5:16 pm - 07/04/2012

Former Korean comfort women to sue Japanese politician

Women used as comfort women by the Japanese military have begun a legal offensive against Japanese citizens who insulted the comfort woman statue across from the Japanese Embassy in Korea.

Kim Sun-ok, Bae Chun-hui, Lee Yong-nyeo, Kim Gun-ja, Lee Ok-seon, Kang Il-chul, Yu Hui-nam, and others of the women living at the “House of Sharing” in Gwangju, Gyeonggi-do, announced on the 3rd that on the afternoon of the 4th they will file a lawsuit for defamation and criminal insult against 47-year old Suzuki Noboyuki, a Japanese citizen.

Their attorney is Park Seon-ah of the Hangang Law Corporation.

There are over 1,000 complainants from House of Sharing, the E-Museum for the Victims of Japanese Military Sexual Slavery, and the International Peace and Human Rights Center.

They plan to also report Mr. Suzuki to the Immigration Service to have banned from entering the country.

House of Sharing explained in a statement that “Mr. Suzuki placed a stake on the comfort woman statute, which represents all of us former comfort women, called us prostitutes, and insulted our experiences during the Pacific War caused by Japan… he questioned whether Japanese people bore any legal responsibility for committing human rights abuses and praised war crimes.”

House of Sharing’s president Ahn Shin-gwon said that “police say that there is no statute allowing them to take action, so we are takin legal action to prevent it happening a second and third time.”

Mr. Suzuki went to the Korean War and Women’s Rights Museum in Seoul on the 18th of last month, then the next day went to the comfort woman statue across from the Japanese Embassy and placed a white sign on reading “Takeshima is Japanese Territory” in Korean and “Takeshima is Japan’s Inherent Land” in Japanese, setting of fthe current controversy.

Source: English article and photograph at AsianCorrespondent.com; original Korean article at YeonHap News
liferule91 4th-Jul-2012 04:43 pm (UTC)
oh shit
oonalala 4th-Jul-2012 04:47 pm (UTC)
It's weird to me that you can even bring a lawsuit against someone for doing something like that. However, this Suzuki guy is obviously a mega ass who only wants to bring pain to a group of women who have already suffered unimaginably. If they can find a way to punish him, then by all means, they should do so.
l3luelillie 4th-Jul-2012 08:39 pm (UTC)
eishastan 4th-Jul-2012 05:05 pm (UTC)
Wow what an asshole.... good for them i hope they accomplish something!
deerlike 4th-Jul-2012 07:30 pm (UTC)
That's what I get for trying to post from my phone.

Good on these women. If Japan had actually bothered to own up to any of its war-crimes, and stopped its right-wing politicians from whitewashing their history, maybe there would be significantly less ill feeling and the victims could properly heal and move on with their lives. But as long as nationalist stupidity like this persists, that's never going to happen.
akaich0u 4th-Jul-2012 09:07 pm (UTC)
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deerlike 5th-Jul-2012 03:15 am (UTC)
So how does that in any way negate my point? The apology offered was token, with minimal restitution paid, and when Japanese government officials still engage in historical denial and pay homage to war-criminals at the Yasukuni Shrine, it can hardly be regarded as having truly made amends.
deerlike 5th-Jul-2012 03:24 am (UTC)
And are you seriously trying to shift blame? It's well-documented that Japan hardly took political responsibility for its actions during World War II -- its top military officials were not prosecuted anywhere near to the extent of SS officials at Nuremberg.
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lexissexist 4th-Jul-2012 07:42 pm (UTC)
1) I'm pretty sure he's not a politician, just a failed candidate.
2) Good luck to these women because they'll need it.
akaich0u 4th-Jul-2012 09:08 pm (UTC)
Good for them. I wish there was something I can do to help them. Anyone who takes the issue of comfort women lightly and/or with denial-ridden disdain is a piece of garbage, no questions asked.
uledy 5th-Jul-2012 02:35 am (UTC)
Honestly, on what grounds can they sue...? I suppose with the amount of censorship and the level of restrictions on individual rights, maybe there are grounds in SK to sue. But I wonder, is Suzuki a resident of Korea? If not, are they going really going to go through the efforts of chasing this man down in Japan? That's incredibly tedious, expensive, and time consuming.

Japan's been pissing off everyone in 2012- Korea, China, Russia.... Looking good.
mjspice 5th-Jul-2012 08:38 am (UTC)
falling_empress 5th-Jul-2012 09:27 am (UTC)
japanese needs to man the fuck up and admit they fucked up.
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