Oh dear, looks like they took my human element comment quite literally, so I guess in a way I should be happy. In any case, the news is that the surviving Comfort Women of South Korea have extended an invitation to around 700 Japanese politicians, in the hope that seeing them in flesh and blood will hammer home their plight, unlike the recent ignorance and denial stand they have taken.
The generous invitation extends to Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto and Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara. Their note ensures their safety in South Korea and hopes that the time spent with the survivors will educate them about the real truth and history. Of course these women understand that the busy politicians may not have the time, but they live in hope that once and for all their insensitive public statements will be falsified and truth prevail.
The invitation outlines a visit the House of Sharing, a facility for surviving comfort women and the Historical Museum of Sexual Slavery by the Japanese Military. A total of 724 Japanese political figures (479 members of the upper house and 242 members of the lower house of the Japanese Diet) have been invited via a postcard that began with these opening lines: “This is the House of Sharing, where one can learn the history of comfort women.” Pictures drawn by the women (as a part of their psychological therapy) adorned the postcards. The ball is now in your court Mr. Prime Minister; can you take up the challenge of meeting women who were defiled by your countrymen? Or would you rather plead a headache and rest in bed?
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