I came to Seoul on 13th.
I was invited to give a special lecture on August 14th in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Kidney Group at the Seoul National University (Ref.1) Medical Research Center. Such invitation must be accepted by all means. This kind of gathering is very important.
This year happens to be the 100th year of Japan’s annexation of Korea. 14th being the last day of ‘Independence, Liberation’ in light of the Declaration of Surrender of Japan that took place in August 15th, 65 years ago, Korean people celebrate August 15th annually as ‘Restoration of the Light Day’ (Gwangbokjeol)
In my lecture on 14th, I included some comments about these two days (14th and 15th). I also stressed especially, as always, the importance of human resource development which is the challenge of the global age, expressed further my views, introduced the works of Dr Gozo Sato (Ref.1) in the field of medical education in modern Korea, and concluded with some thoughts on our responsibilities as University Faculties.
I think my lecture was well accepted since many people told me that they were happy to have learned to see things in broader perspectives. I was also fortunate enough to see several of my old friends.