Former Sex Slave Protests the Closure of Japanese Funded Foundation

Hyo Kyung Kim, Sept. 4, 2018, 8:49 a.m.

A 92-year-old woman held a solo protest on Monday in front of the Foreign Ministry in Seoul over the way it handled the dispute with Japan over victims of wartime sex slavery.

Kim Bok-dong, a victim of the wartime atrocity, demanded the government get rid of a foundation set up based on a murky 2015 deal between Seoul and Tokyo to help the survivors without committing Japan to admitting guilt. Kim said the foundation, funded by 1 billion yen Tokyo paid, misses the point.

She said the victims have not been fighting just for compensation but for a sincere apology from Tokyo for its past actions.

Similar protests are planned through the end of September.

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