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Another tribute to Korean victims of 1923 massacre to be held in Tokyo

This file photo taken on Sept. 5, 2015 shows people staging the traditional Korean performing art "pungmul" at the Arakawa riverbed during a memorial ceremony paying tribute to the Korean victims of a massacre that followed the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake. (Mainichi/Yoshiya Goto)

TOKYO -- A memorial ceremony for the Korean victims of a massacre following the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake is set to be held in the capital's Sumida Ward on Sept. 7.

Organized by citizens groups, the event will be held at the Arakawa riverbed from 3 p.m. in the Yahiro district of Sumida Ward. It follows a similar event staged at Tokyo Metropolitan Yokoamicho Park in the ward on Sept. 1.

Koreans and Chinese were massacred in the wake of the 1923 quake following the circulation of unfounded rumors, including one of rioting by Koreans. According to ceremony organizers, military troops at the time were mobilized to the area around the Arakawa riverbed, and many people were killed.

During the Sept. 7 ceremony, singer Lee Jeong-mi, a "Zainichi" Korean resident of Japan, will give a performance to pay tribute to the victims.

Masao Nishizaki, 59, a director of the incorporated association "Housenka," one of the event's organizers, commented, "We must not let the fact that harm was inflicted be forgotten."

A monument has been built on private land near the riverbed by citizens in the hope of bringing about a society in which everyone can live together peaceably.

On Sept. 8, a memorial ceremony for the Chinese victims will be held from 11 a.m. at the Higashiojima Bunka Center in Tokyo's Koto Ward.

(Japanese original by Miki Myochin, Project Promotion/Editing Office, Business Development Headquarters)

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