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South Korea blasts Japan PM Abe's message of support to memorial service for war criminals

Published on Aug 28, 2014 4:35 PM
 
A memorial compound, honoring more than 1,000 "Showa Martyrs", is seen in Koyasan Okuno-in temple in Koya town, central Japan, on Aug 27, 2014. South Korea slammed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday, Aug 28, for sending a message of support earlier this year to a memorial service dedicated to World War II war criminals. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea slammed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday for sending a message of support earlier this year to a memorial service dedicated to World War II war criminals.

The message has raised "doubts about the sincerity of apologies over (Japan's) wartime atrocities and colonial rule", Foreign Ministry spokesman Noh Kwang Il told reporters. "We have no choice but to express deep concerns over Abe's repeated remarks and behaviours which can be seen as denying the post-war order," he said.

In April, Mr Abe sent his message to a memorial service at a temple in western Japan to commemorate wartime leaders, including class-A war criminals, organisers of the ceremony said on Wednesday.

Mr Abe reportedly said in his message: "I express my grief at the death of martyrs... who sacrificed their lives to form the foundation of peace and prosperity in Japan today."

 
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