Thursday, August 13, 2015

Remembering what Japan's govt wants us to forget: Korean man Choi Hyeon-yeol self-immolates at anti-Japan protest

Mr. Choi remembers the suffering of Korean women.

Why? Here are some clear answers from a Korean paper:

Police said a statement written by Choi was found in a red bag discovered next to where he had been standing. The statement was said to have referred to the issue of Japan’s wartime sexual slavery. 

The Korean Council for Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan, a civic organization, has held the Wednesday demonstrations since 1992 to demand Tokyo officially apologize and compensate the Korean women who were forced to serve as sex slaves for the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II, euphemistically known as comfort women. 

Choi, a resident of Gwangju, has been involved in another local civic organization’s efforts to support comfort women victims. 

Yoon Mi-hyang, president of the council, told reporters that Choi “came up to Seoul from Gwangju at least once a month to participate in the Wednesday demonstrations.”

The Korean government has been urging Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to apologize for the military sex slave issue in the days leading up to the 70th anniversary of Korea’s liberation from colonial rule on Aug. 15, 1945, on Saturday. 

The day before, Friday, marks the third International Memorial Day for “Comfort Women.”
Beyond the missing apologies, the article goes on to describe Japanese foreign ministry resistance to a lawsuit brought by female victims.

Why do Japanese prefer to forget the suffering of their victims?