[KS] Official end of WWII in Asia

Kwang On Yoo lovehankook at gmail.com
Thu Sep 2 07:14:30 EDT 2010

Hello Everyone,

Today marks the 65th anniversary of the signing of the *Japanese Instrument
of Surrender <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_Instrument_of_Surrender>,
which occurred Sunday, September 2nd,1945.*

To commemorate, I would like to share this rare, 8 minute long, film footage
of Japanese surrender, which officially ended WWll, 3 years and 9 months of
battle in the Asia-Pacific region.


In the footage, the narrator mentions that the Japanese Foreign Minister,
Sigemitsu Mamoru (重光葵)was wounded by a Korean patriot and walks on an
artificial leg.

 In 1932, upon learning that the Japanese were going to have a ceremony in a
Shanghai park to commemorate their recent victory over China in a Shanghai
skirmish and to celebrate their Emperor's birthday, Mr. Kim Ku (김 구), the
then President of the Korean Provincial Government (the government in exile)
and Yoon Bong-Gil (윤 봉길) concocted a plan to eliminate Japanese leadership
in China.

With money sent by Koreans in the U.S., Mr. Kim Ku ordered two bombs made by
the Nationalist Chinese Ordinance Depot in Shanghai.

On April 29th, 1932, during the ceremony in the Shanghai park, Yoon
detonated one bomb on the troop review stage, killing General Sirokawa
Yosinori (白川義則), who was the overall commander of Japanese forces in China.
The bomb also wounded several other military commanders as well
as Sigemitsu Mamoru, who was the then Japanese Ambassador to China at the

General Chiang Kai-sheck, the then Nationalist Chinese Premier stated,  "A
young Korean patriot has accomplished something tens of thousand of Chinese
soldiers could not do." Ever since, finally,  he and his government extended
their full support to the Korean Provincial Government.

 Mr. Yoon was later executed in Japan at the age of 24, and was survived by
his 25 year old wife, and 2 sons, ages 3 and 1.

Details of this account can be found in President Kim's autobiography, *Baikbum
Ilji* (백범 일지, pages 214-215).


Kwang-On Yoo
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