Former ‘comfort woman’ donates to help fight discrimination
HIROSHIMA--Former "comfort woman" Lee Yong-soo felt pain in her chest when she heard the announcement that the Japanese government had cut off funding for Korean schools in Japan.
So, the 90-year-old Lee, who lives in Daegu, South Korea, visited a Korean school here to hand a cash donation to the principal to help the institution continue the legal fight against the current Japanese system.
“I was forced to become a comfort woman when I was very young," said Lee, who was part of the women forced to provide sex to Japanese soldiers before and during World War II. "I cannot stand to see children of similar ages to myself at that time being discriminated against.”
The administration, headed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, announced its policy to exclude Korean schools from the tuition-free high school education program in December 2012 at the start of his second administration. Hearing the announcement, Lee felt anger toward the Japanese government.