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S. Korea Voices Regret over Tokyo’s Textbook Approval for Revising Comfort Women Expression

S. Korea Voices Regret over Tokyo’s Textbook Approval for Revising Comfort Women Expression

SEOUL, Sept. 10 (Korea Bizwire) — The foreign ministry has expressed regrets over Tokyo’s approval of textbooks that refer to victims of wartime sexual slavery as “comfort women,” instead of “military comfort women,” in what critics say is a move to whitewash its past atrocities. On Wednesday, Japan’s education ministry reportedly approved five publishers’ plans [...]

DP Lawmakers Withdraw Contentious Bill Banning Slander of Ex-wartime Sexual Slavery Victims

DP Lawmakers Withdraw Contentious Bill Banning Slander of Ex-wartime Sexual Slavery Victims

SEOUL, Aug. 28 (Korea Bizwire) — A group of ruling party lawmakers have withdrawn a controversial bill designed to curb slander of former wartime sexual slavery victims and their advocacy groups, in the face of strong criticism from opposition parties. According to a National Assembly website tracking legislative bills, the proposal to revise the act [...]

Sculptor Couple Slam Japan for Trying to Distort History of War Crimes

Sculptor Couple Slam Japan for Trying to Distort History of War Crimes

SEOUL, July 14 (Korea Bizwire) — A South Korean artist couple, who has built about 100 “comfort women” statues worldwide in memory of Korean victims of Japanese military wartime sexual slavery, condemned Tokyo on Wednesday for attempting to reverse history through the distortion of memory. Sculptors Kim Eun-sung and Kim Seo-kyung said Japan has not [...]

Harvard Professor Accuses Korean Scholar of ‘Savage Attacks’ on his Much-criticized Comfort Women Paper

Harvard Professor Accuses Korean Scholar of ‘Savage Attacks’ on his Much-criticized Comfort Women Paper

NEW YORK/SEOUL, May 6 (Korea Bizwire) — A Harvard law school professor, criticized for his disputed article casting victims of Japan’s wartime sexual slavery as prostitutes, has accused a Korean scholar of “savage attacks” on him, warning that he will mull counteraction. Lee Jinhee, an associate professor of history at Eastern Illinois University, told Yonhap [...]

‘Comfort Women’ Lose Lawsuit Against Tokyo over Wartime Sexual Slavery

‘Comfort Women’ Lose Lawsuit Against Tokyo over Wartime Sexual Slavery

SEOUL, April 21 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean victims of wartime sexual slavery lost their second lawsuit against the Japanese government Wednesday, suffering a setback in their efforts to hold Tokyo accountable for war crimes. The Seoul Central District Court dismissed the case brought by 20 plaintiffs, including surviving victims forced to work in front-line [...]

Families of Comfort Women Call for Special Law to Prevent Historical Distortions

Families of Comfort Women Call for Special Law to Prevent Historical Distortions

SUWON, March 3 (Korea Bizwire) — The families of comfort women are urging the government to enact a special law to prevent historical distortion and absurd statements. Comfort women is a euphemism used to refer to those who suffered under Japan’s military brothel system before and during World War II. On Tuesday, the families of [...]

U.S. Experts Refute Harvard Professor’s ‘Comfort Women’ Claim

U.S. Experts Refute Harvard Professor’s ‘Comfort Women’ Claim

SEOUL, Feb. 18 (Korea Bizwire) – Three U.S. professors have criticized a recent controversial claim by a Harvard University professor that Japan’s wartime sexual slavery was voluntary prostitution. Mark Peterson, professor emeritus of Korean, Asian and Near Eastern languages at Brigham Young University in Utah, posted a column on Korea.net, the South Korean government’s foreign language [...]

Independence Fighter Grandson Ends Archive Donation Talks with Harvard over Professor’s Comfort Women Claim

Independence Fighter Grandson Ends Archive Donation Talks with Harvard over Professor’s Comfort Women Claim

SEOUL, Feb. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — A grandson of a renowned Korean independence fighter said Thursday that he had sent a letter to Harvard University’s president to end any discussions about donating his historical archives due to a professor’s article depicting Japan’s wartime sexual slavery as voluntary prostitution. In an email and phone interview with [...]