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S. Korea media slams 'provocative' Japan PM photo

Published on May 15, 2013 12:09 PM
 
In a file picture taken on May 12, 2013, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe poses inside a T-4 training jet plane of the Air Self-Defense Force's Blue Impulse flight team at the ASDF base in Higashimatsushima, Miyagi prefecture as part of his inspection tour of the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami disaster areas. Major South Korean newspapers splashed a photo of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a military jet trainer on their front pages on May 15, 2013, saying it was a reminder of Japan's colonial-era atrocities. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL (AFP) - Major South Korean newspapers splashed a photo of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a military jet trainer on their front pages on Wednesday, saying it was a reminder of Japan's colonial-era atrocities.

The picture in question showed a smiling Abe giving a thumbs-up while sitting in the cockpit of an air force T-4 training jet emblazoned with the number 731.

The number evoked memories of Unit 731 - a covert Japanese biological and chemical warfare research facility that carried out lethal human experiments during the 1937-45 Sino-Japanese War and World War II.

The unit was based in the north-eastern Chinese city of Harbin, and held prisoners from China, South Korea and the Soviet Union.

 
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