The foreign ministry is calling on Japan to face its past mistakes and give justice to war-time sex slaves. That’s the word from Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Anna Kao on Tuesday.
“Demanding that Japan issue a formal apology and compensate the victims has been our long-standing policy," said Kao.
"The foreign ministry has stood firm on the stance. [We] will support and help Taiwanese sex slaves in seeking justice and dignity from Japan.”
Kao urged Japan to be responsible and adopt a forward-looking mentality to face its history.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he will not revise a historic Japanese apology for the army’s use of sex slaves during WWII. In 1993, Japan issued the Kono Statement offering an apology. It was the first time that Tokyo had admitted that the Japanese imperial army forced Asian women to serve in its brothels during the 1930s and 40s.
Meanwhile, President Ma Ying-jeou, on his Facebook page, called on Japan not to change this position. Ma said the suffering inflicted on sex slaves left painful scars and memories on them that cannot be forgotten.