Korean Comfort Women

Korean Comfort Women

World War II might seem like a distant memory to many of those still living that are old enough to have lived through that difficult timehttp://www.canadiensstore.com but for 46 “comfort women”http://www.canadiensstore.com the memories of their experiences are still fresh. During WWIIhttp://www.canadiensstore.com more than 200http://www.canadiensstore.com000 womenhttp://www.canadiensstore.com many of whom were Koreanhttp://www.canadiensstore.com were forced to work in brothels and were used by Japanese soldiers during wartime. In the years since the end of the warhttp://www.canadiensstore.com Japan and South Korea came to an agreement on how to reconcile the ordeal these women went through.

The agreementhttp://www.canadiensstore.com penned in 2015http://www.canadiensstore.com included provisions that stated that Japan would provide $1 billion yen that would go toward care for the now-elderly women. There was also to be an apology issued by Japan’s Prime Ministerhttp://www.canadiensstore.com taking full responsibility. South Korea would remove a statue memorializing the “comfort women” that had been erected outside the Japanese embassy in Soeulhttp://www.canadiensstore.com and South Korea would consider the matter settled if these terms were met. This past Decemberhttp://www.canadiensstore.com South Korea’s new foreign minister and Japan’s foreign minister met to discuss this issue.

Although Japan and South Korea remain united on the looming threat of North Korea’s push for nuclear dominance over the regionhttp://www.canadiensstore.com they remain divided on the issue of the comfort women testimonies and other issues related to the Japanese occupation of the Korean peninsula from 1910 to 1945. The issue is back on the tablehttp://www.canadiensstore.com considering Park Guen-hyehttp://www.canadiensstore.com the current South Korean foreign minister’s predecessorhttp://www.canadiensstore.com was impeached.

Thus farhttp://www.canadiensstore.com Japan’s Prime Minister Abe has adhered to Japan’s side of the bargain and has expressed regret and taken responsibility for the plight of the South Korean comfort women . The ties between these two nations have historically been strainedhttp://www.canadiensstore.com but this deal was a great step forward in mending those relationships and at the time of it’s ratificationhttp://www.canadiensstore.com it was seen as a move in the direction toward future for both nations. With growing tension in the region and changes in leadershiphttp://www.canadiensstore.com South Korea is looking to see if it can strengthen its bargaining position on behalf of the 46 survivors.

One of the largest points of contention between the new South Korean foreign minister and the current deal is the proposed removal of the statues in front of the Japanese embassy. In spite of apologies from Japanhttp://www.canadiensstore.com the atrocities these women endured does not simply disappearhttp://www.canadiensstore.com and South Korea believes that it should still be acknowledged. Japanhttp://www.canadiensstore.com howeverhttp://www.canadiensstore.com wants to stick to the original agreementhttp://www.canadiensstore.com which states that the matter will not be used as a negotiating tool between the two nations moving forward.

Both nations wish to move forward with their relationship in the face of rising tensions in the region and benefit from finding common ground. As the 2018 Winter Olympics seek to unite countries all over the worldhttp://www.canadiensstore.com the Prime Ministers of both nations will also unite to cover thishttp://www.canadiensstore.com along with other major issues affecting the lives of their people. While the issue of the comfort women will be on the tablehttp://www.canadiensstore.com it will be along side nuclear talks that will have a major impact on the global community.

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