Japanese authorities have demanded an apology over comments made by a South Korean legislator who said the Japanese emperor is the ‘son of main culprit in war crimes’.
Speaking through its Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, Japan called on South Korea’s National Assembly Speaker Moon Hee-sang to retract his comments after he said the Japanese emperor should apologise over the military’s use of so-called “comfort women” during World War II.
“Speaker Moon’s remarks were extremely inappropriate,” Sang told reporters on Tuesday.
“We strongly protested as his remarks have absolutely inappropriate content and are extremely regrettable,” Suga added.
“At the same time, we demanded an apology and withdrawal of his remarks.”
Last week, Bloomberg reported that Moon called the emperor “the son of the main culprit of war crimes”, referring to his late father Emperor Hirohito, in whose name Japan fought World War II.