Seoul to Publish White Paper on Sex Slaves

      August 04, 2014 12:26

      The government will publish a white paper next year on women who were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese imperial Army during World War II.

      The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family decided to publish the white paper to mark the 21st anniversary of the 1993 Kono Statement, which admitted partial responsibility by the Japanese government, a spokesman said Sunday.

      Publication will coincide with the 70th anniversary of Korean independence and the 50th anniversary of the normalization of bilateral ties.

      Back in 1992, the government released an interim report about the sex slaves issue based on research by officials from 17 ministries and agencies under the Prime Minister's Office.

      Next year's white paper will address new findings from the last two decades as well as the activities of international organizations and civic groups to ensure compensation for the victims.

      It will be compiled by a 10-strong committee consisting of historians, international law experts, and former and current diplomats.

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