As the world watches on how the US Congress will vote on the Mike Honda Bill, we know that the Japanese government watches closer. The said bill seeks the historical recognition and unequivocal apology from the Japanese government over the comfort women issue. Once passed, the bill marks another milestone in the fight for justice of the former comfort women.
In the view of these unfolding events, we once again challenge the Japanese government to reciprocate or, furthermore, make bold moves toward the dispensation of justice on the issue of the comfort women. The admission of the Japanese government’s incapability to gave legal remedy to the said issue is not enough. Every opportunity and resources is upon the Japanese government to meet the necessary legal requirements to do so. What remains lacking is the political will and action to meet this challenge and bring back the honor and dignity of these women.
Many comfort women may have passed but the clamor for justice remains. Their ugly past and unanswered demand still haunts the Japanese government. These women, their memories and their demands will only be put to rest once the Japanese government learns, accepts, and gives justice unto them.