South Korea's foreign ministry deplored the Japanese Prime Minister for sending ritual offerings to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine, calling on the Japanese government and politicians to sincerely repent for the country's wartime atrocities.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent the offering through an aid on Friday, which marks the 69th anniversary of Japan's defeat in World War Two.
Several of Abe's Cabinet members and lawmakers also visited the controversial shrine, which honors numerous class-A war criminals among other war dead.
The South Korean government said it couldn not help but express regret over the visits, as the shrine symbolizes Japan's past militarism and colonial rule over the Korean Peninsula from 1910 to 1945 .
Abe last visited the war shrine December of last year,… marking the first visit by a Japanese prime minister since 2006, raising tensions with China and Korea -- both countries which suffered from Japan's imperialism.
Bilateral relations between Seoul and Tokyo have reached their lowest point in recent years due to Japan's historical stance regarding its sexual enslavement of women and territorial claims over Korea's easternmost island of Dokdo.
On this August 15th, Korea not only marks Liberation Day, but also the 69th anniversary of the end of Japan's colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula.
Kim Hyun-bin, Arirang News.