[KS] Official end of WWII in Asia
Kent Allen Davy
kentdavy at gmail.com
Fri Sep 3 00:20:04 EDT 2010
Wouldn't it be a less Western-centric to note that the War in Asia
effectively began at least as early as 1937, with Japan's initiation of
total war against China after the previous period of intermittent conflict
dating from 1931?
And pray tell what does Yoon Bong-gil have to do with it?
2010/9/2 Kwang On Yoo <lovehankook at gmail.com>
> 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
"The purpose of today's training is to defeat yesterday's understanding."
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