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Should Japan compensate the ‘comfort women’ of South Korea?

by Melanie Burton

Sawako Murata
Student, 26
Of course, definitely. Japan hasn’t compensated Korea enough. Lots of people think they have, not in the style of apologizing, but helping with the economy. Koreans should be compensated with money in the style of an apology.

David Sturn
Finance, 25
I think so, for some cases of people damaged by the military. It’s important for relations between countries like China and Korea to bury the hatchet.

Genni Williamson
Military, 26
No, they shouldn’t. War is an evil, not a necessary one, but it’s a part of life. I don’t think people should be compensated for things that happen naturally. I know that sounds messed up, but that’s the kind of world we live in.

Alexander Norbom
Bartender, 24
Of course they should, maybe by creating some program with aid over a long period. If it can make amends for something in the past, then that’s great.

Nick Scheele
Teacher, 25
I think the Japanese government should pay more remuneration. If Japan wants to have better relations with Asia, it would behoove them to do so.

Yoshi Masataka
Teacher, 34
I’ve just read about a woman who came here to talk about atrocities the Japanese Army did during the war. Of course the Japanese government has an obligation to pay, but I fear how much it can pay since they are in severe deficit.