"As a Korean, I always try to have a boundless spirit of compassion that is built upon the foundation that 'all men are created equal.'"
- Joon-Young Park
WHO WAS TOYOJI NAKAMURA?
Toyoyi Nakamura of Sapporo, Japan, also known by his Korean name Joon-Young Park, founded Mimatu Corporation in 1972 and served as their CEO. This center for the elderly is still in operation. He published a book entitled "Mottos for Youth: 100 Koreans Living in Japan." Here is a quote from his book:
All men must be treated equally. This should be a basic human right. However, numerous people have suffered and hurt since the right was often violated. Consequently, countless people had to stand up and fight for this right. Only small actions to care about people around you could prove the fundamental principle that 'all men are created equal.' These small actions eventually make the world a better and more peaceful place.
I always strive to contribute to the local community with the boundless spirit of compassion. Humanity is created only when individuals respect each other and build connections with each other based on compassion.
As a Korean, I always try to have a boundless spirit of compassion that is built upon the foundation that 'all men are created equal.'
My Dearest Grandchildren,
I am writing this letter to pass on my thoughts about my life. I hope this letter will help you to find your identity and understand your roots when you wonder why you were born and raised in Japan despite of your Korean nationality.