Yasukuni visit sparks criticism in Taiwan
Su Chin-chiang, chairman of
the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU), a hardline pro-independence Taiwan opposition
party and occasional strategic partner of the ruling Democratic Progressive
Party, paid homage at the war-related Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on Monday along
with several other party "legislators".
Su's shrine visit sparked waves of criticism in
"Japan launched over 160 battles to destroy Taiwan's aboriginal tribes during its 51-year colony on the island," he said in a statement.
"We strongly protest the TSU visiting the Yasukuni Shrine... It is already an insult to Taiwan's aboriginal people that our soldiers were enshrined there."
Taiwan was ruled by Japan for 50 year after 1895, before its wartime defeat.
During the conflict, some Taiwanese men were enlisted by the Japanese military
while women were forced to become sex slaves for Japanese soldiers.
"We do not agree with the acts and invasions of the Japanese militarism
(during World War II) but we should not let hatred persist,"
The Shinto shrine, dedicated to 2.5 million war dead including 14 convicted war criminals, also enshrines thousands of Taiwanese and Koreans who died in war, most of whom had been forced into service under Japan's colonial rule.