Korea's Roh calls on Japan to respect historical truth





President Roh Moo-hyun has urged Japan to respect historical truth and be more sincere about addressing pending bilateral issues, including Japanese leaders' repeated visits to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine, which honors Japanese war criminals.

In a speech marking the 88th anniversary of the March 1 Independence Movement, the South Korean president said Japan should abstain from glorifying or justifying its colonial history and respect globally-accepted principles of conscientious behavior.

``Above all, Japan should have an attitude of respect for historical truth and be more sincere about resolving bilateral issues, like the Yasukuni Shrine visits, compensation for Korean comfort women and distorted shared history in Japanese textbooks,’’ Roh said.


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