Image of Asia: 'Waiting for 70 years' for justice
The Associated Press
Aug. 14, 2015
In this photo by Bullit Marquez, 89-year-old Hilaria Bustamante, one of the so-called "comfort women" for the Japanese military during World War II, protests with dozens of other Filipino women in Manila, Philippines, before Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe marks the 70th anniversary of Japan's surrender. Abe acknowledged in his speech that Japan had inflicted "immeasurable damage and suffering" on innocent people during World War II and said it stood by past apologies. Abe avoided the issue of whether the women were forced into sexual slavery, as they insist, but said, "We must never forget that there were women behind the battlefields whose honor and dignity were severely injured." Historians say tens of thousands of women from across Asia were forced to provide sex to Japan's front-line soldiers. Bustamante said, "We have been waiting for 70 years, and we have not received any justice until now. If they (Japan) will not give us justice, we will not stop (protesting) even though we are already old."