South Korean ‘comfort women’ update


This video says about itself:

30 June 2014

A Sad and Beautiful Story about Comfort Women Sacrificed by Japanese Imperial Army during World War 2.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

South Korea: Opposition demands axing of deal on comfort women

Thursday 29th December 2016

OPPOSITION MPs in South Korea called yesterday for the scrapping of a deal with Japan concerning compensation for women forced into sex slavery.

The two countries agreed a year ago that Japan would pay £7 million to support 46 surviving “comfort women” — a euphemism for sex slaves taken by imperial Japan before and during World War II as its armies ravaged east Asia.

The parliamentary leader of the main opposition Democratic Party, Woo Sang Ho, said it would scrap the deal if the party wins presidential elections that could take place in a few months, pending the impeachment of corruption-tainted President Park Guen Hye.

And Kim Gyeong Rok, spokesman for the third-largest People’s Party, criticised Ms Park’s government for “selling away” the victims’ dignity and said the issue couldn’t be resolved without Japan offering a sincere apology and admitting legal responsibility.

Hundreds of protesters gathered round a statue of a girl symbolising South Korean sex slaves near Japan’s under-construction embassy in Seoul, calling for the agreement to be scrapped.

Under last year’s deal, South Korea agreed not to criticise Japan over the issue. Since WWII Japanese politicians have repeatedly downplayed its seriousness, only offering half-hearted apologies in 1993 and 2007.

An estimated 200,000 to 400,000 women were forced into sexual slavery by Japan, three quarters of whom died. Most of the rest were left infertile and severely traumatised by repeated rape and torture by Japanese soldiers.

China, whose citizens were also forced into sexual slavery, heavily criticised last year’s deal. Japan has yet to conclude similar deals with any other country.

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  1. Thursday 29th December 2016

    posted by Morning Star in World

    JAPANESE Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said that his country “must never repeat the horrors of war” on a visit to Pearl Harbour in Hawaii.

    Mr Abe became the first Japanese leader to visit the US military base, which was heavily bombed by Japanese aircraft 75 years ago, marking the United States’ entry into the second world war.

    Speaking alongside outgoing US President Barack Obama on Tuesday, Mr Abe offered his “condolences to the souls of those who lost their lives here.”

    It didn’t quite amount to an apology — mirroring Mr Obama’s failure to say sorry for the US’s much more deadly nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

    Despite warning against war, Mr Abe’s government has “reinterpreted” the country’s constitution — meant to outlaw war — to allow greater deployment of the Japanese military abroad despite fierce protests at home.

    And Mr Abe joined Mr Obama in making threatening noises towards China, which lost roughly 30 million people as a result of Japan’s invasion and occupation from 1937 to 1945.

    https://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-2980-United-States-Abe-offers-condolences-on-visit-to-Pearl-Harbour#.WGU5iH2ff6g

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  2. Thursday 29th December 2016

    posted by Morning Star in World

    SPECIAL prosecutors investigating corruption allegations against South Korea’s president detained ex-health minister Moon Hyung Pyo yesterday.

    They had two days to decide whether to secure a formal arrest warrant for Mr Moon, who is claimed to have pressed the country’s national pension fund last year to back a controversial merger between two Samsung affiliates.

    As a result of the deal, the fund’s stake in one of the companies dropped in value by hundreds of millions of pounds.

    President Park Geun Hye’s former education and culture secretary Kim Sang Ryul was also summoned over claims that the president’s office kept a blacklist of cultural figures seen as unfriendly, who were then denied state support.

    South Korea’s opposition-controlled parliament voted three weeks ago to impeach Ms Park on charges that she colluded with a friend to extort money and favours from the country’s largest companies and allowed the friend to manipulate government affairs from the shadows.

    Ms Park is the daughter of South Korean dictator Park Chung Hee, who was assassinated in 1979.

    https://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-a834-South-Korea-Ex-minister-held-by-Park-corruption-investigators#.WGVB932ff6g

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