During Japan’s Occupation and colonization of Korea from 1910 to 1945, among the most egregious cases of this inhumanity of its conquering army was its treatment of the Korean “comfort women”
“Comfort women” is a euphemism that seriously downplays what was actually a War crime. The comfort women were girls that were ripped from families and their homes and forced to service the forces. These women were victims of years of rape, sex slaves.
The phenomenon of the Comfort women wasn’t simply a wartime manipulation and humiliation of the nation, but of those people . Has never healed.
Attempts to Make Amends
There have been attempts over The years to solve the dilemma of the comfort women, but it’s difficult. Countries apologize and accept responsibility. That is at the point of a gun, although they may apologize and pay reparations after losing a war. An honest, uncoerced taking stock of oneself and admission of guilt is tough enough for people, let alone for countries.
Then from the other side, in What payment, the face of atrocities what gesture, will seem adequate to the victims? What could Japan do this would make the individuals who read and have heard the testimonies of the comfort women believe the slate was wiped clean, they have no grievance against Japan?
In 2015, a “final and irrevocable settlement” was reached between South Korean President Park Geun Hye and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, wherein Japan apologized and paid an indemnity to the few surviving comfort women. As part of this settlement, the Korean government agreed to the elimination of a sculpture in Seoul that portrays one of the comfort women. The woman stares ahead from across the street from the embassy, serving as humiliation and a reminder to the Japanese.
In the governmental, Japan The settlement infuriated right. In South Korea, some of the surviving comfort women refused the money provided to them, and a low-budget Korean film named Spirits’ Homecoming concerning the plight of the comfort women became an unexpected massive hit. The sculpture has not been eliminated, and there was a further escalation of the controversy with a second statue in Busan’s erection. The inclusion of the Busan one and the presence of this Seoul sculpture has resulted in Prime Minister Abe’s remembering of the country’s top diplomats and denunciations, and to bickering .
Honoring and respecting the Korean comfort women and their testimonies is morally obligatory. Yet there are incentives for Japanese and South Koreans enhance relations between their countries and to de-escalate this controversy.
The market is struggling. Youth unemployment is worsening. Trade with China is down because of China having the ability to manufacture. A currency exchange arrangement that’s expected to help stabilize the won has been threatened by the battle with Japan.
Both South Korea and Japan Would be better served discovering ways to and working out their differences Cooperate, in the face not just of the rising power China Unstable leadership in the USA and North Korea. Continuing the battle over the comfort women, as important as that issue is, Won’t facilitate cooperation.