The Japanese army sexually abused some 200,000 South Korean women and girls during the war.
There may have been as many as 200,000 Korean victims.
Now that a Trump presidency will become a reality, America's longtime allies in Asia are facing difficult questions about whether they can truly rely on Washington's commitments.
“We need to understand their place in history," says writer M. Evelina Galang. "We need to make sure it never happens again."
Regrettably, North Korea appears determined to exacerbate tensions and increase mistrust between two of America's most important allies in Asia.
Various expressions of regret and statements acknowledging the role of the Japanese military in operating the "comfort women" system during WWII have been made, but none have unconditionally acknowledged that Japan as a state was responsible for these violations.