Japan and Korea to cooperate for North’s Denuclearization

August 6 , 2018

On August 5, Komeito Chief Representative Natsuo Yamaguchi visited the Hiroshima Peace Park to lay a memorial wreath at the cenotaph for the Korean victims of the atomic bombing, expressing his condolences to all those who were killed or injured by the atomic bombing.

Consul General Kim Sun-pyo of Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Hiroshima and President Yuh, Keun-Ie of the Korean Residents Union in Japan (Mindan) accompanied the Komeito contingent that included Acting Secretary General Tetsuo Saito, House of Councillors member Hiroshi Yamamoto and members of the prefectural and municipal assemblies of Hiroshima.

The cenotaph was built in 1970 and relocated to the park in 1999. During the war, a very large number of Koreans were forcibly relocated or conscripted to Japan by the Imperial Japanese government to serve as laborers. After the war’s end in 1945, it is said that there were as many as three million Korean residents in the country, with tens of thousands falling victim to the atomic attack on Hiroshima City.

Following the wreath-laying ceremony, Yamaguchi expressed his appreciation for the opportunity to visit the cenotaph with the Korean consul general and other members of the Korean community. He also made it clear that Japan would cooperate with South Korea in the denuclearization of North Korea.