Japan’s top government spokesman said Tuesday South Korean National Assembly Speaker Moon Hee Sang’s recent remarks seeking an apology from Emperor Akihito to women forced to work in Japanese wartime military brothels were «extremely inappropriate.»
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said in a news conference that the government has lodged a «stern protest» with Seoul and demanded a retraction of the remarks, as well as an apology.
(Photo shows a statue of a girl symbolizing the issue of «comfort women,» who worked in Japanese wartime military brothels, in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul on Dec. 26, 2018.)
Bloomberg news service reported last week that Moon called Emperor Akihito «the son of the main culprit of war crimes» during an interview, referring to his father, Emperor Hirohito, Japan’s monarch during World War II.
«If a person like that holds the hands of the elderly and says he’s really sorry, then that one word will resolve matters once and for all,» Moon was quoted as saying when asked how South Korea and Japan can end their long-running disputes over wartime history.
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All — Kyodo News+