The UK’s Daily Mail published an AP article today regarding the plight of the so-called “comfort women” residing in the House of Sharing in Korea. Included in the article are quite a few pictures and some videos.
There are only 55 women left alive at the House of Sharing and their average age is 88. The chance to offer an acceptable apology to the survivors of Imperial Japan’s comfort women system is rapidly coming to an end.
“… the women may also be the last chance for America’s two most important Asian allies to settle a dispute that has boiled over in recent years, as more of the so-called “comfort women” die and Tokyo and Seoul trade increasingly bitter comments about their bloody history.
“It will be much harder to solve, or more realistically mitigate, the issue after these women pass away,’ Robert Dujarric, an Asia specialist at Temple University’s Tokyo campus, said in an email. ‘Now, there are people — the former sex slaves — to apologize to. Afterward, there will be no one left to receive the apology.”
Comfort woman survivor Kim Gun-ja puts things in starker terms:
“The Japanese are waiting for us to die.”