During World War II, many thousands of Koreans were brought to Japan for sexual exploitation and forced labour. Today there are about 600,000 Korean-Japanese and perhaps 10% of that total or roughly 60,000 identify with the anti-imperialist Kim Jong-il government of North Korea.
North Korean ethnic schools are being threatened and school childen taunted and abused. A North Korean high school in Shimonoseki in southwestern Japan had to suspend operations for many days because of threats against school children. Imagine the educational process being devastated because the authorities could not gurarantee the safety of the North Korean children from Japanese nativists. Korean children wear traditional Korean dress and are easily targeted by Japanese nationalists. During periods of rising tension between the D.P.R.K. and Japan there are threats, insults and assaults. We saw this in July when the impoverished, frightened Democratic People's Republic of Korea fired seven missiles in the Sea of Japan.
Japan, itself a victim of the worst war crime committed against civilian populations during World War II, should not emulate America. Japanese were persecuted and over a 100,000 put into U.S. death camps–called internment camps– during the war; German-Americans were persecuted, arrested and publicly attacked during the Great War; Muslims since the September 2001 incidents in New York and Washington have been arrested as "enemy combatants," arrested for trumped up charges of supporting Hamas, fired from university professorships for supporting national liberation movements such as Islamic Jihad, have had their mosques spied upon and violated by "Gestapo" like tactics of surveillance and intimidation, portrayed in the press as disloyal and a Fifth Column and frequently harassed when boarding airplanes.
Great nations such as Japan should not tolerate abuse of innocents in a wave of unbridled nationalism. The North Koreans in Japan are just simply living their lives and are the descendants of a persecuted and colonised people under Japanese rule.
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