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Elderly Japanese man begs for forgiveness from sex slave victims

By alice101   Wednesday, October 19, 2016   110,866   681   209

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A Japanese professor kneeling in front of sex slave victims, also known as comfort women, and asking forgiveness is moving the hearts of many. 


During a demonstration that took place on October 19, in front of the old Japanese embassy site in Seoul, a sight of an elderly man kneeling in front of the victims caught the attention of people. 


In the photos are former sex slave victims, Kim Bok Dong, age 90, and Gil Won Oak, age 80, and in front of them, with his head down and face solemn, is a 78-year-old Japanese philosophy professor, Endo Doru


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Professor Endo stated that he came to Korea to give words of apology on behalf of his country, Japan. He started, "I am Japanese...I am sorry that Japan did countless wrongdoings in the past. I have come to apologize as a Japanese person." 


He continued, "I apologize to the victims of sex slavery," then bowed his head to each of the victims attending the protest. 


It is reported that earlier that day, he visited the 'The Statue of Peace' to lift up a prayer of apology. He plans to also visit other sites of Japanese crimes and Korean independence movement, including Jeam-Ri church, Tapgol Park, and Seodaemun Prison before returning to Japan.

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    kalione Thursday, October 20, 2016

    I gotta say, i respect this man. In a time where every single day Korean television is reporting cases of racism and xenophobia from japanese people to korean people, this is just proves that we can't judge a country for two or three idiots. Actions like this brings me hope that japanese and korean people will learn to respect and tolerate each other.

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    DZico Thursday, October 20, 2016

    how long does japan and japanese have to apologize for their WW2 crimes , I don't remember ever hearing British or France or USA apologize for their imperialism or WW2 crimes knowing that britian had most of colonies and horrible racism , genocide , slavery etc , they never apologized not even once to their former victims

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    micahxo_lu DZico Friday, October 21, 2016

    They should apologize as well. Two wrongs don't make a right.

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    DZico micahxo_lu Friday, October 21, 2016

    but japan already apologized gazillion of times , they even offered to pay compensation to the victims but the korean government refused it , also it seems like korea and china keep reminding people of japan world war crimes to spread hate and raise new generation that full of revenge toward japan , most of the WW2 generation already died or dying so why the younger generation have to keep apologizing for their ancestors mistakes ?

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    micahxo_lu DZico Friday, October 21, 2016

    They have to keep apologizing because the descendants of the victims as well as the victims themselves are still suffering from some of the trauma that occurred. It's like slavery in the U.S., black people still suffer racism, hate crimes, institutional racism, etc. There's still suffering happening, and there's still a cause for that suffering. So people need to apologize and make amends for both the present and past wrongdoings.

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    DZico micahxo_lu Friday, October 21, 2016

    mention me one example of how WW2 still effect korea now day , south korea have more problems with their siblings in north korea then they would have with japan , so why don't south korea make an allines with japan rather then keep doing this hate agenda ? , also america never apologized to black people for their systemic racism or slavery but japan already apologize many times , every PM that come in japan offer their apologize , the imperial royal family offered their apologize to the victims , japan even apologized to america which I think is/was ridiculous considering that america never apologized for nuking japan cities TWICE and killing many normal civilians not even soldiers , I think japan did their part and Korean have to either accept and move on or end all political relationship with japan and stop being hypocritical , they keep spearding hate agenda so they can win the public recoginization it have nothing to do with WW2 history .

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    micahxo_lu DZico Saturday, October 22, 2016

    For one, it heavily influenced the split of north and south Korea. That's still in effect today. You're reiterating what I, and you, have already said. The Japanese apologize a lot, but other countries fail to apologize for their wrongdoings. This does not mean that Japan should stop apologizing, this means that other countries need to apologize as well. And another thing, no one forced that man to apologize. He obviously felt that there was a need to apologize so that decision was his to make. If all you see is the perpetuation of hate then that's all you say, but there's much more to it than that. And to tell these comfort women to accept it and move on... that's just plain ignorance.

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    micahxo_lu Saturday, October 22, 2016

    see* not say

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    DZico micahxo_lu Saturday, October 22, 2016

    the split of north and south have nothing to do with japan , it's cuz of america and china supporting opposite political sides communism vs democratic , this have nothing to do with japan .. when japan left korea korea was one peice they got divided after america interfered in the korean war , same with what happen to Vietnamese when it got divided in north and south but then reunified .

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    micahxo_lu DZico Saturday, October 22, 2016

    There are always other factors to situations. Japan had an effect on Korea splitting up.

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    DZico micahxo_lu Sunday, October 23, 2016

    where is your evidence on this claim ?

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    thestarsinthesky Thursday, October 20, 2016

    good man :')

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    Alin_bap Thursday, October 20, 2016

    He is a Human!

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    lvpool86 (Banned) Thursday, October 20, 2016

    This comment has been removed due to violation of our TOS. (Reason: spammer)

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    lemony_peaches  lvpool86 (Banned) Thursday, October 20, 2016

    Amen.

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    DZico  lvpool86 (Banned) Thursday, October 20, 2016

    south koreans took Vietnamese women as sex slaves , korean soldiers are guilty of same crime

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    shannnnt  lvpool86 (Banned) Saturday, October 22, 2016

    So damn true.

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    Mai_Turn Thursday, October 20, 2016

    This is a really nice gesture of this man! Even though he didn't do something wrong against these women, he did apologize! ... I think, that his gestures show, that not every Japanese person is a bad person (unfortunately every nation has got their bad people...).... I hope, that there will be more people like him, so that someday those two countries may have a more friendly relationship!

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    vvhale Thursday, October 20, 2016

    This proves that education is the key to a better future. Dear professor, please pass down your knowledge and compassion to your students and I hope the lady finds forgiveness in her heart. What a beautiful moment!

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    ffsd Thursday, October 20, 2016

    gosh. wiping away tears in eyes

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    Tyk Thursday, October 20, 2016

    My country also experience the same thing but maybe every country have different way to deal with that.

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    whatever101 Thursday, October 20, 2016

    thats nice but this would have been an even more epic moment if he had been a former soldier who actually witnessed or was involved.

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    nanuk whatever101 Thursday, October 20, 2016

    I think it's very meaningful because he wasn't. It speaks that even the people who weren't involved feel ashamed of it, and feel ashamed that those who really, truly should be apologising aren't. Maybe they can learn from him (although it is obvious that many are wanting to turn a blind eye to their own deeds, despite that it leaves many victims without closure).

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    crazi4music nanuk Thursday, October 20, 2016

    Well said.

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