Silent struggle of “peace girl”: waiting for apology with victims of “comfort women”

On August 14, with simple short hair and clenched fists, for more than eight years, regardless of the severe cold and heat, there is a “girl” sitting in front of the Japanese Embassy in South Korea. She seems to be calling silently: the truth should not be forgotten! < / P > < p > she is the world’s first “image of comfort women and peaceful girls” born in 2011. On August 14, 2020, when the Eighth World “comfort women” day comes, can this “girl” get a long-awaited sincere apology? < / P > < p > on the Eighth World “comfort women” day, an image of a peaceful girl will be unveiled in the small city of Ansan in Gyeonggi do, South Korea. The “peace girl” in front of the Japanese Embassy in South Korea will welcome another “little partner”. < / P > < p > the fund for the construction of this new girl statue is not from the local government, but from the sponsorship of 69.445 million won raised by non-governmental organizations from 171 groups and up to 2303 people in just three months. < / P > < p > in fact, this is not the first local maiden statue. Four years ago, because Park Geun hye’s government signed the “South Korea Japan comfort women agreement” with the Japanese side, there was a wave of climax in the construction of girl statues in South Korea, and Anshan City was no exception. < / P > < p > at that time, the fund for the statue was also donated by the local people, and the person in charge of the organizer also held a street fund-raising activity for nearly a month. The voice of “setting up the statue of peace girl in Anshan is to not forget our history” moved the local people. < / P > < p > on the day of its completion, some citizens said, “although we didn’t arrive at the scene, my family and I all contributed to the establishment of the bronze statue.” others said, “we don’t want to have such a painful history as the comfort women issue.”. < / P > < p > according to incomplete statistics, there are more than 100 “peace girls” in South Korea. As their “eldest sister”, the birth of the first “girl” is not smooth. < p > < p > on August 14, 1991, the old man Jin Xueshun of South Korea broke his silence and was the first one to come forward as a victim of the Japanese “comfort women” system, to make public the atrocities of the Japanese army and ask the Japanese government to apologize and compensate. She said, “I’m living proof.”. In January 1992, on the eve of Japanese Prime Minister yoshiichi Miyazawa’s visit to South Korea, the victims of “comfort women” came forward and gathered in front of the Japanese Embassy in South Korea, demanding the Japanese government to face up to history and make formal compensation to the victims. < / P > < p > because Japan has not met these requirements, for several years, the relevant groups will go to the Japanese Embassy in South Korea every Wednesday to protest. Because Wednesday is called “Shui Yao day” in Korean, the years long protest is also called “Shui Yao demonstration”. < / P > < p > in order to let them wait for Japan’s apology as soon as possible, with the efforts of the organizers, the first “peace girl” was “born” in front of the Japanese Embassy in South Korea during the 1000th “Shuiyao demonstration”. This move has aroused strong opposition from Japan, and since then, Japan’s right deviation has accelerated, which has greatly reversed many historical issues. < / P > < p > in this context, girls of peace began to blossom everywhere in South Korea. In less than a decade, South Korean non-governmental organizations have set up a large number of young girls in Seoul, Pusan, Gwangju and other major cities and some local cities. They are all over the roads, parks and schools, which seems to have become the symbol of the “comfort women” problem. < / P > < p > not long ago, South Korean media revealed that there is also a statue of a young girl in a private botanical garden in Pyeongchang, South Korea, but the special thing is that there is a male statue kneeling in front of the statue. Japan’s Tokyo Broadcasting Corporation reported that this group of statues is also known as “Abe of thanks”. < / P > < p > Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Kan Yiwei quickly expressed dissatisfaction with the report, adding: “if the report is true, it will have a decisive impact on Japan South Korea relations.”. < / P > < p > although Jin changlie, the owner of the botanical garden, has said that “kneeling down to the statue” does not specifically refer to Abe, the sensitivity of the issue of “comfort women” in the bilateral relations is also highlighted once again. In response, Yang Xiyu, a researcher at the China Institute of international studies, said that the issue of “comfort women” is the most direct political obstacle in the current relations between Japan and South Korea. The key to improving the relations between Japan and South Korea is to solve the “comfort women” and related issues. < / P > < p > although Japan and South Korea reached a “final and irreversible” agreement on this issue in 2015, this agreement was generally opposed in South Korea. After the Korean President moon Jae in the stage, the Korean government also expressed its dissatisfaction with the agreement many times, saying that the agreement had “serious flaws”. In 2018, South Korea dissolved the “reconciliation and healing foundation” established under the agreement. With the outbreak of labor compensation and other contradictions in World War II, the relationship between Japan and South Korea has deteriorated unprecedentedly since 2019, and the prospect of solving this problem is even less optimistic. Yang Xiyu believes that “there are many historical problems between the two countries. If we reach a compromise on the issue of comfort women, it will inevitably involve other historical problems.” in the short term, “I’m afraid it’s difficult to find a way out.”. < / P > < p > in recent years, the “girls of peace” have gradually moved from South Korea to the world, China, the Philippines, the United States, Germany Their “footprints” have been left everywhere. And they all have a common experience: strong resistance from Japan. < / P > < p > on September 22, 2017, after San Francisco unveiled the statue of “comfort women”, Osaka, its “sister sister city”, immediately threatened to “break up relations”, but San Francisco still said that there was “no room for negotiation” about the statue. < / P > < p > in September 2018, a girl statue in Tainan City, Taiwan, China, was trampled by Shiyan Fujii, a representative of the Japanese right wing group; two peaceful girl statues in the Philippines were “black handed” and “forcibly demolished” in the end of 2017 and April 2018, respectively, and the second statue only existed for two days < / P > < p > for the existence of “comfort women” girls, some people in Japan are just like a thorn in the back, eager to let “they” disappear as soon as possible. However, the pace of “peace girl” has never stopped because of these threats. As Yang Xiyu said, this also reflects the preliminary consensus of all countries in the world that the issue of “comfort women” is an anti human and immoral war crime. In an interview, Zhou Yongsheng, a professor at the Institute of international relations of the Foreign Affairs College, pointed out that Japan’s actions are still trying to cover up history and erase history in order to maintain Japan’s national image. < / P > < p > “peace girls” don’t speak, don’t grow old, and don’t give in. In order to wait for the sincere apology of the aggressors, they will always stand and let this history never be forgotten.