Taiwan won’t appeal ruling on 1947 crackdown death of Japanese man


Taiwanese authorities have decided not to appeal a court ruling ordering compensation to a Japanese man whose father was allegedly killed during the military suppression of a local uprising in 1947.

Taipei High Administrative Court last week ordered Taiwanese authorities to pay 6 million New Taiwan dollars to Keisho Aoyama, 72, over the death of his father, Esaki. The decision Wednesday made the ruling final.

It marks the first compensation by Taiwanese authorities to foreign victims of the incident, which was triggered by a police crackdown on an underground cigarette market in Taipei. More than 20,000 people, including Esaki and three other Japanese, are believed to have been killed in the crackdown.

The families of the three other Japanese victims are also expected to claim damages later.

“I feel relieved,” Aoyama, a resident of Urasoe, Okinawa Prefecture, said by phone, adding that the Taiwanese people’s “good sense and conscience were demonstrated.”

“I think in heaven my father is happy, holding hands with my mother,” he added.