After four years of writing to lawmakers and trooping up to Capitol Hill, the Korean-American community, two million strong, was preparing to declare victory.
Congress was on the verge of approving a groundbreaking resolution urging Japan to acknowledge formally its responsibility for the enslavement of more than 200,000 Korean, Chinese, Filipino, Indonesian and other women and girls in the 1930s and 1940s to provide sex for imperial Japanese soldiers.
Sixty plus years after the fact, it's difficult to understand why the Koreans are trying to pick scabs on the wounds, instead of letting them heal. Many of those responsible for the atrocities committed by the Japanese are either dead or so old, they probably do not know what day it is.
Let's look at some things that Japan has done to atone for those acts, in the years that followed the war.
After checking out that link, take a look at the aid Japan has provided to its neighbors.
What many are failing to realize here is, Japan is a totally different country led by a totally different group of people, and yielding a very different culture from the one that took part in WWII, with the Axis Forces. They are a model of capitalism and representative democracy. Part of the reason China overhauled their economic system was due to the success of the post-war Japanese economic system.
How much longer must the Japanese be penalized for the sins of their fathers? Why must we keep bringing up old wounds? Old wounds sometimes lead back to war, if left unresolved. Not only that, it would seem to me that Koreans would be better served by concerning themselves with the ones that can cause fresh wounds, today. The North Koreans are looking to be more of a threat to the South, than what the Japanese were.
To ignore them, while holding a grudge against those that would be valuable allies against those that wish to wound today, is both counter-productive and ridiculously stupid. Both stand to be threatened by NK, both should use this as an opportunity to build an important bridge to close gaps. And the U.S. Congress has no business in catalyzing this further.