President blasts debate over whether ‘comfort women’ forced (update)

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2015/08/16
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]

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