Sexual slavery

Japan issues formal apology to Korean “comfort women”

Comfort women (comfort girls) captured by the U.S. Army in 1944.

Japan has formally apologized and offered an $8.3 million settlement to the South Korean victims of Japan’s “comfort women” policy during World War II. The settlement comes after years of talks between the two countries about the forced sexual slavery of some 200,000 Korean women used by Japanese troops during the war. Only 46 “comfort women” are still living, and will benefit from the settlement.

“If I look back, we’ve lived a life deprived of our basic rights as human beings. So I can’t be fully satisfied,” 88-year-old Yoo Hee-nam told the BBC News.

Japan’s Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida was intent on solidifying the formal apology and deal before the end of 2015. “Prime Minister Abe expresses anew his most sincere apologies and remorse to all the women who underwent immeasurable and painful experiences and suffered incurable physical and psychological wounds as comfort women,” Kishida said.

Read the full story at BBC News.


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