Govt rebuts Lee's remarks / Japan never proposed Emperor visit S. Korea, Fujimura says
News On Japan via Yomiuri -- Aug 17
The government has pointed out factual errors in South Korean President Lee Myung Bak's recent remarks regarding the Emperor and called for a calm response as the remarks stirred an uproar in Japan.
At a meeting Tuesday at a university in South Korea's North Chungcheong Province, Lee said, "If [the Emperor] wants to come to South Korea, he should visit the people who died striving for independence and sincerely apologize."
Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura held a special press conference Wednesday to rebut Lee's remarks. "The [Japanese] government has never introduced the topic of the Emperor's visiting the country to the South Korean government," Fujimura said.
A visit by the Emperor to South Korea, which has never occurred in the post-World War II period, was requested by South Korea. In May 1990, then South Korean President Roh Tae Woo officially requested during a trip to Japan that the Emperor visit South Korea.
China's television regulator has ordered a crackdown on dramas about the country's battles with Japan during and before World War Two and demanded they be more serious, state media said on Friday, following viewer complaints about ludicrous storylines. (Reuters )
Shukan Post (May 24) conveys the difficulties experienced by other parts of the adult-entertainment biz in servicing customers from the communist nation.
A deri heru (“delivery health”) call-girl tells the tabloid that she is often requested to arrive at major hotels in the Shinjuku and Ikebukuro entertainment areas of Tokyo by Chinese visitors. (Tokyo Reporter)