DECAPITATED STATUE OF YOICHI HATTA REPAIRED|八田與一銅像修復揭幕 賴:台日感情更好

The repaired statue of Yoichi Hatta has been unveiled yesterday. The Japanese engineer's statue was previously decapitated by politically-driven vandalizers. Hatta's family members took part in the ceremony and thanked the Tainan City government for the speedy repair. The repaired statue of Yoichi Hatta was unveiled on May 7. Shuichi Hatta, the grandson of Yoichi Hatta, thanked the city government for repairing the statue in no time and stressed that the ties between Taiwan and Japan will remain unaffected. ==SHUICHI HATTA Yoichi Hatta's grandson== In fact, when I heard last month that the statue was decapitated, I was heavy-hearted. I thought this was a big deal. I told Chairman Yang immediately that the vandalism will not harm the friendship between Taiwan and Japan. On April 15, the statue was decapitated, and its head went missing. The replica in Chimei Museum was then used for the repair. Many farmers showed up at the ceremony. ==HUANG KUN-BIN, National Policy Advisor to the President== This project has greatly benefited farmers in the Chianan Plain. We must make sure that things like this will never happen again. When asked whether this incident has hurt Taiwan's relation with Japan, Tainan City Mayor William Lai stated that the government's pursuit of transitional justice does not apply to this matter. ==WILLIAM LAI, Tainan City Mayor== Our transitional justice can only apply in the public space including campuses. We never destroyed any statue removed because of our pursuit of transitional justice. I'm sure if people can understand this, we won't see any misunderstandings or conflicts in the future. To prevent such thing from happening again, Chia-nan Irrigation Association has increased security measures near the statue after the incident. Translated By LUKE CHIANG 日前被斷頭的烏山頭水庫八田與一銅像,已順利修復,今天上午,台南市文化局以及水利會,舉辦八田銅像的揭幕儀式,八田與一家屬親自出席,感謝台南市府儘速修復,強調台日關係不會受到影響。台南市長賴清德則表示,台日感情更好,是經過考驗的感情才是真正的感情。 ===ns=== 銅像揭幕 在台南市長賴清德、八田與一長孫、以及日本金澤市長的共同見證下,遭到斷頭的八田與一銅像,完成修復之後,上午正式對外亮相,遠看銅像並沒有明顯接痕,也沒有明顯色差。八田與一的長孫八田修一致詞時表示,除了感謝市府迅速地修復銅像,同時更強調台日關係不會因破壞事件而受到影響。 ===八田與一長孫 八田修一=== 事實上我在上個月 聽到銅像遭到破壞的時候 我心也很沉重 也覺得這是很不得了的事情 當時我第一時間 我就跟楊會長(嘉南農田水利會) 報告說 我們不會因為這樣 銅像被破壞 絕對不會損壞到台灣 跟日本之間 彼此的友誼 上月15日,位於烏山頭水庫的八田銅像遭人蓄意鋸斷,銅像的頭遍尋不著,後來找來奇美博物館的複製品來取代、完成修復,看到銅像再度公開展示,農民也特地來參加揭幕儀式。 ===國策顧問 崑濱伯=== 這個大工程 對嘉南平原的農民 人民是很好的建設 所以這種事件絕對不要再發生 對於外界關注,銅像受損是否傷及台日關係?台南市長賴清德強調,市府從來沒有破壞過任何銅像,包括國父銅像,並表示,八田銅像是民間所有、並非公有,因此轉型正義,在這件事情上並不適用。 ===台南市長 賴清德=== 我們轉型正義 也僅止於公共空間 包括校園內 更何況我們也沒有去破壞轉型正義 所要搬移的銅像 我們未曾破壞過一個銅像 如果能夠了解這些點的話 我相信未來不至於造成誤解跟衝突 銅像斷頭事件過後,嘉南農田水利會強調,已加裝照明、監視錄影等設備,未來也會加強銅像安全維護,防止同樣的事件再次發生。 記者 溫正衡 台南報導

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