- 5 Feb 2005
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North Korea wants Japan to apologise
05:55 AM Aug 14, 2010
North Korea called on Japan to offer an apology and compensation for its harsh colonial rule, days after Tokyo apologised to South Korea for its annexation of the peninsula, without mentioning the North.
North Koreans harbour deep resentment against Japan for mobilising Koreans for forced labour and as sex slaves during the occupation from 1910 to 1945.
On Tuesday, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan apologised for the "enormous damage and suffering" caused by his country and expressed "deep remorse".
His statement was aimed specifically at South Korea, in contrast to earlier apologies by Japan to its Asian neighbours. The South Korean Foreign Ministry said the government had "paid attention" to the apology, while South Korean President Lee Myung Bak told Mr Naoto in a phone conversation that he "took note" of it.
What do you think? Do you think that Japan should also apologize towards N-korea because of the things they have done there, or should N-Korea first work on a better relationship with Japan before Japan will apologize to N-Korea as well.