Victims of Japan's wartime sexual slavery, from eight countries, rallied in front of the Japanese Diet's lower house on Monday, calling on politicians in the country to settle the unresolved issue.
On the sidelines of the twelfth Asian Solidarity Meeting in Tokyo, around three-hundred former comfort women, their families and civic activists showed up for the demonstration, along with foreign embassy officials from 18 countries.
"In today's rally, there were grandmothers who visited Japan, for the first time, to speak about the horrific atrocities they have experienced."
The Korean Council said that the participants submitted an appeal, asking Tokyo to acknowledge that Japan set up and administered military brothels during World War II.
They are seeking an apology and compensation for the victims, and that future generations are educated about the historical atrocity so that it never occurs again.
"It was another opportunity to push the Japanese government to acknowledge their past wrongdoings and provide compensation through legal means."
Following the public protest, victims will speak in front of seven universities in Tokyo, on Tuesday and Wednesday, to inform younger generations that are unaware of Japan's history.
Connie Kim, Arirang News.
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