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China memorial to Korea hero angers Japan

BEIJING -- A new Asian diplomatic dispute broke out Monday after China unveiled a memorial to a Korean national hero who assassinated a Japanese official a century ago — with Tokyo condemning him as a “terrorist.”

China fired back by hailing Ahn Jung-geun as “a famous anti-Japanese high-minded person,” while Seoul called him a “hero.”

In 1909 Ahn shot and killed Hirobumi Ito, Japan's first prime minister and its top official in Japanese-occupied Korea, at the railway station in the northeast Chinese city of Harbin.

Ahn was hanged by Japanese forces the following year, when Korea also formally became a Japanese colony, heralding a brutal occupation that lasted until the end of World War II in 1945.

A joint Chinese-South Korean memorial hall in Ahn's honor was unveiled at the train station on Sunday.

Yoshihide Suga, Japan's top government spokesperson, said Monday that Tokyo had told Beijing and Seoul it considered the monument “extremely regrettable.”

“We recognize Ahn Jung-geun as a terrorist who was sentenced to death for killing our country's first prime minister,” Suga said.

“I cannot help saying that it is not contributing to building peace and cooperative relations in this region that South Korea and China took the joint cross-border move based on unilateral evaluation on a matter that happened in the previous century,” he added.

In response Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei on Monday defended the memorial as “completely reasonable and justified.”

He described Ahn as “a famous anti-Japanese high-minded person” who “is also respected by the Chinese people.”

Political relations between China, Japan and South Korea — Asia's first, second and fourth-largest economies — are heavily colored by 20th-century history, when Tokyo's imperial forces rampaged across the region.

Beijing and Tokyo are embroiled in a bitter row over disputed islands in the East China Sea, and tensions rose further last month when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited a controversial shrine that honors Japan's war dead, including indicted war criminals.

January 21, 2014    carltanong@
COMMON SENSE......
The Japanese write and read their HISTORY and DEFINITION upside down.

_The Japanese considered the word HERO is NOT a HERO and define it as TERRORIST.
_The Japanese considered the two words WAR CRIMINAL to commit atrocity as HERO.
_The Japanese pay respect, bow and pray for the class A-B-C war criminal inside the YASUKUNI shrineVIL.
_The Japanese protested the hero Ahn Jung-geun memorial and accused Ahn Jung-geun as a terrorist???

Japan wake up. This is 21st century now. Don't fool us..

REMEMBER JAPAN.
Millions of millions of family will remember their kin become the victims who died violently in the hand of Japan atrocity.

REMEMBER JAPAN.
My family and my classmates’ family frequently visited and pray for the victims’ soul inside our University Chapel for them to rest in peace. They are part of VICTIM OF JAPANESE ATROCITY.
January 21, 2014    taiwanindependencenow@
How the chinks "commemorate" this terrorist [...] further proves that they are [...] good for nothing. This ungrateful [...] by the name of Ahn Jung-geun was simply brainwashed by the chinks to murder the noble first Prime Minister of the Great Nation of Japan Ito Hirobumi (who also contributed greatly to Taiwan), who is credited with introducing cabinet system of government to the Great Nation of Japan. Prime Minister Ito also sacrificed greatly to introduce civilization to Taiwan and Korea and contributed enormously to the livelihood of the people.

Ahn Jung-geun paid for his deeds by murdering a great Japanese statesman.
January 22, 2014    Kaykerng@
Japan should reflect on themselves because they truly were the aggressor at that point in history. Not only did they torment the people of China and Korea, they also inflicted great suffering on the overseas Chinese in Singapore and South East Asia. This report was also featured in Singapore's Strait's Times, but as a watered down version which does not accurately reflected the truth. For instance, the words "brutal occupation'" in the 4th paragraph was omitted, and substituted with "decades of Japanese rule".
January 24, 2014    superkinez@
taiwanindependencenow@ wrote:
How the chinks "commemorate" this terrorist [...] further proves that they are [...] good for nothing. This ungrateful [...] by the name of Ahn Jung-geun was simply brainwashed by the chinks to murder the noble first Prime Minister of the Great Nation of Japan Ito Hirobumi (who also contributed greatly to Taiwan), who is credited with introducing cabinet system of government to the Great Nation of Japan. Prime Minister Ito also sacrificed greatly to introduce civilization to Taiwan and Korea and contributed enormously to the livelihood of the people.

Ahn Jung-geun paid for his deeds by murdering a great Japanese statesman.
Ahn Jung-geun is my hero, and we should honor him in Taiwan as well. As far as you referring to us as "chinks," as I told you before, you are also a "chink!" Meanwhile, you can move to Japan, or dye your hair blonde and put on blue contacts, paint yourself black with shoe polish so you wouldn't be a "chink" any more. Happy Year of the Chink to you my chink!
January 24, 2014    isthatyouleetenghui@
taiwanindependencenow@ wrote:
How the chinks "commemorate" this terrorist [...] further proves that they are [...] good for nothing. This ungrateful [...] by the name of Ahn Jung-geun was simply brainwashed by the chinks to murder the noble first Prime Minister of the Great Nation of Japan Ito Hirobumi (who also contributed greatly to Taiwan), who is credited with introducing cabinet system of government to the Great Nation of Japan. Prime Minister Ito also sacrificed greatly to introduce civilization to Taiwan and Korea and contributed enormously to the livelihood of the people.

Ahn Jung-geun paid for his deeds by murdering a great Japanese statesman.
Is that you Lee Teng Hui???

Please stop commenting on this site. You sound like an ignorant, racist and uneducated boor!!
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Chinese visitors look at exhibits at a memorial honoring Ahn Jung-geun at the railway station in the northeast Chinese city of Harbin on Sunday, Jan. 19. (AFP)

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