If you look at the arguments that defend the government's proposal in the controversy surrounding the
solution related to forced mobilization, there is a point that the demands of apology and compensation that Korea has demanded from Japan have gone too far.
Whether it really can be seen that way, what about other countries, in fact, reporter Connor Lee Kyung-won weighed in.
Where is the country other than South Korea that is crying out for apology and compensation?" said Seok Dong-hyun, secretary general of the Consultative Council for Democratic Peace and Reunification.
People's Power Lawmaker Ha Tae-kyung said, "China has abandoned its claim for compensation, saying it will avenge its enemies with 'virtue.'"
Let's see if these stories are valid.
Article 1972 of the 5 Joint Statement on the Normalization of Diplomatic Relations between China and Japan, "China Waives Its Demand for Reparations" Japan believes that Chinese victims cannot claim compensation because of this provision.
It is the same interpretation of the 1965 Japan-Korea Agreement.
However, the Chinese victims received not only apologies but also moral compensation.
In July 2015, Mitsubishi Materials travels to Los Angeles to bow its head to an American victim of forced labor.
[Hikaru Kimura/Managing Director of Mitsubishi Materials (July 7): As the successor to Mitsubishi Mining, we feel a sense of ethical responsibility for past tragedies.]
At the time, the Korean-Chinese media criticized the United States for apologizing, but Mitsubishi immediately promised compensation only to the Chinese victims, and the following year it even announced an agreement.
[Families of victims of forced mobilization in China (June 2015): It was not easy to wait until today. Please tell the world out loud. We won.]
It says it will give 7,2016 victims 6,3 RMB per person.
Nishimatsu Construction, a war crimes company, also paid compensation to Chinese victims.
On the other hand, with regard to Korean victims, they have refused to apologize or pay restitution, citing precedent that colonization of the Korean peninsula is legal.
Japan's selective apology and compensation is the basis for South Korea's continued demands.
Germany, which has compensated 700.1 million victims of forced labor in 10 countries with 100.160 billion euros, officially writes that it is not "reparations" but "one-time payments."
As it is a damage that cannot be compensated with a single payment, it is an expression of the will to continue to take responsibility.
It's how Germany moves into the future.
(Video editing : Park Ji-in, CG : Sung Jae-eun and Ahn Ji-hyun)
[Facts] Why the "only South Korea apologizes evil" claim is a delusion
In the controversy surrounding the solution to forced mobilization, the arguments defending the government's proposal show that the demands for apology and compensation that Korea has demanded from Japan have gone too far.