Adoptees say love is border­less

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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.”

WEI XIAOHAO / CHINA DAILY

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.

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