Japanese Scholar Apologizes to Comfort Women in Front of Japanese Embassy in Seoul
“Really, Really Sorry!" a senior Japanese professor said to a group of South Korea's former "comfort women" gathered in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul in their effort to seek the official apology from the Tokyo government.On Oct. 19, 2016 Prof. Endo Doru, 78, of University of the Sacred Heart (聖心女子大学)'s Department of Philosophy in Tokyo, knelt down to the former sex slaves forced to serve the Japanese soldiers during the Pacific War. "I am Japanese," uttered the Japanese scholar in a heart-felt apology to the group of South Korean women who served at the brothels set up by the imperial Japanese army during the World War II.Among the "comfort women" are 90-year-old Kim Bok-Dong and 89-year-old Gil Won-Ock."I came to Seoul to make an official apology to the Korean ladies" the white-haired Japanese professor said. "As a Japanese I have to apology to the countless number of Koreans forced to labor in the terrible conditions"The Japanese man repeatedly made a bow to the comfort women.He criticized the Japanese government's request for uninstalling so called "Statue of Girl" erected in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul. The statue symbolizes the victims of sexual slavery by the Japanese imperial military during World War II.Tens of thousands of Korean women were forced to serve as sex slave for the Japanese soldiers at brothels during the Pacific War.As of 2016 there are a little of over 40 comfort women still living in South Korea.On every Wednesday the survivors of the Japanese sexual slavery have been staging demonstrations since 1992, calling for the official apology from the Japanese government and demanding compensation.
|The 89-year-old Gil Won-Ock (left) and 90-year-old Kim Bok-Dong sits side by side at their demonstration in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul.|
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