President Park Geun Hye Urges Japan to Restore Honor of Former Sex Slaves

kpride, June 1, 2015, 9:45 a.m.


President Park Geun-hye urged Japan on Monday to take "courageous" steps to restore the honor of former South Korean sex slaves for Japan's World War II soldiers, Park's office said Monday. The issue has gained urgency as the number of victims still alive has shrunk. In 2007, more than 120 South Korean victims were alive, but the number has since dropped to 52, with their average age standing at nearly 90.

Park said she "expects Japan to make a courageous decision to ensure the honor of the elderly women is restored" while they are still alive, the office said, without elaborating on details. It is not the first time that Park has pressed Japan to address the issue of former sex slaves, but the latest appeal came in a meeting with a group of prestigious former South Korean and Japanese leaders, known as the "Wise Men's Conference."

President Park Geun-hye urged Japan on Monday to take "courageous" steps to restore the honor of former South Korean sex slaves for Japan's World War II soldiers, Park's office said Monday. The issue has gained urgency as the number of victims still alive has shrunk. In 2007, more than 120 South Korean victims were alive, but the number has since dropped to 52, with their average age standing at nearly 90.

Park said she "expects Japan to make a courageous decision to ensure the honor of the elderly women is restored" while they are still alive, the office said, without elaborating on details. It is not the first time that Park has pressed Japan to address the issue of former sex slaves, but the latest appeal came in a meeting with a group of prestigious former South Korean and Japanese leaders, known as the "Wise Men's Conference."

 

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