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Comfort women demonstrations to be held in US cities through September
By The Korea Times Los Angeles staff
The Korean American Forum of California announced it would hold a demonstration requesting an apology for comfort women outside the Japanese Consulate General in Los Angeles Wednesday, followed by a series of demonstrations around U.S. cities until September.
The demonstrations come ahead of the 70th anniversary of Korean independence from Japanese colonialism, celebrated August 15.
In South Korea, former comfort women — young girls forced into sexual slavery by Japanese soldiers during World War II — have gathered every Wednesday in front of the Japanese Embassy for 10 years.
Kim Hyun-jung, KAFC head, said there are only about 50 surviving comfort women left.
“I hope Korean Americans can combine their power through the interest in this issue, which has become known around the world through efforts in Los Angeles and by other Korean American communities,” Kim said.
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