South Korean president turns up Japan heat: Emperor must apologize

August 15, 2012 by admin
Filed under: Comfort Women, Dokdo, Prison Camp, War Crimes 

SEOUL–Amid a flare-up in nationalistic anti-Japan rhetoric, South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak has fueled it further with a demand for an apology by Emperor Akihito.

Lee said Akihito would be unwelcome in South Korea without a direct acknowledgment of guilt for Japan’s colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula from 1910 to 1945. Akihito acceded to the throne in 1989.

“Although (the emperor) wants to visit South Korea, I have told Japan he can only do so if he visits (the graves of) those who died in independence movements (against Japan) and apologizes to them from his heart,” Lee said Aug. 14, addressing a seminar for teachers in Cheongwon, North Chungcheong province.

It was the first time an incumbent South Korean president had publicly demanded such an apology.

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