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South Korea’s parliament passed a bill Friday to officially designate Aug. 14 as a day of commemoration for the Korean women who were forced into brothels for the Japanese military before and during the war.

The day marks when Kim Hak Soon became the first victim to give testimony about the hardships of the former comfort women, in 1991. The day has been observed each year by citizens’ groups since 2013.

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