President Ma Ying-jeou has called on Japan to apologize to former comfort women.
During the Pacific War, Japan’s military forced women from colonies such as Korea and Taiwan, as well as newly occupied territories to work as sex slaves for Japanese troops. The UN Human Rights Council ruled in 1995 that Japan’s use of comfort women during the war constituted a war crime.
On Thursday, Ma invited two former comfort women to the Presidential Office. Ma said that Japan must change its attitude towards the past and address the issue of comfort women.
Ma’s remarks come a day after Japanese and South Korean diplomats met to discuss the issue of comfort women. The timing of Ma’s remarks is also significant because Thursday marks 119 years since China and Japan signed the Treaty of Shimonoseki, ceding Taiwan to Japan.
Meanwhile, foreign ministry spokesperson Anna Kao has reiterated Taiwan’s call for Japan to apologize to former comfort women and offer them compensation.