South Korean Ministry of Gender Equality and Family officials said another victim of the Japanese wartime sexual slavery passed away a week ago.
According to the ministry, the bereaved family notified the government of her death after the funeral service and requested that her identity not be made public.
Minister Chung Young-ai conveyed her profound condolences to the family for their loss.
“It’s heartbreaking to witness another victim of the Japanese military sexual slavery, pass away,” Chung Young-ai said.
“I hope she rests in peace now,” Chung Young-ai added.
Chung Young-ai has recommitted her ministry to supporting victims and actively helping restore their honor and dignity.
The latest death has reduced the number of living South Korean wartime sexual slavery victims registered with the government down to 12. Historians have estimated up to 200,000 women, mostly from Korea, were forced to work in front-line brothels for Japanese troops during the war.
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