The South Korean Government and their Comfort Women

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South Korea has of late been known as a hotbed of innovation; recently, they were rated as number two in the world in the list of most innovative countries. When it comes to technology, electronics, and telecommunications, the country has been making great strides forward.

However, not all is rosy in political matters in South Korea. First, there’s the continuing matter of the Sewol Ferry disaster, a tragedy of massive proportions that killed dozens of schoolchildren, had their teacher committing suicide soon after, imprisoned the Ferry captain and crew, and still has hundreds of people questioning the government’s role in the matter.

Many citizens are directly blaming President Park for the accident and the subsequent mishandling of the case. Furthermore, it has recently become clear that President Park did not act for seven hours after hearing of the accident, and she as well as her staff still did not disclose her location during that time. This may have caused a significant delay in responding to the disaster. The lack of accountability and transparency is only serving to heat up public criticism of President Park. (Source)

Then there’s matter of the Korean comfort women. Much ado has been made of the Japanese comfort women, but what we’re referring to are perhaps less well-known; these are a group of Korean women who were sex trafficked by their own government to U.S. Troops stationed in South Korea both during and immediately following the Korean War.

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The women have filed a lawsuit against President Park and the South Korean government, demanding a public apology and monetary compensation. Unlike Japan’s landmark apology for the world war 2 comfort women nearly 20 years ago, the South Korean government has never admitted to their acts of forced prostitution of their own women.

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According to reports, he says that Google should be allowed to use all the information they get despite user privacy and security concerns because “If we aren’t allowed to use all the information that is stored in Google, some of the products can’t get built.” And obviously those are the products that Google feels will bring much needed innovation to web search, to which naysayers would disagree probably seeing innovation defined in a completely different light or plain disagreeing that innovation trumps privacy.

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