The government of South Korea says it will continue to seek a "realistic" and "practicable" solution for victims of Japan's military wartime sexual slavery. We will carry out investigations, research and education to set the history straight so that more students and citizens get to share the pains of the victims and be in solidarity with the victims. South Korea declared August 14 as the country's official Memorial Day for the victims of sexual slavery in December and held nationwide commemoration for the first time in On August 14, , South Korean Kim Hak-Soon spoke for the first time publicly at a news conference about her experiences as a sexual slave for the Japanese military during World War Two.
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The scandal first emerged in May when Lee Yong-soo, a prominent year-old survivor, accused the group and its former leader of exploiting comfort women to collect government funds and public donations. But Lee said little money had been spent on their cause, raising questions about whether the organization had focused more on enriching itself rather than helping the ageing victims — and prompting prosecutors to investigate. Youn was also charged with faking documents to secure the group more than million won in government funds which it was not entitled. Prosecutors also accused her of dereliction of duty, saying she had damaged the organization by purchasing a shelter home outside Seoul above market price. Tokyo says it has repeatedly apologized and maintains that all historical compensation issues between the two nations were settled under the treaty that reestablished diplomatic relations between them.
Historical documents show Japan’s role in WWII sex slaves
The 23 documents were gathered by Japan 's Cabinet Secretariat between April and March , including 13 classified dispatches from the Japan ese consulates in China to the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo dating back to , according to Kyodo. The sex slaves issue has been a source of a painful dispute between South Korea and Japan. The Kyodo reports shows one dispatch from the consul general of Jinan to the foreign minister that said the Japanese invasion had caused a surge in prostitution in the area, with geisha from Japan, comfort women from Japan, and comfort women from Korea.
The Japanese imperial army asked the government to provide one wartime sex slave for every 70 soldiers serving in China in the late s, according to dispatches that offer evidence of official involvement in the recruitment of women to work in military brothels. The term was a euphemism used to describe tens of thousands of women from Korea, Taiwan, Japan , the Philippines and other countries who were forced into sexual servitude before and during the second world war. The dispatches appear to support claims by historians and campaigners that the Japanese government played a role in procuring the women, while challenging the narrative given by Japanese conservatives — including senior figures in the governing Liberal Democratic party — that the women did not work against their will.