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Japan envoy returns home in South Korea 'comfort woman' row

Jan 09, 2017 - 2:06 PM

Japan s ambassador to South Korea returned to Tokyo reiterating its frustration over a statue of a comfort woman outside its Busan consulate

This picture taken on January 2, 2017 shows a statue (L) of a teenage girl symbolizing 'comfort women' who served as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War II, outside the Japanese consulate in Busan. Yonhap/Stringer/AFP

Japan PM urges South Korea to remove 'comfort woman' statue

Jan 08, 2017 - 1:03 PM

Japan argues it is against a 2015 agreement between the neighbors meant to put an end to the hugely emotional and decades long comfort women issue with a Japanese apology and payment of money

This picture taken on January 2, 2017 shows a statue (L) of a teenage girl symbolizing 'comfort women' who served as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War II, outside the Japanese consulate in Busan. Yonhap/Stringer/AFP

Japan recalls envoy to South Korea over new 'comfort woman' statue

Jan 06, 2017 - 2:13 PM

Besides the recall of ambassador Yasumasa Nagamine Japan is ordering home its consul general in Busan and suspending discussions over a Japan South Korea currency swap

PROTEST. This picture taken on January 2, 2017 shows a statue (L) of a teenage girl symbolizing 'comfort women' who served as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War II, outside the Japanese consulate in Busan. File photo by Yonhap/STR/AFP

Lawmaker: Investigate atrocities during PH-US War, WWII, Martial Law

Sep 14, 2016 - 4:15 PM

House Resolution 339 also seeks to commend President Rodrigo Duterte for saying that the Philippines would pursue an independent foreign policy

FORM COMMISSIONS. Kabayan Representative Harry Roque files HR Number 339. Photo of PH-US War from Wikipedia, Filipino comfort women by Ted Aljibe/AFP, photo of Martial Law victims by Rappler

Japan sends 1B yen to South Korea 'comfort women' foundation

Sep 01, 2016 - 2:55 PM

Seoul said the money would be used for financial assistance for the surviving victims – currently numbered at 40 – and families of the victims who have already died

MEMORIAL. A statue of a teenage girl symbolizing former 'comfort women' who served as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War II, is seen in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul on January 6, 2016. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

South Korea offers Tokyo-funded money to 'comfort women'

Aug 25, 2016 - 7:50 PM

Some of the women immediately reject the offer taking issue with Japan s refusal to accept formal legal responsibility

South Korean protesters hold placards showing portraits of former "comfort women" during a rally against the Reconciliation and Healing Foundation outside an office of the foundation in Seoul on July 28, 2016. South Korean protestors clashed with police on July 28 as they tried to disrupt the opening in Seoul of a Tokyo-funded foundation for women forced to work in Japanese wartime brothels. / AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE

Duterte willing to raise plight of comfort women with Japan

Aug 12, 2016 - 10:41 PM

But I cannot go there with a mindset because if I do that my language would be different Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says

PH-JAPAN TIES. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte guides Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida to the Executive Room of the Presidential Guest House in Panacan, Davao City on August 11, 2016. Photo by Ace Morandante/PPD

Dear Mayor Duterte, a woman or child is raped every 53 minutes in PH

Apr 19, 2016 - 5:48 PM

Award winning actress and advocate Monique Wilson urges Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to use his influence to end rape culture

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China protests Japanese textbook revisions on disputed islands

Mar 22, 2016 - 7:45 PM

No matter what measures Japan may take to promote or push its stance it will not change the basic fact that Diaoyu belongs to China says Beijing s foreign ministry

epa03970467 (FILE) A file picture dated 27 April 2005 shows an aerial view of Uotsuri Island, one of the disputed Senkaku islands in the East China Sea. China's air force is on 'high alert' and has sent patrols into its new air defence zone in the East China Sea, the Defence Ministry said 29 November 2013. The air defence identification zone (ADIZ) declared on 23 November covers the Japanese-controlled Senkaku islands, which lie near oil and gas reserves and are claimed by China as the Diaoyu and Taiwan as the Tiaoyutai. EPA/HIROYA SHIMOJI

Neglect of comfort women 'criminal' – Eve Ensler

Feb 10, 2016 - 11:19 AM

The author of The Vagina Monologues and co founder of the One Billion Rising protest movement gives voice to Filipina comfort women

COMFORT WOMEN. The surviving comfort women show origami cranes symbolizing peace and to remind Aquino of the number of missed opportunities he had to help them seek justice. Photo by Jene-Anne Pangue/Rappler

Japan tells UN no evidence of forced WWII sex slavery

Feb 02, 2016 - 8:19 PM

In a report dated December 8 Japan says the forceful taking away of comfort women by its WWII military and government authorities could not be confirmed in its fact finding study

COMFORT WOMEN. A former South Korean so-called 'comfort woman' Gil Won-Ok (aged 88), forced to serve for the Japanese Imperial Army as sex slave during World War II, attends as supporters hold a satirical picture of US President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the weekly rally against the Japanese government, in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, 29 April 2015. Photo by Jeon Heon-kyun/EPA

#AnimatED: PH and Japan: Forgiving but not forgetting

Feb 01, 2016 - 9:00 AM

The Japanese emperor’s historic visit evoked wartime memories amid his message of remembering

FAST FACTS: PH-Japan relations through good and bad times

Jan 26, 2016 - 5:54 PM

The visit of the Emperor and Empress of Japan coincides with the 60th year since the normalization of diplomatic affairs between the two countries

Comfort women to Aquino: Tackle our plight with Japanese emperor

Jan 23, 2016 - 5:36 PM

As their numbers continue to dwindle the surviving comfort women are still waiting for the government to hear their concerns

COMFORT WOMEN. The surviving comfort women show origami cranes symbolizing peace and to remind Aquino of the number of missed opportunities he had to pursue justice. Photo by Jene-Anne Pangue/Rappler

South Korean president defends landmark deal with Japan

Jan 13, 2016 - 1:40 PM

Park acknowledges criticism of the deal which has divided public opinion but argues that her administration has secured the best possible outcome

SPEAKING TO THE PUBLIC. South Korean President Park Geun-hye issues a statement to the nation from the presidential office in Seoul, South Korea, January 13, 2016. Jeon Heon-Kyun/Pool/EPA

Historic South Korea-Japan deal stumbles over statue

Jan 06, 2016 - 10:06 AM

The statue infront of the Japanese embassy in Seoul is both a symbol of the suffering endured by so called comfort women forced to work in Japanese military brothels during World War II and of their struggle to extract a formal apology and compensation from Tokyo

CONTROVERSIAL. A South Korean policeman stands near a statue symbolizing wartime sex slavery in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, December 28, 2015. Jeon Heon-kyun/EPA

Japan nationalists protest landmark sex slave deal with S. Korea

Dec 29, 2015 - 5:19 PM

Some on Japan s conservative far right say the country has nothing to apologize for and question the accounts of the surviving comfort women suggesting they are prostitutes

SPEAKING TO VICTIMS. Vice Foreign Minister Cho Tae-yul (C, back to camera), surrounded by reporters, speaks to comfort women victims, seeking their understanding on an agreement a day earlier with Japan on closing the issue regarding them once and for all, at a shelter in the outskirts of Seoul, South Korea, December 29, 2015. Photo by Yonhap/EPA

Taiwan urges Japanese apology on 'comfort women' after S.Korea deal

Dec 29, 2015 - 2:53 PM

Taiwan s President Ma Ying jeou urges Japan which ruled the island from 1895 1945 to take the same measures over Taiwanese comfort women

MA YING-JEOU. Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou speaks during the Human Rights Day celebration in Taipei, Taiwan, December 10, 2015. Photo by Ritchie B. Tongo

South Korea, Japan to tackle thorny 'comfort women' issue

Dec 27, 2015 - 1:10 PM

Ministers will hold a one day meeting in Seoul Monday December 28 to discuss the issue of comfort women forced to work in Japanese military brothels during World War II and other matters

DEMAND FOR JUSTICE. South Korean supporters of former comfort women hold placards reading 'Honor and the Human Right for Grandmothers' during a rally against the Japanese government, near the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, November 11, 2015. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

Tokyo to propose new fund for former 'comfort women' – Reports

Dec 26, 2015 - 6:25 PM

Media reports say the Japanese government is considering the creation of a new fund worth at least 830 000 to help former comfort women

NEW FUND. The Japanese government is reportedly eyeing the creation of a new fund of at least $830,000 to help former 'comfort women,' in an attempt to mend ties with South Korea. Photo by Toru Yamanaka/AFP

Japan's top diplomat to visit South Korea for 'comfort women' talks

Dec 25, 2015 - 5:43 PM

Seoul is demanding a fresh formal apology and compensation for Korean women forced to serve as wartime sex slaves in Japanese military army brothels

RECONCILIATION. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered Foreign Minister Kishida to visit South Korea to resolve a bitter row over women forced to have sex with Japanese soldiers during World War II. Photo by Toru Yamanaka/AFP.

Japan's Abe orders top diplomat to South Korea for 'comfort women' talks – reports

Dec 24, 2015 - 8:35 PM

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe asks Japan s foreign minister to visit Seoul by the end of 2015 for a resolution over the issue

MEMORIAL. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe walks past a national flag made of flowers at an altar upon his arrival for a memorial service for those who died in the battle of Okinawa during World War II at the Peace Memorial Park in Itoman, Japan's southern islands prefecture of Okinawa, on June 23, 2015. File photo by Toru Yamanaka/AFP

South Korea confirms Japan summit, 'comfort women' on agenda

Oct 28, 2015 - 4:23 PM

A spokeswoman for the presidential Blue House said the summit would take place in Seoul on Monday November 2 on the sidelines of a trilateral leadership gathering with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang

In this file photo, South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrive for a trilateral meeting with the US president at the US ambassador's residence in The Hague on March 25, 2014 after they attended the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS). Saul Loeb/AFP

Should Japan apologize for WWII?

Aug 29, 2015 - 7:01 PM

We should always remember what happened in the past otherwise we repeat the errors

APOLOGY. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe walks past a national flag made of flowers at an altar upon his arrival for a memorial service for those who died in the battle of Okinawa during World War II. File photo by Toru Yamanaka/AFP

S. Korea 'comfort women' seek $20M lawsuit in US

Jun 23, 2015 - 5:32 PM

The issue of justice for South Korea s comfort women which remains in the background of diplomatic relations blisters to the fore

PROTESTING JAPAN. Former South Korean so-called 'comfort women' Gil Won-Ok (C-R) and Kim Bok-Dong (C-L) and supporters take part in the weekly rally against the Japanese government, in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, 29 April 2015. Photo by Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

Why is the Philippines cozying up to Japan?

Jun 09, 2015 - 11:15 AM

All facts show that there was nothing spellbinding or groundbreaking about this intimate friendship between the two governments

Aquino orders report on WWII 'comfort women'

Jun 05, 2015 - 1:04 PM

They are our mothers our sisters our aunts It is really incumbent upon our government to take care of our own the Philippine president says

COMFORT WOMEN. Viictims of abuse of the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II and their supporters stage a picket outside the Philippine presidential palace during the meeting of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Benigno Aquino III in July 2013. Photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Abe offers 'eternal condolences' for Americans killed in WWII

Apr 30, 2015 - 8:37 AM

But it was Japan s actions in Asia during that war that threatened to overshadow his historic address

HISTORIC ADDRESS. Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo (C) addresses a joint meeting of Congress in the US Capitol in Washington DC, USA, 29 April 2015. Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Japan shrugs off South Korean calls on 'comfort women'

Mar 02, 2015 - 2:32 PM

We have explained our position many times We want to continue our diplomatic efforts so that our view will be understood

In this file photo, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga speaks to reporters during a press conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, 03 September 2014. Franck Robichon/EPA

South Korea's Park urges Japan to apologize to 'comfort women'

Mar 01, 2015 - 1:22 PM

Park: We now have only 53 survivors aged nearly 90 on average Time is running out to restore their honor

South Korean President Park Geun-hye speaks during the ceremony commemorating the 01 March independence movement at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in Seoul, South Korea, 01 March 2015. Yonhap/EPA

Women Martial Law survivors to girls today: Understand the past

Sep 21, 2014 - 8:00 AM

Go beyond your mobile phones Facebook and Twitter Join the protests and understand the discussions Understand the people’s anger against the pork barrel and against corruption

Japan newspaper apologizes for false Fukushima report

Sep 11, 2014 - 11:14 PM

The article published said that 90 of workers at the Fukushima Dai ichi nuclear power plant had left the complex disobeying the plant chief s order to stay put in the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl in 1986

UN issues fresh call to Japan over WWII 'comfort women'

Aug 30, 2014 - 12:21 PM

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination says that by failing to treat the aging survivors properly Japan had let their suffering drag on for decades

Japan rejects UN watchdog's call on 'comfort women'

Jul 25, 2014 - 9:02 PM

Japan said it was not obligated to do so

NO APOLOGY. Japan rejects call to take responsibility for its use of so-called

South Korea, Japan resume 'comfort women' talks

Jul 23, 2014 - 3:36 PM

South Korea and Japan resume high level talks in Seoul about the sensitive issue of wartime sex slaves despite a virtual freeze in diplomatic ties

SEEKING JUSTICE. Former South Korean so-called 'comfort women' (yellow vests), and supporters take part in the weekly rally against the Japan government, in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, 07 May 2014. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

South Korea, Japan to resume 'comfort women' talks

Jul 18, 2014 - 4:15 PM

The foreign Ministry said the meeting – the third since the two countries started holding monthly talks on the issue in April – will take place in Seoul on Wednesday July 23

SEEKING JUSTICE. Former South Korean so-called 'comfort women' (yellow vests), and supporters take part in the weekly rally against the Japan government, in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, 07 May 2014. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

Korean 'comfort women' invited to papal mass in Seoul

Jul 01, 2014 - 10:47 AM

The invitation comes at a time when relations between Japan and South Korea are a low ebb over Tokyo s recent allegations that there was no evidence to corroborate the testimony of so called comfort women

SEEKING JUSTICE. Former South Korean so-called 'comfort women' (yellow vests), and supporters take part in the weekly rally against the Japan government, in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, 07 May 2014. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

Japan to unveil review of wartime sex slave apology

Jun 20, 2014 - 12:43 PM

The review has been examining how the decision to apologize was reached and on what historical facts it was based and is threatening to further chill ties with its neighbors

WARTIME SEX SLAVERY. Victims of Japan's wartime sex slavery attend a weekly rally in front of the Japanese Embassy in South Korea on April 9, 2014 to demand Japan apologize and provide compensation to the surviving victims of the Japanese government's sex slavery during World War II. Historians say more than 200,000 women, mostly Koreans, were forced to serve as sex slaves for front-line Japanese soldiers during the war. File photo form EPA/YONHAPNEWS

Japan tells China to stop 'comfort women' heritage bid

Jun 11, 2014 - 7:36 PM

Beijing won t withdraw its bid for UNESCO to include in the Memory of the World register information on how Japanese troops raped thousands in Nanjing when it invaded China in 1937

DEMAND. Former ‘comfort women’ and their relatives gather to stage a standing demonstration near the Diet, or parliament, in Tokyo in this file photo from June 2, 2014. They demand that Japan formally atone for forcing women into sexual slavery in its wartime military brothels. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi, AFP

Documents show Japan complicit in WWII sex slavery: activists

Jun 02, 2014 - 10:02 PM

The documents say that wartime brothels were maintained as official military facilities and that a chief military police officer used his official budget to cover up the fact that he had recruited comfort women

WARTIME SEX SLAVERY. Victims of Japan's wartime sex slavery attend a weekly rally in front of the Japanese Embassy in South Korea on April 9, 2014 to demand Japan apologize and provide compensation to the surviving victims of the Japanese government's sex slavery during World War II. Historians say more than 200,000 women, mostly Koreans, were forced to serve as sex slaves for front-line Japanese soldiers during the war. File photo form EPA/YONHAPNEWS

Japan's wartime sex slavery a 'terrible' violation –Obama

Apr 26, 2014 - 1:50 PM

The US president calls on Japan to account for the wrongs perpetrated by its troops during World War II when thousands of women became sex slaves

TENSIONS. US President Barack Obama urges Japan and South Korea, its two allies in Asia, to resolve differences – starting with tensions over Japan's sex crimes against South Korean women during World War II. Photo by Song Kyung-Seok/Pool/EPA

Japan, S. Korea to discuss 'comfort women' before Obama visit

Apr 13, 2014 - 7:47 PM

The issue will be discussed by the two governments in intensive discussions to improve conditions surrounding relations the Japanese foreign ministry said in a statement

Japan PM Abe says 'no change' to wartime sex slave apology

Mar 14, 2014 - 3:03 PM

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has faced criticism for his government s plan to review Japan s official complicity in the coercion of military sex slaves

Japan: No plan to revise 'comfort women' apology

Mar 10, 2014 - 5:06 PM

The assurance comes after a controversial review of the apology which has sparked a backlash at home and abroad

Japan mulls revision of 'comfort women' apology

Feb 24, 2014 - 6:02 PM

The move is the latest in a series of statements and gaffes from senior officials around Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that are being interpreted as questioning accepted wisdom on Japan s brutal wartime behavior in East Asia

Controversial Japan mayor to seek new mandate

Feb 03, 2014 - 4:19 PM

Toru Hashimoto who caused an international stir last year when he said women forced into sexual slavery by Japan s imperial army served a necessary purpose said he wanted to face the voters

RUNNING AGAIN. In this file photo, Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto speaks during a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo on May 27, 2013. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

South Korea's Park says Japan summit would be 'pointless'

Nov 04, 2013 - 11:10 AM

Park suggests a summit with Shinzo Abe would be pointless given Tokyo s refusal to apologize for Japan s past wrongdoings

STRONG WORDS. South Korean President Park Geun-hye in an interview with the BBC in Seoul, South Korea, aired 4 November 2013. Frame grab courtesy of the BBC

Comfort women: 'Hustisya para sa mga lola'

Jul 27, 2013 - 9:12 PM

President Aquino suggests the Philippines has moved on from its historic conflict with Japan but comfort women say they have not

Japan 'comfort women' mayor to face censure - reports

May 30, 2013 - 3:33 PM

Council members in the western Japanese city of Osaka plan to jointly submit the motion against city supremo Toru Hashimoto

UNDER FIRE. Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto speaks during a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo on May 27, 2013. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Osaka mayor apologizes to 'comfort women'

May 24, 2013 - 7:39 PM

He issues the apology hours after he was due to meet two former comfort women

‘I’M SORRY.’ Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto apologizes for saying comfort women were a military necessity. File AFP photo/Yoshikazu Tsuno