Thursday, April 25, 2013

 

S. Korea summons Japan envoy over PM's remarks

South Korea summoned Tokyo's ambassador in Seoul on Thursday to protest Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's defense of visits by senior officials and lawmakers to a shrine seen by Japan's neighbors as a symbol of wartime aggression. "We don't understand why Japanese society closes its eyes and covers its ears about pain and damage caused by its past invasion and colonial rule," Reuters quoted Kim Kyou-hyun, South Korea's vice foreign minister, as telling the ambassador. China and South Korea blasted Japan after more than 160 lawmakers visited Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine this week, following a symbolic offering made by Abe to the shrine and a visit by other ministers.
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