Tsushima’s Stolen Buddha Issue

In 2012, an incident occurred in which two Buddha statues were stolen from the Temple of Tsushima in Nagasaki Prefecture. They are important cultural properties of Japan. The culprit was a Korean thief who was later arrested and convicted, but only one Buddha statue has been refunded.

Stolen Buddha statue of Tsushima, 盗難された対馬の仏像
©︎SANKEI PHOTO

The Korean side insists that “They regained what was once looted by Japan” about the Buddha statue that has not yet been returned. But there is no basis for that.

Perhaps the Korean side is based on complex thoughts on Japan. Since Japan invaded the Korean Peninsula at the end of the 16 th century and Korea was annexed to Japan from 1910 to 1945.