Justice Still Not Served
During World War II, at least 200,000 Chinese women and girls were forced into sex slavery by the Japanese army. Statistics from the Research Center for Chinese Comfort Women (RCCCW) at Shanghai Normal University show that 75 percent of them were tortured to death.
Su Zhiliang, RCCCW Director who has been investigating the issue for 13 years, said a large number of the survivors lost their ability to bear children due to sex abuse and barbaric contraception means imposed on them by the Japanese army. Many of them never got married. Some of them, although married, were abandoned by their husbands due to infertility or the perceived sense of stigma. Many of them lived in solitude and poverty for the rest of their life.
Su said since 1995, 24 survivors on the Chinese mainland had filed four lawsuits against the Japanese, but all of them came to naught.
Two days before Twenty Two was released, Huang Youliang, the last Chinese survivor to sue the Japanese Government, left the world in sorrow.
Huang and seven other women sued the Japanese Government in July 2001, demanding an apology and the restoration of their reputation. But their petitions were repeatedly dismissed, with the Japanese Government claiming they were not empowered to file a lawsuit against a state. Huang, the staunchest pursuer of justice, had said that even if the Japanese Government did not apologize to them, she hoped for an apology from the Japanese soldiers who had raped her. However, until her death, there was no apology either from the Japanese Government or the soldiers involved.