Seoul, South Korea:
The most controversial mustache in South Korea has fallen victim to the razor blade. US Ambassador Harry Harris visited a traditional barber shop months after his facial hair became the subject of unusual criticism.
Seoul and Washington are security allies and the US stations have 28,500 soldiers in the country.
However, their relationship has been strained in recent years by different approaches to North Korea and by responsibility for cost sharing.
Harris has been the subject of controversy several times in the South and has been accused of arrogance. Even his facial hair became a matter of debate.
The envoy's mother was Japanese, and since the Koreans bitterly disapproved of the colonization of the peninsula by Tokyo between 1910 and 1945, commentators claimed that the mustache was in the style of the imperial governors-general from that time.
In January Harris replied that his care was a matter of personal choice and that his critics were "history of the cherry harvest".
But over the weekend, he uploaded a video to social media that had his mustache shaved in a traditional Korean barber shop. He said he did this to stay cool in Seoul in the summer while wearing a mask to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
"I'm glad I did that," the envoy said in a tweet.
"For me it was either to keep the pain or to lose the mask. The summer in Seoul is too hot and humid for both. # COVID guidelines are important and I am a masked man!"
Seoul and Tokyo are major allies of the United States, democracies, and market economies, who face arrogant China and nuclear-armed North Korea, but are involved in bitter disputes over historical issues.
Earlier this year, Harris said: "I understand the historical hostility that exists between the two countries, but I'm not the Japanese-American ambassador to Korea, I'm the American ambassador to Korea.
"And to take this story and just put it on me because I think a birth accident is a mistake."
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