FUKUOKA, Japan - I'm sitting here wondering, as many Americans must when they visit Japan, if at least a few Japanese don't resent me for what the United States did to end World War II. Without getting into a strategic or politcal debate, we can all agree that bombing the place wrecked more than a few of their Sundays. Given the local senitments, though, most Japanese people would probably think that living in Korea is punishment enough for the sins of my country (if sins they be).
Korea, as I've mentioned here before, is to Japan what Mexico is to the USA: a ratty-ass collection of dark-skinned, uncultured shitkickers, good only for their food, films and as a low-cost shopping destination. Apparently, though, the Japanese and Americans don't realize - or don't care - that there has to be a human force behind these contributions to mankind, in this case a Korean or a Mexican.
No doubt some of you are now thinking that any comparison between Japan and Korea is specious at best. Japan is a much wealthier country and has been for longer than any of us have been around. Korea was a third world nation thirty years ago. Japan is a world power and has been for some time. Korea's brush with world domination came in being sacked by a new imperial force every week. But put all those differences aside. You can't really compare Japan and Korea because one is Japan and one is Korea.
You can't, but I can and I will.
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