2018-08-31 09:41:08 JP
Japan: Imagining Future Japanese-Korean Relations with ‘Free Hugs'
Below is a video showing a performance by a young Japanese man in Seoul, Korea; he is holding a sign reading “Free Hugs for Peace”. The video was made about one year ago, in the summer of 2011. The creator, Koichi Kuwabara, began to attract the attention of Twitter users anxious about Japan-Korea relations, soon after the video was introduced.
In fact, in August 2012, tensions in the relations between the two nations were exacerbated. On August 10, South Korean President Lee became the first incumbent president to set foot on the islands of Takeshima, which ignited a sovereignty dispute between both nations.
Japanese Prime Minster Noda held a special press conference on August 24, in which he emphasized that “Takeshima is a territory belonging to Japan”, and suggested that a reduction in the Japan-Korea currency swap agreement should be considered.
Rumors of increasing tensions between the two nations have been talked about on a daily basis, in the media and on the Internet since the events of August. Amidst this uproar, Koichi Kuwabara's video spread via Twitter, and has touched the hearts of many viewers.