Japan Will Demand Return of Stolen Statues from South Korea

Posted on March 5, 2013

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Last year, two Buddhist statues were stolen from Japan and brought into South Korea.  Now, the Japanese government is planning to demand the return of the statues from South Korea.

The statues were allegedly taken from a temple on the Nagasaki Prefecture Island of Tsushima. According to Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, “We will call for the speedy return [of the statues] through diplomatic channels and in accordance with international law.”

Previously, the Daejeon District Court in South Korea ruled that one of the statues should not be returned to Japan until it becomes clear that the statue was lawfully acquired by the Japanese temple. Those within Buddhist circles believe that Japan had initially plundered the statue, which they believe was created in the Buseoksa Temple in the 14th century.

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