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2010/02/11 12:00 KST
Japanese FM calls Japan's colonial rule of Korea 'tragic incident'

SEOUL, Feb. 11 (Yonhap) -- Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada offered a rare apology Thursday to South Korea over Japan's 1910-45 colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula, saying he understands the agony of Koreans who were forced to give up their national identity.

"I believe it was a tragic incident for Koreans when they were deprived of their nation and their identity," Okada told a joint press conference here after his talks with South Korean Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan.