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Yomitan monument honors Koreans killed in WWII

Date Posted: 2006-05-27

A monument to former Korean soldiers, ‘Han-no-hi’, was unveiled this past weekend in Yomitan Village.

Ceremonies unveiled the monument dedicated to more than 2,800 Koreans killed at the hands of Japanese soldiers on Okinawa during World War II. Japan occupied Korea early in the 20th century, and had forced the Korean soldiers to slave labor on Okinawa.

The idea for this monument was an 86-year-old survivor, Kam In Chan. He was present for the ceremonies. Kam was a munitions carrier at Akajima, working for the Japanese Army, where he said Japanese soldiers were slaughtering Koreans “a lot”.

A similar monument was constructed in Korea in 1999. Korean families there felt a need for a monument on Okinawa, and initiated construction.

The monument shows a Korean soldier being sent to execution site by a Japanese soldier. The blindfolded Korean soldier is struggling as his mother clings to his legs screaming “Don’t Go!” The bronze statue was built in Yomitan Village by sculptor Minoru Kinjou.

A letter read at the ceremony told how “we would continue to talk about how hard a life they had, and we pledged there would be no more war.” Kam In Cham was crying as he stared at the statue, and called for “hope that Korea and Japan should keep friendship and never make war again.” He pledged to pay homage at the site each year.

Han means “grudge” in Japanese, but in Korean means “future thinking, developing the future together.” Okinawa Monument Promoter Osamu Taira says “we want everybody to study history, and about peace and living together, not fighting.”

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