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South Korean 'comfort women' sue Japan rock band for calling them prostitutes

Published on Mar 4, 2013 3:43 PM
Two South Korean women (right and centre) forced into sexual slavery by Japan during Tokyo's 1910-45 occupation of the country enter a Seoul prosecutors' office, on Monday, March 4, 2013, along with a lawyer and other activists to file a defamation suit against a Japanese rock band that called the women prostitutes in a song. -- PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL (AFP) - A group of South Korean women forced into wartime sexual slavery by Japan filed a defamation suit on Monday 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, 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.

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