Wada Haruki, translated and introduced by Gavan McCormack. The original Japanese version is available here. Six decades have passed since the end of the Pacific and East Asian War and the collapse of the Japanese colonial empire, but responsibility for colonialism, war, and their accompanying atrocities, continues to agitate Japan and East Asia. It is widely believed that Japan refuses to apologize or face the truth of history, much less compensate victims. Such a belief is, however mistaken, although it is true that it took five decades before any such steps were taken and the adequacy of the steps taken has been debated and continues to be debated.
Final Evaluation: Promoting Women's Dignity (Cambodia)
The AWF's Women's Dignity Project
It is a big concern about the after care for the former comfort women after AWF's closing, and there is certain movement to bear and support it. We take this opportunity to make several statements. The Asian Women's Fund started when Chief Cabinet Secretary Kozo Igarashi announced its establishment on June 14, , based on an agreement made in the same year by the three ruling parties. The Fund was established as a means of expressing the government's awareness, remorse and apologies concerning the comfort women issues as expressed in the statement by Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono on August 4. The Fund had three specific missions: to express atonement to the former comfort women at a national level, combining compensation from citizen donations and medical welfare support from government funds; to collect and edit historical documents related with the issue and use them for historical lessons;to reflect on past mistakes of violating women's dignity and assist projects that deal with current women's issues such as violence. The basic idea with the Atonement Project on former comfort women was to hand every former comfort woman a letter of apology from the Prime Minister together with two million yen in compensation and medical welfare support.
The Comfort Women, the Asian Women's Fund and the Digital Museum
The Women's Dignity Project reflected on past mistakes and worked on various issues of the contemporary world that violate women's dignity. Why does the AWF work on the Women's dignity project? Kim Haksoon in and Ms. Maria Rosa Henson in the following year came out to present themselves as former comfort women, and they were epoch-making moments that founded the Asian Women's Fund and helped it to decide to implement the atonement projects and the women's dignity projects. The world received a huge shock the next year when it received news of women forced to undergo, systematic rape and compulsory pregnancy as a means of ethnic cleansing in former Yugoslavia.