Monument for Korean forced labor must come down, Gunma says


The Gunma Prefectural Government said Tuesday it won’t allow a memorial to Koreans who were engaged in wartime forced labor to remain at a local public park, citing political remarks made by the group responsible for its construction.

The monument was built in 2004 at Gunma no Mori public park, which is owned by the prefectural government. It was set up by a group co-led by former House of Councilors heavyweight Giichi Tsunoda, and on condition that approval from the local government must be renewed every 10 years.

The Gunma government said it found political remarks that breach the urban parks law were made at a ceremony at the monument in 2012, and the resulting controversy has made it difficult for citizens to relax at the park.

Tsunoda said it is “abhorrent” that the prefectural government did not renew its approval for the monument.

  • K T

    Yeah – comments are “abhorrent”. They cannot be tolerated! Therefore, the statue must go! Umm… how/why are these two issues related?
    Does this mean Japan did not force Koreans to work as slave-laborers?
    Next, will they say that Japan attacked every Pacific nation it could reach in “self defense”???
    This revisionism stuff is fun.

  • Kyle

    Is not a monument to victims of wartime forced labor inherently political in Japan? I don’t see the difference between now or 10 years, accept a nationalist Prime Minister in office. Japan must realize how situations like this look to the international community.

    So if there was some “comments” at a Jewish memorial in Germany, should Germany remove the memorial?

    Or in the United States, if there were “comments” at a Native American Memorial, should the memorial be removed?

    There is no correlation here. Ludicrous behavior.