A group of South Korean women forced into sexual slavery for Japan during World War II filed a defamation suit against an obscure Japanese rock band. They are suing in particular for a song by the band calling them “prostitutes”.
A CD of the song by the band Scramble, complete with a printout of the lyrics translated into Korean, was delivered to a shelter for ex-comfort women (the common term for the Chinese, Korean and Filipino women who were used as sex slaves) in Gwangju, south of Seoul last February 28, one day before the March 1st Independence Movement anniversary. The song, called “Slashing Koreans,” is obviously, from the title itself, is extremely anti-South Korean and calls for the death of the ex-slaves. The song also has an accompanying music video which was uploaded on YouTube last January. Eight women, mostly in their 80s and 90s, are filing the suit, calling for the punishment of the band for defamation, blackmail and other charges. A spokesman for the elderly women says that the women were “shocked” by the musical attack and feel that “Nobuyuki Suzuki, a member of an ultra-right Japanese party”
The band is not well-known, apart from the ultra right-wing circle. They participated at an event by Nobuyuki Suzuki, a notorious member of an ultra-right Japanese party. Suzuki was indicted earlier for setting up “provocative” wooden stakes in Seoul and Tokyo last year, as part of Japan’s claim to the islets of Takeshima/Dokdo. The right-wing supporters have always contended that the claims of the comfort women are historically inaccurate, and this has been a source of contention between Japan and the countries whose women were victimized during the Japanese occupation.
[ via France 24 ]
[ photo credit via Yonhap News ]