Saturday, May 05, 2007

Comfort women /Testimony/Koon Ja Kim.

The handbook of the house of sharing
When she was 16, she was adopted to the (korean) policeman. Her foster told her to go to the place where she could earn money, if she couldn't just returned home;she followed a Korean soldier who came home to pick her up.

June/2005?Hokkaido newspaper
Her foster father told her to go for an errand and rode on the train; there were many women and she saw soldiers

Nov/2005/the conference of peace for Junior High School Students
when I was 16, I was picked up by a Korean soldier, being told by my foster father that you'll have a good place to earn money

May/2006/Asahi newspaper
When she was 17, Two Korean men took her away, saying that she could work at the factories.She was taken to China, where there was a comfort station.

/Date unknown/Expat Advisory Servise
One such victim is Kim Koon Ja, now aged 81. After exchanging greetings her first words are, "I'm too embarrassed to talk about this." This is her story. After her parents passed away before she was 14, she was orphaned. Her impoverished relatives could not afford to care for her and her siblings, so they lived with other families serving as maids.

When war broke out, many Koreans were marrying quickly so not be drafted by Japanese forces. At 17, she also planned to marry her boyfriend, but his parents objected because they could not overcome her background. Not being married, she was unwillingly drafted by Japan as a sex slave and was forced to China.

February 2007/hearing of the Subcommittee on Asia/
I became an orphan when I was 14 and I was placed in the home of Choi Chul Ji, a colonial police officer. As his “foster child,” I cooked and cleaned for Mr. Choi. I had a boyfriend and we wanted to be married. However, his family objected because I was an orphan.

I remember the day that changed my life forever. I was wearing a black skirt, a green shirt, and black shoes. It was March of 1942, and I was 16 years old. I had been sent out of the house by police officer Choi and told that I needed to go and make some money. I found a Korean man wearing a military uniform and he told me that he would send me on an errand and I would be paid for this errand. I followed him and he told me to board a train – a freight car.

In 1942, there were not many Korean soldiers. There might have been Koreans who voluntarily applied for the Japanese troop, but it is not likely they were assigned the job to recruit women. It is more likely that she mistook him for the Korean broker who wore Kokumin fuku/National uniform at the time
And probably she was sold by her stepfather.


2005年6月23日、北海道新聞での証言 「お使いに行っておくれ」と言われて、汽車に乗せられた
2005年11月「東京の高校生 平和のつどい」における証言 「お金を稼げるところがあるから」と言われて、朝鮮人の軍人に

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