Nobuyuki Suzuki, not the actor but a man in his late 40s, is being charged by a South Korean court for defaming a deceased Korean activist. According to the court, Suzuki has caused mental distress to the Korean activist’s family by his actions regarding the disputed Takeshima Islands.
A monument in honour of Yun Bong-Gil, a South Korean activist at the time when the Peninsula was under Japanese Imperial rule, stands in the city of Kanazawa in Ishikawa Prefecture. But the family of Yun accuses Suzuki of defamation when the latter placed a wooden stick with a statement saying that Takeshima belongs to Japan at the monument last year. Takeshima, called Dokdo by South Korea and also known as the Liancourt Rocks, is a group of islets that is being claimed by both Japan and South Korea.
According to the Seoul District Court, Suzuki has “damaged fighter Yun’s honour and insulted him.” The court also ruled that Suzuki should pay the nephew of Yun Bong-Gil 10 million won (8,780 dollars) as damage compensation for the mental distress he has caused the family and the defamation he brought upon the South Korean activist. A notice was sent to notify Suzuki of the charges and summon him for court hearings, but not even his shadow has appeared before the Korean court.
The charge made on Wednesday was not the first of this kind of suit South Korea filed against the Japanese. Suzuki has also been charged with vandalism but on a monument for Korean women who served as ‘comfort women’ during the Second World War.
[via Global Post]