Korea refutes Japanese PM’s remarks on wartime sexual slavery

Japan should resolve a long-standing grievance regarding Korean women forced to serve as sex slaves during World War II through a sincere apology and compensation, a senior Seoul official said Monday, refuting published remarks on the matter by Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda.

The issue of Japan’s wartime sexual enslavement of tens of thousands of Korean women for its front-line soldiers is one of the most emotional and unresolved issues between South Korea and Japan.

Korea has pressed Japan to resolve the issue through an apology and compensation for the aging Korean women on a humanitarian level, but Tokyo refuses to do so, saying the matter was already settled by a 1965 treaty that normalized relations between the two countries

Read more: http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2012/09/120_120735.html

South Korean president turns up Japan heat: Emperor must apologize

August 15, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Comfort Women, Dokdo, Prison Camp, War Crimes 

SEOUL–Amid a flare-up in nationalistic anti-Japan rhetoric, South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak has fueled it further with a demand for an apology by Emperor Akihito.

Lee said Akihito would be unwelcome in South Korea without a direct acknowledgment of guilt for Japan’s colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula from 1910 to 1945. Akihito acceded to the throne in 1989.

“Although (the emperor) wants to visit South Korea, I have told Japan he can only do so if he visits (the graves of) those who died in independence movements (against Japan) and apologizes to them from his heart,” Lee said Aug. 14, addressing a seminar for teachers in Cheongwon, North Chungcheong province.

It was the first time an incumbent South Korean president had publicly demanded such an apology.

Read more: http://ajw.asahi.com/article/asia/korean_peninsula/AJ201208150066

South Korea-Japan Tensions Heat Up

SEOUL—South Korea President Lee Myung-bak on Tuesday directed more criticism at Japan and suggested conditions for a hypothetical visit by the Japanese emperor on the eve of the annual commemoration of Korean independence from its former occupier.

The new remarks came just a few days after Mr. Lee angered Tokyo by visiting the Liancourt Rocks, a set of islets South Korea has controlled since the 1950s but that Japan also claims, and just before the August 15 celebration of liberation from Japan at the end of World War II.

Read more: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444318104577588791284405330.html

Hidden Gulag Second Edition (April 10, 2012)

Based on extensive interviews with over 60 defectors and more than 40 satellite photos of North Korean political prisoner camps, the report calls for the dismantlement of the vast North Korean gulag system in which 150,000 to 200,000 are incarcerated.

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