Hon Hai chairman Terry Gou is a cert to win the TechEye Prince Philip award for racial harmony after his latest gaff attacking the Koreans.
Gou, who famously described his control over employees as being similar to a zoo keeper, and publicly pondered what was so bad about running a sweatshop, has been caught slagging off Koreans.
According to Focus Taiwan, Gou confirmed a joint venture deal with Japan’s Sharp when he mentioned that he preferred working with the Japanese.
“I respect the Japanese and especially like their execution and communication styles,” Gou said. “Unlike the Koreans, they will not hit you from behind.”
Given that Japanese executions used to involve a sword to the back of the neck we are not sure where he got this perception from. True, when Japan invaded China they were pretty upfront about it, and did not shoot people from behind, but that was a long time ago. China has not forgiven Japan for its massacres, but then Japan has not exactly said sorry either.
We understand that Gou might not like Koreans because of the success of Samsung, however, we should point out that not all Koreans work for that company. Those who do have not felt the need to jump off buildings either.