Written by Bella Dalima
01 Mar, 2014 | 5:04 pm
South Korean President Park Geun-hye has warned Japan it will only bring isolation on itself if it reviews a statement acknowledging its wartime use of sex slaves.
She called on Japan to embrace “truth and reconciliation”. Japan apologised in 1993 to survivors of the many thousands of women who were forced into army brothels.
On Friday Tokyo said it would set up a panel to review the evidence on which that apology was based. Some conservatives in Japan have claimed that the women, known euphemistically as “comfort women”, were prostitutes – something fiercely denied by the women and by Japan’s neighbours.
President Park’s warning came in a speech marking the anniversary of a 1919 uprising in Korea against Japanese colonial rule. Some 200,000 women in territories occupied by Japan during World War Two are estimated to have been forced to become sex slaves for troops.
Many of the women came from China and Korea, but also from the Philippines, Indonesia and Taiwan.
The 1993 acknowledgement from Japan was viewed as a landmark apology.
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