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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 [...]

Victim Asks Seoul to Bring Wartime Sex Slavery Issue to ICJ

Victim Asks Seoul to Bring Wartime Sex Slavery Issue to ICJ

SEOUL, Feb. 16 (Korea Bizwire) — A former wartime sexual slavery victim demanded Tuesday that Seoul bring the issue of forced sexual slavery by Japan to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), denouncing Japan’s continued denials and a Harvard professor’s recent controversial claims. Lee Young-soo, one of 15 registered surviving South Korean victims of sexual [...]

NGO Urges Withdrawal of Harvard Professor’s Paper Casting Wartime Sex Enslavement as Voluntary Prostitution

NGO Urges Withdrawal of Harvard Professor’s Paper Casting Wartime Sex Enslavement as Voluntary Prostitution

SEOUL, Feb. 12 (Korea Bizwire) — A Seoul-based nongovernmental organization has called for the withdrawal of a paper written by a Harvard University professor claiming that Japan’s wartime sexual slavery was voluntary prostitution. The Voluntary Agency Network of Korea (VANK), a group known for international online campaigns to promote the awareness of South Korea’s history, [...]

Journal Launches Investigation into Controversial Claim of Harvard Professor over Comfort Women

Journal Launches Investigation into Controversial Claim of Harvard Professor over Comfort Women

WASHINGTON, Feb. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — A U.S. journal on Thursday said it has launched an investigation into concerns over an article that claimed Japan’s wartime sexual slavery had actually been voluntary prostitution. The International Review of Law and Economics posted a notice saying such concerns have been raised and are now being investigated. “The International [...]

Korean Students at Harvard Demand Professor’s Apology over Controversial Claims on Comfort Women

Korean Students at Harvard Demand Professor’s Apology over Controversial Claims on Comfort Women

SEOUL, Feb. 8 (Korea Bizwire) — Korean students at Harvard University have strongly criticized a professor over his controversial claim that Japan’s wartime sexual slavery was actually voluntary prostitution, demanding its immediate withdrawal and his official apology to victims. Harvard Korean Society made the demand in a statement on its website after Harvard Law School [...]

Korean Harvard Students Decry Professor’s Claims on Sex Slaves as ‘Incorrect and Misleading’

Korean Harvard Students Decry Professor’s Claims on Sex Slaves as ‘Incorrect and Misleading’

SEOUL, Feb. 5 (Korea Bizwire) — A group of Korean students at Harvard Law School has decried a professor’s recent controversial claims that victims of Japan’s wartime sexual slavery were willing prostitutes as “factually incorrect and misleading.” On Thursday, the Korean Association of Harvard Law School issued a statement criticizing a recent article by J. [...]

FM Calls for Japan Not to Respond Excessively to Court Ruling on ‘Comfort Women’

FM Calls for Japan Not to Respond Excessively to Court Ruling on ‘Comfort Women’

SEOUL, Jan. 9 (Korea Bizwire) — Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha called for Japan to refrain from “excessive responses” to this week’s local court ruling ordering Tokyo to compensate victims of its wartime sexual slavery during phone talks with her Japanese counterpart on Saturday. Kang made the appeal in the phone call with Toshimitsu Motegi amid [...]