President Moon Jae-in has vowed to restore the dignity and honor of the Korean women who were sexually enslaved by Japan during World War Two, stressing the importance of a "victim-centered solution."
He was speaking earlier today in a video message to mark International Memorial Day for Comfort Women.
The government will do its best to map out realistic and practical methods so the victims' courage and dedication can be repaid with the restoration of their dignity and honor. The most important principle is a "victim-centered" approach. The government will continue to seek a solution that the victims can accept."
An event was held in Cheonan, the third of its kind since the government designated August 14th as a national memorial day in 2017.
President Moon thanked the victims for their courage in coming forward calling them living history, and praising their fight for women's rights and peace.
He also noted that on this day 29 years ago, the late Kim Hak-sun , who was herself victimized by Japanese military, became the first to testify publicly about Japan operating an organized system of military brothels.
President Moon vowed to take care of the 17 Korean women still living who are registered with the government as sex slavery victims.
The president said they have presented a new direction for future generations of South Koreans and Japanese to pursue peace and human rights.