May 31, 2012 · 0 Comments
NEW YORK (Kyodo) — A full-page ad urging the Japanese government to offer its “heartfelt apologies” to the women forced into sexual slavery for the Japanese military during World War II was published Tuesday in The New York Times.
The ad, by the entity “ForTheNextGeneration.com,” said the Japanese government has not adequately apologized or provided compensation for the so-called comfort women. “The Japanese government must not waste a single day in offering its heartfelt apologies to the comfort women,” it said.
Under the title, “Do You Remember?,” the ad carries a 1971 photo of German politician Willy Brandt, then chancellor of West Germany, kneeling down at the Holocaust monument in Warsaw, Poland “to ask for forgiveness” for wartime Germany’s atrocities.
“This action became a symbol of Germany’s sincere appeal for reconciliation to the rest of the world, greatly contributing to world peace,” the ad said. “The Japanese government needs to learn from Germany’s actions.”
The group put another full-page ad in the same paper at the end of March requesting that the Japanese government offer apologies and compensation to the formerly enslaved women.
In addition, the group has on several other occasions published full-page ads asserting South Korea’s territorial claim to islands it controls in the Sea of Japan that Tokyo also claims, known as Dokdo in South Korea and Takeshima in Japan, and asserting that the Sea of Japan should be called the “East Sea.”
According to South Korean media, the group’s key members appear to include a visiting professor at the Seoul-based Sungshin Women’s University and a singer in South Korea.