Saturday, January 23, 2016

Listen to the victims of sexual slavery! – Worldwide action against the “Japan-South Korea Agreement”

In response to an urgent initiative of the Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan, actions against the “Japan-South Korea Agreement” on the comfort women issue were held in front of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Office of the Prime Minister in central Tokyo on January 6, 2016. This day was also the 1,212th time of the “Wednesday action” on the issue, which started 24 years ago, and solidarity actions were held in 25 cities in eight countries, including Seoul. The action in front of the Office of the Prime Minister started with a Korean song for the people “Bawoichorom (Like a Rock)”. YAMAGUCHI Masanori, a journalist, said angrily, “The agreement can never be regarded as being an apology from Japan. I was appalled at the Japanese media appreciating it as one step forward. Former “comfort women” have demanded Japan to admit its legal responsibility and compensate based on it. While the Japanese Government is spending tens of billions of Japanese yen for an Osprey, it tries to settle the history issue only at a billion yen and force the South Korean Government to withdraw the statue of a girl who was forced into sexual slavery during World War II. If Abe (Japan’s Prime Minister) is really serious about the apology, he has to retract his past comments denying the existence of comfort women and apologize directly to the victims”. Despite the short notice, approximately a hundred of people joined the action to demand the Japanese Government to listen to the victims. (M)


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