Yoo Jae Suk Continues To Make Charitable Donations For Displaced Korean Nationals
Yoo Jae Suk has done another good deed!
Known to be one of the icons of expressing patriotic love for Korea, Yoo Jae Suk made another donation to Utoro Village. He has been donating to the Japanese village since 2005, and this time, he donated 50 million won (approximately $45,000) to the campaign titled “We’ll Remember You, Utoro.”
About three years ago on “Infinity Challenge,” Yoo Jae Suk and HaHa visited Utoro Village located near Kyoto where approximately 1,300 Koreans were forcibly taken to work as laborers for Japan’s military during World War Two. Many of the Korean laborers and their descendants remained in this village after the war, as most could not afford to return to Korea.
After it was revealed in Korea that the inhabitants of the village since 1941 were on the verge of eviction, a non-profit organization called the Beautiful Foundation, along with Korean and Japanese civil societies, began a fundraising campaign in 2005. As a result, the Korean and Japanese civic groups and the Korean government bought one-third of the village in 2010, and 39 households entered a public housing unit built by the city of Uji in Kyoto in February. A second apartment is scheduled to be built in two to three years.
The “We’ll Remember You, Utoro” campaign was created in order to create a “Utoro Peace Memorial Museum” in the village. The memorial hall will serve as a venue to preserve the history of the Korea-Japan civil society and the solidarity of Korean residents in Japan, as well as to inform the Japanese of the village’s painful history.
This campaign will continue until the end of this year.