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Former Korean president visits Okinawa Memorial

Date Posted: 2007-02-23

Kim Dae Jung visited Okinawa’s Peace Memorial Park Sunday, laying flowers at the Cornerstone of Peace monument.

The former South Korean president made the journey as a private citizen, visiting the site of intense fighting in the closing months of World War II. Kim, together with his wife, spent time walking around the monument, which has the names of more than 240,000 war dead engraved in the stone. More than 400 Koreans and 14,000 Americans are among those honored.

Kim, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2000, spoke to visitors at the Peace Park in Japanese, telling them “I hope Okinawa can become the center of peace for Japan and the world in the future.”

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