Japan promotes Tripitaka Koreana as a Memory of the World heritage… Seo Gyeong-deok “Korean things must be made clear”

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A portion of the Tripitaka Koreana published by the Japanese government through the website of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology website capture

When the Japanese government pushed for the registration of the woodblock print of the Tripitaka Koreana remaining at a temple in Tokyo as a UNESCO Memory of the World, Professor Seo Gyeong-deok of Sungshin Women’s University argued, “We need to make it clear that it is Korean.”

On the 4th, Professor Seo said on his Facebook page, “I consulted with experts in various fields over the weekend and investigated several cases.”

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According to Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, the Japanese government selected the ‘Three Buddhist Temple Books’ owned by Zojo-ji, a temple in Tokyo, and photos showing the devastation at the time of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima as candidates for registration as UNESCO’s Memory of the World. .

The three Buddhist scriptures are Buddhist prints made with Tripitaka Koreana woodblocks during the Southern Song Dynasty (12th century), the Yuan Dynasty (13th century), and the Goryeo Dynasty (13th century) in Korea. There are 5342 volumes, 5228 volumes, and 1357 volumes, respectively.

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Professor Seo said, “The ‘Merical Heritage of the World’ is a project in which UNESCO selects valuable documentary heritage to preserve and utilize valuable records, and it is also possible to apply for registration for records originating from other countries.” He added, “Currently, Japan “The general consensus is that there is no justification to stop the registration itself.”

However, he emphasized, “Under the name of ‘three sets of Buddhist scriptures,’ we must make sure to make it clear to the end that ‘the Tripitaka Koreana is Korean’ so that people around the world do not misunderstand its origin as Japanese Buddhism.”

He said, “Because, when the Battleship Island was registered as a World Heritage Site, we promised to clearly reveal the forced labor of Koreans in the future, but we must remember that we have not properly kept our promise until now.”

In 2015, when the Gunkanjima (Hashima, 端島) coal mine in Nagasaki Prefecture, the site of forced labor of Koreans during the Japanese colonial period, was included in the Meiji Industrial Revolution heritage and registered as a Memory of the World Heritage, Japan included the ‘full history’ including forced labor of Koreans. Although the company promised to inform the public, it has been pointed out that it is not properly keeping this promise.

Professor Seo also said, “One more thing to keep in mind is that Japan has nominated a photo showing the devastation at the time of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima as a candidate for registration,” adding, “We must look to the end to see whether this is an intention to highlight only the damage while excluding records related to war responsibility.” “He said.

Hyewon Lee, Donga.com

Source: Donga

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