On December 28, 2017, Taro Kono, the Foreign Minister of Japan declared that Japan will not accept South Korea’s request related to the Comfort Women reparations. The agreement between the two countries obliges Japan to pay certain rewards to the survivors.
Back To The Past – WWII
Between 1910 and 1945, most of Asia was under the control of the Japanese colonial regime which aimed to conquer all of Asia. The Comfort Stations were located throughout the territories occupied by Japan such as South Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, China and many others.
The Comfort Stations were created to keep japonese soldiers’ morale up and to avoid the rapes. Comfort Women were not women. They were just girls aged between 12 and 17 years old.
Several testimonies from victims even report that some were forced to sexual activities by Japanese soldiers when they were only 9 years old.
Testimonies detailing the conditions of life in the Comfort Stations have arisen. We learn that those who became pregnant were beaten to the point of miscarriage or death as well as those who had sexual diseases. The testimonies also speak of torture in general but also if the soldiers were not satisfied.
On average, 400,000 women were captured across Asia and forced to serve as sex objects to Japanese soldiers during World War II.