rates of population decline
    Who are the folks in bold?

    South Korea's population isn't in decline.
    Sign in or Register Now to reply

  9. #9
    Drogheda445 Drogheda445 is offline
    Drogheda445's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Posts
    6,546

    Quote Originally Posted by Catalpast View Post
    The Japs and the Korks are Doomed unless they reverse their rates of population decline
    Interesting that East Asians were once considered one of the most, ahem... fertile groups of people in the world up until very recently, now their birth rates are among the world's lowest.

    Even George Orwell in 1984 alluded to it when he claimed that "Eastasia's" power didn't come from its size but its "burgeoning population". Their supposed fecundity was one of the reasons many in the West feared them for so long.
    Sign in or Register Now to reply

  10. #10
    silverharp silverharp is offline
    silverharp's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2015
    Posts
    12,991

    the younger generation get on, the japs seems to like Korean popular culture
    Sign in or Register Now to reply

Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast
Sign in to CommentRegister to Comment