Legacy of Korean student who died trying to help Japanese man who fell onto tracks lives on
The parents of a Korean student who died trying to help a man who had fallen onto the train tracks at Tokyo's Shin-Okubo Station in January 2001 attended an Oct. 17 ceremony for recipients of a scholarship that was established in their late son's honor.
Lee Su-hyon was a 26-year-old student when he saw a man tumble off the platform of the JR Yamanote Line, and along with another bystander, Shiro Sekine, 47, jumped onto the tracks to help. All three men were struck by an oncoming train and killed.
Lee's parents, Lee Sung-dae and Shin Yoon-chan, on Oct. 17 visited Shin-Okubo Station, which was fitted with platform edge doors this past September, more than 12 years after the accident.
"I'm frustrated that if only the station had been equipped with these doors earlier, my late son would be by my side now," Lee's father said.
In 2002, Lee's parents contributed condolence money they had received toward the establishment of the LSH Asia Scholarship in memory of their son. Provided to foreign students studying in Japan, the scholarship has thus far been awarded to 640 students from countries such as China, South Korea and Vietnam.
Lee Sung-dae and Shin attended a ceremony in which 50 recipients of the LSH scholarship for the 2013 school year were honored. Both the Japanese prime minister and the South Korean president issued messages for the first time in the scholarship's history.
"I feel that it is very significant that a scholarship established in order to carry on Lee's noble aspirations has helped forge important foundations for Japanese-Korean friendship," said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Meanwhile, South Korean President Park Geun-hye said, "Lee's noble sacrifice has touched off the opportunity for both Koreans and Japanese to engage in exchanges from the heart."
October 18, 2013(Mainichi Japan)