One morning in January 1992, long before the #MeToo movement was even an idea, a group of South Korean women gathered outside the Japanese embassy in Seoul, shouting things such as “apologise” and “shame on you”. It had taken them more than 40 years to break their silence and stand up against the sexual slavery they had endured as Japan’s so-called comfort women before and during World War II. Twenty-six years later, a handful of the surviving victims, along with their supporters,