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Korean victims of sexual slavery under Japanese military cry out for justice for 22 years Updated: 2014-01-09 09:18:21 KST

 Korean victims of sexual slavery under Japanese military cry out for justice for 22 years
On Wednesday, two surviving victims of sexual enslavement by the Japanese military
during World War Two stood across from the Japanese embassy in Seoul as they've done so many times in the past along with human rights activists and civic groups.
For the last 22 years, those coerced into sexual slavery for the Japanese military have held a demonstration every Wednesday which makes it the longest rally ever in the world.
The group has demanded Japan fully admit to and reveal the truth about its war crimes, offer an official apology and legal reparations, punish those responsible for the crimes, accurately report on the crimes in history textbooks, and build memorials and museums in remembrance of the victims.
However, the victims, also known as former comfort women, feel Japan has not accepted any of their demands.
Japanese politicians continue to make comments that defame the victims and distort history.
Among the 2-hundred-37 Koreans recognized by the government as victims of sexual slavery under the Japanese military, only 56 of them are alive today.
Meanwhile, Korea and Japan are engaged in a battle in cyberspace over a comfort women memorial that was set up in a park near the Glendale Public Library in California last July.

"The Glendale memorial is a replica of this one installed directly across the street from the Japanese embassy in Seoul, which depicts a girl dressed in traditional Korean clothing."

The White House says a netizen submitted an online petition last week seeking protection for the Glendale statue.
This petition was filed in protest of another petition submitted last month that asked authorities to remove the comfort women memorial in Glendale.
Kim Yeon-ji, Arirang News.
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