South Korean Man Self-Immolates Outside Japan Embassy
A South Korean man has set himself on fire outside the Japanese Embassy in Seoul during a protest against Tokyo’s World World II-era atrocities.
South Korean media said the 80-year-old suffered non-life-threatening burns and was taken away by ambulance after protesters doused the fire. His motive was not immediately clear.
It occurred just steps away from where protesters were demanding justice for the hundreds of thousands of South Korean women forced to work as sex slaves in Japanese military brothels.
South Korea says Japan has not sufficiently compensated and apologized to the so-called “comfort women.” The issue has become more heated ahead of Saturday’s 70th anniversary of the end of Japan’s 35-year occupation of the Korean peninsula.
Since she took office in 2013, President Park Geun-hye has refused to meet with Japan’s conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe until he offers a sincere apology for past wartime abuses, and makes amends to the comfort women.
Seoul and Tokyo have also clashed over ownership of a series of small islands in the Sea of Japan.