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South Korean stabs himself in protest against Japan official's visit

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Kim Chang-geun, right, 57, a member of an anti-Japan civic group, stabs himself in the stomach with a knife during a rally at Gimpo Airport in Seoul on Jan. 4, 2013. The rally was held to denounce Japan's conservative new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and demand an official apology for Japan's war crimes during the World War II.

A South Korean protester stabbed himself in the stomach at an airport outside Seoul on Friday during a demonstration ahead of the arrival of a Japanese government official, Reuters reports. The injured protester was taken to hospital.

South Korea's president-elect Park Geun-hye said that Japan needed to come to terms with its colonial history as tension simmered over Japan's past rule of Korea and an island dispute. 

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in a December 31 interview he wanted to issue a statement that would supersede a landmark 1995 apology for Japan's military aggression, a move bound to raise hackles in South Korea, ruled by Japan from 1910-1945, and in China, where bitter wartime memories run deep. Read the full story.

Ahn Young-Joon / AP

Bleeding protester Kim Chang-geun, center, who tried to hurt himself with a knife, is escorted to an ambulance by plain-clothes policemen during a protest against the visit of a special envoy sent by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. South Korean President elect Park Geun-hye will meet with the delegation on Friday in her first diplomatic test.

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