Korean students visit Hiroshima, pledge to make efforts for peace

by Sakiko Masuda

On July 14, a total of 21 Korean students from Keimyung University in Daegu and Sookmyung Women's University in Seoul visited Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and listened to the account of A-bomb survivor Koji Hosokawa, 82. Mr. Hosokawa recounted the sights he witnessed on August 6, 1945 and his experience of losing his sister to the bombing. "Please remember Hiroshima and convey the facts of the bombing to as many people as possible back in Korea," he asked the students. After this, the students visited such places as the Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

Kim Eun Hee, a freshman at Sookmyung Women's University, listened closely to Mr. Hosokawa's A-bomb account and said: "It was a really sad event. I want to make efforts for peace, alongside others, so such a tragedy will never happen again."

Both Keimyung University and Sookmyung Women's University have exchange ties with Hiroshima Shudo University. The group came to Japan to join the nearly one-month Japanese Language and Culture program organized by Hiroshima Shudo University. The program runs until July 30.

(Originally published on July 15, 2010)