Before discussing a major discrepancy between Japan and South Korea in terms of how they have interpreted 10,000 rounds of ammo to ROK force in South Sudan from Japan “hypothetical enemy”, readers should get acquainted with a brief historical background to better understand why Japan and S. Korea differ on their views.
Not many know that S. Korea has long viewed Japan as its hypothetical enemy from its inception when S. Korea was established as a new state whose first leader was a Korean authoritarian dictator Syngman Rhee known as a U.S. puppet for his brutal policy of forcing the Korean population to deny anything good about what Japan had done during the 35 years of Japan-Korea annexation by nurturing hatred toward Japan as soon as he was sworn in as the first president of the provisional government of S. Korea in 1948 a few months before Tokyo Trial was concluded.
Park Chung-hee, Dictator of ROK
Park Chung-hee, the Great Imperial Japanese Army and the article reporting on his strong desire to join the Great Imperial Japanese Army
His anti-Japan policy has been uninterruptedly handed down, one after another, to the incumbent president Park Geun-hye whose father was Park Chung-hee (president of South Korea from 1963 to 1979) who begged The Military Academy of the Great Imperial Japan to accept him as a cadet by submitting a petition written in his blood and who later became Lieutenant of the Great Imperial Japanese Army.
In 2005, the 9th president of South Korea Roh Moo-hyun actually proposed to U.S.A. that both ROK and U.S.A. should designate Japan as a “hypothetical enemy”. In 2012, Prime Minister Noda was fully prepared to ink “the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA)”, however, S. Korea made a last-minute decision to delay the signing of the military watershed pact.
The decision was made by ROK president Lee Myung-bak (whose Japanese name is月山 明博Tsukiyama Akihiro) born to Korean parents at Shimada dairy farm, Nishinari ward, Osaka, Japan in 1941. His father had been employed by the farm since 1929. They left Japan for S. Korea by means of crossing the Sea of Japan aboard a migrant smuggling boat in October, 1945 when Japan was in turmoil after her first defeat in the 2,673 years long history of Japan.
Now, turning back to the new dispute over “10,000 rounds of ammo”, S. Korean army participating in U.N. peacekeeping operation in S. Sudan requested, through the embassy of S. Korea in Tokyo and U.N., the Government of Japan to urgently send the required ammo of 15 rounds per soldier to ROK soldiers protecting safety of refugees from rebels, that was revealed by the Japanese Government Spokesman Mr. Yoshihide Suga.
However, S, Korean spokesman stated that ROK force only requested for 10,000 rounds of ammo through UNMISS not due to the lack of ammo and never made a direct request to the Government of Japan at all, so as “to secure the supplemental supply of ammo”.
Coupled with the statement clearly denying Japan’s efforts for the benefits of international community and Japan’s cooperation with S. Korea who persistently regards Japan as its hypothetical enemy, the government of S. Korea has never expressed any word of appreciation to Japan for Japan’s immediate action in response to the intrepid request from the humanitarian viewpoint of protecting “refugees” in S. Sudan and S. Korean soldiers, even making an exceptional case to Japan’s self-imposed three principles of arms exports, over which the ruling party Liberal Democratic Party may respond to the leftists’ demand for accountability and transparency even though the Government of Japan made the response even that anti-Japan U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon considers reasonable in every respect.
This sort of S. Korean practice is nothing new and is not any surprise to Japan. If S. Korea had any decency the international community has nurtured overcoming many mishaps and hardship, it would not look a gift horse in the mouth.