A representative of South Korean President Park Geun-hye expressed disapproval over a Japanese magazine that purportedly ridiculed the president and called her “imbecile of the week” for her political moves against Japan. Shukan Bunshun’s latest edition printed an article about the president’s stand on Tokyo and called her out for “creating disturbances” on the issue of sovereignty over the Takehisma/Dokdo islets and the Korean women used as sex slaves by the Japanese during World War II, known as comfort women.
President Park has been very vocal in her intolerance over these issues, even so far as rejecting a call for a summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. “If there is no change in position of the Japanese government, there will be no dialogue with the Prime Minister (Shinzo Abe of Japan), “ she strongly stated. South Korea believes that Japan has not atoned for atrocities committed during their colonial occupation from 1910-1945.
According to a newspaper, the Japanese magazine also called President Park an “ajumma spreading curses”. In Korean culture, Ajumma refers to an ordinary middle-aged woman and carries a derogatory connotation in the country. It also said that the president, needs an “adult boyfriend”, citing the fact that Park has never married. The representative said that, ”Foul language and writings are shameful and disgraceful things that would be regretted for a lifetime,” when asked by reporters on how they intend to respond to the article. The president’s aide believes that the article is not worth a response.
[ via Yonhap News ]