Mike Honda
Representative Mike Honda, the congressman of Japanese ancestry sponsoring the resolution to condemn the current Japanese government for the WW2 comfort women controversy

Representative Mike Honda must be reading the mistranslated misquote of Prime Minister Abe’s comment about the definition of coercion. From the Japan Times

A U.S. lawmaker spearheading legislation urging the Japanese government to “officially” apologize for pressing women into wartime sexual slavery cited an “overwhelming historical record” of the practice, following reported remarks by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe disputing that such evidence of coercion exists.

Speaking to reporters Thursday in Tokyo, Abe reiterated his position that there is no evidence to prove that the Japanese government used coercion to have women work at frontline brothels for the Japanese military during the war.

Following Abe’s remarks, Rep. Mike Honda, a California Democrat, said in a statement that “the overwhelming historical record . . . (makes) it clear that the Japanese Imperial Army forced as many as 200,000 women into sexual slavery during the Second World War.”

Honda urged Tokyo to offer an “official” apology for what he called “undeniable past wrongs.”

Honda, along with a group of powerful House Republicans, is sponsoring legislation calling on Abe to offer an official apology to former victims of sexual slavery. Prospects are high that the legislation will clear the Democratic-controlled Congress after four similar bills failed to come to a full lower chamber vote in past years under the Republican majority.

The resolution has drawn sharp protest from Japan, both in Tokyo and Washington, with Foreign Minister Taro Aso calling the legislation “extremely regrettable and definitely not based on facts.”

In his statement, Honda also cited the 1993 statement of apology, issued by then Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono, as evidence of Japan’s admitted culpability in the comfort women practice.

If someone out there thinks that pointing out that Prime Minister Abe was a victim of mistranslation or misquotation is unimportant or obscurantism, then you need only look at the final paragraph to see that it is very important. Representative Mike Honda is functioning under the delusion that Prime Minister Abe said that no women were forced to be comfort women. As I explained clearly in my post about the misquote, Prime Minister Abe was talking about the definition of coercion in the Kono statement on comfort women. For Representative Mike Honda to then cite that very statement in rebuttal is an almost hilarious (but not funny because of the seriousness of the issue) international misunderstanding.

Posted by Matt, filed under diplomacy. Date: March 4, 2007, 4:03 am | 17 Comments »

17 Responses

  1. MarkA Says:

    Someone in Washington must be wining and dining Rep. Honda, and maybe even throwing in some comfort women.

  2. kteen Says:

    이런걸 ‘적반하장’이라고 한다지…

    적반하장: 거지가 하늘을 동정하다

  3. infimum Says:

    Mike Honda doesn’t care about what Abe said, what the definition is, whether testimonies are accurate, or what physical evidence there is. He has an agenda.

    By the way, in the caption to the picture, you wrote “partial Japanese ancestry”, do you happen to know of what other ancestry he is?

  4. Matt Says:

    이런걸 ‘적반하장’이라고 한다지…

    적반하장: 거지가 하늘을 동정하다

    처음 들었네요. Putting the cart before the horse이라는 표현이랑 같군요.

  5. Matt Says:

    By the way, in the caption to the picture, you wrote “partial Japanese ancestry”, do you happen to know of what other ancestry he is?

    I am going to withdraw that. I read it somewhere, and now I am unable to find it.

  6. kteen Says:

    아니요…
    전혀 다릅니다.

  7. Matt Says:

    아니요…
    전혀 다릅니다.

    응, 그래요? 어서 설명해 주십시오.

  8. fruitbonbon Says:

    No matter what the “historical” fact about “comfort women” is, Kono, Murayama and Koizumi apologized as long as I know. Maybe more politicians. Now they push harder and Abe said something different. Then they claim Kono is right, Abe is not right. If so, they should stop it when Kono apologized. :-)

    I wonder what Honda and people behind him want.

  9. empraptor Says:

    How is the US’s place to dictate whether Japan should apologize? And by legislation too? If the Congress didn’t waste their time and tax payer’s money with this kind of shit they might actually do something productive.

  10. GarlicBreath Says:

    Mike Honda is a toady for the koreans in his disrict. He needs to change his name to Mike Hyundai. Let me be the first to predict that he will be a van fleet award winner.

  11. nighthawk Says:

    # GarlicBreath said:

    Mike Honda is a toady for the koreans in his disrict. He needs to change his name to Mike Hyundai. Let me be the first to predict that he will be a van fleet award winner.

    I observe much of Mike Honda’s political power lies in his connection with China. I guess he is rather using Koreans in and outside the U.S. to create tension between the U.S. and Japan. China benefits best from bad U.S.-Japan relations.

  12. ponta Says:

    I observe much of Mike Honda’s political power lies in his connection with China. I guess he is rather using Koreans in and outside the U.S. to create tension between the U.S. and Japan. China benefits best from bad U.S.-Japan relations.

    acute observation. It is highly probable.

  13. MarkA Says:

    He needs to change his name to Mike Hyundai.

    :lol:
    Nice tie, anyways.

  14. Kaneganese Says:

    Sounds like Rep.Honda does has his ties with Korean Foundation, too.
    House members disagree on ethics of trip to South Korea

  15. GarlicBreath Says:

    I am wondering if there is another Korea-gate in the works. Rep Mike Hyundai (I saw this name on the web) is clearly corrupt and in the pocket of Korean/Chinese interests. Rep Mike Hyundai is pandering for kimchi.

  16. hana Says:

    Rep,Mike Honda came to Japan December 11th 1999 to attend a symposium at SyakaiBunka Kaikan(現社民党の会館). He was a main guest of the symposium of ICF(戦争犯罪と戦後補償を考える国際市民フォーラム). He came to Japan with SWC menbers and having activities with them.
    Souren’s newspaper(朝鮮新報) report this event.
    Same this year,July 1999,Heiden Law(ヘイデン法) was made at CA. Rep.Make Honda was a menber of joint proposal. One Month later,August 24th 1999,his proposal of「対日戦後補償要求」was made.
    This Law’s targeted German and Japanese campany which exist during WWⅡ,and working present in the US. 連邦最高裁が止めるまで、一時は訴訟7件,総額で1兆ドル,約120兆円の損害賠償請求が日本企業にされてました。
    Behind this law, there would be assumed to work SWC and Chinese oganization.
    2003,Chinese communist Party oganized individual anti Japanese oganization to a world wide network. Center of this network is「中国社会科学院中日歴史研究センター」.
    Under oganization is ALPHA(第二次大戦アジア史保存連盟). ALPHA helped to promort and selling Iris Chang’s “The Rape of Nanjing”.
    After I know this about,I really scared.

  17. dresdner Says:

    Mike Honda ‘s connection with PR China is widely known. According to the Sankei Newspaper (March 15th 2007), in 2006, Honda received 110,000 US dollars donation from 94 Chinese personals in his district, and this amounts nearly one third of the total donation to Honda. Mike Honda is just speaking propaganda of communist China in return of money.