Taiwan News
2015.12.29
Taiwan asks Japan for its own resolution to ‘comfort women’ issue
KYODO
Taiwan called on the Japanese government Monday to begin negotiating with Taipei on the “comfort women” issue after Tokyo and Seoul struck a deal on the long-standing dispute.

Spokeswoman Eleanor Wang said the ministry will ask the island’s representative office in Tokyo to convey the Taiwanese government’s wish to open talks on the issue.

“If the Japanese government decides to take any positive action to resolve the issue, we think the coverage should be comprehensive and include comfort women from Taiwan,” she said.

Wang said the Taiwanese government’s position on the issue has been clear: that the Japanese government should issue an official apology and compensate the victims.

Until the matter is resolved, Wang said the Taiwanese government will continue to express its solemn position, hoping that Taiwanese women forced into sexual servitude by the Japanese military before and during World War II will get the kind of justice and dignity they deserve.

Pointing out calls from the U.N. Human Rights Committee, Wang said Taiwan hopes the Japanese government will “face history with courage” and handle the thorny issue “seriously and responsibly in the name of humanity and human rights.”

The U.N. human rights panel made the comments in July 2014 when it asked Japan to conduct independent investigations into the problem and apologize to the former comfort women.

It is estimated that Taiwan had about 2,000 comfort women, of which 85 have been confirmed as victims, according to Taipei Women’s Rescue Foundation. However, there are now only four still alive in Taiwan, and their average age is about 90.

While the Japanese government set up a fund that distributed some “atonement money” to victims, the Taiwanese government said it finds that “unacceptable,” because the fund was privately managed and its money was mostly raised through donations from Japanese citizens; therefore it did not amount to official compensation.



Resource: The Japan Times
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/12/28/national/politics-diplomacy/taiwan-asks-japan-resolution-comfort-women-issue/#.VoIBZrZ95D8

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MOFA calls for Japan negotiations on ROC's war 'comfort women'

By Joseph Yeh ,The China Post
December 29, 2015, 12:10 am TWN

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Monday called on Japan to promptly launch bilateral negotiations on the "comfort women" issue in order to compensate victims in Taiwan.

MOFA spokeswoman Eleanor Wang told local media that the R.O.C. government has repeatedly urged the Japanese government to officially apologize and compensate Taiwanese citizens who were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese military during World War II, who are known euphemistically as comfort women.

In the wake of the latest agreement reached between Japan and South Korea regarding the compensation of South Korean comfort women, Wang noted that Taiwan has been closely monitoring the latest developments and has established contact with local organizations concerning the Taiwanese comfort women issue.

The nation's representative office in Japan has also been engaged in talks with the Japanese authorities over the issue and has been calling on Tokyo to promptly launch bilateral negotiations over the comfort women issue to compensate victims in Taiwan.

Once Taiwan has received an official response from Japan over the matter, the government will engage in talks with related government branches in the hope the issue can be resolved to everyone's satisfaction, she said.

Wang's comments were made following foreign media reports that Japan and South Korea had reached a historic deal to settle the issue on Monday.

Japan will pay 1 billion Japanese yen (US$8.3 million) to a South Korean-administered fund for the victims.

The announcement comes after Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida arrived in Seoul for discussions with his South Korean counterpart, Yun Byung-se.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also offered an apology to "everyone who has suffered lots of pain and received scars that are difficult to heal physically and mentally," Kishida told reporters after the meeting on Monday.

Comfort women were women forced into prostitution, working in brothels created by the Empire of Japan during World War II.

The issue remains a sensitive one for Asian neighbors nearly 70 years after Japan's defeat.

According to the Taipei Women's Rescue Foundation, more than 2,000 Taiwanese women were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army during the war, but only four of those to have spoken openly of their suffering at the hands of the Japanese forces are still alive today.



source: The China Post

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/intl-community/2015/12/29/454701/MOFA-calls.htm

 
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