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[NEWS-INDEPTH] Aug. 14: International memorial day for 'comfort women' victims Updated: 2022-08-12 17:27:05 KST

August 14th, coming up this Sunday, is the international memorial day for the so-called "comfort women", South Korean women and girls who were forced into sexual slavery for the Japanese military during World War Two.
Where do things stand now and what should be done down the road for the victims?
For more, we invite a special activist, Phyllis Kim, Executive Director of Comfort Women Action for Redress and Education.
Director Kim, thank you for joining us.

1. Would you first tell our viewers the meaning of this memorial day? Why it has been designated as one?

2. Recently, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was in Seoul, where she has touched upon the wartime Japanese sex slavery issue, having led a 2007 resolution urging Japan to formally acknowledge and apologize for its past atrocities.
How aware is the international community - including the U.S. - of the "comfort women" issue?

3. What do the Korean victims want from the Japanese government?

4. The Japanese government seems to more focus on whitewashing its past, as we've seen in the controversy over their history textbooks.
How does the international community respond to this?

5. What do you see as a fundamental resolution to the "comfort women" victim issue?
What efforts are needed by the two countries, civic groups, and the international community from the perspective of universal human rights?

6. You have been involved in this issue for a long time. What are future plans as an activist?

Executive Director, Phyllis KIM of Comfort Women Action for Redress and Education. Thank you for your insights.
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