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Japanese feelings hurt by comfort women criticism: PM Noda

Get out your violins, folks—Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda complained to the Wall Street Journal that Korean criticism of Japan’s insufficient atonement for the comfort women “hurt Japanese feelings”:

Japan is simultaneously ensnared in an increasingly bitter tiff with another neighbor, South Korea, both over a separate territorial argument, as well as a debate over whether Japan has made adequate amends for its World War II aggression. Mr. Noda made clear in the interview that his government had no intention of making the concessions Seoul has demanded as necessary for repairing diplomatic ties frayed in recent months, indicating an extended period of friction there as well.

Asked if he would consider providing new compensation for the so-called comfort women who served as sex slaves for the Japanese soldiers, Mr. Noda said firmly: “The matter is closed.” He said South Korean criticism that Japan’s previous offerings were insufficient “hurt the feelings of conscientious Japanese, and it is a pity.”

Conscientious Japanese, eh? I assume those would not include Prime Minister Noda, as nobody with a conscience—not even those who agree with the Japanese right’s take on the comfort women issue—would ever say such a thing.

Oh, and Noda says he’s taking his show on the road:

Facing some criticism at home that Japan hasn’t done enough to explain globally its side of its disputes with South Korea, Mr. Noda said: “We’ve been conducting backstage negotiations on the matter. We need to advertise this fact to the international community.”

For the record, I welcome this, especially in regards to the comfort women. The more the Japanese talk about it, the more the world throws up in their mouths.

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  • cm

    Negotiate what? You don’t negotiate contrition. This guy has no clue.

    Also, I know of no Korean government demands “necessary for repairing diplomatic ties”.

    South Korean government has been quite silent ever since the fray between Japan and Korea began couple of months ago. Most of the demands have been made by Japan, to Korea.

  • JG29A

    Gotta love the psychology that goes:

    (1) I’ve spoken my mind!
    (2) 95% of people don’t find it important enough to think about.
    (3) Of the 5% who have thought about it, 95% think it’s offensive bullshit.
    (4) I must not have explained myself enough!

  • TheKorean2

    Oh NO! We hurt Japan’s feelings.

  • enomoseki

    And not a single fuck was given that day.

  • bumfromkorea

    Conscientious Japanese, eh? I assume those would not include Prime Minister Noda, as nobody with a conscience—even those who agree with the Japanese right’s take on the comfort women issue—would ever say such a thing.

    I think you’re forgetting about someone.

  • jk641

    So, who’ll be the next PM of Japan?

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120922f1.html

  • TheKorean2

    jk641, where’s that pro-Korean Naoto kan

  • jk641

    TK2,

    Why are you asking about Naoto Kan?
    He got beat up really bad during the Fukushima crisis.
    I don’t think he wants to be PM any time soon.

  • Q

    I like to see Dr. Michio Kaku being PM of Japan.

  • berto

    @ 9
    wasnt aware americans could be japanese prime ministers.

  • jk641

    Q,
    That would be cool.
    But does Dr. Kaku speak Japanese?

    Maybe they should give him honorary Japanese citizenship.

  • Koreansentry

    It’s extremely humiliating for Japanese because Japanese always have been trying to portray their country being cleaned from sexual slavery, to them only countries like Korea have sex slaves & rapers and sexual predators, but the truth is Japan have forced many as 200,000 Asian women (not just Koreans) into sexual slavery for about 40 years and women were between 12 years old to 40 years old. Comfort women isn’t just only issue, forced labor camps/mines and live human testing are yet to be discuss with Japan. Japan have denied all these charges and said, they all volunteered.