KMT calls on Japan to formally apologize for ‘comfort women’
The ruling Kuomintang (KMT) on Friday called on the Japanese government to face the history of World War II truthfully and to formally apologize for the Japanese military’s practice of forcing women in Taiwan into sexual slavery during the war.
KMT spokesperson Lin Yihua said in a press release on International Memorial Day for the “comfort women” — as they have become known euphemistically — that the practice was a serious violation of human rights during wartime.
In 1995, the United Nations Human Rights Commission defined the forcing of “comfort women” into prostitution as sexual slavery, and Taiwan’s Legislature passed a resolution in 2008 demanding that Japan abide by the commission’s recommendations and make a pub- lic apology said.
While the opposition Democratic Progressive Party ( DPP) also voiced its support for the “comfort women” on social media, Lin criticized Tsai Ing-wen, the DPP chairwoman and presidential candidate, for not setting the record straight when she had the chance.
Lin said Tsai should have helped students learn the historical truth regarding “comfort women” when visiting students camped outside the Ministry of Education in protest of the revised high school history curriculum guidelines in late July.
Some of the student protesters contended that probably not all “comfort women” were forced into prostitution by the Japanese military during World War II, a claim that aroused heated debate over the issue.
to the victims, Lin