Jae Woong Lee, deputy consul general for the Republic of Korea, spoke on Korean-Japanese relations Monday night in a lecture sponsored by the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies.According to Lee, Japan and Korea countries have shared — and continue to share — a long and complicated history. Their geological position and common culture should create favorable conditions for diplomatic relations, Lee said, yet Korean-Japanese relations continue to be strained.Lee said ancient Japanese and Korean art display “striking similarities,” though ancient Japanese art is usually sculpted from wood and Korean sculptors preferred to use a bronze medium.“This is evidence of the close interactions and close relationship between Korea and Japan more than 1,000 years ago,” Lee said. “We like to boast that Korean ancient history moved to Japan and had them give birth to their own Japanese culture.”Though the countries share a related history, Lee said tensions remain in the current Japanese-Korean relations, yet have not kept the countries from working together on prominent issues.“There is a prolonged, unstable relationship from various factors. Even though Korea and Japan have a close history, there are still problems,” he said.These problems stem from the way the Japanese government portrays this shared history, Lee said.Lee said the Korean people are worried the Japanese are promoting a type of revisionist history, through endorsing textbooks that incorrectly portray the invasion of Korean lands, and by authorizing such books, the Japanese government is refusing to depict past wrongs.“This is just one of the main headaches, one of the stumbling blocks over which there is a divide between Japan and Korea,” Lee said.Many Koreans are offended by Japanese politicians’ visits to to Yasukuni Shrine, Lee said.“This is just one of the shrines that Japan has. But this specific shrine, they have the names of the war criminals … ” Lee said. “Politicians of Japan go to this shrine, giving a certain impression to Koreans that they do not truly regret their past wrongs against the people in the region.”Japanese-Korean relations were previously strained by the issue of “comfort women.” The term refers to the practice in countries occupied by Japanese rule, including Korea, in which young women were taken from their homes and taken to “comfort stations,” where they were forced into sexual slavery.Lee said Korea and Japan reached a tentative agreement in December to resolve the dispute over this issue, and this agreement represents a large success for the diplomatic relationship between the two countries.“Japan is finally accepting more responsibility for this issue and they agreed to provide us compensation. The Japanese government clearly said ‘sorry’ to Korea,” Lee said.Lee said Japanese-Korean relations can only continue to prosper if both countries continue to be sensitive to and aware of past events.“They have to acknowledge the correct history,” Lee said. “There is no compromise on that.”Tags: Liu Institute
BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island and Ellsworth girls’ soccer teams are both 1-1 on the season following the Trojans’ win over Presque Isle in Aroostook County and the Eagles’ victory over George Stevens Academy in Blue Hill.On Saturday, MDI got off to an excellent start to the season with a 3-0 win over defending Northern Maine champion Presque Isle. Senior Daisy Granholm scored a second-half brace for the Trojans after Zoe Olson opened the scoring in the first half.MDI returned to action Monday and fell 5-1 to Hermon (1-0) in Bar Harbor. Granholm scored the lone goal for the Trojans with 29 minutes, 48 seconds remaining in the second half.Ellsworth opened the season Friday with a home game against Caribou, and the Eagles led for much of the game following a first-half goal from sophomore Addi Laslie. Yet Caribou would force overtime when junior Edie Shea scored with 1:52 left in regulation, and the Vikings scored with 21 seconds left in the second added period to steal a 2-1 win.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textBack in action Monday evening against GSA, Ellsworth took a 1-0 lead four minutes before halftime with a goal from junior Hannah Richardson. The Eagles got second-half goals from Julie Mattson and Paige Sawyer to claim a 3-0 win.Ellsworth’s next game will be at home against Hermon at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11. The Eagles will also face Old Town at 4 p.m. next Monday, Sept. 16.MDI and GSA (0-2) will face one another at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Bar Harbor. The Trojans will host Old Town (0-0-1) at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14.Correction: The original version of this article misidentified the scorer of Ellsworth’s first goal against George Stevens Academy. The goal was scored by Hannah Richardson.
Over his first five years as coach at Texas, Shaka Smart has worked with three prospects who wound up in the category of “one-and-done” college players: Jaxson Hayes became the eighth overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft; Mohamed Bamba went sixth the previous year; Jarrett Allen was chosen 22nd in 2017 and has started 169 games over three seasons. So it has turned out great for the players involved.For the Longhorns? Those three players produced one NCAA appearance combined and zero tournament wins. With top-10 prospect Greg Brown III committing Friday to stay home and join the Longhorns for the 2020-21 season, the plan obviously is to accomplish more during his one (expected) season in Austin. To that end, Smart says, it’s important to simplify the demands and expectations for such a player in order to maximize his and the team’s success.MORE: Greg Brown III’s commitment is a big win for Texas — and for college basketballAnd, perhaps most important, the player must understand his college team’s success will flatter him in the eyes of NBA scouts.“You can make a mistake of trying to get a guy to be a more evolved, sophisticated guy, in terms of asking him to do two-dozen different things, and sometimes there’s a point of diminishing returns,” Smart told reporters on a Monday conference call. “When the reality is, if there are three or four things that a guy can go out there on the floor and do — and do well, and do confidently — he can be really successful.“I think getting the young man to understand the better we do as a team, the better it’s going to reflect him, and the No. 1 thing on that is his teammates, the nature of the relationships with some of the older guys.”The 2019-20 Longhorns featured five players who averaged at least nine points per game and 11 who partly because of how injuries adjusted the rotation played double-figure minutes. So it’s not like there’s a huge vacancy for Brown to fill next season. The Horns will make room for him, obviously.Brown might also give the Longhorns something they lacked even during the time when they had Allen, Bamba and Hayes: None of them was an elite scorer, the sort of No. 1 offensive option who could undo opposing gameplans. Allen’s 13.4 points per game was the highest scoring average of the three.Under Smart, Texas has not had a player average more than 15 points per game. It is not essential for a contending team to have a top-level scorer on its side. But it never hurts.Incorporating a single one-and-done player on a college roster is something that has not been a smashing success in many places. LSU missed the NCAA Tournament with Ben Simmons in 2016, and Indiana with Romeo Langford last season. Washington was a disaster with Markelle Fultz in 2017. N.C. State was such a disappointment with Dennis Smith that same year the administration chose to dismiss coach Mark Gottfried in mid-February.Texas’ average record in its three seasons under Smart with one-and-dones is two games under .500. It only gets a little better if you add in the 2014-15 season under Rick Barnes, when Myles Turner helped the Horns to finish 20-14.“That’s something, to be honest, coming into coaching at Texas I had no experience with, even as an assistant coach, and I’ve learned quite a bit about,” Smart said. “I think every situation is different. Probably the No. 1 consideration in each situation is the other guys around that young man.“There are going to be certain similarities in terms of the challenges and the adversity that guys go through as a freshman — even if they end up being a very high pick in the NBA Draft. And those are conversations we have on the front with guys during the recruiting process, and obviously throughout their freshman year.”MORE: Texas’ buzzer-beater quiets media calling for Shaka Smart’s jobSmart said he expects Brown’s arrival to intensify competition for playing time, but that the current UT players were among those excited about signing him to join the program.A 6-9, 190-pound forward ranked No. 9 in the 2020 recruiting class by 247Sports’ Composite rankings, Brown averaged 26.1 points for Vandegrift High in Austin. Smart said several of the Longhorns had been communicating with him previously.“Our guys have really been excited about Greg for a long time,” Smart said. Led by guards Matt Coleman and Andrew Jones, the Longhorns closed the 2019-20 regular season with five victories in their final six games. They needed that late surge to remedy what was becoming a lost season, largely because of colossal injury issues that were ignored in a media rush to assign blame to Smart. Of the 11 players on the roster who earned regular playing time, only two appeared in every game and two more on top of that missed a single game. Six players missed between four and 15 games with injuries.They did not get the opportunity to capitalize on their momentum by competing in the Big 12 or NCAA tournaments, as each was canceled. Recruiting continued, though, and the Longhorns won big there.The trick now is to turn that into victories when the games resume.