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S. Korea warns Japan over war sex slavery review

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye on Saturday warned Japan would face "isolation" if it pushed ahead with a move to revisit an apology over wartime sex slavery. Her warning, in a speech marking the anniversary of a 1919 anti-Japanese uprising, coincided with the opening of a rare exhibition on "comfort women" in Seoul, a euphemism for women who were forced into Japanese military brothels during World War II.

S. Korea warns Japan of 'isolation' over war sex slavery review

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye on Saturday warned Japan would face isolation if it pushed ahead with a move to revisit an apology over wartime sex slavery. Her warning, in a speech marking the anniversary of a 1919 anti-Japanese uprising, coincided with the opening of a rare exhibition on "comfort women" in Seoul, a euphemism for women who were forced into Japanese military brothels during World War II.

Shelter for former sex slaves to have 'human rights center'

GWANGJU, South Korea, Feb. 28 (Yonhap) -- A shelter for former sex slaves to Japan in World War II said Friday it will build a human rights education center in a bid to raise public awareness of their sufferings. The House of Sharing said it broke ground Friday to build the "human rights center for the Japanese military's sex slavery victims" inside the shelter compound in Gwangju, southeast of Seoul.

Ex-PM Murayama says no need to re-examine 1993 statement on sex slavery

Former Japanese Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama said Thursday it is not necessary to re-examine a 1993 statement on wartime sex slavery in the wake of recent moves by the current government to do so. "There is no meaning in finding fault in or scrutinizing the statement any further," Murayama, who was Japan's socialist prime minister from 1994 to 1996, said at a press conference in Tokyo, questioning whether the country will benefit from such actions.

30% of S. Korean sex slaves received atonement money from Japan fund

About 30 percent of former South Korean wartime sex slaves have received atonement money from a private Japanese fund, the fund's former executive director said Thursday, revealing for the first time the exact number of beneficiaries. Haruki Wada, professor emeritus of the University of Tokyo, told Kyodo News the fund's atonement money was given to 60 out of the 207 people officially recognized by the South Korean government in 2002 as having been so-called "comfort women."

Britain to post 'slavery' spotters at airports

Anti-slavery teams are to be deployed at British airports in a bid to identify potential victims of human trafficking, the government announced Friday. Border Force units will be tasked with spotting potential victims of so-called modern slavery, collecting intelligence on trafficking victims and disrupting organised crime gangs. The first specialist team will start working on April 1 at London Heathrow, the world's busiest airport for international passengers.

Park thanks U.S. lawmaker for support on 'comfort women' issue

SEOUL, Feb. 18 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye thanked the chairman of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday for his support in Seoul's efforts to resolve the issue of Japan's sexual enslavement of Korean women during World War II. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is known for his sympathy and support for the so-called comfort women issue. Earlier this month, he visited the statue of a girl set up in Glendale, California, in memory of the victims and paid his respects to a recently deceased former sex slave.

No justice for child victims of Burundi's sex-traffic rings

Pamela comes from an affluent family and was doing well in one of Bujumbura's best high schools -- until two years ago. She ended up being a sex slave after meeting a group of girls when she was 14. At first they proposed that she come along when they went out, then the trips out became dates with older men who picked up the bill -- initially without asking for anything.

S. Korea to increase awareness of victims of Japanese sex slavery

SEOUL, Feb. 11 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will step up efforts this year to raise the world's awareness of Japan's sexual enslavement of Korean women during World War II, designating a national day to honor the victims, the gender equality ministry said Tuesday. "We'll make greater efforts to let the world know the Japanese sex slavery issue, which caused a great sensation at home and abroad during a recent international cartoon festival," the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family said in its 2014 policy report to President Park Geun-hye.

S. Korea to increase awareness of victims of Japanese sex slavery

SEOUL, Feb. 11 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will step up efforts this year to raise the world's awareness of Japan's sexual enslavement of Korean women during World War II, designating a national day to honor the victims, the gender equality ministry said Tuesday. "We'll make greater efforts to let the world know the Japanese sex slavery issue, which caused a great sensation at home and abroad during a recent international cartoon festival," the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family said in its 2014 policy report to President Park Geun-hye.
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