Monday, December 1, 2014

Japan, South Korea and MacArthur

Takeshima Dokdo and MacArthur
or another way:
 Japan, South Korea and MacArthur

In the Sea of Japan sit a group of small islets (very small island or large rock) called the Liancourt Rocks.  Known in Japan as Takeshima, and in South Korea as Dokdo.  Both nations claim the islands, South Korea occupies them. 

The issue of ownership of these islands recently has caused a negative ripple in relations between the two allies.  South Korean President Lee Myung-bak visited the islands causing an protest from Japan.  The Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda requested the two nations take the issue to an International Court for arbitration.  President Lee refused.  Prime Minister Noda sent a letter to President Lee, he refused to accepted and sent it back to Japan.  Prime Minister Noda refused to accept the letter and now the letter is a letter without a nation. 

Would the letter have been refused in South Korea if it originated in Pyongyang, North Korea (The Hermit Kingdom) or Beijing, China (The Middle Kingdom)?   

Government authorities in Tokyo have been placing telephone calls to the South Korean embassy in Tokyo and they South Koreans are refusing to answer the telephone.   

In 1960 USA ambassador to Japan Douglas MacArthur II (nephew to General Douglas MacArthur) sent a telegram to the U.S. State Department (see links below).  In the telegram he states Takeshima belongs to Japan and the U.S. government should pressure South Korea to return the islands.  The telegram was sent to the National Archives in Washington, DC.  The National Archives is a repository assigned to preserve government documents.  An archivist at the National Archives the telegram was authentic.

Douglas MacArthur’s telegram on PropagandaBuster’s blog:

Douglas MacArthur’s telegram appeared on this Japanese website:

In Incheon, South Korea in 1957 the citizens raised money to erect a large impressive statue to honor General Douglas MacArthur.  This was in appreciation for MacArthur liberating the city from the commies in 1957.  In 2005 around 4,000 idiots protest the statue and wanted it torn down. 

Now a group in South Korea “Korea Confederation Unification Promotion Council,” plans to protest until September 8, calling for the removal of the statue.  
General Douglas MacArthur’s statue in South Korea:

South Koreans recently have been placing plaques / memorials in the USA dedicated to the comfort women issue critical of Japan.  The USA had nothing to do with this issue, yet they insist on littering the USA with these plaques / memorial.  Thought:  Instead of placing memorials concerning the comfort women issue in the USA, how about they place plaques / memorials to General Douglas MacArthur who kept South Korea free of communism.  They would just have to inscribe two words: “Thank you.”  If that is not acceptable, how about “doumo arigatou gozaimasu” (Japanese for “thank you”). 

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