SEOUL, Feb. 14 (UPI) — A sufferer of the Japan’s wartime intercourse slavery handed absent on Wednesday, at age 88.
A civic team for intercourse slavery victims introduced the passing, determining the aged girl by her surname Kim.
She had been struggling from stroke and critical dementia, and died at about 6:40 a.m., at the “Dwelling of Sharing” an lodging for the victims located a small generate absent from Seoul.
According to her family’s needs, her identification and the funeral methods have been stored private.
Kim was taken to Okayama, Japan in 1945, when she was sixteen years aged, and was compelled to provide as a intercourse slave for Japanese soldiers.
Following South Korea was liberated from Japan’s oppressive colonialization, Kim returned to her hometown of Pyeongtaek and started dwelling at the “Dwelling of Sharing” given that October 2012.
With Kim’s passing, only thirty Korean victims of Japan’s intercourse slavery survive to this day.
She is the second surviving sufferer to have died this yr, just after an 89 yr-aged sufferer determined as Im handed absent last thirty day period.
Meanwhile, a weekly protest outside the house the Japanese embassy in Seoul was held from noon the identical day, marking the 1,322th ‘Wednesday Demonstration’ that phone calls on Tokyo to properly accept and redress the plight of its former victims.
Historians say as a lot of as 200,000 women of all ages, typically from the Korean peninsula as properly as from China and Southeast Asian nations, were compelled into intercourse enslavement by Japan’s Imperial Military prior to and throughout the Second World War.
Inspite of phone calls for a sincere apology and appropriate payment for the victims, Tokyo has been distancing by itself from the contentious historical situation, working with the phrase ‘comfort women’ as a euphemism as properly as criticizing the installation of statues that commemorate the intercourse slavery victims.