Japan asked to give same treatment to Taiwanese, Korean comfort women
ROC Central News Agency
Taipei, Dec. 27 (CNA) Taiwan asked Japan Sunday to apply any agreement reached with South Korea in scheduled bilateral talks over the 'comfort women' issue to victims in Taiwan, the Ministry of Foreign Affair (MOFA) said Sunday.
Taiwan has been insisted that Japan should formally apologize to Taiwanese women who were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II, and offer compensation to the women, known euphemistically as 'comfort women,' the MOFA said.
Taiwan will continue to negotiate with Japan based on the stand, asking for the justice and dignity to which the victims deserve, it added.
The ministry made the statement after media reported that Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida will meet with his South Korean counter part, Yun Byung-se, in Seoul on Monday to discuss comfort women issue.
The report drew the attention of the Taipei Women's Rescue Foundation, which has been dedicated to helping Taiwanese comfort women cope with their mental anguish and seek justice and compensation from Japan over the past two decades.
On Friday, the foundation expressed hope that the negotiations between Japan and South Korea over the issue could be expanded to include Taiwan.
The MOFA said Sunday that it has instructed its representative office in Japan to acquire information of the reported talks, and to monitor the negotiation's progress. Also, the ministry will continue to remind Japan of Taiwan's solemn position on the issue, it said.
Any 'positive treatments' Japan agrees to give Korean comfort women should also be applicable to Taiwanese victims, the MOFA said.
More than 2,000 Taiwanese women and many more across Asia were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II, according to the Taipei Women's Rescue Foundation.
Only four of the Taiwanese women who have spoken openly of their suffering at the hands of Japanese forces are still alive, according to the foundation.
(By Tang Pei-chun and Elizabeth Hsu)
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