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입력 2019.01.24 (15:34) 수정 2019.01.24 (15:46) News Today
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It seems that the current icy ties between South Korea and Japan has made it more difficult to settle the issue of Japan's wartime sexual enslavement of Korean women. Under this situation, efforts are more necessary than ever to shed light on the truth. However, there is no agency in charge of researching the issue and more than 80,000 related records have not been organized. Here is more.

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[Soundbite] Late Kim Soon-deok(Sexual slavery victim) : "I struggled and cried every day. It was no use. Nothing changed even if someone spoke out."

Some 200 Korean victims of Japan's sexual slavery during World War Two testified to their terrible experiences. The government has identified 82,000 materials on Japan's wartime sexual enslavement, including the testimonies. They are scattered at some 40 agencies, including six civic groups and 29 research institutes. A research institute, which is affiliated with the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family, was established in August last year. But it has failed to produce remarkable outcomes with no clear definition on its legal status nor its investigation scope. Experts are unanimously calling for the establishment of an agency that will take charge of research on the issue.

[Soundbite] Yoon Mi-hyang(The Korean Council for Justice and Remembrance for Military Sexual Slavery) : "If there is an agency in charge, civic groups don't need to collect victims' testimonies and review related documents over and over to prove Japan's conscription."

A related bill was introduced two years ago. However, no discussions have been held due to differences between rival parties. Twelve sexual slavery victims have died over the past two years. There are only 25 surviving victims and they hope for the full discovery of the truth and for Japan's sincere apology.
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    • 입력 2019-01-24 15:37:23
    • 수정2019-01-24 15:46:24
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[Anchor Lead]

It seems that the current icy ties between South Korea and Japan has made it more difficult to settle the issue of Japan's wartime sexual enslavement of Korean women. Under this situation, efforts are more necessary than ever to shed light on the truth. However, there is no agency in charge of researching the issue and more than 80,000 related records have not been organized. Here is more.

[Pkg]

[Soundbite] Late Kim Soon-deok(Sexual slavery victim) : "I struggled and cried every day. It was no use. Nothing changed even if someone spoke out."

Some 200 Korean victims of Japan's sexual slavery during World War Two testified to their terrible experiences. The government has identified 82,000 materials on Japan's wartime sexual enslavement, including the testimonies. They are scattered at some 40 agencies, including six civic groups and 29 research institutes. A research institute, which is affiliated with the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family, was established in August last year. But it has failed to produce remarkable outcomes with no clear definition on its legal status nor its investigation scope. Experts are unanimously calling for the establishment of an agency that will take charge of research on the issue.

[Soundbite] Yoon Mi-hyang(The Korean Council for Justice and Remembrance for Military Sexual Slavery) : "If there is an agency in charge, civic groups don't need to collect victims' testimonies and review related documents over and over to prove Japan's conscription."

A related bill was introduced two years ago. However, no discussions have been held due to differences between rival parties. Twelve sexual slavery victims have died over the past two years. There are only 25 surviving victims and they hope for the full discovery of the truth and for Japan's sincere apology.
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