April 22, 2009 10:26
The foreign ministry has expressed deep regret over Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso's sending of an offering to the Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo that honors 14 top war criminals from the Second World War.
In a statement Tuesday, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Moon Tae-young said the event was regrettable as the controversial shrine glorifies Japan's past military atrocities. Earlier, while addressing reporters, the Japanese Premier confirmed his sending of a US$500 potted plant to the shrine to "thank those who had sacrificed their lives for the country."
Aso's offering comes in light of Yasukuni's three-day spring festival this week. It also follows former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visits to the shrine during his term in office that triggered diplomatic tensions with Korea and China.
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