BEIJING—China yesterday blasted as
ridiculous comments by
a Japanese lawmaker who argued that Japan’s aggression during World
War II had helped Asian nations become independent.
Such a ridiculous allegation reflects the arrogance and ignorance
of some people in Japan on historical questions, Foreign Ministry
spokesman Zhu Bangzao said at the ministry’s regular briefing.
He spoke three days after Mr Hosei Norota, a lawmaker from Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party and former defence chief, evoked Japan’s militarist and imperialist past in a speech.
As we fought the war, the Western nations colonialist policies
fundamentally died out in Asia, Mr Norota said, according to the
Jiji Press news agency.
When I visit South-east Asian countries, many people say even today
it was thanks to Japan their nations were able to become
Mr Zhu was clear that China had a directly opposite view of the past.
The war of aggression launched by Japanese militarists brought
about tremendous disaster to victims in Asian countries, he
Their crime was so serious that it brooks no denying.
North Korea yesterday also slammed the Japanese comments.