Singer Kim Jang-hoon and Sungshin Women's University Professor Seo Kyoung-duk placed an ad in the New York Times on Tuesday calling on the Japanese government to apologize to women pressed into sexual slavery for Japanese soldiers during World War II.
Entitled "Do You Remember?," the ad features a photo of former German chancellor Willy Brandt kneeling in front of the cenotaph of the Jewish ghetto in Warsaw during his 1970 visit to Poland. "We wanted to stress that Japan needs to learn from the courage Germany has shown," Seo said.
Kim, who paid for the ad, said the plight of the so-called comfort women "involves a despicable violation of women's rights." He added, "I wanted to let the whole world know that the Japanese government refuses to apologize despite turning some 200,000 women into sex slaves."