During World War II, Korean comfort women served as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers. For the past few years the surviving women have been fighting for compensation in a series of newspaper ads.
Here’s one from 2007:
And here’s yesterday’s New York Times full-page ad:
From the copy:
Since January 1992, ex-comfort women have been continuously meeting outside of the Japanese embassy in downtown Seoul every Wednesday. While there are only a handful of surviving comfort women, gradually the number of supporters attending the meetings has grown to over 1,000.
The Japanese government, however, has never expressed any of direct compensation or pubic [sic - or maybe not] apology to the women for its atrocities.
Their website, For The Next Generation.
The hardworking staff wonders who’s elected to pony up the money for these ads, and we’ll be hardsearching for the answer in the days ahead.
Meanwhile, any suggestions or leads are greatly appreciated.