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Ad about comfort women in the Washington Post

June 14th, 2007 . by Matt

Robert from the Marmot’s Hole reported on a group of Japanese lawmakers that took out a full page ad in the Washington Post to present the Japanese viewpoint on the comfort woman controversy, and asked “If you’ve got the advert, I’d be keen to take a look at it”.

Here it is, courtesy of Occidentalism commenter Kaneganese.

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55 Responses to “Ad about comfort women in the Washington Post”

  1. comment number 1 by: Ut videam

    Addendum to #49 – In a criminal trial, if it can be proven that a witness was silenced by the defendant, rules of criminal procedure allow that fact to be introduced against the defendant. The defendant is not allowed to profit from a bad act. Nothing can be legally be inferred from the witness’s silence, but the fact that he was silenced is fair game. So, too, in this case. While nothing can be inferred from the lack of documents, the fact of the orgy of incineration is damning testimony against the IJA.

  2. comment number 2 by: egg

    Ut videam
    Is your logic as follows?

    1.A murdered B.
    2.C witnessed A murdering B.
    3.A noticed that C witnessed A`s muurder of B.
    4.A killed C so that A`s murder will not be proved (or testified?).
    5.A`s claim at court that there is no witness means nothing.

    By the way do you think at present that rules of a criminal court should be applied to this issue?
    If so in what degree? I mean do you think that all the rules in a criminal court should be applied? Or do you think a part of them should be?
    If you are thinking a part should be applied what is the reason of it? I mean if so you are claiming ruleX should be applied but ruleY not, what makes the difference?

  3. comment number 3 by: ponta

    Ut videam
    There is no document that the official ordered to recruit women forcibly.
    There is document that the official ordered to regulate the illegal brokers.
    As I understand it, one of the Robert points is since Korean government has been like that, but still there have been illegal brokers rampant in Korea despite the regulation, Japan also must have been like that.
    It might or it might not,
    But note coercion did take place. there is a record that Japanese police arrested such brokers.

    the Japanese government and army engaged in an orgy of incineration of potentially incriminating documents prior to the arrival of occupation forces.” When it’s well-established fact that documents were destroyed on a grand scale

    It is true that Japanese troop burned some of military document which might works against Japanese military. But even in case of the secret operation of 731 troop where it is said the documents were destroyed systematically, there are still Japanese documents about it which is not in favor of Japanese position.
    And military document is not all the document. There are newspaper and magazine. A newspaper talks about.e.g., the police operation against the illegal brokers The magazine talks about the prostitutes who entered the business out of poverty.

    As I said, in case of comfort station, there is no need to destroy the document. People took it for granted that the lives were like that. It was after the sensational political movement in the late 80’s people came to realise that that was a big issue.
    For instance,
    thisis the film depicting the comfort women produced in 1959, after the was but long before any issue concerning the comfort station came out.
    And the following is the report written in 1953

    ….Across the street were sitting 4 or 5 comfort women. At first they lured us persistently to stay up , saying “the money does not matter, just stay up, we are lonely.”
    They didn’t know that the military headquarters were pulling out the next day, but it seemed to be certain that they sensed something unusual was going on; there was no customer. And here we were, two military officers turned up at night. They said they didn’t care about the money because they felt lonely. It might have been rather me who felt more lonely.

    The next to the comfort station stood the branches of Japanese movies company and Japanese movies distribution company. There were a lot of films in the distributive company, so the head of information service had ordered the chief of branch to get rid of them so that British troop might not abuse them; We were there at night to confirm the job was done. The films were thrown into a waterlogged trench, the two branches were tidied up—the job had been well done. And it was on the way home we had this conversation with the women as a reward.” For free, enjoy till the morning”—-The Korea woman almost twenty years old went so far as to say that.
    She was in a slip, with thighs showing, slapping a mosquito sometimes.

    Why didn’t I tell them to get out of Rangoon because the situation was threatening? I asked the question to myself, looking up at the moon—until that time I had been a military officer and I had been too afraid of military regulation— from this time on I would be be finally a decent man again .link(Japanese)

    Note he was ordered to destroy the film but he has no hesitation to talk about the comfort women.

    And you don’t need to destroy the documents that you don’t think works against your position. At the time people took it for granted that comfort station was a part of lives and didn’t even think the document about it would work against them.
    And even among testimonies examined by the scholars, as I pointed elsewhere, out of 20 testimonies, 4 cases were cases
    where the women were said to be recruited forcibly by Japanese officials.
    One women said she was sold by her father on a different occasion.
    Another woman was the the women who sued Japanese government to return the enormous amount of money she earned while she was a comfort woman.
    Still others were women who said they worked in a comfort stations where there were no military brothels.
    Of course, that does not mean they were well treated. That is as bad as saying Korean women in the brothels now are well treated.
    As I said, it is easily imaginable that there were cases where the woman suffered indescribable hardship. And it happen under Japanese rule, thus, PMs apologized. For instance, Koizumi said,

    As Prime Minister of Japan, I thus extend anew my most sincere apologies and remorse to all the women who underwent immeasurable and painful experiences and suffered incurable physical and psychological wounds as comfort women

  4. comment number 4 by: ponta

    Ut videam

    Tu Quoque
    Translation: “You, also” or “You’re another”, Latin

    * Argumentum ad Hominem

    * Two Wrongs Make a Right

    I am afrad you missed his point.

    Japan committed a crime. She admitted she did wrong, apologized.
    Korean committed the same kind of crime,she has never admitted nor apologized. But keep blaming japan for the crime.
    This is the situation. Nobody is saying two wrongs make a right.

  5. comment number 5 by: kiitos

    Let me point out that the so-called “comfort woman issue” between Japan and Korea has already ended in 1965, by the following treaty.

    “The agreement between Japan and Republic of Korea in the resolution of the problem regarding assets and right of claim, and in the economic assistance”(June 22, 1965)
    *I translated this title from the official text written in Japanese named “財産及び請求権に関する問題の解決並びに経済協力に関する日本国と大韓民国との間の協定”. ( http://www.ioc.u-tokyo.ac.jp/~worldjpn/documents/texts/JPKR/19650622.T9J.html)

    This agreement(was written in Japanese and Korean) stipulated that:

    1)Japan shall provide Japanese products and shall render the service by Japanese people which equal to three hundred million dollar, for 10 years from the date that this agreement will come into force, without compensation.

    2)the problem was settled completely and finally, regarding the assets of both countries and nationals(including corporations), right and profit, and of the right of claim between both countries(Japan and Korea) .