Some South Koreans in Japan are planning to erect a memorial for their fellow nationals who were killed when the atomic bomb was dropped during the Second World War. The idea, which is backed by the South Korean government, was announced by the South Korean consulate general in Fukuoka last Sunday.
Korea was annexed by Japan from 1910-1945, at the height of World War II. Many Koreans were taken to Japan and forced to work. When an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, they were among those killed. The Federation of Korean residents in Japan is pushing for the monument to be built inside the Nagasaki Peace Park. The park commemorates victims of the atomic bombing in the city. Hiroshima has a similar peace park, and its memorial was set up in the 1970’s and the first of its kind in Japan.
The consulate general addressed Japanese criticisms of the planned memorial and said that it would not be a condemnation of Japan’s history, but rather just to serve as a commemoration for Korean victims of the atrocious bombing. “During the last 68 years, almost nothing has been done about the victims. And (the latest plan) is likely to become an exemplary case for cooperation with the city of Nagasaki,” he said. City officials are still reviewing the plan, said the consulate general.
[via Korea Herald]