TOKYO (TR) – A Chinese man who fire-bombed the Japanese embassy in Seoul, South Korea because his grandmother was forced into sexual slavery for the Japanese Imperial Army has been formally charged by prosecutors, Agence France-Presse said.
South Korean prosecutors charged the 38-year-old man, with the surname Liu, for attempted arson in the January 8, attack that damaged the outer wall of the embassy. Liu also claimed responsibility for an attack on Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine, which honors Japan’s war dead, including some accused of war crimes, AFP reported.
Liu is from the city of Guangzhou in southern China. He said his grandmother who was Korean was forced to work in Japanese military brothels in China, the news agency said.
Known as “comfort women,” an estimated 200,000 females from China, Korea and other countries conquered or occupied by the Japanese Imperial Army were forced to work in the brothels before and during World War II. South Korea is trying to pressure Japan into compensating those that are still alive.