A group of South Korean women forced into wartime sexual slavery by Japan filed a defamation suit Monday against a little-known, far-right Japanese rock band for calling them prostitutes. An album containing a song with the allegedly defamatory lyrics by the band "Scramble" was mailed to a shelter caring for so-called "comfort women" in Korea last week. The song, with an accompanying video posted on YouTube in January, is titled "Slashing Koreans" and contains inflammatory lyrics, exhorting violence against "the elderly prostitutes." Historians say about 200,000 women from Korea, China, the Philippines and other countries were drafted to work in Japanese army brothels in Asia. This is inhumane to subject the women, who had already suffered so much in their lives, to such hatred. These are the types of acts that could damage bilateral relations between the neighboring countries.
The Japanese band released the song last week and sent a CD with it to a shelter in Korea for former sex slaves along with a copy of the lyrics translated into Korean.