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TERM The 172th term 


TERM PAPER
  

Blooming Article

Korea and Japan unlikely to settle wartime sex slavery

22nd August, 2016
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr
Edited by Ms. Hyun-kyung Yoon


 Korea and Japan are likely to drag on their disputes over "comfort women" even after Tokyo pays 1 billion yen ($9.9 million) to Seoul in line with last year's agreement over the thorny historical issue.

 Claiming lack of historical evidence, Japan still denies its sexual enslavement of the Korean women for its army before and during World War II.

 Tokyo also insists that it will offer the 1 billion yen on humanitarian grounds while refusing to accept demands from surviving victims that the payment must be made as legal compensation.

 Concerning the "girl statue" that symbolizes former Korean sex slaves, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida has repeatedly expressed hope that Korea will consider removing it.

 The statue, across the street in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, has irked conservative Japanese. The Japanese government has claimed the statue should be removed in line with its agreement with Seoul on Dec. 28, when the two sides agreed to settle sex slavery issues "finally and irrevocably" and refrain from blaming each other over the "comfort women."

 On the Korean side, the survivors and their advocates claim the Dec. 28 agreement is void because it lacks Japan's acknowledgment of its legal responsibility for its state-perpetrated sex crimes.

 They also said the agreement was reached without consulting the victims.

 "I'd say the Dec. 28 agreement will cause another controversy over ‘comfort women' following the 1965 pact made between Korea and Japan," said Lee Myeon-woo, a Japan expert at the Sejong Institute.

 Speaking on condition of anonymity, another researcher said, "It will be an endless cycle of disputes and I'm uncertain whether Korea and Japan can resolve their dispute permanently as they promised."

 In what was seen as a move not to provoke Japan, President Park Geun-hye did not mention "comfort women" during her speech marking the 71st anniversary of Korea's liberation from Japanese colonial rule.

 She instead called for a future-oriented relationship between South Korea and Japan, saying that to make meaningful changes it was important that Japan first face up to history.

 
Word check

● thorny [θɔ:rni] : If you describe a problem, you mean that it is very complicated and difficult to solve, and that people are often unwilling to discuss it.

● humanitarian [hju:mænɪteəriən]: If a person or society has humanitarian ideas or behaviour, they try to avoid making people suffer or they help people who are suffering.

● irk [ɜ:rk] : If something irks you, it irritates or annoys you.

● void [vɔɪd] : To void something means to officially say that it is not valid.


Questions

1. What do you think of Japan's behavior?

2. How can the government best cope with this problem?

TERM PAPER


Performance of Celebrity
to University Festival


Introduction :

 According to the beginning of this semester, most of university try hard to invite a spectrum of celebrity for their festival. However, on the other side, some says that it is waste of budget. People related with university, who agree the suggestion, argue that festival of university is a fortunate opportunity that students could see the performance of celebrity in reality. And performance of famous people could make the festival abundant. Furthermore, they also mention that it is inevitable choice for students to participate in the festival.

 On the other hands, cons who fiercely oppose inviting celebrity to those kind of festival, says that owing to asking for performance of wellknown people, university take much budget from students such as enrollment fee. And enjoying student’s festival should be a main purpose, not of celebrity. Moreover, they also think that the characteristic of individual university is blurred because of the performances.





Pros vs. Cons

Pros : 1. Festival of university is a fortune opportunity that students could see the     performance of celebrity in reality.
 2. Performance of famous people could make the festival abundant.
 3. It is inevitable choice for students to participate in the festival.
 

Cons : 1. Owing to asking for performance of wellknown people, university take much    budget from students such as enrollment fee.
 2. Enjoying student’s festival should be a main purpose, not of celebrity.
 3. The characteristic of individual university is burning down.


Word check

● opportunity[ɒpəˈtjuːnɪti] : A time or set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something

● characteristic[ˌker(ə)ktəˈristik] : Typical of a particular person, place, or thing

● abundant[əˈbəndənt] : Existing or available in large quantities; plentiful

● fiercely[ˈfirslē] : In a savagely violent or aggressive manner.