(From KBS World Radio)
Seoul has warned the Japanese ruling party regarding a recently announced plan to set up a panel to take a second look at the history following the Sino-Japanese and Russo-Japanese wars.
A South Korean government official on Friday said Japan will face stronger backlash from the international community if the panel distorts historical truths.
The official said the South Korean government will closely watch the related moves by the Japanese political circle.
Japan’s Kyodo News Wednesday quoted an official of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party as saying that the party plans to set up the panel under the Japanese Prime Minister’s Office this month to mark the 60th anniversary of the foundation of the party.
It was reported that the panel will review verdicts handed down by the International Military Tribunal for Far East, which judged the war criminals of the Imperial Japanese Army.
The tribunal also made rulings on Japanese war crimes as far back as the First Sino-Japanese War in 1894-95, raising speculation that the Shinzo Abe government may seek a systematic denial of post-war orders about Japan’s wartime wrongdoings.