SEOUL, Civic activists from South Korea and Japan will embark on their joint Asian cruise Tuesday to discuss ways to improve regional peace and relations.
According to the Korea Green Foundation, a nongovernmental environmental organization, the Peace and Green Boat is to set sail from Yeosu, a southern port in South Jeolla Province, at 10 p.m.
The Peace and Green Boat is a Northeast Asian cruise program jointly launched by the Korea Green Foundation and a Japanese nongovernmental organization named the Peace Boat in 2005. The Peace Boat was established by Japanese civic activists angered by the Tokyo government's censorship of history textbooks.
The Peace and Green Boat carrying 550 participants each from South Korea and Japan plans to visit Shanghai, China, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Korean provisional government there.
A group of independence fighters established the Korean government-in-exile in Shanghai on April 11, 1919, following a nationwide resistance movement against Japanese colonial rulers on March 1 of the same year.
In Shanghai, the cruise participants will visit the former building of the Korean interim government, a memorial hall of Korean independence martyr Yun Bong-gil and other historical sites.
The cruise ship will then visit Japan's Nagasaki, hit by an atomic bomb during World War II, and South Korea's Jeju Island, a scenic island marred by historical tragedies.
In Nagasaki, the participants will visit an atomic bomb museum and Hashima Island, where Koreans were forced to work at its coal mines under harsh conditions during the Japanese colonial rule.
In Jeju, they will reflect on the April 3 incident, a bloody government-civilian clash from 1948-1954, during which an estimated 10,000 Jeju islanders were killed.
During the cruise voyage, the participants will listen to special lectures on regional peace and hold seminars and symposiums.
This year's Peace and Green Boat cruise, the 13th since 2005, will end in Busan next Tuesday. The two countries' civic organizations plan to hold the 14th Asian cruise in December this year.
Source: Yonhap news Agency