During World War II the country of Japan committed numerous atrocities against its enemies. One such atrocity was committed against the country of South Korea by forcing numerous women into sexual slavery. These women are referred to as Korean Comfort women. In an effort to ease tensions between the two nations Japan and South Korea have made a deal to alleviate some of the sufferings that were caused by these wartime atrocities. However, recently South Korea announced that it would not rollback a 2015 accord that was made between the two nations.
The original deal included an $8.8 million fund to provide care for survivors of the atrocities by the Japanese government. The deal was criticized by the South Korean government as not being enough to cover such atrocities. However, the current president at the time who made the allegations was impeached, and the new president Mr. Moon made a pledge to review the terms of the deal.
The government under Mr. Moon has announced that it would not renegotiate the deal while at the same time also announcing that the 2015 settlement would not be considered a final resolution. Plans are in place for South Korea to set aside eight-point million dollars of its own money for victims of the South Korean Comfort women atrocities and have plans to discuss with Japan how to properly utilize these contributions.
Mr. Moon asked for Japan to produce an additional apology to the victims. The government of Japan believed that the call for an additional apology was no longer acceptable. With the tensions rising between the two nations there have been rumors of whether or not Mr. able will attend the Winter Olympics. Numerous analyst has stated that Japan has already made several apologies to the South Korean Comfort women.
By asking for a new apology from the Japanese government the South Korean government is attempting to revise the agreement that was made in 2015. The Japanese government leaves that this is both contradictory and problematic. Others have voiced concerns that the agreement was made between the leaders of governments and did not include the influence of the victims themselves. It has been said that it is impossible to create a peaceful resolution without including the victims of human rights abuses.
Until such time that the victims have been included in the negotiations, it will be impossible for them to feel at peace with the aggressors. The victims of sexual slavery desire recognition and legal responsibility. In South Korea, the general sentiment is that the agreements that were made in 2015 were not sufficient to cover the totality of the atrocities.
As of now, diplomats from both of the nations are working together in order to figure out a deal that could potentially put the controversy behind them so that they can continue to focus on security cooperation and other national concerns. The Japanese ambassadors believe that the 2015 accord would ameliorate the issues between the two nations. Japan is going to continue by sticking to the 2015 agreement and that it will not forget the terms and conditions that were laid in place.
The decision by the South Korean government to uphold the agreement that was made in 2015 has stirred quite a controversy in the nation. However, the South Korean government believes that this is the best situation in order to help alleviate some of the turmoil that has been caused by these age-old atrocities left over from the war. They hope to help continue improving cooperation between the two nations so that they can have prosperous futures together.
It may be impossible to forget the Comfort women. However by the two nations working together the Comfort women stories will not be forgotten. The Comfort women testimonies will continue to reverberate throughout the annals of history.