Ja­pan cho­rus per­form­ing to apol­o­gize for war

The China Post - - LOCAL -

An am­a­teur Ja­panese cho­rus group is hold­ing two con­certs in Tai­wan to apol­o­gize for Ja­pan’s wartime ac­tions and send the mes­sage of peace.

Brav­ing Typhoon Soude­lor on Satur­day, the Shikin­sou cho­rus gave its first ever per­for­mance in Tai­wan at the Taipei Rail­way Sta­tion per­for­mance hall.

Be­fore the con­cert, mem­bers of the cho­rus pre­sented flow­ers as a sign of re­spect to Tai­wanese sol­diers who fought in the Re­pub­lic of China’s Eight-Year (1937-1945) War of Re­sis­tance against Ja­pan.

The group then per­formed a dozen songs that de­scribed the suf­fer­ing and hor­rors of war.

Three Tai­wanese choir groups also par­tic­i­pated in the con­cert and per­formed war-themed songs and pop­u­lar lo­cal folk songs, such as “Song of Tri­umph” and “Long­ing for the Spring Breeze” ( ). The Shikin­sou cho­rus, which got its name from the Chi­nese vi­o­let cress, or the “flower of peace,” was to hold another con­cert in Tainan in south­ern Tai­wan on Sun­day.

“We would like to ex­press our deep­est apolo­gies to the Tai­wanese peo­ple for what the Ja­panese peo­ple have done in the past,” Ja­panese song­writer and leader of the group Takako Okado said at a press con­fer­ence in Taipei on Aug. 6.

The group’s visit came as Tai­wan cel­e­brates the 70th an­niver­sary of the end of the war against Ja­pan this year and as Ja­panese Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe pushes for a se­cu­rity bill that could send Ja­panese troops abroad to fight for the first time since World War II.

Okado said she the bill.

“We don’t want to re­peat history, and we will work hard to en­sure that Ja­pan does not make the same mis­take again,” she said.

The Shikin­sou cho­rus per­forms

is op­posed to regularly in Ja­pan. It has also held con­certs in China and the United States.

On Mon­day, mem­bers of the cho­rus are sched­uled to meet with de­scen­dants of those who par­tic­i­pated in the Ta­pani in­ci­dent ( 1915) and Wushe in­ci­dent ( 1930), both up­ris­ings against Ja­panese colo­nial rule (1895-1945) in Tai­wan.

The fol­low­ing day, cho­rus mem­bers will visit a me­mo­rial park ded­i­cated to Mona Ru­dao, a tribal chief who led a group of op­pressed Seediq in­dige­nous peo­ple to re­volt against Ja­panese rule in what is now known as the Wushe in­ci­dent.

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