On December 28, 2016, a comfort women statue was established near the Japanese Embassy in Busan. The statue was removed three hours later due to an order by the Busan Dong-gu office. On December 30th, Busan Dong-gu Office returned the statue because public phone calls and accusations were made by citizens. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe emphasized that the South Korean side should show their sincerity, saying that they paid 1 billion yen for the comfort women agreement between Korea and Japan. Since then, the Japanese government has protested against the comfort women statue in Busan, so the Japanese Chief of Japan temporarily on January 9, 2017.
What is the reaction of the Japanese after this?
The reaction of the Japanese people for this is divided into two. Although Japanese are ashamed of the Japanese government, there are some Japanese who apologize for visiting the statue. On the other hand, some people think that they should remove that statue.
Komura Lee (46, female), sat next to the statue with a picket in Korean and screamed, “I’m really sorry to Koreans. I cannot forgive the Japanese government." Lee said in her picket. “I am embarrassed as Japanese that the Japanese government has acted so cowardly and arrogantly by trying to cover up the problem of comfort women in the Japanese military."
She said, “I am very sorry to the Koreans. I came to Korea to apologize because I am ashamed of being Japanese and cannot live like this anymore. I will continue to act without giving up until the Japanese government genuinely apologizes and makes the history textbooks right.” Lee then bowed low to the statue and left.
On January 28, the Japanese couple Shinya Yamamoto, visited the comfort women statue and left a letter of apology along with a bouquet of flowers. In the letter, Shinya and his wife expressed their condolences as a human being in Korean and Japanese. They wrote, “I apologize as a Japanese person. I am sincerely sorry."
In contrast to the movement of such apologies, there are also Japanese who attach handouts to remove the statue, A Japanese man in his 30s or 40s, is demanding the demolition of the girls’ prize statue. He is a one-man protest and has been active since January.
It has been over a month since the Japanese ambassador has returned to Korea. When will the ambassador return to Korea? The difference of opinions concerning the comfort women statue has Korea and Japan far apart as ever.