South Koreans gather near Japan embassy to mourn ‘comfort woman’

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – Hundreds of mourners gathered yesterday near the Japanese Embassy in Seoul for the funeral of a South Korean woman forced as a girl into brothels and sexually enslaved by the Japanese military in WWII. The mourners, dressed mostly in black on a bitterly cold morning and holding paper cutouts of yellow butterflies, followed a hearse carrying Kim Bok-dong that stopped in front of a bronze statue of a girl representing the thousands of Asian women experts say the Japanese military forced into front-line brothels as it pursued colonial ambitions. More details in Friday’s Borneo Bulletin