Departing consul general of South Korea offers flowers to monument dedicated to Korean A-bomb victims

by Naomi Suzunaka, Staff Writer

On March 26, Shin Hyung-keun, 60, a second-generation A-bomb survivor and the consul general of South Korea, visited the Monument in Memory of the Korean Victims of the A-bomb, located in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. It was Mr. Shin’s final day in his term as consul general in Hiroshima.

Mr. Shin’s father is the late Shin Yong-su, who experienced the atomic bombing in Hiroshima and served as the chair of the South Korean Atomic Bomb Sufferers Association. On March 26, Mr. Shin, along with his wife Kim Geum- ryong, 60, offered flowers at the monument and made a silent prayer. He then reflected on his time in Hiroshima and said, “I believe I was able to take over and develop the ties with people that my father had cultivated here.” He also paid a visit to the Cenotaph for the A-bomb Victims.

Mr. Shin mentioned the summit meeting involving the United States, South Korea, and Japan, taking place in The Hague, in the Netherlands, and said, “The summit should be made a starting point for real reconciliation between Japan and South Korea.” He then left for South Korea in the afternoon.

Seo Jang-eun, 48, distinguished professor in the Graduate School of Public Administration at Chung-Ang University in South Korea, will become the next consul general of South Korea in Hiroshima. In 2009, Dr. Seo assumed the post of Deputy Mayor for Political Affairs in the Seoul Metropolitan Government. In South Korea’s presidential election, held in 2012, he backed Park Geun-hye, the incumbent, as director of the Strategic Planning Task Force of the Saenuri Party. Dr. Seo will take over the role of consul general on March 30.

(Originally published on March 27, 2014)