Man Crashes Truck Into Gate of Japanese Embassy

The damaged truck Mr. Kim used to ram the gates of the Japanese embassy.

On Monday, a 62-year old man angry at Korea’s new favorite Japanese politician crashed a 1 ton truck into the gates of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul. No one was injured (with the exception of the gates, which he damaged but failed to break down), and the man was arrested.

The man, identified simply as Mr. Kim, was protesting both the actions and words of Nobuyuki Suzuki, the Japanese politician in question, and the Dokdo/Takeshima issue. The South Korean government offered an expression of regret to the Japanese Embassy and said it would tighten security to prevent a recurrence from happening.

CCTV footage showing the old Korean man ramming his truck into the gates of the Japanese embassy.

Surveillance camera screen shots of Mr. Kim driving his white 1-ton truck into the Japanese embassy in Seoul. (Images provided by Seoul Metropolitan Police)

For those unfamiliar with Mr. Suzuki, he is a Japanese right-wing politician who recently caused outrage in Korea when he erected a post next to the comfort women statue by the Comfort Women Museum in Seoul. He also referred to the comfort women as “prostitutes” and the statues or memorials dedicated them as “prostitute monuments”. A group of surviving comfort women has asked the Korean government to bar Suzuki from entering Korea in the future.

Mr. Kim told the police after he was arrested, “If I die, please cremate me and spread my ashes in the waters off Dokdo.”

From Nate:

Truck crashes into Japanese embassy, protesting ‘Prostitute Stake’

On the 9th at 4:55am, a Mr. Kim (age 62) crashed a 1 ton truck into the gates of the Japanese embassy located in Junghak-dong in Seoul.

Mr. Kim was arrested by the police guarding the embassy. The impact of the crash pushed the embassy’s gates inward 1 meter; however, there were no injuries.

Police are investigating his precise criminal intent based upon his own report that he was protesting the designation of comfort women as ‘prostitutes’ by the Japanese.

Comments from Nate:


It was the gate of the Japanese embassy that damaged one of our people’s properties. So, the Japanese government should immediately compensate him for damages!


What a man, [how manly].


Isn’t this man a man of great national merit? ke ke ke. He is willing to go to any expense of his own possession to express his patriotism.


He actually did something wrong, but I feel like he did a good job.


ke ke ke…So they let the Japanese asshole go who put up the stake [by the comfort women statue] and arrested the old man who crashed the truck into the embassy? ke ke ke…Aren’t they completely nuts? ke ke ke


Give him recognition ke ke ke


[This old man is] a hundred times better than our government…much respect to him.


“Criminal intent” seems very inappropriate [to describe this case].


[He is] a true patriot…spanking is the best medicine for the island monkeys [Japanese].


Kim Jang-hoon and this guy are much better for politics than a hundred trucks of Korean politicians.


The insurance company better cover this guy’s fine.


What a man of merit. But our own government calls him a criminal.


This man should be in the Blue House.


A righteous man. [His act] warmed my heart after a while.


[Korea] needs to compensate him for the damaged truck.


The reporter left something out…[the old man] did a great job by putting the words “Dokdo is our land” on the front of the truck. Why did you not mention that?


They better compensate this guy tsk tsk


How mad he was -_- When an individual [is compelled to] do such an action, what has our government done?


He’s a criminal? ke ke ke. So are the patriotic martyrs An Jung-geun and Yoon Bong-gil criminals as well?


That guy is much better than our clueless government. He was very brave. Why is a patriot being arrested?

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