South Korean President Lee Myung Bak said Tuesday that the Emperor needs to apologize to victims of Japan's past colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula before he possibly visits South Korea.
If the Emperor hopes to visit South Korea, he should truly apologize to Koreans who died in the independence movement during the Japanese rule of the peninsula before and during World War II, Lee said at a meeting with officials engaged in education.
Lee had previously sounded positive about the Emperor's visit to South Korea, although no concrete plan for such a visit has ever been made.
This latest remark follows Lee's unprecedented visit Friday to Sea of Japan islands known as Takeshima in Japan and Dokdo in South Korea.
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Kyodo News said Monday that it has dismissed Satoshi Kondo, 51, deputy chief of its general administration bureau and former personnel affairs division chief, for meeting individually with a female student searching for a job and doing an inappropriate act.
(Jiji Press )