Former President Ma Ying-jeou (???) said Sunday he hopes that justice can be done soon for Taiwan's "comfort women"-- females who were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II -- after Saturday's opening of the first museum in Taiwan dedicated to them.
The issue of comfort women is one of global human rights, Ma said, adding that while historical mistakes may be forgiven, historical truths cannot be forgotten.
In a Facebook post under photos of him and 92-year-old former comfort woman Chen Lien-hua (???), Ma said that he was moved by the opening of the Ama Museum, which came after years of effort by the Taipei Women's Rescue Foundation.
The museum is named after Taiwan's three surviving comfort women, who are now in their late 80s and early 90s and are affectionately called "Ama," which means grandmother in the Hoklo language.
Ma said he attended a concert on Dec. 3 to raise funds for the establishment of the Ama Museum and was grateful to the foundation for its persistent efforts over the past 20 years to help the women.
When he was justice minister more than 20 years ago, Ma said, he became concerned about issues related to former comfort women in Taiwan.
In 1997, he raised NT$38 million in funds to help the women, each of whom received NT$1 million, Ma said.
He said he has also donated to the effort to help comfort women by paying NT$100,000 for a series of books that feature paintings by former Taiwanese comfort women, and will continue his efforts to help them seek justice.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel