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  • Seoul Metropolitan Government made public the first video footage showing a massacre by Japanese troops of Korean wartime sexual slavery

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    • –The Seoul city government and Seoul National University Human Rights Center disclosed the video clip during the Korea-China-Japan’s 「International Conference on the Sexual Slavery Victims for the Japanese Imperial Army」 to mark the 99th anniversary of Samiljeol, Independence Movement Day (March 1st).
    • –The 19-second-long footage in black and white shows a group of bodies abandoned in Tengchong, China right before Japan’s defeat in the Asia-Pacific War.
    • –Document including operation records of the allied forces of the United States and China was discovered and unveiled which showed the forces’ awareness of the fact that Japanese troops slaughtered the wartime sexual slavery.
    • –Mayor Park Won-soon said that “the Seoul city government will focus its capacity and resources on the prevention of repeated unfortunate history by documenting and remembering the history.”

    □ The Seoul Metropolitan Government disclosed the first video showing a massacre by Japanese troops of Korean wartime sexual slavery at the Korea-China-Japan’s 「International Conference on the Sexual Slavery Victims for the Japanese Imperial Army」 held on the Feb 27th to commemorate the 99th anniversary of Independence Movement Day.

    □ The 19-second-long clip in black and white depicts a group of slaughtered bodies of Korean wartime sexual slavery abandoned en masse in Tengchong, China in 1944 right before Japan’s defeat in the Asia-Pacific War. The report document of the allied forces of the United States and China was also disclosed, showing that the forces were then clearly aware of Japanese troops’ massacre of Korean wartime sexual slavery. The Seoul Metropolitan Government and a research team led by Professor Chung Chin-sung at Seoul National University Human Rights Center (hereinafter “SNU research team”) made two visits to the US National Archives and Records Administration in 2016 and 2017. With their persistent research and discovery effort, the video was finally disclosed about 70 years after it was filmed.

    □ The clip portrays a miserable scene of the abandoned bodies of Korean wartime sexual slavery killed by Japanese troops. It also shows a couple of Chinese soldiers in the background, who are believed to have been at the scene to bury the bodies. The video was filmed on September 15th of 1944 by Baldwin, a solder of Detachment B of the 164th Signal Photographic Company of the allied forces. The film is assumed to have been filmed in Tengchong County, Yunnan Province, China. There have been testimonies and news articles regarding the Japanese troops’ massacre of wartime sexual slavery; however, this is the first video made public displaying the scene of Japanese troops’ slaughter of wartime sexual slavery including Korean victims.

    □ The Seoul city government continues its 「Japanese Military Sexual Slavery Records Management Project」 this year. The project aims to collect historical records related to Japanese military sexual slavery through domestic and overseas research and build an archive of historical records to enhance the capabilities of relevant research and diplomatic capabilities in regards to wartime sexual slavery.