Life has become rather tense for Japanese residents of South Korea, following the attempted assassination of President Park last month.
CU & GV Damaged Japanese Embassy
GV Japanese school children in classroom (2 shots)
GV Children leave school and enter bus (3 shots)
GV Bus away
GV EXT JAL office
GV INT Jal offices
SV EXT Tokyo Bank
GV Bank workers (4 shots)
GV Japanese adding machine factory
GV Workers assemble machines (3 shots)
GV Calculating machines
GV Machines being packed
Initials BB/2300 BL/AH/BB/2249
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: Life has become rather tense for Japanese residents of South Korea, following the attempted assassination of President Park last month.
The President wife died in the attempt, made by a Korean resident of Japan carrying a Japanese passport and using a Japanese police pistol.
Many of the 2,300 Japanese now living in Korea have received threatening telephone calls and have been subjected to over surveillance. The Japanese Embassy has remained under heavy guard since the assassination attempt.
Anti-Japanese demonstrations in the streets of Seoul, the South Korean capital, and other cities have swollen from a few hundred protesters the day after the shooting to rallies of 200,000 and more. The annual flow of Japanese tourists -- usually about half a million people -- has dwindled to almost nothing.
So far, none of Korea's Japanese residents have left the country, despite the antagonism surrounding them. The Japanese residents enjoy a lifestyle far above that of most Koreans, and Japan's economic superiority has long been a source of antagonism between the two peoples. Japan dominates large sectors of the Korean economy, as the leading investor, and trading partner.
But the tension between the two countries goes back hundreds of years. Japan regularly invaded Korea until Korea's annexation in 1910. South Korea achieved self government only at the end of the World War 11 -- an event being celebrated by President Park when the August assassination attempt was made.
The years of Japanese occupation have left the Koreans bitter towards the Japanese and the death of Mrs. Park has opened up the wound.