The opening of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games has brought the world’s attention to the Republic of Korea(ROK). While the cameras are focused upon athletic events, the attention of the locals is upon how the results of President Moon’s task force for the 2015 Comfort Women Agreement will affect diplomatic relations with the Republic of Japan(ROJ).
The ROJ has been making reparations and attempting to resolve the physical, psychological, and emotional damages made to Korean women during Japan’s imperial control in World War II. Japan issued a heartfelt apology in 1993 by Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono after reviewing a Japanese case study on “wartime Comfort Women”. On the 50th anniversary of WWII ending, Japan started the Asian Women’s Fund (AWF) to restore the honor and dignity of women that were effected throughout Asia. The fund provided 2 million yen per survivor from contributions by the Japenese people, and over 5 years disbursed 830 million yen for the welfare and medical care of survivors from the Japanese government’s funds. The AWF also started a digital museum so that the world would remember and not repeat their mistakes.
During the implementation and efforts of the Asian Women’s Fund in Korea, there …Read More »