President Roh Moo-hyun has warned Japan to stop its movement toward a misguided nationalism and own up to Japanese atrocities in World War II. He said Japan’s refusal to deal with its past is a stumbling block to establishing friendly relations with many Asian nations. Roh warned distortion of history and failure to confront the past would foster parochial nationalism and even ultra-nationalism. He was particularly upset at Japan’s refusal to acknowledge its wartime policies of forcing women into prostitution.
Information from The Korea Times
Although people in the West are familiar with Nazi medical experiments on people in death camps, few know similar experiments were conducted by Japanese Army doctors upon Koreans, Chinese and even American prisoners. Koreans and Chinese people want an apology, and, certainly financial compensation to the women forced into sexual slavery.