By: Page Tsai and Evelyn Kao
Taipei, Feb. 17 (CNA) The Taipei High Administrative Court ruled Wednesday that the son of a Japanese man believed to have been killed during the military suppression of a major anti-government uprising in Taiwan in 1947, known as the 228 Incident, should be paid NT$6 million (US$180,180) in compensation.
The ruling marks Keisho Aoyama (青山惠昭), a 71-year-old resident of the city of Urasoe in Okinawa, as the family member of the first foreign victim of the incident to be eligible for compensation.
In 2013, Aoyama filed an application with the Memorial Foundation of 228 in Taiwan to recognize his father, Esaki Aoyama (青山惠先), as a foreign victim of the incident and demanded NT$6 million in compensation.
His father was recognized as a victim in December 2014, but the foundation turned down the compensation demand on the grounds that the Japanese government did not pay reparations to former Taiwanese troops who fought for Japan during World War II or Taiwanese women forced to work as wartime sex slaves in Japanese military brothels before and during the war. [FULL STORY]