UPDATE : 2020.11.23 Mon 02:26
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Which way is right?
On March 11th, there was a massive earthquake and ensuing tsunami in Japan. Japan was severely damaged by the earthquake and tsunami. (The extent of the damage is detailed on page 4.) The natural disaster Japan experienced is now world news.

So the whole world offers a warm helping hand to Japan. That is true in Korea as well. However, Korea’s actions are embroiled in controversy.

Korea and Japan have some problems, such as historical difficulties and Dok-do. On the Web, many Korean netizens have written about the ‘Great Kanto Earthquake’, and saying things like, ‘why should we offer a warm helping hand to Japan?’ The ‘Great Kanto Earthquake’ incident is a historical issue related to Korea and an earthquake. The incident occurred in 1923 and has been remembered as a massacre of innocent Koreans based on a groundless rumor like ‘Koreans will kill Japanese.’ But this groundless rumor is apparently afloat in Japan again.

Besides the ‘Great Kanto Earthquake’, the topic of Japan asking for an endowment, which is more money than is necessary for relief funds, from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), has been discussed on the Web. That has made Korean netizens angry. And they are saying, ‘Why do we offer a warm helping hand to Japan? Instead of Japan, please offer your help to Koreans suffering from the difficult circumstances of poverty and hunger.’

On the other hand, many other Koreans blame these people for writing these comments.

I do not know that which side is right. Extending a helping hand to Japan is not wrong. But the writings of these netizens is not wrong either. Some deeds that are usually right may sometimes be wrong. So, I think, “All acts need to be mulled over. When you plan to do something, you must think it over prior to acting.”

by Ryu Seung-bong, Editor-in-Chief

Ryu Seung-bong  nawow100@changwon.ac.kr

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