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Seoul dissolves Japan fund for World War II 'comfort women'

Jul 05, 2019 - 3:28 PM

It is not clear what will happen to the money intended to compensate so-called 'comfort women' – a euphemism for those forced to provide sex for Japanese troops during World War II.

PROTEST. South Korean protesters sit near a statue of a teenage girl symbolizing former 'comfort women,' who served as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War II, during a weekly demonstration in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul.  Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

Malacañang says woman's statue in Laguna part of freedom of expression

Jan 01, 2019 - 3:19 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo adds although the public should commemorate sacrifices and lessons learned World War II, it would be 'counter productive' to antagonize Japan – a strategic ally of the Philippines

SPOKESPERSON. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo during a press conference on December 3, 2018. Screenshot from livestream.

South Korea to close Japan-funded 'comfort women' foundation

Nov 21, 2018 - 10:48 PM

South Korea announces the formal shutdown of a controversial Japanese-funded foundation created to help former wartime sex slaves – the so-called 'comfort women'

South Korean protesters sit near a statue of a teenage girl symbolizing former "comfort women", who served as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War II, during a weekly anti-Japanese demonstration in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul on November 21, 2018. South Korea on November 21 announced the formal shutdown of a controversial Japanese-funded foundation created to help former wartime sex slaves -- a move that will further sour ties between the neighbours.  Jung Yeon-je / AFP

Duterte on comfort woman statue: 'You can place it somewhere else'

Apr 29, 2018 - 12:39 PM

(UPDATED) 'It is not the policy of government to antagonize other nations,' says the President who repeatedly slams the US and the EU over a host of issues

In this photo taken April 20, 2018, A backhoe is seen beside the Comfort Women Statue along Roxas Boulevard, Manila. The controversial statue was removed late Friday night April 27, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Japanese women confront grim taboo by saying 'me too'

Apr 01, 2018 - 1:20 PM

In patriarchal Japan, where a culture of silence persists when it comes to sexual assault and harassment, raising the alarm comes at a price

WOMEN SPEAK OUT. In this picture taken on January 30, 2018, Japanese journalist Shiori Ito, who accused a television newsman of raping her in 2015, poses for a picture in Tokyo. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

Comfort women to Aquino: Tackle our plight with Japanese emperor

Jan 23, 2016 - 5:36 PM

As their numbers continue to dwindle the surviving comfort women are still waiting for the government to hear their concerns

COMFORT WOMEN. The surviving comfort women show origami cranes symbolizing peace and to remind Aquino of the number of missed opportunities he had to pursue justice. Photo by Jene-Anne Pangue/Rappler

S. Korea 'comfort women' seek $20M lawsuit in US

Jun 23, 2015 - 5:32 PM

The issue of justice for South Korea s comfort women which remains in the background of diplomatic relations blisters to the fore

PROTESTING JAPAN. Former South Korean so-called 'comfort women' Gil Won-Ok (C-R) and Kim Bok-Dong (C-L) and supporters take part in the weekly rally against the Japanese government, in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, 29 April 2015. Photo by Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

UN issues fresh call to Japan over WWII 'comfort women'

Aug 30, 2014 - 12:21 PM

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination says that by failing to treat the aging survivors properly Japan had let their suffering drag on for decades

Japan to unveil review of wartime sex slave apology

Jun 20, 2014 - 12:43 PM

The review has been examining how the decision to apologize was reached and on what historical facts it was based and is threatening to further chill ties with its neighbors

WARTIME SEX SLAVERY. Victims of Japan's wartime sex slavery attend a weekly rally in front of the Japanese Embassy in South Korea on April 9, 2014 to demand Japan apologize and provide compensation to the surviving victims of the Japanese government's sex slavery during World War II. Historians say more than 200,000 women, mostly Koreans, were forced to serve as sex slaves for front-line Japanese soldiers during the war. File photo form EPA/YONHAPNEWS

Japan's wartime sex slavery a 'terrible' violation –Obama

Apr 26, 2014 - 1:50 PM

The US president calls on Japan to account for the wrongs perpetrated by its troops during World War II when thousands of women became sex slaves

TENSIONS. US President Barack Obama urges Japan and South Korea, its two allies in Asia, to resolve differences – starting with tensions over Japan's sex crimes against South Korean women during World War II. Photo by Song Kyung-Seok/Pool/EPA

Osaka mayor apologizes to 'comfort women'

May 24, 2013 - 7:39 PM

He issues the apology hours after he was due to meet two former comfort women

‘I’M SORRY.’ Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto apologizes for saying comfort women were a military necessity. File AFP photo/Yoshikazu Tsuno

'Comfort women' cancel meeting with Japan mayor

May 24, 2013 - 12:40 PM

South Korean comfort women say they do not want to be part of Hashimoto s performance of apology

SPARKING OUTRAGE. Supporters of Korean comfort women, forcibly drafted into Japanese military brothels during World War II, hold a rally in front of the city hall in Osaka, Japan. AFP / Yoshikazu TSUNO