MAN OF HIS ERA:The author said an interview she conducted for a book showed that more than 200 elderly Taiwanese raised during the Japanese colonial period felt like Lee
Date: Aug 24, 2015
By: Yen Hung-chun and Jonathan Chin / Staff reporter, with staff writer
Former president Lee Teng-hui’s (李登輝) recent comments in an interview with a Japanese magazine were faithful to Taiwanese history and “represented the Taiwanese voice of his generation,” former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator Chen Wan-chen (陳婉真) said yesterday.
The Japanese-language Voice magazine quoted Lee as saying that Taiwan did not fight a war of resistance against Japan during the Japanese colonial era, and that many Taiwanese joined the Imperial Japanese Army at that time to fight for “their motherland,” which they thought of as Japan.
In the interview, the former president cited his own experience and that of his elder brother, Lee Teng-chin (李登欽), who joined the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy respectively. [FULL STORY]