The Life of a “Comfort Woman” During WWII: Old Korean Woman Suing Japan for $34 Million For Extreme Sexual Abuse

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We are all aware of the horrible atrocities carried out during the Japanese Occupation. Some of our ancestors even had the misfortune to be subjected to the torment right here in Singapore. So many women were abducted, brutally raped and then tortured till they died to satisfy the Japanese soldiers' perverted needs. Many of these women died excruciatingly slow deaths, where some Japanese soldiers would play with their private parts with weapons, impaling them from their genitalia up just for entertainment. But since WWII happened 75 years ago, many have already forgotten and forgiven Japan for all the inhumane deeds. But there's a Korean lady who can't let her horrible past go. Lee Ok-seon was just 15 years old when she was snatched off the street as she walked home from work and taken to work against her will in a military brothel.

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The Insights of Pamela Lim - A Mother, An Educator and A Visionary

Pamela Lim
Pamela Lim was a well-known entrepreneur in Asia 10 years ago. Her passion and drive as an entrepreneur helped her excel in the fast-paced, dog-eat-dog world of business where so few succeed. She has won numerous entrepreneur awards in Singapore and the rest of Asia, including Top 10 Woman entrepreneur in 1999, The Most Promising Woman Entrepreneur in 2000 and Netrepreneur of the Year in 2001.

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Jeremiah Oon, the silent overachiever

Jeremiahs_StoryThough Jeremiah Oon, 24, was robbed of his hearing at the age of three, he did not allow that to set him back and instead went on to clinch not one but two scholarships. We learn his inspirational story at the Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD) with the help of a computer and a screen.

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Healthcare Challenges in a Disaster Zone

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Nahoko Harada is a PhD nursing student from Tokyo. She has been traveling back and forth between Boston, Tokyo and the Tohoku region helping tsunami survivors and healthcare providers cope with the new reality of healthcare in the Tohoku region. I spoke with Nahoko, together with Robin Low of Relief 2.0 to find out what are some of the challenges facing the tsunami survivors.

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Spartan Living

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Mr Abe is one of the thousands of tsunami survivors who lost their homes in the Tohoku tsunami on March 11th 2011. He now lives with his wife and daughter at the Kasetsu Ohashi Danchi Temporary home in Ishinomaki.  Tsunami shelters or temporary homes now dot the Ishinomaki landscape and they look very similar to the trailer parks that you would find in North America. We spoke with Mr Abe to learn what life in a shelter is like.

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