The issue of comfort women in South Korea has been prevalent for an incredibly long time. Now, after several years of the incidents of comfort women taking place, the government is finally moving in the direction of progress and implementing the right things to provide compensation to the women who were victims of this, and their families as well. Comfort women stories have been emerging all over the place since the aftermath of the war crimes, and the government has known of the issues faced by this. However, it is only now that the government has managed to come to the aid of Korean comfort women, heading to the comfort women testimonies that have been prevalent.

“Comfort Women” survivor, Young Soo Lee recieves an official

December 2015 was when South Korea made a considerable leap to provide aid to South Korean Comfort Women. The government entered into a deal with Japan so that the women who were affected by this can be given some form of compensation for the crimes that were committed against them. The decision to implement this was regarded as ‘final’ and irreversible by both the governments involved with this. To further supplement their efforts of providing aid to comfort women, the government established an organization known as the Foundation for Reconciliation and Healing, which extended a helping hand to those affected by the war crimes. The organization is a not for profit organization and aims to not only rehabilitate the women affected by this who are still surviving, but also their families who were indirectly affected by this. The organization has been able to offer aid to thousands of people all over the country. The government of Japan has also been actively involved with this and has donated a total of nine million US dollars towards the aiding that this organization does. The foreign affairs ministry in South Korea has also promised to donate a total of ninety thousand US dollars towards the organization and aid their efforts.

 

Even though the ruling was passed with good intentions and the organization subsequently formed is trying to provide support to the victims of these war crimes, the government has not received a unanimous response on the effectiveness of the ruling. A good number of the women who were affected by these and who were labeled as comfort women think that this ruling is a way of the Japanese Government washing their hands clean of the situation. Women all over Korea have expressed their opinions on this decision, stating that the money and aid given to them should only be compensation and not a consolatory act that deems them innocent of the acts that they committed. The women want the Japanese Government to understand that no amount of money can rectify what they had done to these women and that unless the government comes forward to apologize to the women affected by these war crimes publicly, there can be no forgetting what happened all those years ago. This has given rise to a lot of discrepancies between the community of the affected, with some openly accepting the aid, while others, rejecting it entirely.

 

The opposition to these relief plans has been emerging all over the country. Victims of these war crimes have actively been protesting against the aid that the government is giving them, and have actively been rejecting any form of monetary compensations that they are being offered. The ruling was meant to bridge the gap between Japan and South Korea, but with people all over the country rejecting this proposition, the route to establishing friendly relations might be harder than usual unless the Japanese Government implements revolutions, the kind that comfort women victims all over South Korea want.

 

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  1. It’s in the interrest of both countries to see this through. Better sooner than later.

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  2. It is hard for the Japanese government to satisfy the victims; they expect different compensations – material and moral. Nevertheless, I think that the government should think how to unite the institutions, organization and the victims.

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