On December 28th, 2015 a great step was taken in the right direction for women, women’s rights, and respect for women. South Korea and Japan came to an agreement involving a statue of a comfort woman in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul, South Korea. Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida formally acknowledged the despicable acts that the Japanese Imperial army committed towards South Korean comfort women. The list of comfort women testimonies and comfort women stories are long and deep. This is no well-kept secret and it has reached a global scale of the mistreatment of Korean Comfort women.
The statue that started it all, the statue that stands in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul is not the first of its kind, but it is the most impactful. The figure is of a little girl sitting on a bench with space next to her for patrons to sit. This concept spread, to countries where the Japanese Imperial army had occupied and been accused of comfort women like the Philippines and China. Its impact reached even further than just countries that were once occupied by the Japanese Imperial army, like Germany and Australia. While at first glance the monuments may lead the common spectator to confusion as it seems to almost be glorifying the history, it rather sheds a light on a dark and grotesque history and, like good art can do, forcing actual action. The statue lead to Japan having to address and eventually acknowledge their past of Korean Comfort women. While it is not something that anyone would like to acknowledge and while the men that committed these terrible acts are gone, it is important for people and nations to look at the past and come to accept it. This is the only way …Read More