comfort women

China Sex Slave Who Sued Japan Dies

Kyodo News reports on the death of a Chinese woman who had sued the Japanese government over sexual violence during World War II: Guo Xicui, a Chinese woman who filed a lawsuit against the Japanese government seeking reparations...

Sino-Japanese Tensions Flare Yet Again

Amid the ongoing Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands dispute — a notable spell of discord in the long-strained Sino-Japanese relationship — players on both shores of the East China Sea have made recent moves stoking the flames of diplomatic...

Chinese Woman Breaks Silence on Sex Slavery Horror – China Daily

From China Daily: Zhou Fenying is a living witness to the dark history that still poisons China’s relations with Japan more than 60 years after World War Two. hen Zhou was 22, Japanese soldiers came to her village in eastern China, grabbed her and her sister-in-law and carted them off to a military brothel, she […]

Japan Court Rules Against Sex Slaves – Norimitsu Onishi

From the New York Times: In two landmark rulings, Japan’s highest court on Friday rejected compensation claims filed by former wartime sex slaves and forced laborers from China but acknowledged that they had been coerced by the Japanese military or industry. The decisions were handed down as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tried to head off […]

In Asia, the past divides and alienates – Howard French

From A Glimpse of the World blog: Imagine a world where Germany denied the Holocaust, the United States denied the slaughter of Native Americans and Europe denied organizing its immensely profitable and centuries-long trans-Atlantic trade in African slaves. Why would they bother? Presumably because they thought cleaning up these dark blots on their past would […]

Japan’s ‘Comfort Women’: It’s time for the truth – Tessa Morris-Suzuki

From Japan Focus: In August 2000, the German Foundation Act established a fund to compensate tens of thousands of survivors of Nazi slave labour. The 5.1 billion Euro fund was financed jointly by the German government and companies which had been involved in the use of wartime slave labour, and by 2005, over 70,000 claims […]

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