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Heart-wrenching memory: "comfort women" records in north China's Shanxi (5)

(Xinhua)    08:38, August 16, 2018
Heart-wrenching memory:
97-year-old Liu Gailian sheds tears as she speaks out her experiences as a "comfort woman" in Yangqu County, north China's Shanxi Province, Aug. 2, 2016. In December of 1943, Liu was captured and abused by the Japanese army before she was redeemed by her family. Women forced into sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army before and during World War II were called "comfort women." Research shows some 400,000 women in Asia were forced to be "comfort women" for the Japanese army during World War II, nearly half of whom were Chinese. However, the Japanese government has refused to acknowledge legal responsibility for the "comfort women" issue so far. Reporters from Xinhua spent many years to look for the victims and recorded their current lives. (Xinhua/Zhan Yan)

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