Date: January 21, 2016
ROC President Ma Ying-jeou said Jan. 20 that the government is seeking
justice for Taiwan’s former comfort women forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese during World War II.
“Japan should formally apologize to these women and pay appropriate compensation,” Ma said. “The government stands by the victims and will not rest until their dignity is restored.”
The president made the remarks at the funeral of 94-year-old former comfort woman Cheng-Chen Tao in Pingtung County, southern Taiwan.
Cheng-Chen was forcibly sent in the early 1940s at age 19 to the Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal. She was among 58 former comfort women who came forward in the late 1990s demanding apology and compensation from the Japanese government.
“Sadly, it is already too late for Cheng-Chen, who left this world without getting her due,” Ma said. “She was truly a remarkable woman, never failing to show us the bright side of humanity in spite of her pain. [FULL STORY]