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I think we had better return the 1 billion yen to JapanFormer UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says
      Former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon             Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan

Former United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who is fast looming as a formidable Presidential candidate of Korea, said, “If Japan wants the statue of the Korean comfort woman removed because they had paid Korea 1 billion yen in compensation for the ill-fated Korean sex slaves for the Japanese soldiers during World War II, I would say that Korea should return the money to Japan.”

Young Korean women were rounded up on the street by the Japanese gendarms and shipped to forced prostitution houses run by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. Women of other weak Asian countries were forced to the same mistreatment.
Japanese Imperial Army soldiers escort forcibly conscripted young Korean women for compulsory prostitution.

Ban made the statement at a press interview with Korean reporters yesterday on the way back to Korea from the United Nations after fulfilling his tour of duty as the UN chief.

A statue showing a Korean confort woman for the Japanese Imperial Forces soldiers for forced prostitution

Ban said, “I spoke with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over the phone last Christmas and made it clear to him that it would be in the interest of the two countries to approach the bilateral problems in a fair manner, including the question of the Korean comfort women conscripted by Japan for sexual service for the Japanese soldiers during World War II.

Yoo, Heui-Jin  edt@koreapost.com

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