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“Comfort Women”(2001)

Through painting, a Korean woman breaks her 50 years of silence on being forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Army during World War II.


New comfort women statue will be built in NY state

A monument remembering the suffering of thousands of women drafted into sexual slavery by the Japanese military during World War II has been built in the U.S. state of New York.
Resolutions from both the New York State Senate and the New York House are engraved on the statue,… helping to remember the victims who suffered.
Officials say an opening ceremony will be held on Friday.
Last Friday, U.S. President Barack Obama has signed into a federal spending bill that includes a provision on Japan's wartime sexual enslavement.
The bill cites a 2007 resolution, asking for the Japanese government to address the issue of the so-called "comfort women," mainly from Korea and China, who were forced into sexual servitude for Japanese soldiers during World War II.

By Arirang TV News

Taiwan president pays visit to ‘comfort woman’


By Mo Yan-chih  /  Staff reporter

Sun, Jan 19, 2014 – Page 3

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday visited former “comfort woman” Cheng Chen Tao (鄭陳桃) during a trip to Pingtung County, and said that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s recent visit to the Yasukuni Shrine was regretful.

The 93-year-old is one of the five former comfort women who are still alive in Taiwan.

“Japan has yet to apologize to Taiwanese comfort women, and it is inappropriate for the Japanese prime minister to visit the shrine,” he said.

Ma paid Cheng Chen a visit at Pingtung’s local fruits and vegetable market in Pingtung, saying he will organize a dinner in the Presidential Office with Cheng Chen and the other four former Taiwanese comfort women.

Cheng told Ma she was grateful for his visit, saying that her health has prevented her from meeting traveling to the Presidential Office.

Hundreds of thousands of women from Taiwan, Japan, the Korean Peninsula, the Philippines, China, Indonesia and other Asian countries were forced into Japanese military brothels during World War II.

Former comfort women and rights advocates have demanded that Tokyo apologize for the sexual slavery enforced during the war, but Japan has refused.

On his Facebook page on Saturday last week, Ma said by paying a visit to the shrine, which honors Japan’s war dead, including convicted World War II war criminals, the Japanese leader has brought uncertainty to the peace in the region.

The visit also showed his disregard for the countries invaded by Japan before and during World War II, Ma added.

By Taipei Times

Obama signs spending bill including ‘comfort women issue’.

U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law a spending bill which includes a highly symbolic provision on Japan’s wartime sexual enslavement of Korean and other Asian women.

The signing of the bill came a day after Congress passed it in order to keep government spending going for the fiscal year 2014.

The legislation includes language calling for Secretary of State John Kerry to encourage the Japanese government to address the issue of the “comfort women.”

They refer to as many as 200,000 women, mainly from Korea and China, who were forced into sexual servitude for Japanese soldiers during World War II.

The nonbinding document notes a 2007 resolution, adopted by the U.S. House, demanding Japan offer a formal apology.

It “urges the secretary of state to encourage the government of Japan to address the issues raised in the resolution.”

The inclusion of the comfort women issue in U.S. legislation is unprecedented.

Meanwhile, Obama took a short walk across the street from the White House to participate in the signing ceremony held at the New Executive Office Building.

“Now, this is not usually where I do bill signings,” he told his aides and federal budget officials during the signing ceremony. “We wanted to make sure that we did this bill signing here because it represents the extraordinary work of so many of you.”

He added, “We would not be here, we would not be able to sign this legislation if it hadn’t been for your work. This is my way of saying thank you.” (Yonhap News)

Seoul to present ‘comfort women’ issue at manga festival in France


SEOUL–At the initiative of the South Korean government, a special exhibition devoted to the painful “comfort women” issue will feature at one of Europe’s leading manga festivals that gets under way this month.

More than 20 manga and anime works depicting the ordeal these women faced will go on display at the Angouleme festival in France.

“Comfort women” is a euphemism for women forced to provide sex for Japanese soldiers before and during World War II.

Many of the women were from the Korean Peninsula, which was a Japanese colony from 1910 to 1945.

“We expect the works to help a wider range of people become aware of the tragedy of comfort women and the seriousness of wartime sexual violence,” said Cho Yoon-sun, minister of gender equality and family, in announcing the decision Jan. 14. “We hope they will move the hearts of people around the world.”

The manga and anime works, all created by South Korean artists, will be exhibited under the theme of “Flowers that never fade.” The festival will start Jan. 30 and continue through Feb. 2.

Working with Amnesty International, Seoul is determined to have Japan come to terms with this festering sore in their shared history.

The problem is complicated because Tokyo says the issue was resolved under a bilateral agreement on rights to compensation claims that was signed when the two countries normalized their diplomatic relations in 1965.

At President Park Geun-hye’s initiative, the South Korean government late last year opened the first government-led exhibition themed on comfort women in Seoul to urge Japan to make aggressive efforts to “settle” the issue.