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Doubtable article in the Choson Ilbo

June 17th, 2007 . by Matt

Original article here.

A source in Washington said on Saturday that the White House and U.S. Congress are displeased by a newspaper ad from 63 Japanese lawmakers that denied the Japanese government and military had a hand in conscripting women from Asian countries as sex slaves for the Imperial Army during World War II.
The source said the Bush administration and Congress are likely to address the full-page ad, which appeared in the Washington Post on Thursday.

The White House is expected to express its opposition to the ad’s claims that several countries set up brothels during the war to prevent soldiers from raping civilians and that the U.S. requested “comfort stations” from the Japanese government after it occupied Japan in 1945.

According to the source, Vice President Dick Cheney, who said on a visit to Japan earlier this year that the historical issue cannot be allowed to disrupt the stability of Northeast Asia, expressed his displeasure with the ad and ordered an investigation into how it was made.

The ad is expected to boost the chances that the House will adopt a resolution calling on Japan to apologize to the former sex slaves. Some congressmen are said to be unhappy with the attempt by the Japanese lawmakers to distort historical facts.

To me, what makes this unrealistic is this –

According to the source, Vice President Dick Cheney, who said on a visit to Japan earlier this year that the historical issue cannot be allowed to disrupt the stability of Northeast Asia, expressed his displeasure with the ad and ordered an investigation into how it was made.

Since when do VP’s order investigations into ads in newspapers? And if he did discover “how it was made”, what is he going to do about it? This is America, not North Korea. Sounds like a pretty self serving source to me.


6 Responses to “Doubtable article in the Choson Ilbo”

  1. comment number 1 by: hls

    Here comes another news:

    http://english.donga.com/srv/service.php3?biid=2007061849398

    Even the U. S. Navy jump on the bandwagon???

  2. comment number 2 by: General Tiger

    Sounds like a pretty self serving source to me

    If you look at the Korean version, it says that it’s a NGO located in Washington.
    .
    I wonder what NGO has that much connections and is interested in this issue.

  3. comment number 3 by: ponta

    Congressman Lantos Announces Markup of H.Res. 121
    I predict that the demand for apology for the former comfort women after the “liberation” in Korea will prevail…..But I might be wrong.

  4. comment number 4 by: manfordr

    Cheny ordering an investigation into this ‘advertisement,’ is about as likely as him ordering an inquiry into the Iraq debacle.

  5. comment number 5 by: yungbe

    http://www.koreadaily.com/asp/article.asp?sv=la&src=usa&cont=usa10&typ=1&aid=20070620163839300310

    Not so doubtable anymore now, is it?

    also, “investigation” is a mistranslation. He wanted a 경위파악, which is more like “lemme know more about this” as opposed to “Launch an official investigation”.

  6. comment number 6 by: GarlicBreath

    Calling Korean newspapers unrealistic and self serving is the understatment of the year. Just look at the unrealistic and imaginative “corea #1” stories about how Japanese Americans and Chinese gush over semi-closeted Korean actors.

    The articls fail to mention that most of the “japanese” “american” and “chinese” fans are ethnic Koreans.