Comfort Women Try To Make Things Uncomfortable

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.

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2 Responses to Comfort Women Try To Make Things Uncomfortable

  1. Ask and you shall receive.

    Jan 5, 2012 03:43 PM
    “Singer demands Japan apology on sex slaves through ad in WSJ”
    by Park Min-young

    Singer Kim Jang-hoon and Sungshin Women’s University professor Seo Kyoung-duk used ad space in the Wall Street Journal on Thursday, requesting compensation or a public apology from the Japanese government on former sex slaves.

    Headlined “Do You Hear?” the ad shows a photo of Korean elderly women who were “comfort women” forced to serve as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War II and explains that they have been holding weekly meetings outside the Japanese Embassy in Seoul since 1992. It adds that the number of attendants to the gatherings has grown to about 1,000.

    “The Japanese government, however, has never expressed any intention of compensation or public apology for its atrocities,” the ad points out, and asserts that the “Japanese government must sincerely apologize to the women and compensate them for their mental and physical suffering at once.”

    “This responsible behavior is the only possible way for Korea and Japan to work together towards peace and prosperity in Northeast Asia. We expect a wise decision from the Japanese government,” it reads.

    Kim, known as the “Dokdo guardian,” supported the fee for the ad while Seo took charge of the details.

    The two have printed several ads in foreign newspapers so far, including the “Visit Korea” ad which gave information about Dokdo and Leodo, in the New York Times in February.

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