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Thu Feb 18, 2021, 05:01 PM

3. Thanks for your link and comments, Mike 03.

Relations between S.Korea and Japan are in a delicate state at this point. I'm not surprised that the Moon administration isn't going to jump into this dispute at the current time, that isn't his style. I don't think there is any question what his position would be. Any conservative or right wing politicians taking up for the Japanese revisionist perspective at this point will just be further undermining their already precarious position in the face of upcoming mayoral elections in Seoul and Busan and the general election in 2022.

That being said, while I am biased in favor of the South Korean democratic party's successes at the polls, I do have a genuine historical interest in this area of history and have watched numerous historical documentaries, interviews of Korean professors, and read a fair number of academic articles on wartime claims, revisionism etc., as they pertain to Korea and Japan. Had I known that the Japanese revisionist view would be taken seriously in the US, I would have made a greater effort to preserve the documentation and images that I have seen in videos recorded in archives and museums in Asia, the old newspapers, etc., that clearly depict Japanese crimes against humanity in Asia, and particularly, those connected to the forced labor issue, and sex slaves issue involving Korean women. However, I'm not writing for academic journals.

South Korean academics who undertake the Japanese revisionist view typically receive or have received financial incentives, directly or indirectly, from Japanese institutions according to Professor Hosaka Fuji, Sejong University professor. In addition to this is the historical connection of many private South Korean universities, and grade school/ high school academies to Japan, as they were founded during the Japanese occupation. The founders and their successors retain the Japanese revisionist outlook to current days, and their receipt of funding in recent times from Japanese foundations are documented. These institutions in South Korea are a source for the conservative sympathy for Japanese revisionism.

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