» 12/28/2015, 00.00
KOREA - JAPAN
Historic agreement with Seoul as Tokyo apologizes for "comfort women"
The issue of "sex slaves" sent to Japanese barracks before and during World War II has been open since 1965. Today the Land of the Rising Sun offers “heartfelt apologies" for what happened and pays 1 billion yen to a fund for the welfare of those who have survived. The agreement paves the way for greater cooperation between the two nations, crushed by China.
03/03/2012 SOUTH KOREA - JAPAN
Lee Myung-bak warns Tokyo to solve the comfort women issue
For the first time, a South Korean leader raises the issue during celebrations marking the birth of the country's independent movement on 1 March and the start of the fight against Japanese colonialism. The president also expressed his solidarity with a lawmaker on a hunger strike to protest China's decision to repatriate North Korean refugees.
02/02/2015 KOREA - NEW SLAVES
Korea's illegal migrants, the "outcast engine" of a growing economy
On February 8 the Church celebrates the first day of prayer and reflection against human trafficking. In preparation for it, AsiaNews presents stories and testimonies of migrants in Asia and missionaries who try to help them. The situation in wealthy South Korea, where work is not lacking, but the workers are too often victims of "new slavery".
06/02/2015 KOREA - NEW SLAVES
The salt mines, "hell on earth" for the disabled in South Korea
Sinan county produces two-thirds of all the salt used in the country. Composed of dozens of small islands, it is focused on the production of the mineral. Salt mining has long relied on the victims of human trafficking used as slaves until they flee or die. The connivance of local authorities and the indifference of the central government maintain the status quo. The story of Kim, blind, mentally retarded, kidnapped in Seoul and forced to split salt.
13/01/2016 SOUTH KOREA – JAPAN
For the Korean Church, the agreement on 'comfort women' tramples victims’ human rights
The Bishops’ Commission for Justice and Peace slams the deal between Tokyo and Seoul on wartime sexual enslavement. For Bishop You, “the deal reflects economic and diplomatic priorities; in doing so, it fails to seek real peace, because peace requires justice. In the Holy Year of Mercy, the guilty need to undergo real conversion; that is the way.” The prelate also met some survivors (pictured).
24/07/2014 JAPAN - KOREA
Tokyo government to make “officially apology” to Korean comfort women
Announced by Junichi Ihara, head of Asian Affairs of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at the end of a meeting with his South Korean counterpart, Lee Sang-deok. The issue of women sexually exploited by Japanese soldiers has divided the two nations since the end of World War II. Today only 54 remain alive: some will meet the Pope during his visit to South Korea
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