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Korean American Documentary on ‘Comfort Women’ Premieres in L.A.

by ALEX HYUN | @ahyundarkb4dawn

The Last Tear, a documentary film about Asian women forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese imperial army, premiered at CGV Cinemas in Los Angeles on Wednesday night, just days ahead of the 70th anniversary of Korea’s independence from Japan’s colonial rule.

Directed by Korean American filmmaker Christopher H.K. Lee, The Last Tear centers on the few surviving women who were forced to work as “comfort women,” as they’re euphemistically called, to Japanese soldiers during World War II. The film is co-produced by the U.S.-Korea Institute at SAIS and the C.A.R.E. (Collect, Archive, Research, Exhibit) Project.

With a crew that consisted of some university students from both Korea and the United States, Lee traveled to various historical locations in South Korea, Japan, Korea and Taipei and spoke with museum professionals and experts on the subject.

Narrated and subtitled in English, the 52-minute film intercuts footage of the crew’s travels, interviews with the survivors and a moving “physical theatre” performance by dancer Kristine Vismane that illustrates the emotional history of the film’s primary interviewee, Park Suk-yi.

“Now into their 80s and 90s, these women are becoming weaker day by day and we believe that such traces of painful memories and tragic stories may never be healed,” the U.S.-Korea Institute said in a statement. “But by remembering them and embracing them, we will provide a step towards their ultimate closure.”

According to Lee, The Last Tear is targeted toward second generation and third generation Korean Americans as well as non-Korean audiences. The director also expressed hope that the older generation would appreciate the younger generation’s efforts to personally connect with the history behind the estimated 200,000 Asian women who were recruited to work in Japanese military brothels.

“It was a learning experience for me because I came to the United States when I was very young, so I didn’t know much about Korea’s history,” Lee said during a Q&A session at the film’s L.A. premiere. “We had 14 students working on the project. By doing this documentary, we learned about our cultural roots together. It’s all about discovery, and with mutual interest, we are able to discover the history together and experience it together.”

As the premiere came to an end, Lee shared one wish that Park Suk-yi had. She wished for people to stop labeling her as a comfort women, and see survivors as halmonis, or grandmas. A noble request, and one bereft of negative connotations.

Future screenings for the film will be shown at future film festivals, university campuses upon request. The next screening will be held at the United States Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Korea’s Liberation Day, which falls on Saturday, Aug. 15.

To learn more about The Last Tear, visit its official website or Facebook page


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Japanese Prime Minister Abe Stops Short of Apology for World War II

Pictured above: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers a statement to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. (Screenshot captured via Reuters Video)


TOKYO (AP) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe acknowledged Friday that Japan inflicted “immeasurable damage and suffering” on innocent people in World War II, but stopped short of offering his own apology and said future generations of Japanese should not have to make them either.

In a widely anticipated statement marking the 70th anniversary of his country’s surrender, he said instead that Japan’s repeated past “heartfelt apologies” would remain unshakeable in the future.

“On the 70th anniversary of the end of the war, I bow my head deeply before the souls of all those who perished both at home and abroad,” Abe said in a 25-minute address delivered live on national television. “I express my feelings of profound grief and my eternal, sincere condolences.”

The statement was closely watched by Japan’s neighbors, especially South Korea and China, and it was unclear whether it would satisfy them. China’s official Xinhua News Agency called Japan’s statement a diluted apology at best, and “a crippled start to build trust among its neighbors.”

“Abe trod a fine line with linguistic tricks, attempting to please his right-wing base on the one hand and avoid further damage in Japan’s ties with its neighbors on the other,” it said.

Resentment over invasion, occupation and atrocities by the Japanese Imperial Army before and during the war still bedevils relations between Japan and the East Asian countries seven decades after Tokyo’s surrender on Aug. 15, 1945.

Abe noted that more than 80 percent of the country’s population was born after the war, and echoed growing though not universal sentiment in Japan that the country has apologized enough.

“We must not let our children, grandchildren and even further generations to come, who have nothing to do with that war, be predestined to apologize,” he said.

But he said Japan took the wrong course in going to war and that, across generations, Japanese must squarely face their country’s past.

See Also: Former Japanese PM Urges Abe to Uphold Japan’s WWII Apologies

“We have engraved in our hearts the histories of suffering of the people in Asia as our neighbors: those in Southeast Asian countries such as Indonesia and the Philippines, and Taiwan, the Republic of Korea and China, among others,” he said.

While pledging that Japan would remain peaceful, he used the speech to make veiled criticism of China’s activities in disputed waters in the region.

China has been reclaiming land and erecting structures on South China Sea atolls that are claimed by the Philippines and other countries. In the East China Sea, Japan objects to Chinese aerial and marine patrols around islands that both countries claim.

Noting Japan’s constitutional pledge not to resort to force to settle international disputes, Abe said that any disputes must be settled diplomatically based on the rule of law.

Speaking to reporters after reading the statement, he added that “any attempt to change the status quo by force should not be tolerated. I believe conveying our lessons learned from our history 70 years ago would be useful not only to Japan but also for the rest of the world.”

In the statement, he also made an apparent reference to foreign wartime prostitutes for the Japanese army, though he avoided the question of whether the so-called “comfort women” were forced into the work, a hotly disputed issue with South Korea.

“We must never forget that there were women behind the battlefields whose honor and dignity were severely injured,” he said.

See Also: Abe Offers ‘Remorse’ But No Apology for WWII ‘Comfort Women’

The comment failed to satisfy an activist in Taiwan speaking at an event marking an international memorial day for comfort women. “He still refused to recognize that the comfort women system was the persecution of women’s human rights,” said Huang Shu-ling, president of the Taiwan Women’s Rescue Foundation.

The United States responded positively to Abe’s statement despite the uncertainties over whether it would quell the acrimony over historical issues between Japan and South Korea — America’s key allies in Asia.

“We welcome Prime Minister Abe’s expression of deep remorse for the suffering caused by Japan during the World War II era, as well as his commitment to uphold past Japanese government statements on history,” National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said in a statement.

“For 70 years Japan has demonstrated an abiding commitment to peace, democracy, and the rule of law. This record stands as a model for nations everywhere.”

Abe said that Japan must never again repeat the devastation of war, saying the countless lives of young people lost in countries that fought Japan leaves him speechless and rent with grief.

“History is harsh,” he said. “What is done cannot be undone.”

Associated Press writer Matthew Pennington in Washington and video journalist Johnson Lai in Taipei, Taiwan, contributed to this story.


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Korean Man Sets Himself on Fire to Protest Japan’s Wartime Sex Slavery

by ALEX HYUN | @ahyundarkb4dawn

Days ahead of Korea’s 70th Liberation Day, an 80-year old South Korean man lit himself on fire on Wednesday outside the Japanese embassy in Seoul. The incident occurred during a rally calling for Japan to apologize for forcing thousands of Korean women to work in military brothels during World War II.

Bystanders rushed to extinguish the fire with blankets and water. The elderly man, identified as Choi Hyun-yeol, is currently in critical condition with third-degree burns on his face, neck, upper torso and arms, according to the Associated Press. The protest continued after paramedics took Choi to the hospital.

In Choi’s bag, police found a five-page document, apparently written by Choi himself, that included condemning remarks about Japan’s stance on its colonialism of Korea and wartime treatment of Korean sex slaves, or “comfort women” as they are euphemistically called by Japan.

A civic group revealed in an online statement that Choi’s father was a member of an anti-Japanese independent movement in 1932, reported Reuters.

With the 70th anniversary of Korea’s independence from Japanese colonial rule drawing near, about 2,000 demonstrators participated in Wednesday’s rally. Protestors urged Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to make an official apology for Japan’s WWII conduct.

The Japanese government has, in fact, formally apologized for its wartime atrocities against comfort women and helped establish the Asian Women’s Fund in 1995, which provides aid to aging comfort women. However, CNN notes that Tokyo has resisted direct compensations to victims, and to add insult to injury, Abe’s past statements have skirted around the comfort women issue.

With the number of surviving comfort women dwindling, South Korea’s government and activists have stressed the importance of a timely agreement on this issue. According to Vice, Abe is expected to express “deep remorse” in a speech to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Korea’s independence on Aug. 15.

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Two South Koreans Cycle Across USA for ‘Comfort Women’ Awareness


Two South Korean pals are cycling across America to raise awareness for the Korean “comfort women” who were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese military during World War II.

Baek Deokyeol, 22, and Sim Yong-seok, 22, kicked off their 3,300-mile journey to New York on June 20 in Los Angeles. The two hope that their cycling adventure will encourage the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration to act on the three A’s represented in the Triple A Project: admit, apologize, and accompany.

This means that the Japanese government must admit to the fact that Korean women were forced to work in Japanese military brothels, apologize to the many women affected by this wartime atrocity and accompany them—that is, to be in solidarity with the surviving women who want their voices to be heard, according to the Columbia Missourian.


Baek met Sim while serving in the South Korean army, and the two bonded over their common interest in Japan-South Korea relations. Born and raised in Incheon, Sim first became interested in the comfort women issue after watching the 2011 animated film Herstory, which follows the story of Jeon Seo-wun, a woman who was forced to work at a Japanese military brothel in Indonesia at the age of 15. For Seoul-native Baek, he felt compelled to raise awareness for the issue after meeting a Korean comfort woman in person.

See Also: Seoul to Financially Support ‘Herstory’ Sequel

The two cyclists’ personal goal intersects with the goals of U.S. lawmakers and activists who criticized Abe last April for not offering a clear apology in his address to Congress for the wartime sexual enslavement of Korean and other Asian women.

In a March interview with the Washington Post, Abe briefly acknowledged the plight of comfort women, claiming they were “victimized by human trafficking.” However, critics accused Abe of failing to acknowledge the Japanese army’s role in the recruitment of comfort women and the management of military brothels. As the average age of Korean comfort women reaches 90, activists stress that Japan and Korea must soon reach an agreement on compensation for the survivors, according to the Japan Times.


Biking in sweltering summer heat, Baek suffered from dehydration during the ride from Los Angeles to Las Vegas on highway Interstate 40, which is surrounded by an expanse of the unforgiving Mojave Desert. Cars headed for Sin City brushed past Baek and Sim’s handlebars at high speeds. The two cyclists experienced as much as seven flat tires in one day. The setbacks on their quest quickly reminded Baek and Sim that they need rest during stops and continued support for their Triple A Project, which they provide updates on their Facebook page and Naver blog.

“Sim Yonseok suffered from road rash when he fell downhill while biking about 20 miles per hour, and he also suffered from a burn when boiling water spilled on his leg as we were preparing for dinner. Our plans were affected by his injuries,” Moon Sooyeun, a translator for Baek and Sim, told KoreAm.

Despite the setbacks and injuries, the duo received love and support from friendly Korean and American strangers at every stop. Baek and Sim said the kindness they received from the community was enough motivation to keep cycling.

“Many were worried about our journey, but they were also proud of us. Some of our friends and family slowly showed interest and movements in the [comfort women] issue as they watched our journey,” said Baek and Sim through their translator. “[The response] was quite positive in the U.S. as well. Many were interested in our journey from L.A. to New York. As they learned the reason for our journey, they listened and shared with others about our project. They cheered us on and told us they would not forget.”


After making stops in Chicago and Washington, D.C., Baek and Sim will be heading to New York, their final destination, on their planned Sept. 8 date.

“We hope to spread the words of the victims as we accompany them. We try to learn more about the issue and although our movement may not be big, we are slowly walking toward a possible solution,” the duo said. “We wish that more people would know about the issue and let their voices be heard little by little. We believe that those voices will make big changes in near future.”

To follow Baek and Sim’s trek across America, visit the Triple A Project Facebook page.

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Korean College Students to Cycle Across North America Over 90-Day Period


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Former Japanese Prime Minister Urges Abe to Uphold Japan’s WWII Apologies

Pictured above: Former Japanese Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama at the Japan National Press Club. (Screenshot captured from JNPC footage)

by MARI YAMGUCHI | @mariyamaguchi
Associated Press

TOKYO (AP) — Two former political leaders who apologized over Japan’s World War II atrocities said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should not water down their words when he marks the 70th anniversary of the war’s end.

Japanese leaders’ war anniversary statements have always been closely watched, and this year’s is getting extra attention because it’s a key anniversary and Abe is considered a revisionist.

Former Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama, who authored Japan’s landmark 1995 apology on the 50th anniversary of the end of the war, said Abe should “honestly spell out” the country’s wartime actions to address growing international concern that he may revise history.

Yohei Kono, who as chief Cabinet secretary in 1993 apologized to victims of Japan’s wartime military sexual exploitation, said he wondered whether a new statement by Abe is even necessary. He said a statement to mark the 70th anniversary, if issued, should not backpedal from any of the apologies that Abe promised to inherit from nearly a dozen past leaders.

“The international community is watching what (Abe) is really thinking,” Murayama told reporters during a rare joint appearance with Kono at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo.

“It is important to clear any doubts that he has raised overseas,” Murayama said.

The historic statements by both men were highly regarded internationally as signs Japan had come to terms with its wartime past and they improved relations with its Asian neighbors. However, both statements have become unpopular among Japanese conservatives who say Japan should stop focusing on negative history to restore national pride.

Kono warned that any attempt to whitewash historical facts “hurts the Japanese people’s reputation.”

Since taking office in December 2012, Abe has said he would not necessarily follow the Murayama apology. He also has said there is no evidence that so-called comfort women were exploited through coercion by Japanese authorities, remarks seen by critics as undermining the Kono apology. But, after criticism from China and South Korea, Abe later promised not to change either of the statements.

Tokyo’s relations with the two victims of its wartime militarism have worsened under Abe’s leadership, particularly with South Korea—a former Japanese colony where many of the sex slaves were from.

Abe has given mixed signals as to how closely his upcoming statement will mirror Murayama’s apology. He is seen as avoiding the terms aggression, colonial rule and atrocities, including “comfort women.”

Murayama and Kono said those were undeniable historical facts that must be remembered to maintain trust and confidence.

Abe has convened experts to advise him on what to say. In his past Aug. 15 speeches, Abe omitted war apologies. He merely said Japan faces its past and keeps its peace pledges.

Murayama said Tuesday that the point is not for Abe to offer an empty apology, but to show the world that Japan’s leader has squarely faced the country’s wartime past and pursued its pacifist pledges.



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Seoul to Financially Support Animated Film on ‘Comfort Women’

by REERA YOO | @reeraboo

South Korea announced on Thursday that it will render financial support for the production of an animated short film about Korean women forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese imperial army during World War II.

The project is a sequel to director Kim Jung-gi’s 2011 animated short film, HerstoryBased on a true story, Herstory follows the life of Jeong Seo-wun, who was taken away to Indonesia when she was 13 years old and was forced to work at a Japanese military brothel for eight years.

The film won several awards and critical acclaim at film festivals, including last year’s Angoulême International Comics Festival.

Unlike the first installment of Herstory, the sequel is set to depict wartime sexual slavery issues from the perspective of Japanese soldiers who were at the scene.

On Thursday, South Korea’s Ministry of Gender Equality and Family said it will provide 200 million won ($180,375 USD) for the sequel’s production in hopes of raising global awareness of the “comfort women” issue.

“We decided to provide monetary support for the production of the film based on the judgment that an animated film can be a very effective means for delivering stories of former sex slaves,” the ministry told Yonhap. “Details of the new film have yet to be decided but we expect it will be as good as the original work.”

Under the direction of Kim, the sequel will be made into a 15-minute short with 3D animation. The film is slated for a late 2016 release, according to the ministry.

You can watch the first Herstory below:

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Shinzo Abe Offers ‘Remorse’ But No Apology for WWII ‘Comfort Women’

by JAMES S. KIM | @james_s_kim

For some, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s “eternal condolences” for the American lives lost during World War II were not enough.

In the first address by a Japanese leader to a joint meeting of Congress, Abe acknowledged on Wednesday that Japan’s actions “brought suffering to the peoples in Asian countries,” but stopped short of offering an apology.

He did, however, affirm that he would “uphold the views expressed by the previous [Japanese] prime ministers in this regard,” which includes a 1995 apology by Tomiichi Murayama.

Many U.S. lawmakers and activists had urged Abe to address the wartime sexual enslavement of thousands of Asian “comfort women” by the Japanese imperial army, but found themselves disappointed by the prime minister’s lack of apology.

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“It is shocking and shameful that Prime Minister Abe continues to evade his government’s responsibility for the systematic atrocity that was perpetrated by the Japanese Imperial Army against the so-called ‘comfort women’ during World War II,” said Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif), who authored House Resolution 121 in 2007 that called on the Japanese government to formally issue an apology. “Today’s refusal to squarely face history is an insult to the spirit of the 200,000 girls and women from the Asia-Pacific who suffered during World War II. This is unacceptable.”

Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.) was “grateful” that Abe “acknowledged the suffering of Asians at the hands of Japanese soldiers,” but said healing wartime wounds would require “honesty and an admission of responsibility.”

“Shirking that responsibility and attributing it instead to the cost of war amounts to a pardon of those who made decisions to dehumanize these women and is license to future generations to use war as an excuse,” Chu said. “The prime minister said that Japan’s eyes are always on the road ahead, but without responsibility and remorse, it is impossible to move forward.”

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Rep. Honda had invited 86-year-old Lee Yong Soo, a former comfort woman, as a guest to Abe’s speech. The wheelchair-bound Lee, dressed in a hanbok, joined hundreds of protestors outside in front of the Capitol building before the speech as they chanted, “Apologize, apologize, apologize.” She later sat in the House gallery during the session.

“There’s not many of us left and he can wait for us to die out, but that won’t erase Japan’s crimes,” Lee told reporters, according to Bloomberg.

The Council of Korean Americans also expressed their disappointment with the lack of an apology. “Ms. Lee represented the hopes of her fellow comfort women to be given a clear apology from Japan’s top leader while they are still alive,” the organization said in a statement. “We look forward to the day when Japan’s plight of the comfort women is fully acknowledged by its leadership, and the dignity of all comfort women, including ‘Grandma Lee,’ is restored.”

On Monday, Abe spoke at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, where sophomore Joseph Chang, a Korean American student asked him to clarify his position on the comfort women issue. “I apologize in advance if my question comes off as provocative, but it has to do with a topic that weighs heavily on my heart,” Chang said. “In the face of [much evidence], do you still deny the Japanese government’s explicit involvement in the subjugation of hundreds of thousands of women into coerced sexual slavery?”

Unlike his speech before Congress, Abe did directly mention comfort women and noted he had no intention of altering the 1993 Kono Statement.

“When it comes to the comfort women issue, my heart aches when I think about those people who were victimized by human trafficking and who were subjected to immeasurable pain and suffering beyond description,” Abe stated on Monday, before mentioning Japan’s various efforts in “offering realistic relief for the comfort women” and its commitment to eliminating sexual violence in conflict situations.

U.S. Leaders Call for an Apology 


Abe’s week-long visit to the U.S. was the subject of intense speculation in both Asia and the U.S. over the past month on how he would mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in August. He faced a robust call for an official apology from both community organizations and U.S. officials, including House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiFlorida Senator Marco Rubio and Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA).

Rep. Mike Honda wrote an op-ed for CNN, Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-NY) wrote one for USA Today and even German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Japan to confront its wartime conduct back in early March.

On April 23, a group of 25 Congress members sent a bipartisan letter to the Japanese ambassador asking that Abe take the opportunity for “healing and humble reconciliation by addressing the historical issues” and “formally reaffirm and validate the conclusions” expressed in the Murayama Statement and the Kono Statement. Korean American Civic Empowerment (KACE) and the Korean American Forum (KAF) took out an advertisement in The Hill, an American political newspaper, demanding that Abe issue an apology.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Washington Coalition for Comfort Women Issues organized rallies at the Capitol Building to “show that Abe’s denial of Japan’s responsibility for WWII and war crimes bothers Americans too.”

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Earlier Wednesday, Abe visited and laid a wreath on the National World War II Memorial on Washington’s National Mall. During his speech, he recounted the thoughts he had while visiting the memorial.

“History is harsh,” Abe said. “What is done, cannot be undone. With deep repentance in my heart, I stood there in silent prayers for some time. My dear friends, on behalf of Japan and the Japanese people, I offer with profound respect, my eternal condolences to the souls of all American people that were lost during WWII.”

Celebrating the now-strong U.S.-Japan relationship, Abe spent most of the 45-minute speech championing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a proposed free trade agreement among 12 countries in the Asia-Pacific region that account for 40 percent of global GDP, according to the Associated Press. (The TPP does not include South Korea, which already has a free trade agreement with the U.S.)

The TPP has been controversial in both in the U.S. and Japan. President Obama met with Abe on Tuesday in the Oval Office, both declaring progress in bilateral trade talks. However, many lawmakers on both sides of the aisle in Congress have expressed skepticism. Somewhat surprisingly, much of the dissent has come from the Democrats, who are opposed to giving the president trade promotion authority (TPA), the ability to negotiate trade agreements that Congress could not amend.

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Full speech on YouTube (Address begins at about 48:10)

Abe’s address and Q&A at Harvard University on April 27 on YouTube

New York Times Editorial Board: “Shinzo Abe and Japan’s History”

Washington Post: “70 years later, a Korean ‘comfort woman’ demands apology from Japan”

Washington Post: “Congressman [Mike Honda] uses Japanese leader’s visit to press for war-crimes apology”


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Seoul to Strengthen Education on ‘Comfort Women’

by REERA YOO | @reeraboo

The South Korean government announced on Wednesday that it will make efforts to further educate its elementary school students about Japans’s sexual enslavement of thousands of women during World War II.

According to the Chosun Ilbo, South Korea’s education and gender equality ministries will distribute supplementary textbooks that teach elementary and secondary school students about the victims of Japan’s wartime sex slavery, who are euphemistically referred to as “comfort women.” In addition to these new textbooks, the ministries plan to distribute teaching aids, including videos and PowerPoint files, to 193 education offices and 800 public libraries starting this month.

The announcement follows Japan’s approval of updated textbooks that downplay the country’s wartime aggression and strengthen its claims to the disputed islands in the Sea of Japan.

Existing Korean public school textbooks only briefly mention the victims of wartime sex slavery, sometimes in as little as a single paragraph. According to a survey conducted by a team of school teachers and researchers tasked with penning the supplementary textbooks, about 49 percent of the 152 elementary schoolchildren surveyed said they knew nothing about the subject. Meanwhile, about 24 percent said they were familiar with the topic and only a little over 19 percent said they were knowledgeable.

The supplementary text is expected to be 40 pages long and will be distributed to fifth graders and older after it is approved by the education ministry. All new materials for both teachers and students will then become public to browse or download online.

Although teachers will be encouraged by the government to use the new materials, it is not mandatory for them to discuss the contents of the new textbooks with their students, according to the Korea Herald.

Nam Sang-gu, a Northeast Asian Foundation researcher and one of the writers for the supplementary textbooks, said the new materials not only details the plight of comfort women but also emphasizes the importance of “peacebuilding and overcoming the aftermath of military conflicts.”

“While our goal is to educate our children about what happened and what we should remember so such tragedy does not repeat in the future, we also don’t want them to form a negative sentiment against Japan as a whole,” Nam told the Korea Herald. “In the material we also talk about how there are people in Japan who empathize with the victims and have worked for their rights and compensation.”

Earlier this week, a U.S. congressman told Korean reporters that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to mention the issue of Japan’s wartime sex slavery during his trip to Washington later this month.


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