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EXO Fans Raise Money For Museum Honoring Japanese Occupation-Era Comfort Women

By Michael Jamias | March 05, 2015 09:30 AM EST

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EXO fans have garnered attention once again for their efforts to contribute to charity and other worthwhile causes. This time around the EXO fan club, known as EXO-L, is amassing their strong numbers and fundraising abilities to support the History Museum of Japanese Military Comfort Women.

The fan club said the new charity drive is a tribute to the group's third anniversary. The group first performed in late December 2011 and released their first single in late January 2012.

The museum, which honors who South Korea claims were sex slaves during the Japanese occupation from 1910 to 1945, has been lacking funds to continue operating, reports allkpop. In their desire to help and honor their idols, EXO fans are raising funds and awareness for the museum through the free supporter application Fan Maum and online chat boards.

 "Through my favorite idol's name, I wanted to do a good deed for the world as well as introduce the artists," a fan was reported to have said.

The fan actions come at a heated moment as South Korean president Park Geun Hye over the weekend renewed her call for Japanese leaders to apologize to former wartime sex slaves.

Japan has not apologized to the women, and insists that the "comfort women" in South Korea were professional prostitutes. This disparity in historical remembrance has caused a rift in the relations between the two countries, according to Japan Today.

But the political sensitivity surrounding the museum has not deterred EXO fans. Instead, most view their actions as a fitting gift to their beloved 10-member idol group which has just celebrated its third anniversary and is nearing a comeback with the rumored title track "Call Me Daddy."

Articles by Michael Jamias

Mickey is a writer and digital content creator based in Manila. He is a co-founder of ZAVI App. He has also been bitten by the K-Pop fashion bug - follow him on Instagram @mickjami.

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