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A group of 20 people from the Hiroshima Prefectural Citizens' Council inspects the site - July issue of Genji Newsletter

■20 people from the Hiroshima Prefectural Citizens Council for Promotion of Japan-Korea Tunnel visited the Tsushima Diagonal Shaft site

The director reports on the progress at the renovated office.

"Let's look at the scene first." The inspection was made possible at the suggestion of Seki Mitani, chairman of the Prefectural Citizens' Council. "To move forward with the tunnel project, we start by seeing the current situation with our own eyes." The chairman made the decision in response to the completion of an inclined mine entrance facing west on the west coast of Tsushima, a border island connecting Japan with South Korea and the Korean Peninsula.


On June 27, a 20-member inspection team from the Hiroshima Prefectural Citizens' Council for the Promotion of Japan-Korea Tunnels visited the Tsushima office and the site of the slope shaft. After viewing the foundation's official DVD video, Director Katsuno Uchiyama gave an overview and current status of the tunnel project. Questions were actively asked, with enthusiastic responses such as ``What is the reaction from local people?'' and ``How advanced is South Korea?'' Afterwards, I headed to the site of the Aren slope shaft. Although it was raining lightly, we touched the rocky cliffs and concrete walls of the tunnel, listened to the director's explanation, and climbed up to the site where the winch was to be installed to check the site. ``I felt that this place was connected to Korea,'' said one observer.


The next day, the group visited Iki and returned home having experienced the ancient transportation route from Tsushima to Hiroshima. Hiroshima was the first place in the world to be hit by an atomic bomb, and in May President Obama became the first American president to visit the Peace Park and Atomic Bomb Dome, making it a pioneer in achieving world peace. There is a lot of interest in Japan-Korea relations, as it was also a post station for Korean envoys during the Edo period. Expectations are high that the tunnel project will make great progress from Hiroshima.


The office completed renovations on June 14th, and this was the first time it hosted an inspection group. We are looking forward to the inspection team's visit to the island with the idea that the Japan-Korea tunnel agreement will be made here in Tsushima. From this office.



[Photo] The Hiroshima prefectural council, which is the most passionate and conscious about world peace, listens to Director Uchiyama talk about progress.



[Photo] The students kept asking questions and had a lively conversation. Mr. Tsuki Mitani, Chairman of the Hiroshima Prefectural Citizens’ Council, is asked a question.



[Photo] Step directly on the slope shaft site, breathe in the air, touch it and experience it.



[Photo] On May 5th, the renovation from a slate roof to a tin plated roof was completed. Tsushima office that looks like a company office



[Photo] On June 14th, the minimum environment for welcoming the inspection team was prepared, with office equipment and reception sets in place.



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