Tai­wanese civic groups protest Ja­panese PM’s WWII state­ment

The China Post - - FRONT PAGE -

More than 100 peo­ple rep­re­sent­ing sev­eral civic groups staged a protest in front of the In­ter­change As­so­ci­a­tion of Ja­pan’s Taipei of­fice Satur­day to ex­press dis­ap­proval of a state­ment by Ja­panese Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe to mark the 70th an­niver­sary of the end of World War II, es­pe­cially his re­mark that Ja­pan should not be ex­pected to ex­press re­morse in­def­i­nitely.

The civic groups, in­clud­ing the Cross-Strait Peace Fo­rum (

), the Tai­wan La­bor Party ( ), the New Party (

) and the Chi­nese Uni­fi­ca­tion Pro­mo­tion Party (

), de­manded that Ja­pan sin­cerely re­pent for its ag­gres­sion against China in the late 1930s and early 1940s, and warned against the res­ur­rec­tion of Ja­panese mil­i­tarism.

The protesters said that while Abe men­tioned ag­gres­sion and apol­ogy in the state­ment, he also said Ja­pan's fu­ture gen­er­a­tions must not be ex­pected to con­tinue apol­o­giz­ing.

They said that Abe's apol­ogy was in­sin­cere.

In ad­di­tion, they said, se­cu­rity bills be­ing pushed by Abe would al­low Ja­pan to send its Self- De­fense Forces abroad, in­di­cat­ing a res­ur­rec­tion of Ja­panese mil­i­tarism.

Staff of the In­ter­change As­so­ci­a­tion, which rep­re­sents Ja­panese in­ter­ests in Tai­wan in the ab­sence of diplo­matic re­la­tions, ac­cepted a protest state­ment from the protesters.

For­eign Min­istry Is­sues State­ment Against Shrine Visit

Tai­wan's For­eign Min­istry ex­pressed re­gret over a visit by a Ja­panese law­maker to a con­tro­ver­sial shrine for Ja­pan's war dead on be­half of the Japa- nese prime min­is­ter.

The Ya­sukuni Shrine in Tokyo hon­ors Ja­panese war dead, in­clud­ing ex­e­cuted Ja­panese World War II war crim­i­nals. It is seen by sev­eral coun­tries in Asia as a sym­bol of Ja­pan's wartime mil­i­tarism.

Tai­wan's Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs is­sued a state­ment of re­gret Satur­day af­ter Ja­panese law­maker Koichi Hag­iuda of the Lib­eral Demo­cratic Party (LDP), also an aide to Abe, vis­ited the shrine ear­lier in the day.

CNA

Tai­wanese civic groups warn against the res­ur­rec­tion of Ja­panese mil­i­tarism in Taipei, yesterday.

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