Monday, March 25, 2013

Japanese locals open a memorial service commemorating comfort women

On March 23rd, some 100 Japanese locals of Yonaguni island have opened a memorial service commemorating comfort women who were sexually enslaved by the Japanese imperial army. On 1944, Japan created 17 comfort women posts when it was anticipated that the US will invade the Japan. They forcefully brought women from occupied Korea and Taiwan to serve some 30,000 Japanese soldiers. On December 1944, a ship that was carrying 53 Korea comfort women were headed for Miyako island from Yonaguni island. The ship was bombarded by the US military, leaving 46 dead. Most of the bodies of the comfort women were missing. It’s believed that Japan has forcefully mobilized around 20,000 comfort women. Enslaving women into sexual labor is a crime, even in dire situations of war. Japan must give a sincere apology, and compensate for the damages.

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