Taiwan ex-leader rapped for taking prize honouring Japanese colonist
Jun 4, 2007, 10:35 GMT
Taipei – Taiwan’s ex-president Lee Teng-hui, who is visiting Japan, was criticized on Monday by opposition politicians and even his old friend back home for accepting a prize honouring a late Japanese colonial governor.
‘It was highly improper for Lee to accept such an award as Shinpei Goto had ruled Taiwan with a high-handed policy. Goto even admitted that he had killed thousands of Taiwanese,’ opposition Nationalist Party or Kuomintang (KMT) parliamentarian Lee Ching-hua said by phone Monday.
The parliamentarian was referring to the ex-president’s acceptance of the first Shinpei Goto Prize presented to him on Friday by a Japanese publisher for his contribution to Taiwan’s urbanization and democratization. The event was organized by Fijiwara Shoten’s Shinpei Goto Organization to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of the late Japanese colonial administrator.
In acceptance, the ex-president praised Goto for making a great contribution to Taiwan’s modernization during his service as the chief of civil administration under the Japanese colonial government in Taiwan between 1898 and 1906.
The former Taiwanese leader said that although his life hardly overlapped with that of Goto, he has been profoundly influenced by Goto’s achievements in Taiwan and his extraordinary philosophy of life.
But angry opposition parliamentarians criticized him for praising Goto. ‘How could he deliberately drop the part about Goto persecuting and killing hundreds of thousands of Taiwanese during his administration in Taiwan?’ asked Hsu Shao-ping, KMT parliament caucus leader.
Koo Kwan-ming, a former senior adviser to President Chen Shui-bian and a close friend of Lee, also said it was improper for Lee to accept that prize.
‘Goto might have contributed a lot to Taiwan while serving as the chief civil administrator in Taiwan, but being a former president, it was inappropriate for Lee Teng-hui to accept such a prize in honor of a colonial governor,’ he was quoted as saying by Taipei-based China Times newspaper.
The Taiwan Solidarity Union, which honours Lee as the party’s spiritual leader, came to the ex-president’s defence, saying the prize is presented to whoever makes a great contribution to the country.
‘The ex-president had done a lot to Taiwan during his 12 years of administration in Taiwan and has been honoured as the godfather of democracy of Taiwan due to his efforts to promote democracy here,’ said Chiang Yueh-chin, information director of the party.
Lee, accompanied by his wife, arrived in Japan on Wednesday for an 11-day ‘cultural visit,’ a trip that has sparked strong protests from China, which has warned that Japan risked harming a recent rapprochement by allowing Lee’s visit.
Beijing has viewed Lee as a separatist who advocates Taiwan’s formal independence from China. The two sides split at the end of a civil war in 1949, but Beijing still regards the island as an inseparable part of China that must be brought back to its fold, if necessary by force.
© 2007 dpa – Deutsche Presse-Agentur
So the proud Japanese colonial slave has actually offended everyone in Taiwan Province with his rampant worship of his fake homeland. I reckon Lee Tenghui can serve as a great role model for those who wish to become true Japanophiles and serve as a model on how to completely sellout to the point where they can take on false Japanese names, embrace false nationalism and even speak Japanese better than their native tongues. For the sake of Sino-Japanese economic interdependence, it would be best if Lee Tenghui just abandons his Chinese-Taiwanese heritage and his given name for a bid to get a real Japanese passport and for the right to be once again addressed as Iwasato Masao, his Japanese colonial name.
It was surprising to learn that Koo Kwan-ming, the son of a sellout, even condemned Lee for his participation in a award ceremony to celebrate the colonial subjugation of Taiwan Province under Imperial Japan. This is shocking seeing that Koo Kwan-ming not only supports Taiwan independence but his father actually was the reason Taiwan Province, then Taiwan County, became occupied by the Japanese during the First Sino-Japanese war when he proudly opened Taipei’s city gates to the invading army. In return for his treachery, he was awarded Japanese titles of nobility, a seat in the Japanese Diet, and several Japanese women (one of which was Koo Kwan-ming’s mother). If a proud descendant of hanjian condemned Lee, then this guy has really made Taiwan Province look like a island populated by Japanese house slaves who actually enjoyed colonial rule.
It’s only fitting that Lee Tenghui would take an award from a brutal Japanese colonial administrator and proudly compare his life’s work with Goto Shimpei. I only wished at times that the Americans did not intervene during the final stages of the Chinese Civil War to stop the communists from liberating Taiwan Province.