The Japan Times
Date: APR 4, 2016
By: Nick Horton, Staff Writer
A recent Taiwanese court ruling that found a Japanese man was entitled to compensation
over his father’s presumed death during the so-called 228 Incident has reignited calls for Japan to redress the former colony’s few remaining “comfort women.”
In a first for a non-Taiwanese national, the Taipei High Administrative Court ruled on Feb. 17 that 72-year-old Keisho Aoyama, from Urasoe in Okinawa Prefecture, should be paid 6 million New Taiwan dollars (about ¥21 million) by the state-funded Memorial Foundation of 228 over the wrongful death of his father, Eisaki, in 1947.
Aoyama’s father is believed to be one of more than 20,000 people killed in the anti-government uprising that began on Feb. 28 that year, following a crackdown on unauthorized tobacco sales in Taipei, and which inflamed underlying tensions between Taiwanese and the nascent Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) government.
Aoyama filed the suit last September following a failed application to the memorial foundation, which rejected his compensation claim on the grounds that Japan had never paid reparations to Taiwanese “comfort women” or soldiers conscripted into the wartime Imperial Japanese Army. [FULL STORY]