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Monday 15 October 2001
Vocabulary from the news. Listen to and read the report then find explanations of difficult words below.

  Japanese Prime Minister
Japan apologises to Korea
Summary: Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has offered an apology to the Korean people for the suffering they experienced during Japan's thirty-five year occupation of the country.
   
The News Listen  
  Mr Koizumi's visit is aimed at trying to repair damaged ties with South Korea, and it was during a tour of a former prison where Korean independence fighters were held and tortured during Japan's thirty-five year occupation of the country that Mr Koizumi offered an apology to the Korean people.

He expressed his heart-felt remorse for the pain and suffering that Koreans endured under Japanese colonial rule. Mr Koizumi said it was important that the two countries co-operate to make sure that the painful past was never repeated.

But noisy protests have accompanied Mr Koizumi and a planned visit to the National Assembly was cancelled because opposition politicians had threatened demonstrations. Anti-Japanese sentiment is running high, fuelled by recent controversies over Japan's war time past. They include the approval of school history books that Seoul says whitewashes Japanese war time atrocities and Mr Koizumi's recent visit to a shrine honouring Japan's war dead including convicted war criminals.

 
   
The Words Listen
 
  repair
mend

 
   
  ties
relations

 
   
  heartfelt remorse
genuine, deeply felt sorrow

 
   
  endured
put up with

 
   
  sentiment
feeling

 
   
  running high
at a very high level

 
   
  fuelled by
made more intense by

 
   
  whitewashes
fails to take account of

 
   
  wartime atrocities
very serious crimes committed in a war

 
   
  a shrine
a holy place

 
   
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