U N D E R C O N S T R U C T I O N ! BEFORE WORLD WAR II **** 1910-------Japan colonizes Korea 1932------------sexual service facilities are first provided during the Shanghai incident for the pleasure of Japanese occupation forces in China and to prevent large-scale rape of members of the local population DURING WORLD WAR II 1940------------6 Taiwanese women are sent to mainland China, as is indicated by Japanese military telegrams 1942------------70 Taiwanese women are sent to Malaysia, as is indicated by Japanese military telegrams 1943-----------253 Taiwanese women are sent to New Guinea, as is indicated by Japanese military telegramas **** 1945-------End of Japan's colonization of Korea August: Japan surrenders to the Allied Powers AFTER WORLD WAR II 1951-------------San Francisco Peace Treaty 1965-------------Japan-Republic of Korea Normalization Treaty **** 1991--------Kim Hak-soon, a former South Korean comfort woman, goes public with her personal experiences as a comfort woman December: a group of 35 Korean women who were former comfort women initiated action in Japanese courts demanding apology and compensation of 20 million yen each >then-PM Miyazawa issued a formal apology during an official visit to Seoul March 1992-------The Taipei Women's Rescue Foundation starts interviewing Taiwanese women claiming to be former comfort women July 1992--------The Japanese government officially acknowledges the existence of comfort women >the chief cabinet secretary apologizes on behalf of the Japanese government but refuses individual compensation December 1992----The Taipei Women's Rescue Foundation completes 58 Taiwanese comfort women cases and is unable to follow 8 August 1993------the Japanese government admits its direct official responsibility for involvement w/ organization of the comfort women but still refused compensation September 1993---a group of former comfort women from the Philippines launched an action for apology and compensation from the Japanese government ****1994--------A private fund for the former comfort women is established by Japanese politicians and bureaucrats April 1994------References to the plight of comfort women appear for the first time in Japanese textbooks >then-Justice Minister Shigeto Nagano suggests that comfort women were licensed prostitutes April 1998------A Japanese court rules for the first time that Tokyo should pay compensation to 3 former South Korean comfort women **** 1998-------Then-Prime Minister of Japan Keizo Obuchi makes Japan's fullest apology for the colonization of Korea February 1999---Professor Fujioka of Tokyo University speaks at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan on education issues, comfort women, and the creation of a new textbook. >Fujioka basically expressed his opinion that comfort women should not be mentioned in Japanese middle school textbooks because (according to his sources) comfort women were not kidnapped and forced into this role, and because the inclusion of this topic in textbooks is harmful to the personal development of children at that age
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