It began with a call by a South Korean former “comfort woman” to end protests outside Japan’s embassy in Seoul – a rare attempt at reconciliation that has quickly spiralled into the biggest crisis the campaign for justice for survivors of wartime sexual slavery has faced in its three-decade history. Lee Yong-soo, a 92-year-old veteran campaigner, told reporters last month that she would no longer attend weekly rallies outside the embassy, claiming that they had only engendered hatred between young South Koreans and their Japanese counterparts. “The deep animosity between the two nations over their history can only be resolved through education and more exchanges with younger Japanese people,” she said. But Lee was to land another bombshell, claiming that a group formed to support her and other survivors had exploited public sympathy for their ordeal to secure donations, but had spent little of the cash on their welfare. Her claims sparked an emotional public debate on the comfort women, a euphemism for tens of thousands of girls and women – mostly Koreans, but also Chinese, south-east Asians and a small number of Japanese and Europeans – who were forced to work in frontline brothels run by the Japanese military… Read full this story
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