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April 4, 2017

Civic Statues as an apology for war crimes?

In October, 2016 two statues of a Korean and Chinese girl were unveiled in China, the first monument in China to honor the victims of Japan's wartime sexual slavery. The statues were erected inside Shanghai Normal University in the Chinese city with the help of donations from citizens of Hwaseong, south of Seoul. It is the fifth monument to be built outside of South Korea in honor of the hundreds of thousands of women who were forced into sexual slavery for Japanese troops during World War II. Most of the women were from Korea as the country was under Japanese colonial rule from 1910-45, but some of them were also brought from China, Taiwan & other nations.   While the governments hailed it as a landmark agreement, many of the victims and their supporters accused Seoul of "diplomatic collusion" and demanded their grievances be properly addressed through an acknowledgment of legal responsibility and other means.

The other statues have been erected in the United States, Canada and Australia.

Source - SHANGHAI/HWASEONG, South Korea, Oct. 22  2016