eseoulpost
InternationalIssue&Issue
Taiwan's stance on comfort women issue unchanged: foreign ministry
min  |  min
폰트키우기 폰트줄이기 프린트하기 메일보내기 신고하기
승인 2018.09.12  
트위터 페이스북 미투데이 요즘 네이버 구글 msn
   

Taipei, Sept. 11 (CNA) The government's stance on seeking the rights and dignity of Taiwanese "comfort women" -- women forced to work in wartime brothels for the Japanese military during World War II -- remains unchanged, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) reiterated Tuesday.

Urging Japan to face up to the issue, MOFA spokesman Andrew Lee  said there will be continued efforts in negotiations with Japan on the comfort women issue. However, Taipei also hopes the matter will not hinder Taiwan-Japan relations from moving forward, he added.

Lee was answering questions at a regular press briefing about whether or not the government will demand that Japan apologize in the wake of a Sept. 6 incident in which a Japanese activist was caught on camera appearing to kick Taiwan's first comfort women memorial in Tainan, southern Taiwan.

He said the Japanese man, identified as Mitsuhiko Fujii, a member of the Tokyo-based Alliance for Truth about Comfort Women, has already left Taiwan but his alleged act is being investigated nonetheless.

Under Taiwanese law, kicking a statue can be determined as an act of vandalism.

Asked if Fujii will be listed as persona non grata, Lee said the MOFA will study the case along with the police and immigration authorities. "If the ministry needs to, it will negotiate with Japan based on facts."

Meanwhile in Tokyo, Taiwan's de facto ambassador to Japan Frank Hsieh  said he will press harsh condemnation on Fujii if the latter is found to have actually kicked the comfort women memorial.

Hsieh reiterated his office's consistent stance on the comfort women issue, which is asking Japan to negotiate, pay compensation and apologize.

Since he assumed the post in June 2016, he has delivered six protests to the Japanese government, the diplomat said.

The kicking incident sparked public outcry in Taiwan, with surveillance camera footage showing Fujii raising his foot several times to kick the bronze statue widely seen on local news reports.

The comfort women memorial, erected on a vacant lot next to the opposition Kuomintang's (KMT's) Tainan chapter, was unveiled Aug. 14 during a ceremony presided over by former President Ma Ying-jeou , who urged the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government to use a law governing transitional justice the DPP enacted as the legal basis for efforts to demand an apology and compensation from Japan.

On Tuesday, KMT lawmaker Wang Yu-min  said she has drafted an act governing restoration of the comfort womens' reputations and relevant compensation.

Under the draft act, anyone found to have acted in a discriminatory manner against a former comfort woman, family members of a former comfort woman, or a comfort women memorial would be subject to a penalty of imprisonment for up to one year, Wang said.

Meanwhile, the Taipei Woman's Rescue Foundation, which has long been concerned about the comfort women issue, asked the relevant authorities to find out the details of the statue-kicking incident and bring those responsible to justice.

In a statement released Tuesday, the non-profit organization called for all sectors of society to attach importance to research and education on the comfort women issue, so that future generations have knowledge about issues concerning the human rights of women during time of war.

With such research and education, it hopes "mistakes will never happen again," the statement said

< 저작권자 © eseoulpost 무단전재 및 재배포금지 >
폰트키우기 폰트줄이기 프린트하기 메일보내기 신고하기
트위터 페이스북 미투데이 요즘 네이버 구글 msn 뒤로가기 위로가기
이 기사에 대한 댓글 이야기 (0)
자동등록방지용 코드를 입력하세요!   
확인
- 200자까지 쓰실 수 있습니다. (현재 0 byte / 최대 400byte)
- 욕설등 인신공격성 글은 삭제 합니다. [운영원칙]
이 기사에 대한 댓글 이야기 (0)
Most Read
1
UAE committed to UN-led political process in Yemen
2
UAE participates in celebrating International Day of Sign Languages
3
Taiwan officials to attend events in New York during U.N. assembly
4
Art exhibition "Into The Light" opens at G&J Gallery in Seoul
5
IPM DUBAI 2018 to draw attention to sustainable urban planning
6
Ahmed Al Zaabi receives Secretary-General of Royal Charity Foundation of Bahrain
7
Thani Al Zeyoudi Highlights UAE’s Proactive Climate Action on Global Stage
8
Zayed University, FANR sign MoU on ‘Environmental Radiological Monitoring’
9
Abdullah bin Zayed receives Under-Secretary-General of UN Counter-Terrorism Office
10
How Muslim women deal with pain, trauma 5 years after Zamboanga siege
Photo News Green Biz
Abu Dhabi hosts The First Regional Biodiversity Forum in the Gulf Region
Abu Dhabi hosts The First Regional...
min
Etihad ESCO plans to reduce more than one million tonnes of carbon dioxide by 2030
Etihad ESCO plans to reduce more t...
min
Sharjah Municipality, MOCCAE discuss cooperation to protect environment
Sharjah Municipality, MOCCAE discu...
min
Earth Hour 2018: Lights out across UAE as Earth Hour is marked
Earth Hour 2018: Lights out across...
min
Suqia plays key role in enhancing UAE's global efforts to address water challenges
Suqia plays key role in enhancing ...
min
Photo News Sports
Two taekwondo golds among 11 medals for S. Korea on Day 1
Two taekwondo golds among 11 medal...
min
Taiwan team wins first gold medal at Asian Games
Taiwan team wins first gold medal ...
min
(Asian Games) Koreas march together at opening ceremony
(Asian Games) Koreas march togethe...
min
FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 to boost nation's global sporting credentials
FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 to bo...
min
UAE gearing up for Asia's biggest football tournament
UAE gearing up for Asia's biggest ...
MIN
Taiwan blasts China for blocking Taichung games
Taiwan blasts China for blocking T...
min
S. Korean table tennis player savors 'historic' title with N. Korean partner
S. Korean table tennis player savo...
min
S. Korean golfer Kim Sei-young sets LPGA scoring records to win Thornberry Creek Classic
S. Korean golfer Kim Sei-young set...
min
Photo News World
Two taekwondo golds among 11 medals for S. Korea on Day 1
Two taekwondo golds among 11 medal...
min
Taiwan team wins first gold medal at Asian Games
Taiwan team wins first gold medal ...
min
(Asian Games) Koreas march together at opening ceremony
(Asian Games) Koreas march togethe...
min
FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 to boost nation's global sporting credentials
FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 to bo...
min
UAE gearing up for Asia's biggest football tournament
UAE gearing up for Asia's biggest ...
MIN
Taiwan blasts China for blocking Taichung games
Taiwan blasts China for blocking T...
min
S. Korean table tennis player savors 'historic' title with N. Korean partner
S. Korean table tennis player savo...
min
S. Korean golfer Kim Sei-young sets LPGA scoring records to win Thornberry Creek Classic
S. Korean golfer Kim Sei-young set...
min
Photo News Opinion
Two Koreas to hold working-level military talks
Two Koreas to hold working-level m...
min
Koreas to open liaison office in Kaesong on Friday
Koreas to open liaison office in K...
min
Police to question Korean Air chairman for using company money for home security
Police to question Korean Air chai...
min
Third Moon-Kim summit to be held Sept. 18-20: envoy
Third Moon-Kim summit to be held S...
min
N. Korean leader Kim meets S. Korean president's special delegation
N. Korean leader Kim meets S. Kore...
min
Former police chief summoned in probe of illicit cyberoperations
Former police chief summoned in pr...
min
Moon to meet with security ministers on eve of special envoy's trip to N.K.
Moon to meet with security ministe...
min
POSCO to invest 45 tln won to fuel growth over next 5 yrs
POSCO to invest 45 tln won to fuel...
min
Newspaper AboutNews ReportAdvertiseComplaintsPrivacy PolicyJuvenile protectionRejection of E-mail Collection
Gangnam-gu, Teheran 52 street in Tehran Bldg, 616(Yeoksam-dong)  |  Main Phone: 02) 563-0604  |  Fax: 02) 538-5665
Chairman : jeong-woo Lee  |  Advisor : byung-il Min  |  Publisher: jae-mo Kah  |  Editors: il-hong Kim
Registration Number 1928 Seoul ah  |  eseoulpost.com / eseoulpost.net / Global Korea.,Ltd
Copyright © 2011 eseoulpost. All rights reserved. mail to jaemokah@daum.com , kih10kr@empas.com/ www.globalkorea.info
arabafrica.net / UAE Interract / Emirtes News Agency(WAM)/ http://wam.org.ae / www.uaeinteract.com