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.
Protest at embassies and consulates are not confined to this region. In 1976, the US Congress removed the provision banning
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.
It's also the case that Japan and Korea show Hodgson's theory. A survey of the history of both nations shows that they are
Japan must do more to counter false histories. This issue will never be closed if school textbooks and official memorials continue to misrepresent the truth. Too often, Abe's government has ignored or enabled the spread of dangerous narratives about the country's past -- narratives that continue to drive tension today. He must back efforts to continue educating his constituents on the facts. South Korea, for its part, also has more work to do pitching its citizens on the agreement.
The agreement is neither landmark nor a resolution, as it has failed to involve the survivors or respond appropriately to their demands. Further, it has relocated the human rights struggle of survivors and civil society into the hands of the State.
The key point here is that the occupying nation-state and its military organization allowed and ran the comfort facilities. It doesn't matter who the individual victims were.
The deal included an apology from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and an $8.3 million aid fund from Tokyo for the elderly former sex slaves.
The boldest of these was Mississippi’s Republican Gov. Haley Barbour, who championed the construction of a Toyota factory
It's not likely that Shinzo Abe will provide the kind of true contrition for Japan's wartime conduct that his critics in South Korea, China, the United States, and elsewhere demand -- unless he feels that he must. There are two ways of changing Abe's position on the history issue.
However, writing to the Veterans' Committees of both houses on Wednesday, Jan Thompson said past statements by Abe rejecting
SEOUL, Jan 27 (Reuters) - South Korea and China warned Japan on Tuesday not to backtrack on its apology issued 20 years ago