We’re getting a crick in our necks from watching this ongoing “tennis match” between Japan and South Korea as the exchange of heated words continue, this time due to the erection of a memorial to a Korean independence hero. The leader of South Korea‘s ruling Saenuri Party called Japan a “terrorist state” in response to their criticism of the memorial which was put up at a railway station in China.
Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga previously called the Korean hero Ahn Jung-Geun a “terrorist” for assassinating Japan’s first Prime Minister Hirobumi Ito at the train station in Harbin, northeastern China in 1909. Saenuri leader Kwang Woo Yea responded by saying that if Ahn was a terrorist, then Japan can be labeled a terrorist state because of its “merciless” invasion of its neighboring countries at the height of its militaristic power before and during World War II.
Suga was criticizing the unveiling of the memorial at the Harbin Memorial Station, which was put up after South Korean President Park Geun Hye suggested it. After Suga’s statement on Monday, Seoul called it “ignorant and anti-historic.” The Foreign Ministry released a statement, calling Ahn a “a hero who had sacrificed himself for the recovery of Korea’s independence and for true peace in Asia.” Ahn was executed a year after he assassinated Ito, who is considered to be the reason for the suffering of the Korean peninsula at the hands of the Japanese Imperial Army.
[ via Global Post ]