There is a lot of turmoil on the internet over plastic block toys like Lego released in South Korea. This is because the motif is that Hirobumi Ito, known as the first Korean Resident-General, was assassinated at Harbin Station in 1909.
This toy was released in April 2020, but before the anniversary of Korea (Section 3.1), when the independence movement took place on the Korean Peninsula under Japanese rule on March 1, 2009. , “Excavation” on the net. Some Japanese users have criticized whether they want to make children play “Japanese murder pretend”.
Package of “Independent Army Harbin Yoshiki”. The motif is the scene of the assassination of Hirobumi Ito (from the website of Oxford University Press, South Korea).
“Independent Army Figure Set” package. A set containing dolls of five independent activists along with props (from the website of Oxford University Press, South Korea)
The “Independent Warrior” doll holds a gun, and the shot “Ito Hirobumi” collapses backwards.
The two packages in question are the “Independent Army Harbin Yoshiki” and the “Independent Army Figure Set”. Busan City toy maker “Oxford” was released in April 2008.
The “Independent Army Harbin Yoshiki” contains 450 blocks and related parts, and when assembled, a steam locomotive, a passenger car with the destination of “Harbin”, and a freight car for carrying fuel will appear. There are also five dolls, “Aide”, “Hirofumi Ito”, “Independent Warrior”, “Russian Soldier 1” and “Russian Soldier 2”. The package photo shows a doll of an “independent warrior” who seems to have in mind An Jung-geun who assassinated Ito, holding a gun, and Hirobumi Ito, who was shot, falls backward. An Jung-geun is considered a “terrorist” by the Japanese government, but is considered a “righteous man” in South Korea.
The “Independent Army Figure Set” is a set containing the dolls of five independent activists. According to South Korea’s “X Sports News,” Yun Bong-gil, Kim Gu, Ryu Gwansun, Yun Dong-gul, and An Jung-geun are imaged, and props such as the Taegeuk flag (later the Korean flag), pistols, and hand grenades that were designed at the time are also included. ..
Is “pistol, grenade” appropriate for props when the target age is 8 years or older?
The target age is 8 years old and over. According to the report of “X Sports News” immediately after the release, it was pointed out that the props contained pistols and grenades as “a violent and political message”, but Oxford said ” It is important how to express Harbin’s grenade, and it is not appropriate to regard history as a political message. “
There is also a YouTuber who shoots and publishes the assembly of “Independent Army Harbin Yoshiki”, and it has been played about 24,000 times. The mail-order site is rated 4.5 out of 5 points.In the comment section
“Thank you for buying to commemorate Section 3.1.”
“I will make it a gift for children”
There are many voices such as.
While there are many positive evaluations on the Korean side, on February 22, a Twitter user who pointed out that this toy is a “# Japanese murder pretend toy” appeared.
“That’s … Is it a hate nation that makes South Korea’s” Japanese murder pretend “a child?”
The complaint has been retweeted more than 8,000 times, and criticism is spreading.
(Hiroshi Kudo, J-CAST News Editorial Department)