Japan's Civic Group Secretly Gives Funds to `Comfort' Women
A Japanese civic organization secretly delivered an additional compensation to Korean women, who were used as sex slaves to Japanese soldiers during World War II, according to a report yesterday.
In 1997, compensation was first given to the Korean ``comfort'' women by the Asian Peace Fund for Women, a civic organization set up by the Japanese government.
A civic body from Takatsuki, Osaka, called Takatsuki Civic Association Calling for Emergency Aid to Comfort Women and Compensation for Damage offered 100,000 yen each to seven Korean comfort women, including Park Pok-soon, 78, during a visit by its delegation last Wednesday.
The delegation comprised Korean-Japanese Lee Kyung-jae, 47; Kazyoshi Naito, 50, secretary general of the labor union of Takatsuki City Hall; and Sanae Kii, 27.
``We gave a total of 700,000 yen to the seven Korean comfort women who earlier received funds from the Asia Peace Fund. We also plan to construct a building in Korea in 2002 after raising 3 million yen for their use,'' said a member of the delegation, as quoted by Yonhap News Agency Saturday, before they returned Japan.
``The Asia Women Fund is now the key outlet to support comfort women in Asia. And we believe the fund should be raised further,'' said the delegation member. …