Nov. 4 (UPI) — Christian leaders in South Korea and Japan are calling on the Japanese authorities to “stop denying” army crimes associated to the problem of Korean consolation ladies, because the destiny of a statue in Germany stays unsure amid Japanese opposition.

Lee Hong-jung, normal secretary of the Nationwide Council of Church buildings in Korea, and Kim Sung-jae, normal secretary of the Nationwide Christian Council in Japan, mentioned Wednesday in a joint assertion Tokyo ought to stop the “act of distorting or denying the crimes of the previous,” Yonhap reported.

Throughout World Warfare II, Japan “forcibly mobilized ladies of their colonies, arrange army ‘consolation stations’ and violated the human rights of ladies by crimes of sexual violence, organized by the state,” the pastors mentioned.

The crimes have been made clear within the “brave testimonies of the victims,” however Japan has “not issued an official apology or state compensation.”

“Quite it’s partaking in diplomatic actions that distort previous crimes,” the spiritual leaders mentioned.

Lee and Kim mentioned the instance of Japanese opposition to the Korean consolation lady statue in Berlin illustrates Tokyo’s denial.

In 2015, the Japanese authorities mentioned the consolation ladies coverage of wartime was a “grave affront to the consideration and dignity of huge numbers of ladies,” and that Japan is “painfully conscious of obligations from this angle.” That yr, Japan agreed to a basis for distributing compensation, however activists for the ladies mentioned the coverage didn’t replicate the opinion of victims.

Japan has stepped up communication with Germany following the revealing of the brand new statue. Japanese Overseas Minister Toshimitsu Motegi has requested his German counterpart Heiko Maas take away the statue within the Berlin borough of Mitte, in keeping with the Sankei Shimbun.

The town of Berlin reversed an preliminary determination to take out the statue on Oct. 14, nonetheless. Final week, a Japanese politician requested for the statue to be demolished, citing issues about anti-Japanese racism. The statue stays in place, in keeping with South Korean press reviews.