‘Comfort woman’ taken by Japanese seeking redress
RAFE ARNOTT/METRO VANCOUVER
An elderly woman who said she was tortured by the Japanese Imperial Army 65 years ago broke down in tears in a Chinatown restaurant yesterday while sharing her story.
Mian Huan "Grandma" Liu, 80, said all she wants is for Japan to apologize for the crimes its army inflicted on women during World War II.
Liu was 15 years old when she was kidnapped from her village in rural China by invading Japanese soldiers.
She was kept for 40 days as a sex slave, or comfort woman, before her father learned where she was being held and scrounged enough money to buy her freedom.
"At that time I was so scared, I was thinking I might never see my parents again," Liu said through a translator.
"I really can’t continue to say more," she said, sobbing.
Liu joined three other comfort women in Ottawa last week at witness forums at Parliament Hill, asking the Canadian government to urge Japan to admit to the crimes.
Jian Kang, Liu’s lawyer, said they deserve an apology.
"Since 1995 survivors like Grandma Liu have been trying to get redress," she said.
In 2004 Liu filed a lawsuit in the Japanese court. It was dismissed in April.