FUKUOKA (Kyodo) Foreign Minister Taro Aso said Saturday that Taiwan’s present high educational standards resulted from compulsory education implemented during Japan’s colonization of the island and that he believes Japan “did a good thing.”

“Thanks to the significant improvement in educational standards and literacy (during colonization), Taiwan is now a country with a very high education level and keeps up with the current era,” Aso said in remarks that risk sparking criticism from Taiwan and other Asian countries that suffered from Japanese wartime aggression.

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