The legacy of the South Korean comfort women has garnered some attention in recent years, particularly after Seoul and Tokyo reached an amicable agreement in 2015, which was intended to put the matter behind the two countries once and for all. However, a division of opinion remained among the people of both Japan and South Korea. Now, despite some setbacks, they are working closely to find a positive resolution to the decades-long dispute.
The longstanding source of contention between Japan and South Korea arises from the Japanese Imperial Army’s use of ‘comfort stations,’ or brothels, staffed by South Korean women before and during WWII. Korean Comfort women stories about being abducted from their homes have been around since the war, but their testimonies were popularized in 2013, preceding the decision by both countries to reach a bilateral agreement sealing the matter.
Recognizing the painful experiences outlined in comfort women testimonies, … Read the rest