Speaking Of Asia

Looking beyond Asia's painful memories

As tensions flare over the South Korean court decision that Japanese companies pay wartime compensation, Seoul needs to consider a more practical approach towards Tokyo on this issue.

Two weeks ago in Gyeonggi, South Korea, I experienced a profoundly moving moment, matched only by the experience of an afternoon spent last year in Hiroshima with an 86-year-old hibakusha - as Japanese survivors of the American atomic bombing of their country are called.

Ms Lee Ok -seon, 92 years old and still stiff from a surgery she underwent in July, was enjoying the warmth of early winter's afternoon sun when I called on her at the House of Sharing located in a south-western corner of the country.


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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 07, 2018, with the headline 'Looking beyond Asia's painful memories'. Print Edition | Subscribe