The U.S. Ambassador in Seoul shaved irritating the Koreans "Japanese" mustache

The U.S. Ambassador in Seoul Harry Harris said that he was glad to shave off his mustache, which he had been criticized by the South Koreans, the diplomat claims that he did it to make it comfortable to wear a mask.

"I am glad that it did. I had a choice - either keep a mustache, or wearing a mask. Summer in Seoul is too hot and humid to combine. Instructions against COVID important, and now I'm the man in the mask!" he wrote on Twitter.

Previously, foreign media drew attention to the fact that Harris ' mustache "annoyed the South Koreans" and has long been criticized as a style item resembling the appearance of the Japanese ruling elite of the protectorate over Korea which the South Koreans themselves called annexation and colonialism. Harris reminded the South Koreans, some Japanese leaders, including Emperor Hirohito and Prime Minister of Hideki Tojo (1941-1944), who wore the same mustache.

As reported on Tuesday by the South Korean newspaper "Chosun Ilbo", the reason that his Ambassador was criticized by Internet users and various local organizations for the protection of human rights, can be the presence of Harris ' "Japanese blood". The Ambassador was born in Japan, his mother was Japanese and her father was an American citizen. The number of Internet users, criticizing Harris, called his mustache a "Japanese heritage".

Harris himself, who became Ambassador to the Republic of Korea in 2018, has repeatedly claimed that he did not mean anything wrong by wearing such a mustache. "I understand the historical enmity that exists between the two countries, but I'm not Japanese-American Ambassador to Korea, and I the American Ambassador to Korea," he said earlier in an interview with the Korea Times.

Japan annexed Korea in 1910, Japanese colonial rule lasted until the liberation of the Korean people by the Soviet army in August 1945. From the middle 1930-x years, Japan pursued a policy of assimilation in Korea. Had established a harsh military-police system of control, banned the use of Korean language in public institutions and terminated its teaching in schools, there was a campaign to replace Korean names to Japanese and introducing Japanese religion Shinto.

Also, according to the South Korean authorities, about 200 thousand women, mostly Koreans, coerced to become "comfort women" by Japanese soldiers. The question of responsibility for the sexual enslavement of Korean women is still not resolved and causes serious disputes between the two governments. Seoul insists on apology on behalf of the government of Japan and the payment of compensation. However, in Tokyo believe that all the issues between the two countries was settled by the Treaty of 1965 on the normalization of relations, and compensation already paid.