Why is anti-Korean racism in Japan on the rise again?
An upswing in hate crimes has seen homes burned and death threats made towards ethnic Korean communities – whether allied to North or South – in Japan
The countries share a history complicated by colonialism, war, missile tests and ‘comfort women’. With elections looming, things may be about to get worse
A statue of a ‘comfort woman’ at the Korea Botanic Garden in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Japan’s use of the wartime sex slaves is one of many issues complicating the countries’ ties. Photo: Kyodo
Nearly 20 years ago, after Pyongyang admitted that its agents had abducted Japanese nationals, someone smeared on the walls of Chung Hyon-suk’s Tokyo home: “North Koreans live here. Be careful.”
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