Advocate to ask president for preservation of comfort women history
Central News Agency
2014-04-16 11:20 PM
Taipei, April 16 (CNA) A women's rights advocate plans to call on the president during a Thursday meeting to up efforts to preserve historic material on comfort women, the women forced into sexual slavery by Japanese forces during World War II. Cheng Chen-tao, 92, a former victim of the comfort woman system, is set to meet with President Ma Ying-jeou Thursday at the Presidential Office, according to the Taipei Women's Rescue Foundation. Foundation Executive Director Kang Shu-hua noted Wednesday that the president met with Cheng for a third time during a visit to Pingtung County in January, when he extended an invitation for her and four other victims to join him at his office for a meal. Due to their age and physical ailments, however, Cheng will be the only one able to attend. Only five former comfort women in Taiwan are alive today, Kang said, adding that she will recommend Thursday more effort on the part of the government to maintain important artifacts and materials that memorialize their powerful story. Kang noted that high-ranking diplomats from South Korea and Japan held talks on the sensitive issue of comfort women earlier in the day. Japan reportedly made plans to offer an official apology and compensation to the women, according to various media outlets. Kang said she will also broach the issue of Taiwan asking for the same when she and Cheng meet President Ma.

(By Hsu Chi-wei and Evelyn Kao)

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