However, the court in its verdict said that Imperial Japan was responsible for the "comfort women" system. The court said, "The plaintiffs, who were in their late teens or early 20s, were subjected to repeated sexual exploitation. It amounted to an illegal act against humanity and the defendant has an obligation to compensate the victims for their mental suffering. Friday's ruling has been denounced by Tokyo as a violation of international law and summoned Seoul's ambassador to protest, demanding that the South Korean government intervene. The comfort women issue between Japan and South Korea
South Korean Court Orders Japan To Compensate 12 WWII Sex Slaves
South Korean Court Orders Japan To Compensate 12 WWII Sex Slaves | WJSU
The sex slaves issue has been a source of a painful dispute between South Korea and Japan. The Kyodo reports shows one dispatch from the consul general of Jinan to the foreign minister that said the Japanese invasion had caused a surge in prostitution in the area, with geisha from Japan, comfort women from Japan, and comfort women from Korea. Another dispatch from the consul general of Qingdao in Shandong province in China says the Imperial Army asked for one woman to accommodate every 70 soldiers, while the navy had requested more comfort women and geisha, Kyodo said. The number of sex slaves is not certain, but historians say they numbered in the tens of thousands or more, and their purpose was to prevent the spread of disease and curtail rapes among soldiers. The Japanese government says reparations are settled but it has set up funds to support the victims. That has had mixed results with continued demands for a more thorough apology.
South Korean Court Orders Japan to Compensate WWII Sex Slaves
The year war claimed the lives of about 35 million Chinese civilians and soldiers. A deep scar was left on the Chinese soil after the flames of war raged through the ancient nation, destroying cities and slaughtering people. When talking about the Japanese aggression, a veteran named Yang Yangzheng recalled, "We refused to be conquered.
According to a conservative estimate, about , Korean girls and women were sent to front-line Japanese brothels during the colonial era, brought on the pretext of employment before being pushed into the sex trade. Known as "comfort women", they were used whenever the army invaded and occupied Asian countries from the early s until the end of the war. About women came forward and registered with the government as victims of sexual slavery.