By: Hsieh Chia-chen and Christie Chen
Taipei, Aug. 16 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) stressed Sunday that it is a historical fact that “comfort women” were forced into sexual slavery during World War II, and said the debates surrounding whether these women were forced paint Taiwan in a bad light.
“We should not argue over these questions anymore. They were forced,” Ma said after a screening of the documentary “Song of the Reed” (蘆葦之歌) at the Presidential Office. The documentary chronicles the later years of Taiwanese “comfort women” — women forced into sexual slavery by Japanese forces during World War II.
Ma pointed out that these women are his mother’s age and have all lived through a chaotic time. The president choked up several times after viewing the documentary. [FULL STORY]