Petition for Korean victims of Battle of Okinawa to be inscribed on Okinawa Cornerstone of Peace Memorial

Petition for Korean victims of Battle of Okinawa to be inscribed on Okinawa Cornerstone of Peace Memorial

On November 9, at the Okinawa Prefectural Government, Yoshiko Uema (the third from right) handed in a petition with the signatures of 442 people requesting research on Korean victims in the Battle of Okinawa and flexible inscription rules for Korean victims.


November 10, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 9, Yoshiko Uema, the executive director of “Okinawa Han no kai” an organization that helps families of Korean victims of the Battle of Okinawa, and fukiko okimoto visited the Okinawa Prefectural Government Peace Support and Gender Equality Division. They handed in a petition signed by 442 people requesting Korean victims be inscribed on the Cornerstone of Peace at the Peace Memorial Park in Mabuni, Itoman.
Inscription of foreign war victims requires a document to prove their death in the Battle of Okinawa. Uema of “Okinawa Han no kai” has requested 1) inscription of all Korean victims who could not return from the battlefield in Okinawa; 2) flexible management of inscription rules for Koreans; 3) inscription of Kwon Woon-seon and Park Hee-tae as their family has requested; 4) research on Koreans who were mobilized for the Battle of Okinawa.
Office staff said they would respond to the Kwon and Park’s name inscription request in a respectful manner.

(English translation by T&CT and Megumi Chibana)

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