August 23, 2012 12:09
Wooden stakes with the inscription "Takeshima is Japanese territory" was found in a museum in Seoul exhibiting materials about Korean women who were forced to serve as sex slaves for Japanese troops during World War II.
Korea's easternmost islets of Dokdo are known as Takeshima in Japan.
Police on Wednesday said the identical wooden stakes around 45 cm in length were discovered at the War and Women's Human Rights Museum in the Mapo district and in a research institute run by the Northeast Asian History Foundation in Seodaemun. Posters had also been plastered at the entrance and wall of the museum's parking lot bearing the same inscription.
Surveillance camera footage showed the perpetrators to have been a man believed to be in his 20s and another in his 50s, and police are searching for them.
Last month, a similar wooden stake was found next to a statue in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul commemorating the plight of the former sex slaves. Nobuyuki Suzuki, the man who was responsible for placing it there, started selling them as souvenirs in Japan.
He said other people would be able to place the wooden stakes in Korea if he could not and added he had already sent four. "Considering the circumstances, it appears certain that the acts were committed by Japanese people who were instigated by Suzuki," police said.
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