South Korea summons Japan envoy over PM's remarks on history

SEOUL Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:39pm EDT

Japan's Finance Minister Taro Aso (2nd R) bows as he visits the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, in this photo provided by Kyodo April 21, 2013. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan's Finance Minister Taro Aso (2nd R) bows as he visits the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, in this photo provided by Kyodo April 21, 2013.

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SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea summoned Tokyo's ambassador in Seoul on Thursday to protest at Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's defense of visits by senior officials and lawmakers to a shrine seen by Japan's neighbors as a symbol of wartime aggression.

China and South Korea chastised Japan after more than 160 lawmakers visited Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine this week. That followed a symbolic offering made by Abe to the shrine and a visit by Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso and two other ministers.

Such visits, a regular occurrence during religious festivals, have long angered Asian nations where the scars of Japan's past militarism still run deep.

"We don't understand why Japanese society closes its eyes and covers its ears about pain and damage caused by its past invasion and colonial rule, while it treats honesty and trust as important values," Kim Kyou-hyun, South Korea's vice foreign minister, told the ambassador, according to the ministry.

The recurring flare-ups in tensions between Japan, South Korea and China have been a source of concern for Washington, which is keen to secure cooperation from Seoul, Tokyo and Beijing in reining in reclusive North Korea.

In Washington, State Department deputy spokesman Patrick Ventrell said his agency "did not issue a formal protest to the Japanese embassy," which would have been a highly unusual step between close allies, but he called on Japan and its neighbors to overcome their differences.

"We've stated many times, we hope the countries in the region can work together to resolve their differences in an amicable way, through dialogue," he told reporters.

"This is in the context that, again, we also had other countries like China and South Korea that expressed some concerns," Ventrell added.

Thursday's summons in Seoul came a day after conservative Abe defended the latest visits to Yasukuni at a parliamentary panel in Tokyo.

The shrine honors Japan's war dead, as well as 14 leaders convicted as war criminals by an Allied tribunal. It is seen by Koreans as a reminder of Japan's brutal colonial rule from 1910-1945.

China, which also suffered under Japanese occupation, also takes offence when Japanese leaders pay their respects at the shrine.

BURDEN OF HISTORY

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference on Thursday that Tokyo did not want the Yasukuni issue to affect ties with its neighbors.

"Our basic stance is, as I have been saying, our nation has caused a great pain and suffering to many nations, especially people in Asian nations, in the war," he said.

"Japanese governments have accepted these historical facts sincerely and have expressed our deepest remorse and heartfelt apology, and have expressed the condolences for all the victims ... This is the same for the Abe government."

Earlier this week, South Korea's foreign minister cancelled a trip to Tokyo, and Beijing said recent events showed Japanese leaders continued to deny the nation's militaristic past.

Abe, however, was unapologetic.

"It is only natural to honor the spirits of the war dead who gave their lives for the country. Our ministers will not cave in to any threats," Abe told a parliamentary panel on Wednesday. "It is also my job to protect our pride, which rests on history and tradition."

While defending his actions, Abe also said he was open to dialogue with China and others. Tokyo was also discussing a possible trip by defense officials to Beijing to ease tensions.

Japanese media said the delegation could leave as soon as Thursday, but the defense ministry said details were still being worked out.

Tensions have also risen this week in a Sino-Japanese row over disputed islands, known as the Senkaku in Japan and the Diaoyu in China, after a flotilla carrying Japanese nationalists sailed near the rocky islets and China sent eight surveillance ships into nearby waters.

(Additional reporting by Kaori Kaneko in TOKYO and Paul Eckert in WASHINGTON; Writing by Tomasz Janowski; Editing by Paul Tait and Alex Richardson)

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GuhanShastri wrote:
Do Germans feel offended when US state officials visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier? Are Vietnamese offended by the Vietnam Memorial? S. Korea, stop worrying about Japan’s rituals and start worrying about the fat guy up north with the nukes or else you might be building new memorials quite soon.

Apr 25, 2013 4:15pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Janeallen wrote:
@Guhan Shastri is either a neo-Nazi or someone so full of Japanese propaganda that he cannot tell black from white. German Nazis were the allies of Japan. German continues to OUTLAW neo-Nazis movement, and most recently, arrested and started the trial on some neo-Nazi group who murdered non-Germans(Turks in this indictment)

Germany is ASHAMED OF ITS neo-Nazi roots. Japan glorifies massacre, rape, torture, AS LONG AS the crimes are done on non-Aryan race in history. Now, it continues to lobby Britain– famous for the “colonization is white man’s burden” apologetics, and the hawkish American politicians who similarly got energized, as if they were happy, superior, morally superior that is, in supporting the second Iraq War.

America has not learned from the Iraq War. It is making the same mistakes while “enjoying” the even more dangerous warmongering apologetics by Abe.

THIS IS NOT A FAIR WAR the protests are about. It is about HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF VICTIMS OF RAPE, MURDER, TORTURE THAT WAS COVERED UP BECAUSE OF RACE BASED “BRIBE” TO UNITED STATES, BRITAIN, GERMANY and many other countries which colonized, and left many countries in Africa and Asia in civil war because of the inevitability of fighting these colonizing power created — between India and Pakistan, between Christians and Muslims in Nigeria, in addition to the civil wars in many Asian countries. Europe and America thrived after looting Africa and Asia’s resource, created conflicted sentiments about the bringing about of technology but racism based, imposition of “political correctness” as a pre-condition for any country to receive aid, avoid sanctions, or get bombed.

What do I mean by “political correctness” in this context?
Political correctness in ALWAYS saying that everything the west violates in human rights is just “war”, like this Japanese neo-Nazi supporter, GuhanShastri, tries to distort history, while anything constructive, humanitarian, charitable, are edited from news agencies, western magazines, movies for over a century EXCEPT those who are willing to sell white supremacy. That’s how Japan got crowned the title Honorable Aryan. Was it because Japan was more innovative? No. China has many more important inventions contribution to the world then. However, the west, through Japan was able to create war, fighting in China for decades, and support lame excuses for the west continues to invade loot China and use Japan create propaganda, and disguise and break up unity in China ( just like the sleazy acts Japan did to Taiwan and China to create war tensions in the Taiwan strait lately— signature warmongering Japan).

The current looting by Washington is CONSTANT DEFAMATION of CHina, constant manipulation of CHina.

For a while, I thought Obama was sincere, and even defended Obama.

It is clear that OBAMA’S ACTION IN THE LAST FEW WEEKS AMOUNTS TO NO MORE THAN BEING A PUPPET OF JAPAN. OBAMA ALLOWED JAPANESE TO HACK AND SUPPRESS OPINIONS AND HISTORICAL TRUTHS OF CHINESE AMERICAN CITIZENS, SO THAT JAPAN COULD TRICK TAIWAN AND CHINA INTO GOING AT IT OVER THE TAIWANESE STRAIT. SHAME ON YOU BIDEN, WHO TWISTS OBAMA’S ARMS TO SUPPORT WAR CRIMINALS.

HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF SOULS OF RAPE VICTIMS, ORPHANS, MURDER VICTIMS, TORTURE VICTIMS, VICTIMS OF RACIAL HATRED, VICTIMS OF JAPANESE DECEIT, JAPANESE DELIBERATE RAVAGING OF CHINESE ECONOMY FOR GENERATIONS AND VICTIMS OF HOW JAPAN GOT AMERICA TO MAKE JAPAN THE “CORNERSTONE” OF AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY OF IMMORAL RACIST UNDERPINNING IN ITS DEALING WITH CHINA, ASIA, AND

HONESTLY, I am not surprised that N. Korea screams at wanting to “settle the score” but NOT ONE American TV, news or radio network honestly report the history of how America sold Korea under the bus, tricked it, gave it to Japan to rape, to ravage, and then HELPED JAPANESE WAR CRIMINALS TO AVOID TRIAL. THIS CAN ONLY BE EXPLAINED BY HORRID RACISM, AS DISGUISED BY HITLER, AND SIMILARLY DISGUISED BY GUHAN.

THE ONLY REASON JAPANESE WAR CRIMINALS WERE NOT TRIED AND GERMAN NAZIS, THEIR ALLIES WERE TRIED, WAS BECAUSE THE VICTIMS WERE CONSIDERED NON-ARYAN.

JAPAN COULD NOT KEEP JEWS AS NON-ARYAN. SO THEY ARE ACTIVELY TRYING TO
KEEP OTHER NON-JAPANESE ASIANS AS NON-ARYANS. ALL THE COUNTRIES WHO ARE BRIBED TO JOIN THEM MAY FIND OUT THEY ARE FOOLED, LIKE SO MANY OTHERS WERE FOOLED. (That includes ex-Singaporean Premier Lee Kuan-Yew, who described how he translated and worked for the Japanese and in return, the Japanese tried to kill him at the end of the war.)

The latest enclave of this racism disguised apologetics was that the west was superior in human rights. That is largely contested. It’s failing.

So Japan holds on to distortion of history, and the bribe that the west can feel superior if they support Japan’s disguise of worshiping of war criminals as a natural cultural activity.

Why do I call it “BRIBE”? Japan made a pact for the Brits to look the other way at Japanese war crimes, while Japan promised to look the other way at the slave trade, the apartheid and heinous rapes, torture, that are race based

Japanese hackers continue to stop me from responding promptly.
That is why Japan is so guilty.

Japanese propaganda has done MORE CARNAGE, KILLED MORE, RAPED MORE, INFLICT MORE SUFFERING, WAGED MORE WORLD WARS THAN NAZI GERMAN PROPAGANDA.

The only reason it is temporarily successful now is because the world is largely holding on to this LAST ENCLAVE OF WHITE SUPREMACY AGENT, the SO CALLED HONORARY ARYAN VESTIGE, THAT THE CONVOLUTED RACIST APOLOGISTS, LIKE ABE, IS FRANTICALLY BRIBING, TWISTING ARMS, PROMOTING JAPANESE NATIONALIST TO DISGUISE HEINOUS WAR CRIMINAL, RACIST PRINCIPLES WITH LAYERS AND LAYERS OF FALSE FRONT.

Japanese war criminals were not only official allies of the Nazis.
Japanese war criminals and the continuous war crimes and race based crimes against humanity spanned decades longer than the Nazis.

THE PROOF THAT JAPAN KNOWS IT IS GUILTY: THE PRO-JAPANESE HACKERS CONTINUE TO POSE AS CHINESE HACKERS TO SABOTAGE AND DISABLE HONORABLE, CLEAR-MINDED PEOPLE LIKE ME, PREVENTING US FROM RESPONDING TO THESE NEWS PROMPTLY– SOMETIMES, NEVER.

THE HIDEOUS HACKING BY JAPANESE NEO-NAZI APOLOGISTS AND THEIR TRICKERY TO BRIBE TAIWAN, BRITAIN, MANIPULATE AMERICAN POLITICIANS IS THE PROOF OF THEIR OWN AWARENESS OF GUILT.

ALLOWING JAPAN TO CREATE PROPAGANDA THAT COVER UP HEINOUS IMMORAL JAPANESE NATIONAL BEHAVIOR AND SEND AN EGREGIOUS FALSE POSE OF A PEACE LOVING IMAGE TO THE YOUTUBE VIEWERS— THAT’S THE LONE CONTINUATION OF NAZI PRINCIPLES, LURKING TO DESTROY WORLD PEACE.

THE PIVOTING TO ASIA IS A DIRECT RESULT OF THIS JAPANESE MANIPULATION. I PREDICT BIDEN WILL GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS WORSE THAN GW BUSH IN PROMOTING HATRED AGAINST AMERICA DUE TO HIS INTOXICATION WITH JAPANESE NEO-NAZI PROPAGANDA, AND HIS INFLUENCE ON OBAMA, AND THE UNITED STATES ALONG WITH IT.

Apr 26, 2013 2:39pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
PPlainTTruth wrote:
This how Reuters suppress American democracy and public opinion.

When Reuters disguises its effort to help suppress historical war crime truths and assist Japanese neo-Nazism,
(1) it gives the message below:

“This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.” with the FRESH news.

(2) it places news that will bring boycott Japan voices as a video— another way to suppress comments, and the exposure of how Japan distorts history.

(3)Japanese neo-Nazis have been intercepting my Internet, preventing American democratic voice, capitalizing on the national attention on the Boston bombers, and sneaking in diplomatic tactics and strategies that actively increase war tension in Asia, and further its cover up of Japanese neo-Nazi war crimes.

IN the meantime, neo-Nazis like Guhan distorts history:

(a) Germans revoke any association with Nazis in their GOvernment.

Japanese ministers actively worship Nazi allies by — it is the antithesis that Guhan distorts history— that is TYPICAL of Japanese Abe. Guhan is probbably Japanese.

(b) Vietnam was NOT a race based action. It was an anti-communist expansionist action.

Again, it is the typical tactic in which ABE’S NEO_NAZI, WORSHIPPERS OF WAR CRIMINALS, REPRESENTATION OF HIDDEN ARYAN RACE AGENDA, use to manipulate Americans and Europeans to allow Japanese war criminals to avoid thorough trials, and in some instances, avoid trials at all.

The pretext of the need of Japan to counter Communism is never valid, but it succeeded because the victims were not Caucasian, not white, not American, not European.

The several LAYERS OF deliberate distortion of historical truths, extremely cleverly embedded in Guhan’s post, is TYPICAL of WAR CRIMINALS.

LET’S FACE THE HISTORICAL TRUTH: If Japan never invaded Korea, there would not have been a civil war there. Many news network misled the public by saying that N. Korea started after WWII because Russia occupied the North, as if it was similar to the way Russia occupied E. Germany. It’s COMPLETELY different. Russia did not enter the war in Asia until literally days before Japan surrendered, and played practically NO part in using armed forced to fight Japan. In fact, until the last days in the war, Japan was hanging on hopes that Russia would join the war WITH JAPAN against the Allies in Asia, so that Japan did not have to surrender and COULD continue to ravage Asia.

Guhan is actively distorted history, just VERY CLEVERLY MANIPULATIVE.

JAPAN: Stop the warmongering, and the United States would not have had the nuclear threat from N. Korea, because N and S would never have been split, BUT FOR JAPANESE WAR CRIMES from over a century ago, till the end of WWII.

JAPAN FACE YOUR ROLE IN CAUSING THE CURRENT NUCLEAR CRISIS, AND THE WASTING OF TRILLIONS OF AMERICAN DOLLARS IN THE NEXT YEARS TO PIVOT TO ASIA.

The RESULT OF PIVOT: We, the United States will be, and already has been the loser. All Asia will be losers. Only Japan will sneakily reap gains.

Apr 26, 2013 3:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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