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The survivor: Last Korean war criminal in Japan wants recognition

first_imgThat includes war criminals and their families, government officials say. Japanese wartime leaders convicted of war crimes by an Allied tribunal are honored at Tokyo’s Yasukuni shrine.The treaty also meant Koreans who fought for Japan lost their Japanese nationality, and with it, entitlement to such assistance. More importantly for Lee, the men have never been afforded the attention and a sense of closure given to their Japanese counterparts.”Listen to me. Why are they treating us differently?” says Lee, switching in a barely audible voice between Korean and Japanese.”It’s unfair and doesn’t make any sense. How can I accept this unbelievable situation?” Lee said as he clutched dog-eared clippings documenting his years of campaigning for recognition and compensation. Topics : Lee was among 148 Korean war criminals convicted after the war. Now he is the last survivor.Twenty-three of them were executed and he too was sentenced to death by hanging as Kakurai Hiromura in 1947.His sentence was commuted on appeal to 20 years. He was released on parole from a Tokyo prison in 1956.About 240,000 Korean men took part in the war on the Japanese side.After the war, while Allied governments rounding up suspected war criminals treated men of Korean ethnicity as Japanese, they were rejected by both Korea and Japan, historians say.”The Koreans convicted of war crimes had a terrible time after the war because they were regarded as collaborators by other Koreans, but they weren’t recognized by the Japanese government as veterans,” said Robert Cribb, history professor at Australian National University.Cribb said it was unfair the Japan gave pensions to their war criminals but not to Koreans who were part of the Japanese army.The lizardIn 1943, Lee oversaw about 500 Allied prisoners of war (POW) building what later became known as the Death Railway between Thailand and Myanmar.About 12,000 POWs died from overwork, beatings and exhaustion during the construction of the 415 km (258 mile) line. The conditions were made famous in the 1957 film “The Bridge on the River Kwai”.Trial records reviewed by Reuters show prisoners remembered Lee, known as the Lizard, as one of the most brutal guards on the railway.Austen Fyfe, an Australian POW, said Lee was notorious for his brutality and beat him repeatedly, including with a bamboo stick on the back of the head. Other prisoners said Lee would stalk their makeshift hospital and “beat up the people he thought to be well enough to work”.Lee told the court he had “pushed them slightly near the shoulder” but denied charges of brutality, records show. Lee said Koreans were on the lowest rung of the Japanese military hierarchy and merely took orders.After his release, Lee started a taxi company with other Korean war criminals. Afraid of being labeled a traitor back home, he felt he could not return, even missing his mother’s funeral.”Except my parents and siblings, no one would welcome me,” he said.In 1999, Japan’s Supreme Court rejected compensation claims by Lee and other Korean war criminals.In 2006, South Korea recognized them as victims of Japanese imperialism but offered no compensation to those living in Japan. Those in Korea gained the right to subsidized healthcare.Lee can now only walk with help but he keeps campaigning, even from his wheelchair. In June, he went to parliament to urge lawmakers to propose a law compensating Korean war criminals and their families.”I was lucky to live until 95. I don’t want to live longer for myself but I can’t stop fighting for my dead comrades,” he said. center_img To the casual observer, 95-year-old Lee Hak-rae could be just another elderly person in Japan. Surrounded by pictures of his family and paintings by his great-grandchildren, Lee potters about his cluttered living room on the outskirts of Tokyo.But Lee is obsessed by brutal events of 75 years ago that have defined his life: his recruitment into the Japanese army from then-occupied Korea in 1942; his role in building the Thai-Burma railway; being designated a World War Two criminal; and how, he says, he was tossed into the dustbin of history by both Japan and South Korea.Since recovering its sovereignty under the San Francisco Peace Treaty signed in 1951, and reviving military pensions in 1953, Japan has given a pension supplement that can add up to about $41,000 a year to military veterans.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Ace Hardware Will Establish New Northeast Distribution Center in Lebanon County and Create 208 Jobs

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces Ace Hardware Will Establish New Northeast Distribution Center in Lebanon County and Create 208 Jobs Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that Ace Hardware Corporation, a retailer-owned hardware cooperative, will establish its new northeast distribution center in Bethel Township, Lebanon County. The move will result in the creation of 208 jobs.“Today’s announcement is great news for Lebanon County, and highlights the benefits of Pennsylvania’s strategic location,” said Governor Wolf. “Pennsylvania’s proximity and access to markets makes it a prime choice for these types of distribution centers. On behalf of the commonwealth and Lebanon County, and as a former hardware store manager, I congratulate Ace for its expansion and the work it is bringing to the state.”Ace will lease an 874,126-square-foot facility in Bethel Township and will expand an additional 206,000 square feet to operate a 1.1 million-square-foot distribution center that will serve many stores throughout Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia, New Jersey and Washington, D.C.  This facility will become part of Ace’s expansive network of distribution centers located around the globe. The company will make a total capital investment of $20 million in the project and has also committed to the creation of 208 new, full-time jobs and the retention of 65 current Pennsylvania positions over the next three years.“Fredericksburg is an ideal location for our new facility, centrally located to major cities in the northeast, and close in proximity to a substantial amount of Ace Hardware stores,” said Lori Bossmann, Executive Vice President, Supply Chain, Inventory Replenishment and Retail Support for Ace Hardware Corporation. “The opening of our new distribution center will create operational efficiencies across our entire supply chain network. Stores serviced from this facility will benefit from the stocking of thousands of products and a more streamlined approach to merchandise distribution. We look forward to building relationships with the community of Fredericksburg, and growing our ties with the state of Pennsylvania.”Ace received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $300,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant, $208,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs, and $60,000 in WEDnetPA funding for employee training.The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Lebanon Valley Economic Development Corporation.“We are pleased that Ace Hardware has selected Lebanon County for their newest facility,” said Susan Eberly, President and CEO of the Lebanon Valley Economic Development Corporation.  “Ace is a family household name with a brand and reputation that is built on integrity. They have made the commitment to bring quality jobs to the area and we look forward to assisting with this transition.”Ace Hardware Corporation is the world’s largest hardware retail cooperative. Ace operates more than 5,000 locally owned-and-operated stores in all 50 states and in more than 60 countries. In addition to the distribution capabilities in the U.S., Ace also services Ningbo, China; Colon, Panama; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.For more information, visit http://www.acehardware.com/.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit dced.pa.gov. SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img April 27, 2017last_img read more

WATCH: Victoria’s (Extreme) Abortion Law

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3 feverish Chinese nat’ls quarantined in Banate

first_imgAuthorities have yet to know the age of the two children and theirmother, according to Cabangal, as well as their travel history and the peoplewhom they had close contact with. Cabangal ordered the temporary closure of the establishment owned bythis Chinese family as one of the precautionary measures – which includeputting the family on home quarantine – to safeguard the public amid the 2019 novelcoronavirus (2019 nCoV) scare.       He added a medical personnel of the town’s RuralHealth Unit monitors the health status of the three from time to time. “Matuod na kay na-monitor namon kahapon nga halin ina sila gali sa ilalugar sa China. So, pagkabalo kokahapon nga daw may nabatyag sila nga sip-on or ubo amo to ginpakadtoan ko kaggin-lack down nga hold lang anay sila sa ila ginadayunan,” Cabangalsaid. Town mayor Carlos Cabangal Jr. ordered a municipal medical staff tocheck the three Chinese – a mother and her two children – after residentsinformed him on Friday that the foreigners, who were running a business in thetown, allegedly have fever and cough.       Meanwhile, Dr. Jane Juanico, head of the Infectious Disease Section of theDepartment of Health in Western Visayas, said their field personnel are currentlytracking down the travel history of the three Chinese as they monitor theirsituation.center_img The Chinese nationals will be under observation daily for around 14days, Juanico said, if signs and symptoms persist or become worse, they will bereferred to a health facility.  Juanico added the Health agency allows home quarantine to persons whotraveled to countries with positive cases of the 2019 nCoV particularly Chinawhere the virus originated. ILOILO – Three Chinese nationals were placed under house quarantine inthe town of Banate after exhibiting flu-like symptoms aftertheirvacation in China last week.    “May mga cases nga naga-warrant sang hospital quarantine, ibannaga-warrant home quarantine, length of stay more or less 14 days uponarrival para i-observe kon may development sa travelers especially on signs and symptoms,” Juanico added./PNlast_img read more

Three road closures in Dearborn County this week

first_imgDearborn County, IN—The Dearborn County Highway Department has announced three road closures for this weekWhite Plains Road will close today from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for culvert installation. The closure will occur approximately a quarter-mile from State Road 48 just past the intersection of Norkus Road.Starting Tuesday, Holt Road will close at 7:00 a.m. The closure will continue thru Wednesday, August 21. The highway department says crews will be working on a bridge repair project west of North Hogan Road.Chesterville Road will close at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 20 just west of Stitts Hill Road. The closure will last until 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 22 while crews complete a bridge repair project.There will be no through traffic at all three locations.All work is weather dependentlast_img read more

Test cricket, a better ‘close door’ product for CWI – Grave

first_imgBy Rawle ToneyDESPITE T20 Cricket being more popular than the game’s longer format, according to CEO of Cricket West Indies (CWI) Johnny Grave, it is Test cricket that stands a better chance of being more marketable without fans.Grave, speaking at a Webinar hosted by the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU) to discuss the effects of the coronavirus on sports in the region, explained that from a business perspective, Test Cricket and not T20 will be a better product to market behind closed doors.Using West Indies tour of England which starts on July 8 as an example, Grave revealed that based on information received recently the series stands to be more commercially popular in India and the sub-continent than an Ashes Series, which is seen as the pinnacle of Test Cricket.“I think our four-day/five-day cricket would be a better product on TV. I think as you go into the shorter format, particularly T20, the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is the biggest party in sport. To think of T20 Cricket being played with no-one in the ground, with no atmosphere, no music, no entertainment, I’m not sure that is the same product,” the CWI CEO said.According to Grave, CWI “can survive without ticket sales because it’s not our biggest revenue stream; it probably only represents about 5% of our revenue.”Meanwhile, Grave noted the challenges CWI will face as it relates to inter-regional travel, pointing to the fact that going forward, plans will have to include the players’ health safety, as it relates to COVID-19.He pointed out, “Talking about having a regional tournament with multiple teams and multiple players, the risk level just goes up and as well as the complexity. Certainly, one of the challenges we’re going to face is how do we get cricketers from Jamaica to Guyana into different countries to play regional tournaments and events.”“The cost of chartering planes, which we can do, is really prohibited when you’re talking about youth tournaments, and even to some extent regional and professional tournaments. Probably only the TV money/the sponsorship money that allows international cricket to operate this usually increased cost-based,” Grave said.Since the advent of COVID-19 in the Caribbean, only St Vincent and the Grenadines and St Lucia were able to stage matches, with all games being played without spectators.last_img read more

Arizona trip cues reflection on college

first_imgOn Aug. 9, I logged onto Facebook. Not for no reason, though. I was interning in D.C. and checking to see if my flight home that weekend would get me to Los Angeles in time for my roommate Weston’s 21st birthday party. We had his whole semester abroad that past spring to catch up on and an entire year of senior shenanigans to start planning — the Weekender at Stanford was obviously a must, and he had also suggested crashing with his friends at Arizona when the Trojans visited the Wildcats on Oct. 15. I spent probably the next hour reading about the top headline on my newsfeed that night: An Arizona football player had inexplicably died in his sleep the night before. His name was Zach Hemmila. A redshirt senior, he was fighting to finally break into a starting spot on the Wildcats’ offensive line. He had appeared in all 13 of Arizona’s games the year before, but less than half of those were starts. He was a favorite to lock down the center spot. But he never got the chance, dying a month before the team’s home opener, at only age 22, going into what should have been his final year in college. On the football side, it’s left a physical hole in the armor of a Wildcat team that has struggled all year since. Hemmila was one of six returning offensive linemen who had significant playing time the year before for a unit that averaged just over 31 points a game. But the Wildcats have dropped all three of their Pac-12 matchups and are now onto their fourth starting quarterback due to injuries. Arizona has gone from a divisional champion and New Years’ Six-bowl game representative in 2014 to the only winless team in the division two years later, in serious danger of missing a bowl game. More importantly, though, the loss of Hemmila leaves a personal void. Hemmila was one of only four fifth-year seniors on the roster. He was really like any other player, by no means a star. But that’s what makes his story important. Hemmila was almost kicked off the team multiple times. Not for anything bad. Head coach Rich Rodriguez just openly questioned his commitment to the program as an underclassman. He was big, but he wasn’t making the most of his potential. Five of his six starts as a junior were in the first five games of the season, before he was relegated to a backup. “I challenged him,” Rodriguez told ESPN. “I wasn’t sure he loved football. He teared up, and said, ‘No coach, I really do.’” This past offseason was when he finally got it going, doubling down on the field and during workouts, and it looked like the results were going to pay off. Rodriguez said they had sat down and spoken for almost an hour just days before he passed about how excited he was about everything going on in his life headed into his final season.“He showed it,” Rodriguez said. “I wanted to see that response. And he turned that corner. It was the happiest I’d seen him in five years.”And Hemmila’s ascent back into a starting spot probably wasn’t going to result in an NFL contract. He was good, but not that good. There’s still a huge gap between a solid Power Five conference player and a professional. He probably would have been able to keep his scholarship by doing just enough to stay on the practice squad. I can’t think of any real extrinsic motivation behind him finally reaching his full on-field potential. The only apparent reason is the same one any amateur athlete can relate to. He just wanted to give his all for his teammates. He wanted to play. He bought into this irrational tendency we sports fans have to define our identity by the ability of a group of kids to throw an oblong leather object in pursuit of completely arbitrary objectives. He lived for this the past couple months. We live for this. For those of us who believe in the omnipotence of the football gods — much like the baseball gods who empowered Dee Gordon to hit his only home run in 315 at bats this season the day after losing his dear friend and teammate Jose Fernandez — Arizona is due for a conference win dedicated to Hemmila. I don’t think it will happen this weekend, which will make it all the more sweet when the Wildcats knock off rivals Arizona State to notch their only division win on what would have been Hemmila’s Senior Day on Nov. 25. The tragedy puts all of USC’s recent struggles into perspective. Who ultimately wins and loses these games still doesn’t inherently matter. Sure, tradition is strong and expectations are high here, but worrying about being trapped under a 10-win ceiling for an extended period of time is really something fans should be grateful for. I mean this in no way to dilute the seriousness of the ongoing felony rape charges against former Trojan football player Osa Masina — especially as certain public figures use the excuse of “locker room” culture to justify similarly deplorable degradation of others. That is an aspect of USC athletics that inherently does matter. The number of head coaches we’ve hired in four years really doesn’t.            Hemmila’s sudden death poses many of life’s great questions of which I’m equally qualified to punt on. It shouldn’t be a call for unabridged “yoloing.” Go to class, study for that midterm, apply for a job. What makes his death so tragic is that it’s so unlikely. But it should be a stark reminder of what really matters, and what we should all be making the most of, especially for us in our last year of college and on the verge of entering the real world. It’s not about capitalizing on our last year to nap, Netflix and defer responsibility during weekdays. So tomorrow night, Weston and I are driving to Tucson. Or Friday. We haven’t mapped out our exact carpool plan with the rest of our roommates as of press time. But we’re still set to stay with his friends from high school, who all crashed at our place for the U of A game last year. It will probably be the last time we all will see each other together. On Saturday, with about 50,000 other complete strangers inside Arizona Stadium, we’re going to watch a football game.   Luke Holthouse is a senior majoring in policy, planning and development and print and digital journalism. His column, “Holthouse Party,” runs on Wednesday.last_img read more

The Final Word: Beat writers discuss Syracuse’s 30-7 win over Florida State

first_imgSyracuse (3-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) had one win over Florida State (1-2, 0-2) in its history. That was in 1966. But then the Orange doubled that total with a 30-7 win over the Seminoles on Saturday in the Carrier Dome. It was SU’s most lopsided ACC victory since 2014. The Orange was led by a strong defensive effort, which included four sacks, an interception and held FSU to 240 yards of total offense.Listen to The Final Word here: Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on September 15, 2018 at 6:53 pmlast_img read more

Olympic bosses back West Ham bid

first_imgWest Ham have won the backing of Olympic bosses in the battle for the 2012 stadium, BBC London has learned.Olympic Park Legacy Company executives have decided the offer from the club – which would retain the athletics track – is better than Tottenham’s rival bid.The OPLC board will be asked to support the view and announce the Hammers as preferred bidder on Friday.The government and London’s mayor will take a final decision but are expected to back the OPLC’s recommendation.It would be a surprise if ministers and the mayor, Boris Johnson, overturn OPLC executives, who have spent the last few months discussing the various plans with both clubs in detail, when they reveal their decision in the coming weeks.West Ham are happy for the athletics track to be kept in the stadium and for the venue to be used for a variety of sports and concerts. Tottenham’s plans were to dismantle the stadium in Stratford and build a new football ground in its place.The Spurs proposal has faced huge criticism from the athletics world, MPs and the public.A recent BBC London poll suggested 81% of Londoners were against the proposals to rip up the athletics track.The ComRes phone poll, carried out between 21 and 23 January, also suggested 72% of people in London wanted West Ham to get the stadium, with only 13% supporting Tottenham.Ministers and the mayor are understood to be well aware that the Tottenham option would have been a “hard sell” to taxpayers. Source: BBClast_img read more

NEC Urges Media to Be Non-partisan

first_imgThe National Election Commission (NEC) has called on media institutions in the country to be factual and nonpartisan in the 2017 legislative and presidential elections.Speaking at the opening ceremony of a two-day inter–party consultative workshop in Ganta recently, the co-chairman of NEC, Cllr. Sarah M. Toe, said the media has a great responsibility to inform the population factually and in a nonpartisan manner and must refrain from making statements that have the propensity to bring the electoral process into question.“The media is so powerful that it can set the tone for the election and it can also base election issues on personalities,” she said.Cllr. Toe urged the media to help the National Election Commission to achieve its goal in the conduct of the elections.Even though, the media was not the topic under discussion, owing to the significance of the topic, which called for peace and nonviolence among the various political parties, many of the speakers felt that the media’s role is also crucial in building peace.The workshop was held under the theme: “Enhancing Tolerance, Mutual Understanding, Consensus Building and Cooperation for Peace and National Unity.” It brought together representatives of registered political parties, calling on them to commit to peace and nonviolence in the 2017 presidential and legislative elections.Mrs. Frances Greaves, National Chairperson of the National Civil Society Council (NCSC), earlier in her remarks, called on political leaders to meticulously take their messages to the airwaves to avoid violence.She also added later in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer that the media needs to carry messages of peace and nonviolence and review messages carefully before broadcasting or publishing them.She further urged the political parties to stop using the media as a weapon and ensure that they respect each other’s views.Cllr Sarah Toe reiterated in her message that “political parties, your role in the conduct of a peaceful election cannot be over emphasized, and that is why we are happy that you are leading the discussion for a peaceful 2017 election.“Your commitment to play by the rules of the game and your willingness to always discuss issues that you perceive to be in contravention of the procedures can go a long way in creating a peaceful environment for the election.“Because the commission (NEC) is the institution that confers legitimacy on elected officials in our democracy, it is not in the interest of any political party to be in confrontation with it,” she added.Ganta was where representatives of 20 opposition parties recently converged and reached a collaborative agreement for victory in the coming general elections.The ongoing consultative committee workshop was attended by scores of dignitaries, including partners, civil society organizations, EU Ambassador to Liberia, the USAID, IFES and the UNDP.The security sector was represented by the Liberia National Police and the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN).The workshop was organized by NEC, with assistance from the EU, UNDP, IFES and the USAID.Jeremy Meadows, USAID Representative at the program, said violence and intimidation are threats to free and fair elections and urged the political parties to remain committed to peace.The workshop covered topics, including experience sharing of inter–party collaboration; organizational capacity building; and structuring of political parties’ commitment to peaceful resolution, and ended with the signing of a resolution by all the political parties.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more