“Comfort Women” Have Waited too Long for an Apology
Taiwan’s President called on Japan on Tuesday to apologize and compensate Taiwanese women who were forced to work as wartime sex slaves, one day after Tokyo and Seoul reached a landmark settlement on the atrocity.
After a decades-long dispute, Japan on Monday agreed to apologize to South Korea and offered an $8.3 million aid fund for the victims. Taipei said it wants talks with Tokyo to secure a similar resolution, reports the BBC.
“We hope the Japanese government can do better and take better care of the comfort women’s welfare and dignity,” said Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou. “Our stance has not changed.”
Japan forced an estimated 200,000 women — euphemistically called “comfort women” — into military brothels during WWII, some near the front lines. Most victims were Korean, but others came from China, the Philippines, Indonesia and Taiwan.
Tokyo and Seoul reached a landmark settlement on the atrocity on Monday.