Japan’s Sado Mine World Heritage Recommendation, Issues

Japan's Sado Mine

The Japanese government has recommended the Sado Mine, where Koreans were forced to mobilize, as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Japanese government submitted a recommendation to the UNESCO World Heritage Center on the 1st to register the Sado Mine in Niigata Prefecture as a World Heritage Site. The reason is that the Sado Mine has historical value because it produced gold in the traditional way in the 17th and 19th centuries.

The problem is that Sado Mine was the site where Koreans were forcibly mobilized during the Japanese colonial period. According to an academic research service report on the fact-finding investigation of the victims of forced mobilization by Japan published in 2019, there is a record of 1,140 Koreans depositing unpaid wages related to Sado mine in the Japanese National Archives. At least 1,140 Koreans were forcibly mobilized, meaning that wages were not paid directly to them.

There are some who have been recognized as victims of the Sado mine through the government’s investigation. Previously, the Forced Mobilization Victims Investigation Committee cross-verified the records and lists of victims of forced mobilization, and estimated and determined that 148 people were victims of Sado Mine. Nine of the 148 people died on the spot. 73 people reported sequelae. Pneumoconiosis was the majority.

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Oral testimony of the victim remains. Born in Nonsan, Chungcheongnam-do in 1919, Im Tae-ho was mobilized in the Sado mine in 1940. He mined ore underground. According to the report, “He lived with his heart pounding, thinking, ‘Can I get out of this basement alive today?’ There was no human treatment for the deceased.” Lim concluded the dictation by saying, “I have never heard a single word from the Japanese government sincere.” He died in 1997.
The government and civil society groups at home and abroad strongly opposed the promotion of the Sado Mine World Heritage Site. In the first phone call with Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshima Hayashi on the 3rd, Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong protested the plan to list the Sado mine.

“The Kishida regime’s attempt to deny the history of the Sado Mine, which is promoting the registration of the Sado Mine as a World Heritage Site, is an insult to the victims of Sado Mine and the citizens of Korea and Japan who have been working hard to uncover the history of forced mobilization,” the Institute for National Studies said. “Japan’s attempt to distort history by covering the sky with the palm of its hand cannot escape international disgrace,” he said.

On the 25th of last month, the Japanese civic group Forced Mobilization Fact Investigation Network also said, “The government should not deny the forced labor of Koreans, but should be aware of it. It is a violation of the dignity of those who have been pushing for registration to inform the public, those who have tried to face the history of forced mobilization, and the victims of forced mobilization.”

A warship map at the site of forced labor for Koreans registered as a World Heritage Site. Kyodo News = Yonhap News
This is not the first time Japan has recommended a site of forced mobilization as a World Heritage Site. In 2015, another site of forced mobilization, the so-called “Battleship Island,” Hashima, applied for registration as a World Heritage Site. Japan acknowledged that forced mobilization had taken place at the time of the UNESCO nomination review. They promised to decorate each facility so that the entire history (including forced mobilization) could be understood. This was not observed. Rather, the facility was introduced in a way that denied the history of forced mobilization, such as saying, “The Koreans ate better things.” Last year, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee expressed regret over the Japanese government’s failure to live up to its promises.

The expert emphasized the government’s mid- to long-term response and restoration of the truth-finding agency. Jeong Hye-kyung, president of the Japan Forced Mobilization Peace Research Group, who wrote a report on the Sado mine in 2019, said, “Attempts have been made to register Meiji Industrial Heritage sites such as Battleship Island as world cultural heritages since 2015. Another Sado mine could appear at any time,” she said.

CEO Jeong said, “The fact-finding agency for forced mobilization, which closed in 2015, must be restored. Based on this, we can lay the groundwork to counter historical distortions,” she explained. In addition, an international academic network related to the Asia-Pacific war and the formation of a Korea-Japan joint research committee were also mentioned as solutions.

Source : kukinews.com

Artichoke, a cultural project


Artichoke, whom I encountered while in London, was due to the London Lumiere event. Light events are held throughout London, hosted by the Art Council and the Artichoke Trust in England. So it is an organization that I found out after checking. Artichoke, also known as Artichoke Trust, is a British company based in London and a charity organization that hosts arts and events. It was founded in 2020 by Helen Marridge and Nicky Webb.

The Luminaries of London

Throughout the city of London, sculptures and productions are made of light

The message is that London’s winter streets are changing because of Lumini
Artichoke is good at working on a large scale on the streets, especially in unusual places such as public places and quiet countryside. There are not only works in theaters or art galleries, but they are planned for events to show to many people. In April 2006, a free theater called Sultan’s Elephant was built and a million people attended over four days. Artichoke is a company created by two women, but the power of their work is big and bold.

The content of Sultan’s Elephant is simple. A huge girl takes off in a rocket and a police officer sprays the last big water, reminding the revolution in Britain as the elephant walks in the form of a large marionette. It is a simple content and play, but it is an unrivaled part of the ability to convey its meaning and create a large-scale show.

Sultan’s Elephant on the scene

Image at the Royal HORSE GUARD venue

A Girl Riding a Double-Story Bus, a Symbol of London
It was the biggest free event held in London at the time as an outdoor theater performance. It was performed for more than 4 days, but the preparation period was 7 years. In particular, it is said that persuasion and connection work by public institutions were the most difficult, and that is because the road from Trafalgar Square to St. James’ Park and HORSE GUARD in London was the most crowded area.

The giant machine spider held in Liverpool in 2008 is also a city festival in conjunction with La Machine, a French performing arts company, and this performance is also by Artichoke.

Machine Spiders in Liverpool

The 2018 British Women’s Suffrage Celebration Festival is also their work. The event marked the 100th anniversary of British women’s suffrage, including Processions, Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London.

100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage
Artichoke started out as a theater producer, but now he doesn’t consider them just a theater producer. It was covered by a large project company and an art organization that conducts cultural trends and social movements. It can be said that the journey started to be shown at the outdoor concert hall is a footstep that creates the movement of a large society that is created with technicians and all government offices.

I wanted such an art organization to come out in Korea and I wanted to make it, but I thought it was impossible in Korea at the thought of consulting with government offices, but I want to make it continuously in the future in terms of helping society.

a charity performance to help children leave the nursery

The San Diego Youth String Ensemble Youth Ensemble (Art Charity) will hold a charity concert at the Paloma Korean Church (170 Bosstick Blvd., San Marcos) at 5 p.m. on June 12.

At the charity concert, which will be held under the theme of “CARE,” about 20 people, including members of “Youth N Geddy” and graduates, will perform various music such as classical music, folk songs, folk songs, and hymns.

Youth N.G.D., which has donated donations and profits collected annually through charity concerts over the past decade to charities such as Korea’s Baby Box, will support the Good Fence, which is helping Korean nursery school evaders.

“Good Fence” is active to provide professional and comprehensive services for young people in difficult circumstances, such as youth protected and raised in child care facilities being terminated and driven to society without economic and emotional and economic support.

Youth N.G.D. was founded in 2005 by Yoon Sook-kyung (Rebeca), a musician, and has been leading the youth string ensemble in the Korean community in San Diego. Anyone can participate in the performance, and admission is free, but donations are received from those who want it.

A charity concert to donate refugees’ aid

a charity concert

A charity concert for donating refugee aid was held at 7 p.m. on December 12 at the Korean Cultural Center in Vienna. He held the “5th Charity Concert” under the title of “We Live Together,” and donated 13,370 euros to the Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna charity Caritas, asking for money to be raised for refugees.

For the past four years, WCN has held a charity concert every December during Christmas and donated the proceeds to the Catholic relief organization Caritas.

▲ Song Hyo-sook, CEO of WCN, is giving a greeting. (Photo by Kim Un-ha, overseas editor)

At the charity concert, which began with the host of WCN general manager Song Si-woong, CEO Song Hyo-sook said, “I am very happy and meaningful to hold another charity concert for refugees staying in Austria,” adding, “This was possible with the interest and active help of Korean residents.”

In addition, CEO Song said, “According to the UN Refugee Agency’s annual global trend report, there are 68.5 million refugees around the world as of last year,” and added, “I hope your warm hands will be able to share a little sympathy with them for the neighbors who are suffering from war and infighting.” In addition, he said, “WCN’s charity concerts will always be with us as a time to help them,” and added, “I hope your continued warm interest and love will be a great hope and comfort to Austrian refugees.”

▲ Ingrit Lachbauer, fundraiser at Caritas in the Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna, delivers a congratulatory speech and thanks. (Photo by Kim Un-ha, overseas editor)

▲ An introduction video of the refugee’s house, where the director of emergency relief in Vienna, Yuu Karitas, participated as a narrator. (Photo by Kim Un-ha, overseas editor)

Ingrit Lachbauer, a fundraiser at Caritas, the Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna, said, “I sincerely thank WCN CEO Song Hyo-sook, employees, and Koreans who participated in charity concerts for the needy neighbors and refugees five times.” In addition, he added, “Your warm love will contribute greatly to giving joy and happiness to refugees and making the world peaceful.”

Mingart Youu Caritas, director of the Vienna Emergency Relief Bureau, who attended with Rakhbauer, showed a video of the Karitas-run Vienna Middle East Refugee Relief Center, and thanked adults and children for their love without worrying about accommodation and education.

▲ Baritone Kim Tae-seop’s performance. (Photo by Kim Un-ha, overseas editor)

Then, a charity concert program was held along with the introduction of the world refugee record film prepared by WCN. Among baritone Kim Tae-seop’s barbers of the Lotcini opera Sevilia, the aria “Largoal factatum” was the first to be staged. He graduated from Yonsei University College of Music and is attending a master’s course at the Vienna National University of Music, singing three great songs, including Korean song Yoon Hak-joon’s “Welcome” and Tchaikovsky’s “Nurwer die Sehnsucht Kennt.”

▲ Cellist Park Jin-young’s performance (photographing, Kim Woon-ha, overseas editor)

Next, cellist Park Jin-young (named Angela), who is a soloist after serving as a member of the Bayerichen Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra in Munich, Germany and an important member of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, played Tchaikovsky’s No. 19 No. 4. Cellist Angela Park, who played with world-famous orchestras such as the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Stuttgart Kammer Orchestra after deepening her skills at the Korean Yejong, Boston New England College of Music, and Berlin Art, again performed three songs, including Tchaikovsky’s Pezzo Capricioso b minor.

▲ Performance by soprano Lee Hye-jin. (Photo by Kim Un-ha, overseas editor)

Lee Hye-jin, a soprano who is currently active as a soloist at the Magdeburg National Theater in Germany, sang Norina’s aria “Quel guardo-Soanch” io la Virtumagica in the Donnyjeti opera “Don Pasquale.” She was born in Seoul, graduated from Yewon, Yeji, and Seoul National University College of Music, and won first prize at the 2017 Cologne International Vocal Competition in Frankfurt, before joining the Magdeburg National Theater in 2018. She sang three songs, including Puccini’s opera “La Boem”‘s Muzeta Aria “Quandom’envo” and Johann Strauss’s Operetta Bat’s Adele’s Aria “Spielich die Unschuld vom Lande.”

Subsequently, a duet stage between soprano Lee Hye-jin and baritone Kim Tae-seop took place. The two were applauded for singing Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni’s “Laci dareem la mano” and Franz Lahar Operetta’s delightful duet “Lips Silent.”

▲ Charity concert cast. (Photo by Kim Un-ha, overseas editor)

The accompaniment was accompanied by Shin Mi-jung, a pianist at the Vienna National University of Music who returned from successful performances in Switzerland, Korea, Italy and Russia.

After the charity concert, 13,370 euros were raised for refugees during the buffet dinner presented by Akakiko Jeon Mi-ja, and a delivery ceremony and a commemorative photo were held by WCN CEO Song Hyo-sook to deliver the fundraising to Karitas Ingrit Lakhbauer.

▲ Song Hyo-sook, CEO of WCN, is delivering 13,370 euros in fundraising to Karitas Ingrit Lachbauer. (Photo by Kim Un-ha, overseas editor)

▲ Charity concert attendees are applauding. (Photo by Kim Un-ha, overseas editor)

Meanwhile, Park Jong-beom, chairman of Youngsan Group, Chung Jong-wan, president of Austrian Korean Association, Kim Jong-dong, Park Bu-sik, chairman of the Korean Language School, Chun-bae, former vice chairman of Korean Association, Choi Chun-rye, CEO of Brun Golf, Kim Jong-min, and Park Chan-tae.

In addition, Shin Dong-ik, the Korean Ambassador to Austria, Michael Landau, the president of Caritas, Michael Ludwig, the mayor of Vienna, Chung Jong-wan, and Jeon Mi-ja, chairman of the Vienna Cultural Center, sent written congratulations.

Source: Overseas Koreans Newspaper (http://www.dongponews.net)