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SEOUL: A group of South Korean women forced into wartime sexual slavery by Japan filed a defamation suit yesterday against a little known, far-right Japanese rock band for calling them prostitutes.
A CD containing a song with the allegedly defamatory lyrics by the band “Scramble” was mailed along with a translated text to a shelter caring for so-called “comfort women” in Gwangju, south of Seoul, last week.
The song, with an accompanying video posted on YouTube in January this year, is titled “Slashing Koreans” and contains inflammatory lyrics, exhorting violence against “the elderly prostitutes”.
“Scramble” has no real public profile in Japan, and a fan base that appears limited to fringe ultra-right nationalists.
Eight comfort women in their 80s and 90s, who were “shocked” by the song, filed a lawsuit at the Seoul central prosecutors’ office against the rock band.
“They felt that justice should be done to put things right,” a spokesman for the women said.