Documents Show Japan Army Demanded 1 'Comfort Woman' Per 70 Soldiers In Wartime: Report

Lee-Yong Soo, a former South Korean “Consolation Girl”. (Reuters)

TOKYO:

The Imperial Japanese Military requested the federal government to offer one “consolation girl” for each 70 troopers, Japan’s Kyodo information company stated, citing wartime authorities paperwork it had reviewed, shedding recent mild on Tokyo’s involvement within the apply.

“Consolation girls” is a euphemism for the women and girls – lots of them Korean – compelled into prostitution at Japanese army brothels. The problem has plagued Japan’s ties with South Korea for many years.

One dispatch from the consul common of Qingdao in China’s Shandong province to the international ministry in Tokyo, says that the Imperial Military requested for one girl to accommodate each 70 troopers, Kyodo reported late on Friday.

One other dispatch, from the consul common of Jinan, additionally in Shandong province, notes “no less than 500 consolation girls should be concentrated right here” because the Japanese forces made additional advances, Kyodo stated.

The 1993 “Kono Assertion”, named after then-Chief Cupboard Secretary Yohei Kono in whose title it was issued, acknowledged Japanese authorities’ involvement in coercing the ladies to work within the brothels.

However that didn’t cease disputes over the difficulty, such because the diploma of involvement of the Japanese authorities.

“From the most recent doc … we bought detailed data on the operation of the brothels – what number of troopers had been so-called assigned to a consolation girl,” stated Yoon Mi-hyang, head of the Korean Council for the Ladies Drafted for Navy Sexual Slavery by Japan.

“It is a clear signal that the Japanese authorities is accountable for forcefully recruiting Korean girls for sexual enslavement.”

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No officers had been instantly obtainable for remark at Japan’s Cupboard Secretariat, which Kyodo stated collects official paperwork regarding consolation girls.

South Korea reached a settlement with Japan to resolve the consolation girls dispute in 2015, by which Japan apologised to victims and supplied 1 billion yen ($9 million) to a fund to assist them.

Relations between the 2 East Asia neighbours have deteriorated since South Korea’s high court docket dominated in favour of South Koreans searching for compensation from Japanese corporations for wartime compelled labour.