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LDP’s Nonaka went far in life, but never forgot where he started

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Hiromu Nonaka, a seasoned Liberal Democratic Party politician who died on Jan. 26 at age 92, had a small scar on his forehead.

It came from being hit with a tobacco pipe when he was an infant by a woman who was baby-sitting him.

“When my five siblings and I were small, we were looked after by people with criminal records and those who came from the Korean Peninsula,” he recalled. “They were just like family, and we kids were really attached to them.”

According to "Sabetsu to Nihonjin" (Discrimination and Japanese), there was a munitions factory near his family home in Sonobe town (present-day Nantan city), Kyoto Prefecture. His parents, who were philanthropists, were ever ready to open their home to anyone who had no family or nowhere to go.

Growing up, Nonaka lived with such people. But outside the home, he witnessed Korean........

© The Asahi Shimbun