Adoptees say love is borderless
during the meeting. Ikeda, 70, said: “I’m home again. I feel warm and at ease.”
Li said, “The raising of Japanese children reflects the magnanimity of the Chinese people.”
He recalled that one of his teachers at kindergarten in Fushun, Liaoning province, in the 1950s was a Japanese orphan taken in by a worker’s family. The young woman later returned to Japan.
“So I can truly understand your emotions about ordinary Chinese families. I hope the sincere friendship can forge a good example of peace between the Chinese and Japanese people,” Li said.
Though most of the Chinese foster parents have died, Ikeda said they will keep coming back to China until “the end of life”.
Keiko Nakamura, 73, was adopted by her Chinese parents 70 years ago from a refugee shelter in Yanji, in Northeast China’s Jilin province, in 1945. Another Japanese orphan, who became her brother, was adopted at the same time.
To raise the two children, their parents did many jobs to earn money. Nakamura remembers her father dragging a wooden cart filled with coal, sewing grass bags and working as a gravekeeper. In the freezing winters, she often awoke to find her mother knitting sweaters to sell.
Nakamura’s parents supported her so she could complete her training as a teacher, and they helped her brother until he finished his college studies. Despite their poverty, she had a happy childhood because “Dad and Mom gave us whatever they had”, she said.
Her Chinese parents died in the 1970s. In 1998, she was identified as a Japanese orphan and later moved to Japan.
“Parental love is borderless,” Nakamura said in fluent Chinese. “We will never forget the kindness of my parents.”
Russian Ambassador to China Andrey Denisov looks on Wednesday at photos of Soviet Union pilots who aided Chinese forces during the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression (1937-45) at a museum near Lugouqiao, also known as Marco Polo Bridge. The bridge was the site of a gunbattle that sparked Chinese resistance 78 years ago.