Former Comfort Women Demand Japanese Apology for Sexual Slavery
kpopluv, April 16, 2015, 9:15 a.m.
Lee Yong-soo, a 87-year-old victim of Japan's wartime mobilization of sex slaves, will hold a press conference and attend a rally demanding an apology in Washington, D.C. when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gives a speech before Congress.
Abe meets U.S. President Barack Obama on April 28 and addresses a joint session of Congress the following day. The House of Sharing, a shelter for former sex slaves, on Wednesday said Lee is visiting the U.S. at the invitation of the Washington Coalition for Comfort Women Issues.
Back in April 2007, she staged a protest demanding an apology for former sex slaves near the White House during Abe's first visit to the U.S. In February that year she testified about Japanese atrocities including her conscription as a sex slave at age 16, at the first hearing on the so-called "comfort women" in Congress.
In July 2007, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution demanding the Japanese government admit to and apologize for the atrocity. Rep. Mike Honda, one of the proponents of the resolution, will likely join Lee at the rally.