A Japanese labor ministry official was arrested after a drunken fight in Seoul, South Korea according to reports. The ministry official, Kosuke Takeda 47, was on a personal trip when he clearly drank a bit too much booze and started shouting at airport workers, at one point inflicting physical violence an airport worker.
The police report said the man was heavily drunk as he was detained and interviewed. He has since returned to Japan and has been demoted from his head position at the Wage Department of the Ministry of Labor. The Japanese man now claims that he was overwhelmed by five people, and he believes that South Korea is a weird country.
The ministry apologized for the incident and will dispatch someone to South Korea to discuss the issue.
The history of Japan and Korea is overshadowed with the Japanese taking control of the Korean Peninsula, and forcing the Koreans to study Japanese language and culture. However, the en of WWII resulted in Japan leaving its colony with some wounds still not fully healed. Japanese and South Korean government officials have exchanged angry words recently as South Korea is asking for war reparations from a Japanese firm.
There have been many discussions with even the Japanese Emperor giving his opinion on WWII and Japanese treatment of the Korean people. We hope these wounds can be healed by the upcoming 2020 Olympics.