Monday, November 10, 2014

Japan sucker punched by The New York Times

Japan sucker punched by The New York Times

The New York Times on October 28, 2014 published an article written by their Tokyo Bureau Chief, Mr. Martin Fackler.  The title of the article “In Japan, Pressure to Forget Sins of War.”  The title screams with condemnation of Nihon, Japan, the Land of the Rising Sun.

Reading further into the article it continues with screams, shouts, and finger pointing at Japan.  The article leads off with Mr. Koichi Mizuguchi who lives in the northern part of Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido.   Mr. Mizuguchi discovered a graveyard said to be Korean bones.  These are the bones of Korean laborers who worked in the area during World War Two.” 

According to Mr. Fackler of The New York Times, those Koreans “laborers died of abuse, disease and malnutrition”   A monument was attempted to be erected, however the mayor of the village put a halt to the project.  According to Mr. Fackler’s article it was due to harassment from other Japanese who have been assigned to belonging to a group titled “Net Right.”

“Net Right” being cyperactivists who are extremists “have gained outsize influence with the rise of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s conservative government which shares their goal of ending negative portrayals of Japan’s history,” according to the article.  Counter that with the U.S.A. where the liberals in the educational system gleefully relish in exposing the USA’s “negative” history with the goal of diminishing any form of patriotism. 

It is amusing to read where The New York Times are now vilifying Japan’s conservative Prime Minister Abe for anything they perceive as negatives much as they did with President Bush.  If sun spots erupted it was George Bush’s fault.  Any harassment in Hokkaido, why of course blame Shinzo Abe.  Liberals be they in the USA or in Asia are all the same.

This “Net Right” group is estimated to be around two thousand members in Japan.  The article awards them with out of proportion clout.  How about a little balance here?  In South Korea there is a group of net citizens called VANK – V.A.N.K. – Voluntary Agency Network of Korea.  The claim is it is an NGO (Non-Government Organization). 

VANK enjoys a membership of around seventy-five thousand net citizens.  Need a Facebook page hacked, VANK to the rescue. 

Further in the article Mr. Fackler claims “A similar campaign led the city of Nagasaki……to delay approval of a cenotaph to Korean laborers who perished in the 1945 atomic bombing.”  Really?  Mr. Fackler must be writing about a second memorial / cenotaph because according to the two articles below one already exists in Nagasaki:        

Articles noting a ceremony in front of a Korean cenotaph in Nagasaki. 

In addition a monument to Korean atomic bomb victims in Nagasaki already exists and has been there since 1976:

Disclaimer:  The New York Times article illustrated in this video was not directly purchased.  It arrived as a supplement to The New York Times inserted in The Dallas Morning News Sunday’s edition.

Article referenced in this video:

Nagasaki City website featuring the Korean monument:

Link to Texas Daddy store:
Nagasaki, Japan, memorial to Korean victims of the 1945 atomic bombing

City of Nagasaki, Japan website noting memorial to Korean victims of the 1945 atomic bombing

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