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Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution

Sites of Distorted Facts and Concealed Truth

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Bae Han-seop | Forced mobilization from Yahata to the Mitsubishi Nagasaki Shipyard in 1944 | 2007.5.2 verbal statement
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Bae Han-seop was born in Munui-ri, Seolcheon-myeon, Namhae-gun County, Gyeongsangnam-do Province in 1926. In 1939 his older sister helped him to cross over to Motoshirochō in Yahata City, where he became an assistant driver at the Yahata Freight Car Company. He was conscripted in April 1944 to the Nagasaki Shipyard and moved into a dormitory. In the shipyard, three people were mobilized to manipulate the kashime (rivets joining iron plates together) as a team in an auxiliary role. Returning to the dormitory after an overtime shift, the bomb hit the city and he injured his lower back and ended up in the hospital for over a month for treatment. After Japan surrendered, he went to his sister's house where he spent a month and then got on a ship to return home.

- An August Incised on the Body: Atomic Bomb Experiences of Victims of Forced Mobilization in Hiroshima and Nagasaki (original Korean title: 내 몸에 새겨진 8월, 히로시마,나가사키 강제동원 피해자의 원폭체험), Fact-finding Committee on Damages from Forced Mobilization under Japanese Occupation, 2008, pp. 258~273

 


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