Asian women

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

were forced into pros­ti­tu­tion by the Ja­panese army dur­ing World War II, a Chi­nese ex­pert says.

Tokyo and Seoul agreed to re­solve the is­sue “fi­nally and ir­re­versibly” in 2015 if all con­di­tions were met. Ja­pan made an apol­ogy and promised 1 bil­lion yen ($8.8 mil­lion) for a fund to help vic­tims.

How­ever, the is­sue con­tin­ues to strain re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries.

Ja­pan wants South Korea to re­move a statue near the Ja­panese con­sulate in Bu­san city com­mem­o­rat­ing Korean com­fort women, as well as an­other near the Ja­panese em­bassy in Seoul, say­ing that the pres­ence of the stat­ues vi­o­lates the 2015 agree­ment.

South Korean Pres­i­dent Moon Jae-in sug­gested dur­ing his cam­paign for a May 9 elec­tion that most South Kore­ans did not ac­cept the 2015 deal and he could try to rene­go­ti­ate it.

On Wed­nes­day, ex­perts from China and South Korea re­vealed a list con­firm­ing the names of 135 “com­fort women” from the war. A list of 210 peo­ple, who were orig­i­nally from the Korean Penin­sula and lived in Jin­hua of East China’s Zhe­jiang prov­ince, was kept in the Jin­hua City Ar­chives. The list was marked April 1944.

“The 210 peo­ple were from the Korean Penin­sula. The doc­u­ment lists their names, ages, place of birth, and pro­fes­sions,” said Chen Yanyan, head of the ar­chives.

Su, from Shang­hai Nor­mal Univer­sity, said: “There were pho­tog­ra­phers, busi­ness­men, cater­ers, driv­ers, shop as­sis­tants, con­fec­tionery deal­ers, and trans­la­tors, but there are no de­tails of the pro­fes­sions for over 100 fe­males aged be­tween 20 to 30. Their ad­dresses were found to be the same as own­ers of com­fort sta­tions.”

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