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Remains of two independence fighters to return home

Defense 16:19 November 14, 2018

SEOUL, Nov. 14 (Yonhap) -- The remains of two Korean independence fighters against Japan's 1910-45 colonial rule will return home this week, Seoul's Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs said Wednesday.

Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon will host the ceremony welcoming the remains of Min Chun-gi and Kim San-hae, which have been laid to rest in Japan and China, respectively, upon their arrival at Incheon International Airport on Thursday.

The remains of Min and Kim will be buried at a national cemetery in Daejeon, 160 kilometers south of Seoul, and another cemetery in southern Seoul, respectively, on Friday, ministry officials said.

Min was jailed for three years after being arrested in October 1942 for staging an independence campaign in Osaka. He died in May this year. In 1995, the South Korean government awarded him an Order of Merit for National Foundation.

Kim served a two-year prison term after being captured for his resistance against Japan in the northeastern Chinese city of Yanji in the late 1920s. Kim died in the city in 1970. He received a government accolade for national foundation in 2017.

The ministry has carried out the project to repatriate the remains of former independence fighters since 1975. Before that year, civilians had led the repatriation work. The remains of 136 independence fighters have so far returned to Korea after their burials abroad.


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