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Hateful media comments about S. Korea do more harm than good

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The Japanese news media are awash with comments about this country’s relationship with South Korea.

Even though the proliferation of arguments on the topic was triggered by new strains in bilateral ties, we welcome the active debate on Japan’s diplomacy with its neighbor.

But there are many worrisome elements in one increasingly pronounced trend in public discourse about South Korea.

Certain media outlets seem to be trying to stir up hatred toward South Korea, a sentiment often referred to as “kenkan” in Japan.

Japan’s relationship with the Korean Peninsula has a long and deep history. At times, both sides benefited from the relationship through the spread of civilization and trade. There was also a period when Japan colonized the peninsula.

Inevitably, conflict between the two countries undermines the international standing of both sides while cooperation increases the chances of the two countries prospering together.

But certain media outlets have used a plethora of expressions apparently designed to make Japan........

© The Asahi Shimbun