Ofcourse let's not forget all the money Japan gave
to their puppet General Park Chung Hee that
bought about the capital necessary for the turn
around and modernization of the Korean economy.
It's called ODA my friends - look it up and check out
how much money they gave. By the way, a Japanese
Prime Minister appoligised in either 1994 or 1996 AND
when the text book issue came up only a handful of
schools bought the government textbook.
Under the treaties from World War II Japan has a strong
"legal" case that they shouldn't have to make reparations -
but the Japanese have pretty much made reparations to
the Nation in ODA funds in my opinion.
As far as reparations to individuals - the Japanese owe a lot
of people but are hiding behind the legal treaties. Korea is
going to use it's increasing prosperity to get back at Japan,
they'll colonize much of her failing industries economically,
in my opinion. SK Telecom is doing that right now - watch
At any rate, the Japanese who commited the attrocities will
not be the ones who pay - it will be their children's children
who ultimately pay when the other Asian nations kick Japan
in the side as it continues to spiral downward with government
expenditures exceeding GDP.
Korea's overall economic prosperity - partially from those ODA funds
and the her spirit of overcoming Han - as seen in the world cup -
have surely provided most South Koreans - including the war victims -
a standard of living that they can be grateful to Ha.na.nim - and
Sorry, that was really weird! I just never get to talk to anybody else
about what I'm thinking as far as the whole Korea-Japan thing goes.