The death of 93-year-old Kim Bok-dong, a victim of sexual slavery by Japan during World War II and later a human rights activist, is also getting attention from outside the country.
New York Times wrote that Kim had been a "prominent representative" of comfort women since the early 1990s, and described her as "one of the most outspoken, persistent campaigners" who helped bring international attention to the issue of wartime sexual slavery.
The AP and the Japanese daily The Mainichi chronicled her life devoted to justice.
They said Kim traveled around the world and participated in weekly demonstrations demanding a sincere apology and compensation from the Japanese government.
Reuters and Channel NewsAsia also covered the story, with headlines using Kim's parting words to her fellow activists -- "fight until the end."
American broadcaster NBC also reported Kim's death.
The executive director of the Korean American Forum of California told NBC that by remembering Kim's courage, "women are empowered" and activists are a step closer to achieving justice.
Julie Tang, a former San Francisco judge and co-chair of the Comfort Women Justice Coalition, said Kim was a "legendary historical figure."
According to NBC, both groups will hold memorials in California on Sunday to show solidarity in the fight to bring justice to the comfort women.
Park Hee-jun, Arirang News.