Have I not grown up in the Christian faith I would hate the Japanese people for all my life. May father, an honest and diligent worker, had, twice, build the foundation for a prosperous future of our family, and saw all that shattered by Japanese invasion of Shanghai.
When I joined the Salesian Society and was sent to do my studies in Italy in the International Salesian University, I made acquaintance with Japanese schoolmates, I have no difficulty to qualify them as lovely people.
For the Episcopal Ordination of John Tong and myself in December 1996 H.E. Cardinal Peter Shirayanagi（白柳誠一）came from Tokyo to be one of the con-consecrants. He was a good friend of John Tong, but I knew him also quite well. He used to bring a group of priests, nuns and faithful for pilgrimage in China, visiting churches and seminaries (leaving also generous donations). He used to pray loudly asking God to forgive the sufferings inflicted by Japanese soldiers on Chinese people during the war. He was a real friend of Chinese people.
First day of this month Emperor Naruhito（德仁）succeeded to Emperor Akihito（明仁）. Akihito is a Emperor much loved by his people, a peace loving Emperor, he never went to honor those war criminals in Yasukuni Shrine（靖國神社）. More than once he apologized for the sufferings caused to Chinese people by the Japanese Army.
Emperor Naruhito will certainly follow the good example of his peace loving father.
May the Lord bless Emperor Akihito of Japan and his successor Emperor Naruhito. May the almighty God destroy the evil dreams of ambitious politicians who are still so infatuated with the so called military glories of the past.
Yes, what worries me is the extreme rightist tendency of the Prime Minister Shinzō Abe（安倍晉三）. He is pushing to change the postwar Constitution in order to be able to build a huge army.
It is hard not to see a connection between this Government’s policy and what happened to our two Hong Kong citizens.
On 12 December 2018, Kwok Siu-kit（郭紹傑）and Yim Man-wa（嚴敏華）were in Tokyo, outside Yasukuni Shrine, burning a paper representing ancestral tablet of Hideki Tojo（東條英機）, protesting against the “Nanking Massacre”. They were arrested and are still in detention in Tokyo.
I went to Tokyo to visit them and to be present at the first hearing in the court on the 7 of March.
I found the restriction of visits, the slow pace of court procedure and the denial of the right of bail extremely unfair to foreign suspects in detention.
Above all there is a well justified suspicion of hidden political exploitation of the incident.
In this moment the Chinese communist Government needs the support of Japan and consequently will not object to this unfair treatment to two Hong Kong citizens. After the second hearing the two are still in detention.
Japanese lawyers are helping them.
I asked help from the Japanese Consul General in Hong Kong, on the 2nd of April, the long awaited answer came on 20 May: “The rights of both individuals are protected adequately under relevant laws of Japan”, how professional!?
Next hearing may be on 22 of May.
I earnestly beg the international media to get concerned about this blatant violation of human rights.