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Japan urged not to hurt feelings of neighboring countries

Japan urged not to hurt feelings of neighboring countries

Taipei, Aug. 15 (CNA) Japan should refrain from doing anything to hurt the feelings of the people of neighboring countries, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said in a statement Thursday. The ministry issued the statement after two Japanese Cabinet members -- Yoshitaka Shindo, minister of internal affairs and communications, and Keiji Furuya, state minister for the North Korean issue -- visited the controversial Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo earlier in the day on the anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War II. The shrine honors 2.5 million Japanese war dead, including 14 convicted war criminals, and visits to the shrine by Japanese politicians tend to enrage neighboring Asian countries, which view such moves as an insulting and galling reminder of Japan's colonial and wartime aggression in the first half of the 20th century.
The MOFA said the Republic of China hopes Japan's government and politicians will face up to history and learn a lesson from the painful past.
The ministry also called on Japan to develop friendly relations with neighboring countries with visionary thinking and a responsible attitude.
Japan's 50 years of colonial rule of Taiwan was brought to an end only after the end of World War II in 1945.
(By Angela Tsai and Sofia Wu)


Updated : 2021-05-09 14:09 GMT+08:00