July 11, 2016 11:46
Yu Hee-nam, who was drafted into sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army in World War II, died of lung cancer Sunday. She was 88.
Born in Asan, South Chungcheong Province in 1928, Yu was taken to Simonoseki when she was only 15, where she was forced into sex slavery for the Japanese soldiers for a year.
Even after she was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009, she remained active in campaigning for a formal apology and compensation from Japan.
In July last year, she filed a lawsuit with a U.S. federal court against the Japanese emperor, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and Mitsubishi.
With her death, the number of surviving Korean victims has dropped to 40. Originally, 238 of the many hundreds of "comfort women" were registered with the government.
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