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Korea- Quotes about Japanese relations with their nearest neighbours

“Among the rumors that went flying around the city was the imaginative one that an unnamed country of the West had developed an eathquake machine and was experimenting upon Japan. There were,nevertheless, no outbreaks of violence against.. westerners. Instead..,the nation turned on Koreans. The government urged restraint .. because the Western world might disapprove.” Edward Seidensticker in Low City High City

“With Sangokujin(third-country nationals) and foreigners repeating serious crimes, we should prepare ourselves for possible riots that may be instigated by them at the outbreak of an earthquake. As police is not always fit for handling all contingencies, the Self-Defense forces should be ready to respond to threats to public security besides natural disasters.” -Ishihara Shintaro, Governor of Tokyo. If he is aware of the anti-Korean rioting due to totally untrue rumours they were poisoning the wells

“A willingness, and indeed a wish, to believe the worst about Koreans has been a consistent theme in modern Japanese culture” Edward Seidensticker in Low City High City

“…in 1952… The Republic of China (Taiwan), the People’s Republic of China on the mainland, the Republic of Korea (South Korea), and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) all possessed military establishments far larger than what became Japan’s Self-Defense Forces”

A statistic that puts a bit of sense behind the rearming of Japan during the Cold War, CIA conspiracies aside.

From the Encyclopedia Britannica Japan’s International Relations page

“One day one of the Korean students asked me if I knew Takeshima, the island in the Sea of Japan that is claimed by both Japan and Korea. There were two or three other Japanese students there, but none of knew about the place… When the Koreans said that Takeshima belonged to them… we just said, ‘Sure, go ahead. Take it.” Say what you like about the materialism and apathy of Japanese young people, but it is better than the rabid nationalism that the LDP would like to teach them… A Geisha’s Journey pg 13

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