Politician’s Remarks Over Independence Activist Anger Korea

Prime Minister Ito Hirobumi, the first Resident-General of Korea.

Prime Minister Ito Hirobumi, the first Resident-General of Korea.

Yahoo! Japan netizens — who are known for their right-wing tendencies — are up in arms over Korean criticisms of Suga Yoshihide, the LDP’s Chief Cabinet Secretary.

Suga controversially called the Korean independence activist, An Jung Geun, a “terrorist”, after Chinese and Korean leaders praised the creation of museum in An’s memory. An is remembered for assassinating Ito Hirobumi, a former Prime Minister of Japan and the first Resident-General of Korea in 1909, just prior to the annexation of Korea in 1910.

The South Korean foreign ministry has denounced Suga’s remarks, but netizens insist that Korea is once again attempting to fabricate its own history, making this article the most-commented on of the day on Yahoo! Japan.

From Yahoo! Japan:

Suga Yoshihide’s Remark About An Jung Geun Criticised by Korea — “It Was Ito Hirobumi Who Was The Main Culprit Behind The Japanese Invasion”

An Jung Geun, the Korean independence activist who assassinated Ito Hirobumi in 1909

An Jung Geun, the Korean independence activist who assassinated Ito Hirobumi in 1909

On March 30, the press office of the South Korean Ministry for Foreign Affairs published a critical comment over Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga Yoshihide reaffirming his recognition of An Jung Geun, the Korean independence activist who assassinated former Japanese Prime Minister Ito Hirobumi [then governor general of Korea] as a “criminal”. South Korea stated that “Suga’s speech and conduct defy common sense; they are deplorable”.

On a television program broadcast on March 29, Suga expressed displeasure over the fact that the leaders of China and South Korea had praised the inauguration of a memorial hall for An Jung Geun during a meeting on March 23, and confirmed their commitment to co-operate with each other, saying “It’s a memorial hall for someone who, in Japan, would be a criminal or a terrorist”.

The press office emphasised that “It was Ito Hirobumi who was the main culprit who orchestrated the colonial domination and invasion of Korea, and to criticise An Jung Geun is a denial of the Murayama Statement (which apologises for the colonial domination and invasion of Korea). They statement also mentioned with regards to LDP special advisor to the party president Hagiuda Kochi’s review of the Kono Statement that “Should any new information arise from that review then they should publish a new statement”, and criticised that “We have no choice but to examine precisely what the Abe cabinet’s understand of history really is”.

Comments from Yahoo! Japan:


All this when Ito Hirobumi was actually against the annexation of Korea.


If that’s the case, then Korea shouldn’t have been asking Japan to annex Korea at the time.
Would it have been better if they’d become a vassal state of Russia or China?


Korea has falsified historical truth.
In order to prioritize their own perspective, they tell lies without a care.
It really is a third-rate country.


‘Ito Hirobumi was the main culprit behind the invasion’
Korea needs to study its own history properly!
Ito Hirobumi opposed the annexation of Korea!


Please study your own history.
But don’t use the textbooks that they’re selling in Korea,
look at history books from various countries around the world.


It’s because we deal with them in a half-arsed way, like not revising the Kono Statement and stuff, that they get all high and mighty.
We gotta be firm, and pin them down on the stuff they make up.


A terrorist is a terrorist.
A criminal is a criminal.
No other way to put it!


He may well be a hero of that Chosen criminal terrorist country, but In Japan, he’s nothing more than a criminal.


We to thoroughly rebut China and Korea.


So you’re even going to desecrate the name of Ito Hirobumi, are you, Chosen-jin?
What will it take for you to be satisfied with rubbing Japanese people the wrong way?
You get some 23 trillion yen, a massive amount of aid, but you’re still willing to look down on Japan like that.
We shouldn’t give a single yen to Korea again. We definitely shouldn’t let them have even indirect support from the Japanese people.
Government of Japan, if you’re going to give the hard-earned taxes of the people to Korea, then in a second all support for you will be gone.


They really are distasteful race.
Everything about them is distasteful. Just hearing the name of that country makes me want to puke.
I wish they’d just disappear from the face of the earth.


Taiwan developed thanks to Japan and they’re grateful to us for the life they have now.
Had Korea not been helped by Japan, I think they’d probably be with North Korea or Russia, and yet for some reason they have a grudge against us.


Nope, he’s a complete terrorist.
He’s more malicious than the Taliban.
More than half of those peninsula-dwellers wanted to be annexed by Japan, they never even gave a second thought to independence. Ito Hirobumi was murdered because of egocentric and trivial ideas.
Nothing more and nothing less.


You lot were the ones who wanted the Japanese annexation of Korea. It was Ito Hirobumi who opposed it. The Japanese annexation of Korea was just what they thought it would be. What you lot are saying is full of inconsistencies, it’s just absurd.


They were the ones who asked for annexation.
Do they even understand that???
Shitty Korea.
They can’t even understand that much???


Murayama’s parting gift is still bothering us.


Japan cannot see a terrorist as a hero.


Even if you do call a terrorist a loyalist.
Bin Laden is always going to be a terrorist to the US!
They’re the same thing.


The Murayama statement has fuck all to do with An Jung Geun!


Koreans change history too much.
I’m praying that this country we call Korea will disappear as soon as possible.

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