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Japanese to erect Ahn memorial

March 13, 2011 - 19:08 By 천성우
Dozens of Japanese are to erect a memorial monument for Ahn Jung-geun, a Korean independence fighter who advocated peace in Asia.

The Ahn Jung-geun Peace Foundation Youth Academy said on Friday that Japanese living in Fukuoka and Saga Prefectures would erect the Ahn Jung-geun memorial at the entrance of a temple in Saga, Japan, on March 25 to mark the 101st anniversary of his death.

About 10 members of the academy will visit Saga to attend the unveiling ceremony.
Ahn Jung-geun

According to the foundation, Koreans have so far made Ahn Jung-geun memorial stones on several occasions, but it is the first time for Japanese people to erect their own memorial stone for him.

The academy said that a campaign to disseminate Ahn’s cause was launched in Japan in December, last year, and that about 50 Japanese recently formed an Ahn advocacy group.

Ahn shot to death Ito Hirobumi, the first prime minister of Japan who led the colonization of Korea, on Oct. 26, 1909.