Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The 90th Anniversary of the Great Kanto Earthquake: Mourning for Korean victims

On September 7, 2013, approximately 400 people participated in a ceremony of the 90th Anniversary of the Great Kanto Earthquake to mourn Korean victims at a bank of Arakawa River in Tokyo. The following incidents that happened after the quake were introduced at the ceremony. Soon after the quake hit Tokyo on September 1, 1923, unfounded rumors, such as “Koreans will attack us” and “Koreans will poison wells”, spread, leading to the massacre of Koreans by Japanese citizens. It even worsened after the Japanese Army joined it. The Korean victims’ whereabouts are still unknown.
It was also introduced that a monument to commemorate the Korean victims was built in 2009 and has been together with the community. (OZAWA Kuniko)


97日(土)、東京・荒川河川敷において「関東大震災90周年 韓国・朝鮮人犠牲者追悼式とほうせんかの夕べ」があり、約400名が参加しました。追悼式では、「192391日、『朝鮮人が襲ってくる』『井戸に毒を入れる』などのデマが流れ、民衆による虐殺が始まった。2日か3日には軍隊が来て、虐殺はひどくなった。犠牲者の行方は、わからないまま90周年をむかえています」というお話しがありました。また2009年に建立された追悼碑が、地域の方と共にあることが紹介されました。(尾澤邦子)

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