Under the deal, Japan admitted responsibility for the wartime brutality and offered reparations of 1 billion yen to the 46 surviving South Korean victims. “South Korea is only the beginning and Japan should consider how to resolve the issue with the ageing comfort women in Taiwan, China, the Philippines and Indonesia, who expect an apology and compensation”, said Kang Shu-hua, director of the foundation.
“The comfort women issue is one of the earlier examples of mass performed human trafficking organized by a military and government”, Jung-shil Lee, an art history professor at the Corcoran College of Art and Design and the vice president of the Washington Coalition for Comfort Women, said past year, when the memorial to the Comfort Women was erected on the grounds of the Fairfax County government center.
“Lie, lie and lie”.
“The government can not be trusted”, said one of the women, Lee Yong-su, 88. The victims claim that the government never consulted them regarding the deal. He did not acknowledge the extent of official Japanese military involvement in the forced prostitution program nor detail the specific atrocities committed by the Japanese military.
But Japan reportedly stipulated that South Korea remove the statue in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul in exchange for 1 billion yen (US$8.3 million) in damages.
Protests have been held outside the Japanese embassy in Seoul on a weekly basis since 1992, according to Reuters.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) speaks to the press at his official residence on December 28, … And they plan to continue to hold rallies demanding Japan make a proper atonement for its wartime past. “It is a humiliating and an unspeakable act of our government, and none of our citizens endorse it”, said supporter Kim Ki-man.
South Koreans and Chinese say that while Japan has issued numerous apologies over its wartime conduct, statements and actions by leaders and others, such as paying homage at Yasukuni, raise questions about Tokyo’s sincerity. The trial date hasn’t yet been announced, but the case is based on a request for mediation made in August 2013 by 12 surviving victims, who were also seeking compensation in the amount of 85-thousand US dollars each.
About 400,000 women, including 200,000 from China, were forced into sex enslavement, reported the People’s Daily in 2014.
The women’s groups demanded for “a full apology and the formal admission by the Japanese government of its criminal intent and systematic culpability in the massive conscription of women in the occupied countries to serve as sex slaves of Japanese soldiers during the Pacific War”. It could mark the beginning of improved relations between the two countries, both strong allies of the United States.
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