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'Comfort women' were sex slaves taken from Korea by Imperial Japanese forces during World War II. South Korean photographer Ahn Sehong has created a series capturing the now elderly survivors, and he even managed to wangle an exhibition at the Nikon Gallery...until Nikon abruptly cancelled it without explanation. It's not hard to guess why.
Unlike Germany, Japan has never been great at acknowledging World War II-era crimes. Japanese officials also recently tried to get a monument to comfort women removed from a New Jersey park. And famously, there's no mention on Nikon's Corporate History page that during the war they made all of the (incredibly good) night optics for the Japanese Navy.