On 8 January, the Seoul Central District Court ruled that the Japanese government must pay damages to 12 survivors of sexual slavery by the Japanese military before and during World War II. Jihyun Yoon, Director of Amnesty International Korea stated the following:
“This ruling is an important decision that comes after 30 years of campaigning to resolve the issue of Japanese military sexual slavery. This marks the first time a South Korean court has acknowledged the responsibility of the Japanese Government for Japanese military sexual slavery and opened up a path to restore justice for the survivors.
The Japanese government must follow the court’s decision and take immediate steps to provide reparations for the victims of sexual slavery. The Japanese government must also issue a complete and comprehensive apology to the survivors.”