South Korea's Park urges Japan to 'face history'
SEOUL (AFP) - South Korean President Park Geun Hye on Thursday urged Japan to "face history" to mend ties with neighbours, on the same day that top Tokyo officials visited a war shrine seen as a symbol of its imperial past.
Ms Park, in a speech marking the anniversary of Korea's independence from the 1910-45 Japanese occupation, warned that controversies over Japan's colonial rule were "darkening the future of bilateral relations".
Many South Koreans believe Japan has failed to atone for abuses during the colonial period.
"It is hard to build trust without the willingness to face history and consider the wounds inflicted upon others," Ms Park said, urging Tokyo officials to show "courageous leadership".