SEOUL, South Korea — Despite their historic rivalry, South Koreans rallied to help the Japanese in the wake of the devastating tsunami and earthquake on March 11.
Pledging more than $31.8 million, according to the Joongang Daily newspaper, South Koreans gave out of genuine compassion. But to some that compassion now feels foolish.
Not three weeks later, Japan did what many South Koreans consider to be a betrayal — Japan renewed and strengthened its claim to Dokdo, a small cluster of islets and rocks that sits between the Korean peninsula and the Japanese archipelago, that has been in dispute since colonial days.
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