Taiwanese civic groups protest Japanese PM’s WWII statement
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.
Taiwanese civic groups warn against the resurrection of Japanese militarism in Taipei, yesterday.