In our days, South Korea and Japan are allies, but in the recent past in their history was the pages that ordinary citizens and politicians prefer not to remember, in particular, the fact that the first country was a colony of Japan in 1910-1945 years.
However, sometimes, the past makes itself felt, writes The Guardian.
.One of the victims of the “historical scandal”, nearly became US Ambassador to South Korea Harry Harris, the ethnic Japanese. When he arrived in country, he decided to let his mustache — early, during his service in the American Navy, it is not allowed.
But when Koreans saw the new Ambassador, I immediately jumped on him with accusations, he says, he tries to follow the fashion of the Governor General of the Empire of the period.
First, Harris tried to justify himself and even made a statement.
“I understand the historical enmity that has existed between Japan and South Korea, but I’m not Japanese, and the American Ambassador in Korea. I think it is a mistake to draw such conclusions just because of my origin“, — he wrote on the social network.
The Ambassador also said that won’t shave off his mustache just for the sake of establishing relations with the Koreans.
But in the end intervened coronavirus: the Ambassador had to shave off his mustache in order to wear a protective mask.
He did this in a normal barbershop.
“Glad I did it. Summer in Seoul is too hot. You need to wear a protective mask because of COVID-19, and mustaches interfere,” — wrote on Twitter, the 64-year-old diplomat and published the video.