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S. Korea vows continued efforts to expose Japan's wartime sex crimes

All News 16:50 July 11, 2017

SEOUL, July 11 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will continue to work to expose the grim history of Japan's wartime sexual enslavement of Korean women to the international community as a lesson learned from history, the foreign ministry here said Tuesday.

"Our government's coherent stance is that we will continue efforts to make the comfort women issue a lesson from history and give the next generations the truth (about the issue)," Cho June-hyuck, spokesman at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said in a press briefing.

The remarks came after Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida reportedly lodged a protest over South Korea's plan to list documents about Korean victims as UNESCO's documentary heritage.

Minister of Gender Equality and Family Chung Hyun-back visits a shelter for former comfort women in Gwangju, south of Seoul, on July 10, 2017. (Yonhap)

Visiting a home for the victims, euphemistically called comfort women, South Korea's Gender Equality and Family Minister Chung Hyun-back said a day earlier that her ministry will assist a civic group's plan to seek UNESCO heritage status for the relevant documents. She also unveiled a plan to build a museum in central Seoul in commemoration of the victims.


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