Chu urges Japan to address Taiwan's 'comfort women' issue
ROC Central News Agency
Taipei, Dec. 29 (CNA) Ruling Kuomintang chairman and presidential candidate Eric Chu (朱立倫) urged Japan Tuesday to come forward and deal with the 'comfort women' issue in Taiwan after Japan and South Korea agreed to compensate South Korean comfort women a day earlier.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe apologized to South Korean comfort women on Monday and pledged to spend US$8 million to compensate the women who were forced to provide sexual services to the Japanese military during World War II.
Expressing regret that Japan has not offered the same treatment to Taiwanese comfort women, Chu stressed that 'Japan must not treat Taiwan differently from how it treats South Korea,' arguing that 'Japan must give the Taiwanese people a satisfactory explanation.'
Chu called on the public to stand united toward Japan regarding the issue. 'Regardless of your personal connection with Japan, Taiwanese must take a common stance when it comes to dealing with Japan on this issue,' he said before attending a forum on Taiwan's economic development. 'Don't forget that Taiwanese comfort women were also abused by the Japanese during the Second World War.'
Upon learning of the landmark agreement between Japan and South Korea, President Ma Ying-jiou instructed Taiwan's representative in Japan to immediately negotiate the issue with Tokyo and ask the Japanese government to include Taiwan when it takes positive steps on the comfort women issue of other nationalities.
(By Claudia Liu and Flor Wang)
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