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Communications on May 4, 2001

2009.08.24 10:56

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◎ Bishop Peter Kang Sends a Solidarity Letter to the Justice and Peace Committee of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Japan for "Japan's distortion of History Textbook"

On April 28th, the Most Rev. Peter Kang Woo-il, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Seoul, expressed the solidarity for the activity of the Justice and Peace Committee(JPC) of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Japan by sending a letter to the Most Rev. Bishop Yoshinao Otsuka, President of the JPC and the Japanese National Council of Churches(JNCC) concerning "Japan's distortion of junior highschool history textbook."
The Most Rev. Kang said, in his letter, that he feels fraternal solidarity and affection for the JPC that has advised Catholic schools in Japan not to adopt the junior high school history textbook edited by the Japanese Society for History Textbook Reform and approved by the Education Ministry screening panel. Also he expressed gratitude for all its efforts to promote peace between Korea and Japan and for the common good of the humanity according to the truth. And he asked the JPC to keep making efforts to correct distortions for "Comfort Women" and campaign not to adopt the junior history textbook with nationalistic contents and distortion of historical facts.
Earlier to this, on April 13th, His Eminence Stephen Cardinal Kim, in an interview with KBS(the Korea Broadcast Station), expressed regret for Japan's conduct and remarked: "Japan should not hide its historical faults, otherwise, such conduct will be very unfortunate event for Japan itself", and pointed out that Japan needs a humble and honest attitude to recognize its historical faults in the past and teach the youth the truth without hiding, only then, Japan can be reborn and respected by the international community.
On May 4th, the Foreign Affairs-Trade Minister Han Seung-su summoned Japanese Ambassador Terusuke Terada to his office to hand over a file of specific proposals for the "correction" of about 40 controversial descriptions in Japanese history textbooks justifying Japan's past misdeeds committed against Korea and other Asian nations.
"It was learned that Korea is taking issue with the way Japanese textbooks downplayed or deleted descriptions of `comfort women,' or wartime sex slaves for Japanese soldiers, and carried an account of the alleged existence of a Japanese colony on the Korean peninsula during the Yamato Period (300-550), an allegation categorically dismissed by Korean scholars as groundless," a daily newspaper, The Korea Times, reported.

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