Want China Times
By: Xinhua and Staff Reporter
China’s State Archives Administration (SAA) plans to release videos documenting the
suffering of women forced into sexual slavery at the hands of the Japanese military over 70 years ago.
The eight-part video series will be released on the SAA’s website, one per day, beginning exactly 70 years after Emperor Hirohito announced Japan’s surrender on Aug. 15, 1945.
Japan invaded northeast China in September 1931, with a full-scale invasion following in July 1937. Around 35 million Chinese soldiers and civilians were killed or injured in the eight-year war which followed.
An estimated 200,000 women, euphemistically known as “comfort women,” were forced to work at brothels set up by the Japanese military. They were chiefly from Korea, China, Taiwan (then a Japanese colony), and Southeast Asian countries under Japanese occupation. [FULL STORY]