Sunday, August 06, 2006

Yasukuni in Korea

According to the Chosun Ilbo, the leadership of the KCTU visited all three of North Korea’s “revolutionary holy spots” during a visit in August 1999, despite South Korea’s National Security Law banning visits to such shrines.*

The KCTU unification committee chairman said the union leaders “paid the visit to the cemetery since North Korea kept asking us to do so. And we concluded that the visit would not be problematic because the cemetery honors not only communist revolutionary martyrs but also those who fought against Japan’s colonial rule. I don’t understand why the visit is causing such a controversy.” Jin added the government’s ban on visits to the cemetery is vague, inconsistent and arbitrary.Marmot


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