Although it was her first time to come to Japan as a professional, she has an unexpected connection with Japan.
When she appeared in the coverage area, she said, "Nice to meet you. My name is Park Minji. Nice to meet you." Although she answered her questions after that through her interpreter, she also knows Japanese such as "where is the toilet?", "how much is it?", "delicious" and "itadakimasu". . "This Japanese phrase is everything. My mom is a handball player and has lived in Japan for eight years, and she taught me these phrases and self-introduction before coming to Japan this time. Other than that, I don't know. (laughs)".
Minji's mother, who was a handball player, Kim Ok-hwa played for Osaki Denki, a corporate group, for eight years. She has even been named best player. At the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, she was a top athlete who won a silver medal for South Korea.