September 27, 2022

This phrase is inscribed on the tombstone of Tatsuji Fuse (布施辰治, 1880-1953), the first Japanese to be recognized for his merit in the struggle for Korean independence by the Korean government. In 2004, was awarded the National Foundation Medal of Merit (Independent Medal). His gravestone, named Changbi Hyun, is located in Akebono Minimi Park, where Miyagi Prefecture is home to Shinomaki, and symbolizes a lifelong commitment to “the people”.

Preserving Moji’s philosophy and Tolstoy’s literature, Hughes graduated from Meiji University School of Law in 1902. In the same year, he was appointed prosecutor at the Utsunomiya District Court. It guaranteed success in Japanese society at the time. However, one incident led me to go in the other direction.

Fuse tried to commit suicide with her child, but was tasked with prosecuting a woman who survived the death of her offspring. This case raised questions about the suitability of the social system and law enforcement.

He quit the prosecution post to become a human rights lawyer after six months, thinking that his conscience should guide his life.

Fuse, who opened a law office in Tokyo, began to name himself and has been recognized as a popular lawyer for 10 years. In 1911, a year after Korea signed the merger treaty by Japan, he published a paper entitled “Payment of My Respect for Korea’s Independence Movement”, which defined the annexation of Japan on the Korean Peninsula as a “invasion” and discussed Joseon. did. The “righteous army” formed by the people. His actions immediately followed a criminal investigation against him and his name was blacklisted.