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Betrayal and bickering has no place in our ties with South Korea

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During the Edo Period (1603-1867), Confucian scholar Amenomori Hoshu (1668-1755) served as the Tsushima domain's official in charge of hosting Joseon Tongsinsa, Korean diplomatic missions to Japan.

At the time, the governments of both Japan and Korea were extremely touchy about their respective national honor and prestige, and Hoshu was often caught in the middle. The stress of his work caused half the hair on his head to turn white, and a Korean delegate referred to him as "Half White" in a written report.

Acclaimed as a prodigy from early childhood, Hoshu went on to master the Korean and Chinese languages and became an expert in continental affairs. But he fell ill from time to time because of the sheer strain of his professional........

© The Asahi Shimbun