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— by Darryl Coote: Oh Shi-jong remembers the seven buttons on the uniforms the Japanese soldiers wore as they waited in line outside the building across the street from his house in Seongsan Village on the southeastern tip of South Korea’s Jeju Island.

It was the spring of 1945. Oh was 16. World War II was nearing its end and Japan was shuttling thousands of troops to the island in preparation for a final stand against the United States that would never come…

Image: Jeju Island’s iconic Seongsan Ilchulbong towers over the village of Seongsan, which in 1945 may have contained two brothels, courtesy of Darryl Coote/UPI

July 8, 2019