Az Amerikában élő nagy számú koreai közösség New York-i szervezetei a helyi koreai nemzetisegi lapban kritizálják Obama hirosimai látogatásának részleteit és kifogásolják, hogy a japánok semmit nem bántak meg a II. világháborús szerepüket illetően és nem néztek szembe úgy a történelmükkel, ahogyan a németek tették. Az alábbiakban a Voices of NY írását közöljük.
Hearing the news of President Obama’s plan to visit Hiroshima in Japan, the Korean community in New York is voicing its concerns and venting its dissent.
The Korean American Parents Association of Greater New York released a statement on May 12 to express their worries. In the statement, it says that “President Obama’s visit to Hiroshima will bring a negative influence on education and is a disrespect against veteran soldiers.”
“The incumbent president’s visit will make it seem as if the Japanese have apologized [for what they have done during World War II].”
“Unlike Germany, which is facing up to its history, Japan is not putting any effort into solving problems such as the comfort women issue, let alone teaching [these historical issues] in schools. It is our concern that Obama’s visit might make Japan look as if it is a victim of the atomic bomb.”
The association will translate the statement into English in order to convey the opinions of Korean parents to U.S. mainstream media outlets such as The New York Times and NBC.
Earlier, Young Hyun Baek, co-president of the Citizens Against War Crime Symbolism, had spoken about his apprehension: “If the Japanese government made a sincere apology, former presidents of the U.S. would have visited Hiroshima sooner. Shinzō Abe’s administration – which revised the pacifist constitution and plots the revival of militarism – could interpret the meaning of his visit in the wrong way.”
Andrew Lim, a musical director, also voices some criticism, “(…) President Obama seems to try to achieve more accomplishments before he resigns, but it will cause a big loss in going after a small gain.”