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U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Harry Harris has shaved off his mustache, which reminded Koreans about the Japanese occupation, according to CNN.
Official Twitter account of the Korean Embassy posted a video of his trip to the barbershop in Seoul. According to Harris, it is a decision he took because of the pandemic coronavirus: wear a medical mask in hot and humid weather with a mustache heavier than without them.
His mustache didn’t like Koreans because of the fact that all eight Japanese generals, who ruled the Korean Peninsula from 1905 to 1945, also wore a mustache. The ambiguity of the situation added the fact that Harris is the son of an American sailor and citizen of Japan, born near Tokyo.
At the end of 2019 Harris had to explain his appearance: he stressed that defends the interests of the US alone, not the United States and Japan, and explained what changed his image in a sign of the beginning of a diplomatic career. At that moment, he refused to shave off his mustache.
Video, photo All from Russia.