Japanese Ammunition Delivery to ROK Unit Triggers Condemnation

South Koreans and Japanese have reacted with shock and protest to news that Japanese peace-keeping troops in South Sudan provided ammunition to Korean peacekeepers in mid-December. A deputy commander of the South Korean unit made the ammunition request following an escalation in armed conflict in South Sudan. Although the ammunition was provided via a legitimate U.N. procedure and cooperation between peace-keeping units is not unusual, not only Koreans but also Japanese have protested, as the ammunition delivery may have violated Japanese arms export prohibitions. The delivery became more controversial following Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s December 26th visit to the Yasukuni Shrine.

Korean netizens were particular critical of the South Korea government for actions which seem to encourage Japan to reverse its pacifist policies.

Article from Yonhap News:


Self Defense Force’s Ammunition Provision to South Korea’s Peace-keeping Unit in South Sudan Leads to Controversy in Japan

Japan's Self Defense Force unit in South Sudan

Opposition leaders and NGOs in Japan call providing ammunition to South Korea peace-keeping (PKO) unit in South Sudan a violation of long-cherished ban on exporting arms.

On December 13th, a Japanese Self Defense unit stationed in South Sudan provided ammunition to a South Korean military unit deployed nearby, stirring up a controversy in Japan over its legitimacy.

At the center of the controversy lies the suspicion that Shinzo Abe’s conservative government is trying to strike down Japan’s three principles on arm exports.

[Note: Three principles on arms exportation Japan proclaimed in 1967 prohibit weapons exports to the following states: (1) a communist state; (2) a state for which a U.N. resolution prohibits arms exports; (3) a state which is a party to an international conflict or or is likely to be such a party. In 1976, Japan stated that it will refrain from shipping arms to all states and regions, effectively suggesting a blanket ban on exporting arms. But the self-imposed restriction is not legally binding, so there is a possibility that Japan would reverse its police. Indications of this ominous prospect emerged in December 2011 when Japan announced a partial relaxation of the restraint.]

In a bid to calm the controversy, the Japanese government explained that the ammunition provision was made taking into consideration urgency and humanitarian necessity in the African nation, but the Japanese public appears not to be persuaded.

The spokesman for the Japanese government, Yoshihide Suga, said in a December 24th press briefing that the provision took place because South Korean troops were low on ammunition. Japanese media responded with accusations that the Japanese government was exaggerating the severity of the situation.

The suspicion intensified when a spokesman for South Korea’s Ministry of Defense, Kim Min-seok, said, “The Hanbit [ROK army] unit has sufficient ammunition for self defense, but secured additional provisions as a contingency for future conflict.”

The Japanese government claimed the situation was urgent enough for the South Korean government to make a direct request.

Cabinet Secretary Suga said, “The Japanese government received an official request from the United Nations, and South Korea also made such a request. All of these are the truth.”

According to Kyodo News, a Japanese Self Defense Force commander dispatched to South Sudan confirmed on December 24th that the deputy commander of the deployed South Korean unit, Col. Go Dong-jun, called him to request ammunition provision for the South Korean unit on December 21st.

Despite the Japanese government’s explanation, the ripple effects of the controversy are spreading.

The Japanese government maintains a position that it does not supply military ordinance to peacekeeping operations of the United Nations, a rule that was breached by the ammunition supply to the South Korea PKO unit in the war-torn African country.

In 1992, when a PKO cooperation bill was deliberated in the Diet, Japan’s parliament, the Japanese government said that logistical cooperation articles in the bill exclude the provision of arms and ammunition and that Japan would refuse any such request, even if it were to come from a U.N. chief.

Rep. Matsubara Jin of Democratic Party of Japan(DPj) called for a parliamentary probe despite the fact that the Diet is currently out of session, saying, “It is questionable whether the ammunition provision is in line with three principles on arms export,” hinting at a political offensive against the ruling Liberal Democratic party (LDP).

He added, “Changing the rule without parliamentary approval is impermissible. That kind of alteration could be a significant turning point, before taking action we need to clarify what happened in South Sudan to the Japanese public.

The Secretary General of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) Mataichi Seiichi said, “Although urgency exists on the ground in South Sudan, (the ammunition supply decision) involves national principles. The latest move is an outrageous act that shakes Japanese democracy to the core,”

Non-government organizations have joined the opposition party in criticizing the latest move.

Seike Hirohisa, who works with a famine relief organization operating in South Sudan, said, “If Japan is found to have used ammunition in South Sudan, it would put the Japanese personnel working there in danger. The latest decision is a matter that should be determined by parliamentary discussion, not by a cabinet meeting.”

Stacked-up ammunition

Comments from Naver:

jeff****:

It is a shame that we haven’t dug out the pro-Japanese collaborators from our country.

pops****:

The receipt of ammunition from the SDF unit in South Sudan will help Japan achieve its long-held wish. South Korea has been caught red-handed helping Japan to break the principles on arms exports which have existed since the end of WWII.

ab12****:

Japs will revive militarism and rearm themselves sooner or later. In the next two or three decades, they will threaten South Korea to open the way for Japan’s overland advancement into mainland China, and use it as an excuse to invade South Korea. We need to turn our nation into a military power by increasing defense spending.

ki3u****:

It looks like South Korea played into Japan’s hands, it feels like we were caught in their schemes. We are trying to play down the importance of the ammunition provision, but Japan sounds condescending.

nugu****:

There are about 50 countries whose PKO units in South Sudan use the NATO standard of 5.56 mm bullets, including the United States, Japan, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Norway and so on. Why in the hell did borrow the ammunition from Japan?

udu1****:

NATO troops use 5.56 or 7.62mm bullets because allied troops can share the ammunition in emergency situations, and it is more efficient. Please, don’t blow the South Korea-Japan ammunition sharing in South Sudan out of proportion. I don’t feel bad that the ammunition came from Japan’s SDF. It is more shameful that Korea failed to deal with pro-Japanese collaborators after the peninsula was liberated from Japan.

celc****:

By the way, was there any emergency situation that prompted the Hanbit unit to use ammunition in its operation area? To be honest, 10,000 rounds of ammunition is perhaps equivalent to five or six bullet boxes. I don’t understand why the South Korean unit there requested and received such a small amount of ammunition from Japan via the UN. It could have been supplied by air from South Korea in a day. It couldn’t have been because of saving the fuel cost for a cargo aircraft. I wonder how urgent the situation was.

ddli****:

The last thing Israel want is assistance from neighboring Muslims. That kind of thinking is scary. I can’t figure out why some bastards would bullshit as if now Japan is an ally to South Korea less than a century after the Korean peninsula was annexed and liberated from their dominance? Those bastards are spineless.

Hanbit troops , a South Korean PKO unit for South Sudan, salute in a ceremony before deployment

Hanbit troops, a U.N.-mandated South Korean peacekeeping unit for South Sudan, salute in a ceremony before deployment.

Comments from Daum:

구라치네:

Was the huge defense budget spent on posting Internet comments? How come they stooped down to a situation where they had to get ammunition from Japan’s SDF? Korea, how pathetic!

술도가니:

Government officials, you seem to fare well giving a hand to Japan in building itself into a military power. As a citizen reading this article, I don’t “feel okay”.

옥상방수:

Well, it looks like the South Korean troops at least carried their rifles to South Sudan? What a shame for the soldiers who borrowed ammunition. Many senior government officials evaded the mandatory military service, so they might have mistaken the PKO operation for a picnic. What a shame!

커피:

After everything that happened under colonial rule, South Korea helps Japan open a new chapter for militarization.

둥이파파

The South Korean unit should have requested ammunition from American troops there instead. Why Japan? The pro-Japanese Korean government makes it too obvious. Why beg Japan for ammunition? Freaking idiots.

김문겸

I think the problem is more with South Korea than with Japan. South Korea has talked about the problem of a possible resurrection of Japan’s militarism, but ironically, they borrowed ammunition from Japan’s SDF. Does it make any sense? Has the rambling on about Japanese militarism been just empty rhetoric?

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  • tacobell

    i really hate those blue berets.They look so gay and are a operational disaster during combat.

    • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

      Prety sure the berets are just formal attire. Like PLA parade uniforms or those big furry hats of the British Palace Guard and bright red uniforms. Unless someone suddenly attacks the parade grounds, I don’t think they’d be fighting while wearing such giveaways.

  • chucky3176

    First of all, they are not combat soldiers. They are medics and engineers sent there to rebuild Susan and give medical treatment to the locals. Second, it’s not that they didn’t carry enough ammo and weapons. They did, at the the time they were sent there, for what they were supposed to do. Third, they relied on other UN troops like the Nepalese forces to give them cover. Perhaps that’s where the South Korean military planners went wrong. They should not rely on others to give cover for peace operations, especially the UN troops from poor developing countries who may not have enough resources to carry out a proper protection. South Korea should have sent their own security troops along with the combat engineers. But like Japan, sending in combat soldiers abroad would have been difficult due to political restraints in Korea. Notice how much struggle there was, when South Korea sent troops to Iraq as a show to appease the US, and how much the Korean government had to make sure that those troops didn’t get into a battle with the Muslims. Many Koreans do not want Korean combat troops to be sent anywhere abroad, especially after what happened in the Vietnam War. Fourth, 10,000 rounds of ammo are few boxes of bullets worth couple of thousand dollars. It’s not worth anything to make a big deal over. Note that South Korea has already returned the borrowed bullets to Japanese SDF, after being supplied by Korean airforce lift.

    • bigmamat

      Perhaps the more important question is, are we actually seeing an accurate picture of what’s happening on the ground in the Sudan? Why was the commander in charge worried enough to borrow a few boxes of ammunition from the Japanese? I know people on the net are insinuating this is some Japanese/Korean sympathizer plot but I know enough about the military to know that most ground commanders don’t care as much about politics as they do their men. What do you think?

      • chucky3176

        The commander probably didn’t think twice about it, and probably didn’t mind they were Japanese bullets. It’s the press in Japan and Korea that got involved, after Shinzo Abe attempted to make himself look good, and use it to justify his attempts at banishing the peace Article 9 from Japan’s constitution by calling his press reporters and announcing to the world how Japan is helping Korea. Concern here is Abe’s real motives, when everyone in Korea knows he’s out to change Japan’s military into an offensive capable military. A country that says they did nothing wrong during WWII, is a concern because they would be prone to make the same mistakes they made in the past.

        • bigmamat

          Do you think the U.S. will allow him to go all the way with this plan? Isn’t what he’s doing really just more political posturing. China does it all the time. Neither country really wants to go to war but it’s so much more dramatic than pussy peace treaties and diplomacy. I just read this and it makes a lot of sense to me. Although what do I know of men and war? I’m just a woman and a lot of this stuff just reminds me of boys competing on a playground. Only difference is they don’t have real guns and then they all go in for a nice nap when its over. http://thediplomat.com/2014/01/why-china-cant-rise-quietly/

          • chucky3176

            I would say the US is firmly with Japan, and they will indeed let Abe his ways for now. US also supports Japan abolishing the article 9, and supports Japan’s military buildup for one simple reason – Japan and US can stand up together to counter China’s rise in Asia. Abe’s government also introduced a new secrecy bill, restricting freedom of speech. There is no way the US will abandon Japan if it decides to go full out. Most Koreans, other than those who are thinking wishful thinkings, know this already, and want S.Korea to get closer to China (which I think is also a mistake) to counter Japan’s increasingly aggressive moves. Coincidentally today, there was an article in Korea Times that quoted a Chinese professor who complained that Korea is siding with Japan, over the Air Defense Zone squabble that’s going on with Japan and China. The professor is quoted as saying the friends of my enemy is my enemy also – accusing Korea of siding with Japan when it’s clear that China was only trying to counter Japan’s aggressive moves in Pacific, as he says. But then he goes onto say as a matter of fact, that China would never abandon Kim Jong Eun’s North Korea. So how’s that for hypocrisy? So let’s see, China can support North Korea unconditionally, yet it accuses South Korea of siding with Japan. hmm….

            Do I think Japan is a military threat to Asia if they rearm? No, probably not. But a military Japan may push China and South Korea closer, as much as I don’t like to see this happen, with South Korea threatened by Japan’s claims over Dokto/Takeshima islands with talks within Japanese right wing community of taking military actions to take back the island by force.

            This puts the US in a very tough position.

          • bigmamat

            Yeah well we’ve plunked our asses down in the middle of it so I guess we’ll have to live with it. Believe me we will look out for our own interests throughout it all and to hell with the consequences. Blowback be damned. What is it about those rocks that causes so much tension. Is there oil there, gold, uranium, something that either side can’t live without? Is it strategic? Usually when the U.S. invades somewhere it’s to advance something, strategic advantage, exploitation of resources, something.

          • Guest

            Strategic position, as you get control over the surrounding waters, potential oil and gas reserves, but more importantly at this time, the fact that nobody can afford to back down and look bad to the nationalists back home.

          • Guest

            To add to what I said, I honestly feel like there should be some sort of agreement to share the islands, or make them a nature preserve, that would be the best thing to do at this point in time.

          • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

            Oil. China is starved for resources to fuel its development, and is sucking up every last source it can find. The closer to home, the better. Japan has the same reason, just not so much for development but to keep things running until a full transition to alternative source can be made. All that nonsense about heritage and history is just a cover and trying to claim the moral high ground. They all want the oil, for different reasons.

          • bigmamat

            Well that’s more like it. I knew there must be something there that everyone wanted.

          • Guest

            You can’t be serious Chucky. I know you don’t like Japan, but do you actually think that Japan can ever seriously threaten Korea/ the rest of Asia even if they do rearm? Threaten a nuclear China? I ask because even you said “probably not” instead of no, to say nothing of the comments above which are so full of paranoia, it is almost comical.

            I am fully for them rearming, as I think it is their right, but also because China is staring to behave a lot like Imperial Japan did. Why the Koreans are so scared is beyond me. The world would not stand for Japan doing anything offensive, but more importantly, the vast majority of Japanese citizens would not stand for it. The U.S., Japan, and S. Korea should be working closely together, as there are so many issues they can cooperate on, not forming sides.

          • bigmamat

            I agree we should all be working together but that would mean that the people controlling these countries would have to put aside their own selfish motivations and I can’t see that happening. Maybe the U.S should just give Japan and Korea a nice spanking and put them to bed without supper. After all the U.S. doesn’t need to feel threatened by either of them. However, the U.S. has always pissed it’s pants about China.

          • David

            Nobody who is in a real position to know (i.e. not netizens) pisses their pants about China. We complain about a lot of what the government does (i.e. human rights violations, currency manipulations, copy right theft, local expansionist policies etc. . .) but anybody who has studied the issue in-depth knows they will not be a real military threat for any country outside Asia in the foreseeable future (they certainly have not shown any desire to do so). I think Korea and Japan have more in common and should cooperate more than Korea and China (except the only chance for unification goes through Beijing). This whole thing about borrowing bullets in the Sudan is just nationalistic BS that media from both countries is guilty of.

          • bigmamat

            I didn’t really mean the U.S. government is worried about China so much. But the American public is forever afraid of China. I still see idiots posting things on line and people say stupid things to my face about it being threat. I guess a lot of it is left over from the wars. People in the U.S. see China as a threat and not just militarily anymore, economically now too. So that’s why I said they piss their pants over it. A bit of an exaggeration but not by much.

          • chucky3176

            I don’t see a rearmed Japan going rampaging over Asia again. But I do see a possibility in the future, conflict over the disputed islands, especially if Japan continues to be come more right wing, rewriting history, increasingly outspoken, increasingly restrict democratic rights to its populace, and the US become impotent in the future, unable to be involved in Asia financially and militarily. There could be short skirmishes over the skies over the islands. Japan has already threatened South Korea numerously to levy economic sanctions in the last couple of years, and attempted it already. So we know how Japan feels right now.

          • Warren Lauzon

            I was Korean, I would be a lot more worried about the DPRK-China alliance than a couple hundred pounds of small arms ammunition.

    • RothschildIsMoney

      This move by UN is likely a setup by US. The US need Japan and Korea to get along. Since letting Japan re-militarized and aggressive is a part of US containment strategy for China. The more US let Japan loose, the more likely Japan to use military force and engage in war as Tokyo deems fit. This will bring a repercusion that US probably have not noticed.

      • David

        Yes, we PLANNED for the ROK to ask for more bullets as a possible contingency plan. We just KNEW they would ask the JDF and that both countries would go apeshit over nothing. We Americans are so sneaky. I agree with Chucky, this is much ado about nothing.

        • RothschildIsMoney

          That is a plain dumb sarcasm. You wants to impress; yet lacks detail. It sounds you have a hard time at proving your point. If you disagree with me, fine. But at least try be more rational.

          • David

            In one paragraph you accuse the U.S. of being both incredibly diabolical and sneaky (planning this whole encounter and uproar) and short sighted and dumb. I did not think your comment merited much more than sarcasm. However, if you want something more exact how about this: There is no long term plan to let Japan re-militarize in order to contain China; your premise is false. The U.S. is trying to normalize relations with China and to get them to play nice. The population of Japan has zero desire to go to war except for a few ultra-right ring nationalist who are over represented on-line. The population in general is probably one of the most pacifistic on the planet, if you spent some time there you would know that. If Japan did go to war the U.S. would be in the terrible position of having to defend Japan, while also defending Korea (since NK would almost certainly take that opportunity to attack). Russia would than use the war as an excuse to try and normalize relations with China, something that would not work to our advantage. Flexing your military muscle is one thing but people who think about this everyday (on both sides of the equation) know that war would be a horrible problem for everybody involved.

          • RothschildIsMoney

            You accuse the U.S. of being both incredibly diabolical and sneaky.

            lol off course. You are being naif if you think there is no possibility U.S is not innocent at geopolitical stage.

            There is no long term plan to let Japan re-militarize in order to contain China.

            I think you misunderstood here. It is not in Japan interest to contain China. But the United States.
            In this context, ‘contain’ means a policy to prevent the expansion of China. It represented a middle-ground position between appeasement and rollback.
            If China get too ‘big’, this will weaken U.S dominance & influence in pacific. On the contrary, U.S want China to grow economically. But the U.S need to keep China in check. U.S knew China military force outmatches all regional players. For U.S in order to keep China at the gates is by letting the Japan re-militarized. An aggressive and re-militarized Japan could play a role in America’s Asia pivot and play a significant role in containing China militarily.
            However, Japan re-militarizing could cause problems. The Asia-Pacific region could becomes more destabilized, although I honestly doubt war will ever occur in the region, political tensions are enough to destabilize a region. That is why U.S attempting to spur S.Korea to form an alliance with Japan.

            your premise is false.

            U.S really do want Japan to become a fascist state.
            >http://goo.gl/0MLxZ5
            >http://goo.gl/C9uK3n
            Also a recent comment made by Abe, he said he..
            “will completely restored Japan status.”. These are fact.
            You need to realize a post WWII Japan was not built with the intention for “freedom”. Rather it was built to fulfill U.S pipe dream as a bastion against the communist and “another rising super power”.

      • nqk123

        wow, I’m amazed how you make this connection.

        • David

          It truly is a dizzying display of. . . well, whatever it is. Paranoia perhaps?.

  • HaydenG

    Wow, the people who made those korean comments are insane. this is totally a non-issue

    • NoNo

      And imagine the day that North Korea will try to smash Seoul into pieces… and 1 million North Korean soldiers are trying to push over the border. I trust the South Korean army can win the war themselves, but I would put past differences aside, and invite Japan to help, instead of having more innocents South Korean boys die for pride.

      Japan has a dark history, but I believe that they have learned. And besides, USA would never accept Japan stepping out of line… they have ways to hold any country back.

  • Isaac

    Start the war already. Koreans want a legit reason to wipe these monkeys out.

    • bigmamat

      Which monkeys, the Sudanese or the Japanese. You need to be clear about which monkeys you’re talking about….if it’s the Japanese that’s unfortunate since the Koreans are big proponents of “the blood” and recent DNA testing has shown that the Japanese are pretty much Korean, genetically speaking….

      • Isaac

        You read too much rumors online, it’s not good for your brain you know.

        • bigmamat

          So you expect me to take advice from someone who refers to human beings as monkeys? I’ll pass.

        • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

          That’s a good citizen! An empty mind is a happy mind!

          Don’t bother reading all that seditious material. Everything is fine as long as you keep your head down and stay in line!

          • David

            I believe after Isaac’s comments we can put the disclaimer *”This message approved by the Chinese Communist Party, an empty head is a happy head”.

          • bigmamat

            I’m really not sure what you are implying. Should I refer to the Chinese or the Japanese as monkeys? I usually save my lower animal kingdom slurs for more personal conversations. I am fair minded and feel it just isn’t right to classify large groups of people I haven’t met yet as dogs, pigs, monkeys, lizards or sharks. Well, maybe not sharks, most lawyers are sharks. In the end though I’d rather not insult the poor animal. Actually I never insult anyone by calling them animal names, I guess I’m just too crude. I prefer, asshole, dick cheese, fucktard, shitbrain, meathead, pinhead, that kind of thing. It’s a little more focused.

      • David

        Yea Isaac, your ignorant racism is unclear. Which monkeys do the Koreans want to wipe out?

    • Guest

      Lol korea as a country wont last without Japan, hell they dont even have the guts to start a war with your so called “monkeys”. Why do you think theres so many derogatory terms against Japanese people in the korean language? Its because the only thing koreans can ever do is talk shit. Its inferiority complex.

      • Guest

        Talking shit… as you what you’re doing right now?

        Nice try ^__^

      • chucky3176

        There’s only one derogatory name against Japanese people, and that’s “jjokbari”. Roughly equivalent to “Jap”. Some Korean netizens also tease and refer to the Japanese as “monkeys”. But that term is strictly reserved for only the right wing anti Korean Japanese netizens and their politicians, and not all Japanese. It’s just teasing about how loud net right wing Japanese are (when they are on the anti Korean mode) going “oo kki kki” (a sound in Korean language, referring to monkeys when they’re chattering to each other).

        • Hapa5

          Interesting….the term “korean” itself is pretty much a derogatory term in Japan nowadays.

          • chucky3176

            Agreed. Josenjin, Chon, Kankokujin, all refer to Koreans, and all derogatory terms in Japanese language.

          • Rutim

            I agree. Calling someone Kankojin is the worst Japanese racial slur I can think of.

          • Seoulite

            ‘There’s only one derogatory name against Japanese people, and that’s “jjokbari”. Roughly equivalent to “Jap”

            An outright lie. It’s closest English equivalent would be ‘cloven hoof’, and relates to the traditional Japanese sandle formerly worn.

            ‘Some Korean netizens also tease and refer to the Japanese as “monkeys”. But that term is strictly reserved for only the right wing anti Korean Japanese netizens and their politicians, and not all Japanese.’

            Another lie:

            Kyehttp://www.theguardian.com/football/2011/jan/28/ki-sung-yeung-monkey-face

            That’s a national Korean footballer, playing an international match against Japan, in which he makes a racist slut towards Japanese fans after scoring a goal.

            ‘Kankokujin’

            Astounding. The term ‘Kanko’ means Korea and ‘jin’ means person in Japanese. In other words ‘Korean person(s). The Japanese refer to themselves as ‘Nihon-jin’ (Japanese person), and all nationalities are referred to in this way, with their country as a prefix and the word person following. It’s like trying to argue calling someone ‘Korean’ in English is a derogatory term.

            But I suspect you know all this, from all your trolling. Your desperation is incredible.

          • chucky3176

            He was making faces at the Japanese right wingers on the stands. I hear there were number of them in the stands carrying the WWII Japanese imperial flag.Yawn…. big deal.
            I hear that Ki Seung Yong is an immature guy who had his own sets of trouble with the Korean fans, the press, and his coach, so he is what he is, a jerk with a big mouth who’s still talented. One person made some unflattering faces at some people, so big deal, it’s not as if there are thousands of people going around the streets everyday shouting “chon cockroaches get out of Japan!”, or a little girl screaming for massacres of Koreans while the crowd cheers. And about the Kankokujin, it’s called “sarcasm”, have you ever heard of that before? I guess not.

          • Sillian

            An outright lie. It’s closest English equivalent would be ‘cloven hoof’, and relates to the traditional Japanese sandle formerly worn.

            That’s an etymologic meaning you have to look up. ‘Jap’ in English sounds close enough.

            Chucky is a Korean nationalist while Rutim is a Japanese nationalist. They are at least very straightforward about that. If I’m correct, you’ve only commented on Korea-Japan issues here and hardly ever comment on Japanese nationalism. What is your overall stance?

  • Guest

    These comments are really pretty ridiculous. It’s almost a war-zone there, nobody gives two shits who the ally is that gives them a few boxes of ammo. Do these Korean commentators really think that Japan will someday invade them again? Go against countries that are on an equal footing with them now, against nuclear armed countries in terms of China, and completely decimate there own economy, their own country?

    I for one think that the restriction on weapons exports is ridiculously stringent, and should be relaxed, to allow further cooperation among allies in terms of weapon development, and there sure as hell doesn’t need to be “controversy” over something like this.

  • MidniteOwl

    Asian monkeys throwing feces at one another. One from Japan, one from South Korea, one from China, one North Korea. Great, you all smell like shit. now what? Reminds me of the anime, Hetalia

    • YourSupremeCommander

      STFU already, enough of your jive turkey BS.

  • Bogs_Dollocks

    A typhoon in a teapot.

  • Guest

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    • Guest

      Loooooser…. (`∀´)Ψ

  • Western Sydney

    Korean media is always making trouble. Koreans are the worst.

  • commander

    The comments from South Korean Netizens–half fearful about Japan’s reignited aspiration military resurgence, half furious over what they see as an inconsiderate request for the former colonial ruler who appears to turn unabashedly unrepentant about its World War II atrocities–shows that more than half a century proves not enough for reconciliation with its mentally grinding past with Japan.

    Although ammunition delivery is mediated by a U.N agency, the timing of the handover reinforced the suspicion of Japan’s ulterior motive–Japan’s furtive bid to loosen the pacifist consitution that has put down Japan’s aggressive streak toward a continent to counteract growing China’s presence in Northeast Asia in preparation for a time when the United States lean toward Beijing relegating Japan to a second power in the power transition ocurring region.

    Abe’s provocative visit to Yasukuni Shrine illuminate Japan’s pursuit for collective self-defense, an inherent right enshrined in Article 54 of the U.N. Charter, could turn into alarming aspiration for military might, a desire that some prescient observers in Wahsington fear the United States could not control in light of its past war experience with the Tojo Cabinet of Japan.

    To Sout Korea’s relief, the United States, which implicit views itself as “honest broker” between two historical archrivals, began to recognize the uneasiness in Japan’s shift to jingoism.

    The scheduled trips of top officials of South Korea and Japan to Washington is meant to patch up a schism between the two allies of the United States. But the effort to reconcile two neighboring countries whose mutual distrust originated from American improper handling of post war in the region will not yield any lasting effects, except for presenting a facade of unity for photo ops.

    Before using Japan as a bloackade against China’s return to the Middle Kingdom, the United States should mull over whether its incorporation of Japan into its bilateral alliance network and support for Japan’s strengthened military capabilities could pose a great threat to the region’s stability as it prompts China’s military augumentation and neighboring countries to be more fearful about Japan than about a rising China, thus a possibility of shifting its stance in fabor of China.

    Although, Joe Biden’s remarks during his visit to South Korea–betting against the United States is not the best bet–is not meant as a warning to Seoul which is hoping to enhance economic ties with China, America’s lopsided backing for Japan could create a chasm in its vital trilateral alliance network, which is ghe backbone for America’s reengagement policy to Asia.

  • Guest

    Helping the useless koreans out since 1910, long live Japan!!!

    • Guest

      2014! hoping for another Tsunami! ^__^

    • To Guest

      ALL 10,000 bullets were RETURNED, Japanese. THANKFULLY. Nobody needs your ammunition, considering all the baggage it comes from. The Abe administration and all the Japanese newspapers had an EXTREMELY LARGE amount of coverage – to prove how “benevolent” and “kind” they were to South Korea, who were so desperately “in need”. Can’t keep a “secret,” can you? Or were you trying to make the South Koreans appear like hypocrites for “accepting the ammunition” because you wanted to support Abe in its quest for change the ban on collective self-defense for your great Nippon? Either way, the South Koreans saw right through you, and RETURNED ALL 10,000 BULLETS.

  • Guest

    LOL you can just tell the inferiority complexes they have towards Japan by reading their comments

    • Guest

      States the one, who has to make it known that Koreans have a inferiority complex towards Japanese? suuuuurrrrre…. there is plenty of penis envy here… Why do Japanese keep on stating this… when you all have small dicks… LOL

      • Guest

        Why…..are you talking about penises?

        • Guest

          Why are you here?

          What is the meaning of life? your life, my life… wait… getting confused here…

          Happy trolling! (`∀´)Ψ

        • Guest

          because you have one… (`∀´)Ψ

  • Warren Lauzon

    The saddest part of this is the insane Korean netizen reactions. 10,000 rounds is not much ammunition, really, yet they are making it sound like they exchanged nuclear weapons or cruise missiles.

    • chucky3176

      It’s in direct response to Shinzo Abe and the Japanese media who indeed blew up this story, as if they had just saved all of Korea. The Korean media didn’t even know about this until it was prominently displayed in the Japanese media. The internet right wingers in Japan were also very unhappy that Japan supposedly “saved” Korea, once again Japan coming to the rescue of Korea. While some other politicians from the opposition party in Japan also raised their voices about this move, questioning Abe’s motives of “exporting” arms to foreign countries. All these hit the Japanese papers, and the mood in Japan got picked up by the Korean government, who weren’t happy that Abe’s government was making a huge deal over few boxes of bullets. Then the Korean media picked up the story, and here we are, the chain reaction.

      • seoulite

        Unsubstantiated nonsense.

        Look at the comments above from the Korean nutizens. That’s why the Korean media weren’t informed about it. Any attempt at military co-operation between SK and Japan sends the Korean nutizens into a knee-jerk frenzy. Let’s not forget how LMB had to try to secretly sign an intelligence sharing agreement with Japan and how news of that was greeted by Korean nutizens once the cat got out of the bag. The poor schmuck LMB even had to pay a trip to some crappy islands to appease the nutizens and prove his anti-Japan credentials after that.

        ‘The Korean media didn’t even know about this until it was prominently displayed in the Japanese media.’

        How about you provide dated links to Japanese media where ‘it was prominently displayed’ before any Korean media outlets picked up on it? You’d have to have good knowledge of Japanese media in order to make your bold claim, so I presume you’re are able to read Japanese to a high level. If not, please tell us where exactly you get your information about Japanese media and how you are able to deduce not only that it is prominently displayed but also that it was a big story in Japan before Korea.

        ‘All these hit the Japanese papers, and the mood in Japan got picked up by the Korean government’

        What ‘mood in Japan’? How do you know what the ‘mood in Japan’ was?

        As for the real story, the Japanese army sent a shipment of ammo to Korean troops who looked like they were going to be in hot water – possibly even breaking one of their own laws to help those troops out. As seen above, the Korean government, army, newspapers, nutizens and people such as yourself behaved with absolute ingratitude and cynically tried to exploit the situation to smear people who had done a good turn.

        • Sillian

          You’d have to have good knowledge of Japanese media in order to make your bold claim, so I presume you’re are able to read Japanese to a high level.

          I’m not sure about the argument between you and chucky but just so you know, Koreans can read Japanese internet media just like they read Korean media by default with auto web browser translation with a very high degree of accuracy.

        • chucky3176

          It was the Kyodo news and Jiji news who broke the story that Japan was aiding Korea on December 23rd. The issue became a problem in the Japanese Diet when the opposition party accused the Abe government of trying to export arms to foreign country breaking the Article 9 which strictly prohibits arms export. Maybe those Naver users read all the disgusting filth Japanese netoyous who got hold of the story and had their fun laughing at Korean beggars. Don’t try to deny Japan were innocent of playing international politics over $4000 worth of “aid to Korea”, either, when this transaction was under the United Nations action.

          • Chuckyfail

            And there we have it, your about turn when you’re BS is called out and you’re asked to present facts:

            ‘It was the Kyodo news and Jiji news who broke the story that Japan was aiding Korea on December 23rd. The issue became a problem in the Japanese Diet when the opposition party accused the Abe government of trying to export arms to foreign country breaking the Article 9 which strictly prohibits arms export.’

            It made Japanese national headlines as it possibly broke a rather important constitutional law.

            The nutizens of both countries went to town on it for different reasons, but you’d rather try and blame the whole nation of Japan and claim the Korean nutizens are perfectly right to behave with open ingratitude for a favour they did. And of course, next time something similar happens and Japan refuses to come to the rescue, you’ll be on here shouting’ ‘SEE, THEY REALLY DO HATE KOREANS, ALL OF THEM!!’

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