Protesters call on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to issue apologies for wartime atrocities

Along with Korean and Chinese community members, a group of Korean students from UC Berkeley called on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to make official apologies for Japan’s wartime atrocities during World War II in front of the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco on Thursday night.

That evening, Abe was attending a dinner — organized by the foreign ministry of Japan and Japan’s consulate in San Francisco — to which Gov. Jerry Brown and other people who have worked for Japan-United States relations were invited. In the video, the protesters and UC Berkeley professor of political science T.J. Pempel, an attendee of the dinner, discuss Abe’s treatment of Japan’s wartime atrocities and relations among Japan, Korea and the United States.

Filmed and edited by Yuka Koshino