Finding closure for Japan's wartime 'comfort women'

Why does Japan's history of sexual slavery continue to create division?


  1. The comfort women issue has been the centre of heated debates in Japan and across the region. Some disagree over the numbers and circumstances while others claim the women were volunteers rather than sex slaves. For nearly 50 years, those victimised by the comfort women practice kept silent until a Korean survivor made her story public in 1991. Today there are only 53 living former comfort women registered with the South Korean government. Women and girls were also taken from areas that are now Indonesia, China, the Philippines, North Korea and others.
  2. In the multimedia project "Comfort Women Wanted", Korean-born artist Chang-Jin Lee gathered personal stories from survivors and those who witnessed atrocities: