Protesters demand justice over 'comfort women'
CNATAIPEI--Over 100 people joined a rally in Taipei yesterday to demand an official apology from Japan for having driven thousands of women — known euphemistically as comfort women — into sexual slavery during World War II.
August 15, 2013, 12:07 am TWN
As part of a global campaign to have Japan formally apologize for atrocities committed during World War II, the protesters gathered outside the Taipei Office of Japan's Interchange Association, chanting slogans such as “Give justice to our grandmothers.”
The Taipei Women's Rescue Foundation, which organized Wednesday's rally, also gave a list of the group's demands to an official with the Interchange Association, which represents Japanese interests in Taiwan in the absence of diplomatic ties.
Among them, the group said, is that Japan's prime minister should issue an official and sincere apology to former comfort women and offer them formal compensation.
The Japanese government should also acknowledge that it forced women into sexual slavery and pass a law that prohibits any comments distorting the truth about comfort women, the foundation said.
In addition, foundation executive director Kang Shu-hua delivered more than 3,000 postcards the group collected in recent months in support of former comfort women and the campaign to get Japan to apologize.
“The official promised he will pass on the demands to the Japanese government but he didn't say anything else,” Kang said.
The association was not immediately available to comment on the issue.
Wednesday's protest came in the wake of controversial remarks on the women forced into sexual slavery made by Japanese politicians in recent months.