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The comfort woman resolution

August 7th, 2007 . by Matt

On July 30 2007, the US Congress passed resolution 121, the resolution criticizing the present day government of Japan for not apologizing to the former comfort women of WW2, and also demanded that the Japanese government change its school curriculum to one acceptable to the US congress.

Here is some supplementary reading on the resolution.

Matt from Liberal Japan feels that the resolution is unproductive and hypocritical. Matt follows up on this by analyzing the text of the resolution, and provides a good critique. (BTW, Liberal Japan is getting better all the time. Keep an eye out on Matt – I think he is going to become a lot more well known in the blogosphere).

Ampontan has been following the comfort woman problem closely, and has really been carrying the torch on this issue. He has been relentless in taking the media to task on its shallow reporting of the issue. In his latest post about comfort women, Ampontan questions the rationale of Congress involving itself in this issue.

Read those articles, and then read on.

While I agree that the resolution is harmful for US-Japanese relations, I do not necessarily think that it is really a bad thing for Japan because it forces the Japanese government to take the issue on directly. The resolution in itself is an outrageous distortion of historical facts, and no Japanese political party (with the possible exception of the Communist Party) actually accepts the resolution. Certainly the leader of the main opposition party (the DJP), when asked directly in question time in the diet refused to agree that he agreed with the content of the resolution. That means that no matter what party will administer Japan, it is likely that they will deal with the comfort women issue in the same way.

This is a good chance for the Japanese government and Japanese people to deal with the issue more aggressively, and get their side of the story out. Unfortunately the Japanese government has been sending mixed signals about this issue (like the Kono statement on comfort women) for years, which has confused people following the issue. Now the Japanese government will have to be more direct in its statements. The present Japanese government is now also given the opportunity to distance itself from any and all acts by the WW2 era Empire of Japan government, in toto. The present Japanese government should not continue to accept responsibility for acts committed by a past government and system that was washed away in two nuclear fireballs.

The Japanese government should also refuse to be an arbiter of history, like the US congress is attempting to do. It should just leave history to the historians, and not discuss “historical issues” at the diplomatic level, especially since all these issues have been resolved by bilateral treaties with the states concerned.

One important thing I think is that the resolution in no way expresses the will of ordinary Americans. I am sure that 90% of Americans do not even know this bill even exists. Rather this resolution represents the growing power of ethnic minority interests pursuing narrow and racialist (and probably racist) interests through lobbying the US congress to become involved in old ethnic feuds that have nothing to do with Americans. That the congress could be moved to act by such lobbying is a sad day for America, much more so than it is a sad day for Japan.


48 Responses to “The comfort woman resolution”

  1. comment number 1 by: egg

    Japanese government seems to have decided not to respond to(or ignore) the resolution, at least in short terms. I guess they are waiting for the storm to go away. It irritates me much but on second thought, it might be that they can`t help taking this hiding tactics at the present circumstances (No foreign news media which quotes their words accurately, existing).
    Japan has failed to build a strong reliable news media which speaks for her against the world. That is making this issue complicated. It might be too late but at least I guess we should try.

  2. comment number 2 by: Durf

    “This is a good chance for the Japanese government and Japanese people to deal with the issue more aggressively, and get their side of the story out. . . . The Japanese government should also refuse to be an arbiter of history.”

    What are you recommending here? Speak out, or shut up? (I’d recommend the latter course of action, by the way.)

  3. comment number 3 by: jion999

    Durf
    I’d recommend Americans to shut up about this controversy.
    Those Chinese and Koreans who criticize Japanese war crimes never appreciate Americans as the liberator of Asia even if US defeated evil Japan.
    On the contrary, they criticize Americans as another invader like Japanese.
    Only when they attack Japanese, they exploit American’s “victor’s justice” and hypocrisy.
    Americans still don’t like to give up the idea of their justice in WW2. They know it and use it for their political benefit.

  4. comment number 4 by: egg

    Durf

    I’d recommend the latter course of action, by the way.

    May I ask why you reccomend the Japanese government to shut up? I would like to hear more about your idea.
    By the way am I right by thinking, the subject of “shut up” is the Japanese government? Or did you intend to recomend shutting up to all who think the resolution is wrong? I hope it is not the latter…

  5. comment number 5 by: Ken

    It seems Ampontan knows Japanese history and politics relatively and would gain Japanese readers more while Gaijinsmash would have lost them for the comments on Atomic bomb to Japan.
    Though Matt kindly suggests not to mind the resolution but it is sure the USA lost the friendship in the true sense of the term of Japanese majority who are believing there was no coercing.
    They learned the USA is such a nation that trusts the (countries of ) fraud with no evidence.
    This may be the turning point of Japanese separation from the US initiating anti-terrorism military operation.

  6. comment number 6 by: ponta

    I think Japan should shut up but be prepared.

    BTW I love Gaijin smash.
    (For a sensitive and complex political issue, I think people should investigate the facts and the pros and cons before writing something about it, though.)
    And of course, Anontan and liberal Japan are excellent blogs too.

    And I thank Matt Occidentalism for having been fair to this issue.

  7. comment number 7 by: jion999

    ken
    “it is sure the USA lost the friendship in the true sense of the term of Japanese majority who are believing there was no coercing.”
    I don’t think so.
    There is no perfect friend. It is the matter of comparison. We know Americans have their own nationalism, hypocrisy, and “victor’s justice” of ww2.
    However, they are much better than Russians or Chinese as ally.
    Koreans? Out of questions.
    Japan-US alliance becomes a little bit sour when Democrats of US gets majority. It is usual phenomena in this 60 years. That’s it.

  8. comment number 8 by: jion999

    ponta-san
    long time no see.
    I saw your debate with tomojiro darf, and aceface on ampontan.

  9. comment number 9 by: egg

    jion999

    There is no perfect friend. It is the matter of comparison. We know Americans have their own nationalism, hypocrisy, and “victor’s justice” of ww2.
    However, they are much better than Russians or Chinese as ally.

    Too true. That is because I believe both countries shared the same values, liberalism (including due process of law) and democracy.
    But saying about this resolution, I am quite sceptical. Did the congress follow due process of law? I mean our government which was under criticism, was not officially given the chance to speak for herself. Isn`t it against due process of law? (Can some American posters give me an advice?)
    Though I agree that Japan has no other options other than America right now but this resolution casts some slight shadow that both counties might not be following the same values (such as due process of law).

  10. comment number 10 by: egg

    In the above sence, I might be able to understand Ken`s concern bellow.

    it is sure the USA lost the friendship in the true sense of the term of Japanese majority who are believing there was no coercing.

  11. comment number 11 by: Matt

    What are you recommending here? Speak out, or shut up? (I’d recommend the latter course of action, by the way.)

    I think it should be left to the historians. That means that the government should not be making historical judgments, since it is definitely not qualified to do so. When a government takes a position on some aspect of history, it automatically turns people with differing or dissenting opinions in to the equivalent of heretics. That is certainly not the way a free society should work.

    The US congress should not be making such judgments, and neither should the Japanese government. People can work out history by themselves without government guns in their faces.

  12. comment number 12 by: egg

    My words above were too exagerating. I would like to change my comment

    casts some slight shadow that both counties might not be following the same values (such as due process of law).

    to

    will disappoint some Japanese people like me who thought American liberalism to be quite close to ideal.

    .
    Sorry.

  13. comment number 13 by: ponta

    Hi Jion999
    How have you been?

    Did you know this?

    The rebirth of prostitution has generated fear that permeates all of Iraqi society. Families keep their girls inside, not only to keep them from being assaulted or killed, but to prevent them from being kidnapped by organized prostitution rings. Gangs are also forcing some families to sell their children into sex slavery. The war has created an enormous number of homeless girls and boys who are most vulnerable to the sex trade. It has also created thousands of refugee women who try to escape danger but end up (out of economic desperation) being prostituted in Jordan, Syria, Yemen or the UAE. Our occupation not only attacks women on the outside, but attacks them on the inside, until there is nothing left to destroy.

    If foreign women are imported into Iraq for prostitution, they would almost certainly follow the already established channels of illegal labor trafficking, as documented in the Chicago Tribune series “Pipeline to Peril.” For example, independent journalist David Phinney has documented how a Kuwaiti contract company that imported workers to build the new U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad’s Green Zone also smuggled women into the construction site.

    Within the Green Zone, a few brothels have been opened (disguised as a women’s shelter, hairdresser, or Chinese restaurant) but are usually closed by authorities after reports about their existence reach the media. The U.S. military claims that it officially forbids its troops to be involved in prostitution. But private contractors brag on sex websites that they have sometimes been able to find Iraqi or foreign women in Baghdad or around U.S. military bases. These highly paid security contractors have much disposable income, and are not held accountable to anyone but their companies.

    Military Prostitution and the Iraq Occupation
    Even Japanese police regulated and arrested illegal pimps. I guess Honda and Lantos have a lot of things to do and the U.S. has a lot of apologizing to do.

  14. comment number 14 by: jion999

    ponta-san

    This is the usual phenomenon which appears in the battlefield where US fights.
    Bombing of USAF creates a lot of poor girls who become prostitutes for American soldiers.
    In Japan, Korea, Philippines, Vietnam, Thai, Laos, and Iraq.
    Prostitution is forbidden in US except some special area.
    However, American solders have enjoyed sex in the poor Asian countries.
    US generals knew that facts and gave silent approval.
    How many Americans understand this reality?
    Hypocrisy of Americans.
    No way.
    They are much better than Russians, Chinese, or Koreans as ally.
    I guess most of US politicians in the house of representative must be fed up with the pressure of Korean Americans but corporate with them for their votes.
    There are many Japanese politicians who support the comfort women resolution.
    Why can we criticize American politicians only?
    Comfort women controversy was invented by Asahi shinbun.
    It is more important to destroy the fucking leftists in Japan first than criticizing ignorant Americans.

  15. comment number 15 by: jion999

    egg
    “That is because I believe both countries shared the same values, liberalism (including due process of law) and democracy.”
    No. No.
    Do you share the exactly same values with your wife, family, and your friends?
    It is impossible.
    It is not the time to criticize Americans.
    Comfort women controversy was invented and circulated by Japanese leftists.
    If you can not manage Japanese, why can you manage Americans?

  16. comment number 16 by: ponta

    jion999

    Prostitution is forbidden in US except some special area.
    However, American solders have enjoyed sex in the poor Asian countries.
    US generals knew that facts and gave silent approval.

    In other word they have the local people do the dirty job.

    It is more important to destroy the fucking leftists in Japan first than criticizing ignorant Americans.

    Many Japanese leftists are hyprcite. If they want to promote human right as they say, they should do it on the universal basis.

    I am pro-USA, and I think USA should lead the world
    and the U.S.A is the best ally of Japan. Nontheless , this resolution was wrong. I think it is important to let people know it somehow.

  17. comment number 17 by: jion999

    ponta-san
    “this resolution was wrong. I think it is important to let people know it somehow.”
    I agree with you.
    Many Japanese will agree with your idea.
    However, I insist it is not the time to criticize US.
    If Japanese fights with US, they would fight back.
    That is what Chinese and Koreans hope.
    Who is the enermy?
    Not US.
    Not China or Korea.
    The enermy exists inside.

  18. comment number 18 by: jion999

    ponta-san
    “this resolution was wrong. I think it is important to let people know it somehow.”
    I agree with you.
    Many Japanese will agree with your idea.
    However, I insist it is not the time to criticize US.
    If Japanese fights with US, they would fight back.
    That is what Chinese and Koreans hope.
    Who is the enemy?
    Not US.
    Not China or Korea.
    The enemy exists inside.

  19. comment number 19 by: John.

    Hmm, long time since I posted. Anyhow..
    I think this resolution is pointless. Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t this resolution basically just ask the Japanese government to apologize (which they have done so)? What would be the point of passing a resolution if it was just going to ask?

  20. comment number 20 by: ponta

    Jion999
    Thank you.
    Yes, in this regard I agree with you and Aceface.
    Speaking up “now” is not appropriate.
    What I am worried about is that some Chinese and Koreans are promoting the similar resolution to pass in other countries, e.g., in Canada.
    So I think it is necessary to let people know the truth somehow about military prostitution in Korea, Vietnam, Iraqi as well as in Japan so that they can appreciate the situation correctly.

  21. comment number 21 by: egg

    Jion999
    Thanks for your comment.

    Do you share the exactly same values with your wife, family, and your friends?
    It is impossible.

    No, I don`t share exactly the same value but at basic points, I do. That is why I am with them. I believe it is more or less the same with countries.

    It is not the time to criticize Americans.

    I agree with you that our government might be unable to explian our position right now as I wrote in my first post. But as an indivisual I would like to express my concerns to adjust and fix the values of both countries (Though the effect of my words will be worth nothing…).

    Comfort women controversy was invented and circulated by Japanese leftists.

    I share the same recognition. I think Asahi (and Mainichi in some other issues) are totally irresponsible and shameless.

    If you can not manage Japanese, why can you manage Americans?

    I am disappointed because they didn`t keep the procedure, that is to hear the opponents opinions. I think that is another matter to the contents of the resolution.
    I agree with you that if you can`t persuade your fellows in your own country how can you persuade people of other countries. But that is not the only point I am disappointed with.

  22. comment number 22 by: Ken

    jion999,
    “I don’t think so.”
    Answering Egg’s question before objecting to my comment is proper courtesy, mind you.
    Anyway, do you say it is not on behalf of Japanese majority that Japanese gov’t claimed the resolution not based on facts would undergo bad effect on US-Japan relationship?
    “There is no perfect friend.”
    I am not talking about such a fairy tale, though?

    In any case, Japanese gov’t will not express the support to American military operation without evidence or UN authorization any more.

  23. comment number 23 by: GarlicBreath

    This is a good chance for the Japanese government and Japanese people to deal with the issue more aggressively, and get their side of the story out. Unfortunately the Japanese government has been sending mixed signals about this issue (like the Kono statement on comfort women) for years, which has confused people following the issue. Now the Japanese government will have to be more direct in its statements

    As soon as the Japanese side tries to get its story out, the chorus of Koreans, Korean-(so called)-Americans and Chinese start chanting “Japanese right wing nationalism”

  24. comment number 24 by: jion999

    ponta-san

    some Chinese and Koreans are promoting the similar resolution to pass in other countries, e.g., in Canada.

    Yes. It is true.
    Good.
    Let them do it in the whole world.
    They are digging their own grave.

    Once Koreans talked it up that Taekwondo was Korea’s original martial arts with 2000 years history.
    Now, everybody knows it is a lie.
    We would enjoy another lie of Koreans in the future.
    If someone studies about the occupations of Korean ex-comfort women after ww2, this controversy would end.
    People would know that Koreans are liars.

  25. comment number 25 by: jion999

    ken

    In any case, Japanese gov’t will not express the support to American military operation without evidence or UN authorization any more.

    That’s what Ozawa insists after the victory of the election.
    It’s nonsense.
    Do we resist US because of lies of Korean old women?
    Most of Americans still cherish the old glory of ww2.
    I understand it.
    If you get upset, the anger must go to the Japanese leftists and Korean liars, not to the Americans.

  26. comment number 26 by: Ken

    jion999,
    “That’s what Ozawa insists after the victory of the election.”
    Japan should obey to the will of the people and it may improve the situation unexpectedly.
    Now is a good oppotunity to try it as well.
    “Do we resist US because of lies of Korean old women?”
    No. I am just telling to speak up, “What is wrong is wrong.”
    Otherwise, Japan is said by US vice-pres, “Japan is eternal child subject to the USA.” or so.
    “If you get upset, the anger must go to the Japanese leftists and Korean liars, not to the Americans.”
    I do not get angry but it is apparent resolving with no evidence should be corrected like lying itself.

  27. comment number 27 by: jion999

    ken

    I am just telling to speak up, “What is wrong is wrong.”

    I agree with you 100%.
    But not to the ignorant Americans.
    We have to clash Japanese leftists first.
    If we start talk about American’s war crimes, that is the situation what Chinese and Koreans hope.
    Most of Americans still believe their justice of ww2, including Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
    Did you read “Flags of our fathers”?
    Not the movie but the book.
    The movie was acceptable for Japanese but the original book was not.
    The author wrote Japanese massacred 35,000 Chinese in Nanking.
    I was surprised and checked the bibliography.
    He showed only two books about that massacre. The fucking Ienaga saburo and Iris Chang.
    They still like to believe the glory of Americans in WW2.
    If Japanese was barbaric, it is more convenient for them to justify their massacre of Japanese civilians in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
    Chinese and Koreans exploit such kind sentiment of Americans.
    Japanese should angry against ignorant Americans?
    No.
    It is impossible to educate all of them.
    If you can not manage Japanese leftists, why can you manage Americans?

  28. comment number 28 by: sayuri

    In 1988 Seiroku Kajiyama, Chief of Public Safety Commission of Japan, answered in Diet that several missing Japanese citizens were assumed to have been kidnapped by agents of North Korea.

    In 1989 a Zainichi Korean (a Korean with permanent residential permission in Japan) and a Japanese left-leaned activist went to Seoul, South Korea, to “look for” ex-comfort women for their “planned” lawsuit against Japanese government. They returned to Japan without finding anyone this year.

    Suddenly in 1991 the first “victim” (a Korean old lady) appeared. At first she told she was “kidnapped” by a Japanese soldier and coerced into sex slavery, but her “testimony” was inconsistent. Finally, we have learned that this old lady was “sold” by her step-father to a pimp, she even had worked as an ordinary prostitute before.

    That the Japanese government ordered its military to abduct 200,000 women and coerced them into sexual slavery is just a fiction to cover up North Korea’s abduction, i.e., a conspiracy to compell the Japanese to give up the abductees.

    The Japanese public feel that the resolution is a betrayal which could jeopardize our negotiations with KJI’s North Korea for rescueing the abducted Japanese citizens.

    The Congress has taken part in such a conspiracy by passing the resolution.
    The Department of State has maneuvered the Congress, precisely Nancy Pelosi, behind the scenes.

    Why has the Dept. of State done such a thing? Because they want Japan to give up the abductees and to lift sanctions against North Korea; they believe (or hope?) North Korea would be tamed that way. Remember that Condoleezza Rice studied under Madeleine Albright at Univ. of Denver.

    http://uk.news.yahoo.com/rtrs/20070802/tpl-uk-asean-security-39349ed_2.html

    Despite lobbying by Japan, the ARF did not directly mention the issue of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea, referring only to “humanitarian and people concerns”. Tokyo wanted a specific reference to the issue in the statement.

    The ARF did not mention the abduction by North Korea referring only to “humanitarian and people concerns”. Why? — North Korean Foreign Minister Pak Ui-chun negotiated with Christopher Hill and Hill made concessions WILLINGLY!

    http://www.asahi.com/international/update/0802/TKY200708020375.html?ref=rss
    http://kukkuri.jpn.org/boyakikukkuri2/log/eid346.html

  29. comment number 29 by: egg

    jion999

    The author wrote Japanese massacred 35,000 Chinese in Nanking.

    My question will be off topix but may I ask what is your position about Nangjin incident? Do you believe there were no victims?
    It will be only fair to write what I think about it first. I am on my way studying about it and I have only read Ikuhiko Hata`s book “Nanjin Incident”. Right now I have nothing to disagree with him (Of course I won`t because it is the first information I got. Might have been rather silly statement…) so temporally I would like to take “about 40,000 including the POW`s.” .
    I have no intention to argue the numbers of the victims, it is only from genuine curiousity.
    By the way if you can advise me with some good books about it, I will appreciate you much.

  30. comment number 30 by: jion999

    egg

    may I ask what is your position about Nangjin incident?

    Japanese force must have killed a lot. I do not the number.
    Did Chinese treat Japanese prisoners well? No. Nobody came back.
    Why Chinese emphasize the massacre of Nanking?
    Because that battle was the biggest defeat for Chinese.
    “Rape of Nanking” means the fall of Nanking.
    Because they could not accept the defeat of their capital, they have broadcasted the massacre of Japanese.
    Japanese army did not treat prisoners well. Neither did Chinese.
    If you suffer a big defeat in the battle, it would be convenient to criticize the war crimea of the enemy.
    It is the same idea football coach to criticize judges after losing the game.

  31. comment number 31 by: GarlicBreath

    Once Koreans talked it up that Taekwondo was Korea’s original martial arts with 2000 years history.
    Now, everybody knows it is a lie.

    You forget, Koreans, even so called “American” or “Japanese” Koreans, all think with one mind on nationalistic issues. Lie or truth, it doesn’t matter. A classic example is “kumdo”. Koreans around the world spread the myth that Kumdo is an ancient Korean art originating over a thousand years ago.

    Kum Do, or the Way of the Sword, is the Korean art of sword fencing practiced centuries ago during the Shilla Dynasty. It is closely related to Japanese Kendo and many historians believe they have a common origin

    .

    Notice how they say common origin, as if either could have been the true origin. The truth is that Korea had nothing like Kendo until around 1884 when the Japanese took over training the Korean police.
    .
    Sadly Korea has very little to be proud of, (with the exception of eating dog flesh) and that is why Korean lie and claim Japanese culture as their own.

  32. comment number 32 by: jion999

    egg
    If somebody talks about the Nanking battle, everybody remember the massacre of Japanese force.
    It means the propaganda of Chinese works very well.
    The battle of Shanhai started because Chinese force attacked Japanese first.
    (Jung Chang insists Russian spy started to attack Japanese.)
    Japanese got angry and fell Nanking.
    Chinese ran away to Chonching and started to spread the propaganda of Nanking massacre.
    After the war, who was punished for Nanking massacre?
    Two soldiers of 百人切り and their boss only.

  33. comment number 33 by: jion999

    GarlicBreath
    Koreans in the peninsula understand the lies of the origin of Korean martial arts.
    However, Korean Americans still live in the fantasy of Great Korea.
    They are the main force to support the resolution of the comfort women.
    They are troublesome even for Americans.
    Let them continue their style.
    The result must be a fun.

  34. comment number 34 by: egg

    jion999
    Thank you for your reply.
    May I understand your position as “Both sides did the same kind of ill treatment against the pow`s, so it is wrong to focus only on Japan”?
    I am sorry if I have misinterpreted you.

  35. comment number 35 by: egg

    jion999
    I hadn`t read your post at August 9th, 2007 at 4:34 pm when I wrote the above August 9th, 2007 at 4:48 pm.

  36. comment number 36 by: jion999

    egg

    May I understand your position as “Both sides did the same kind of ill treatment against the pow`s, so it is wrong to focus only on Japan”?

    OK. There was no idea to treat prisoners well in Asia in those days.
    Chinese emphasize the massacre because they lost the battle. That’s it.

  37. comment number 37 by: egg

    jion999

    After the war, who was punished for Nanking massacre? Two soldiers of 百人切り and their boss only.

    I guess you are refering to Matsui at Tokyo and Tani, Tanaka, Mukai and Noda at Nangjin court. It seems only five were sentenced guilty and executed because of the Nangjin incident.
    Do you want to say “because there were only several people found guilty, the numbers of the victims must have been not so large”?
    .
    I have no intention to persuade you or argue with you, and I know it is dangerous to believe things from scarce information. So the bellow is just my present impression. I think I will change it as I know more facts.
    I have an impression that 百人切り was a Japanese propaganda done by Mainichi to enbrave the Japanese people at that time, which was used latter by the Chinese government as a reverse propaganda to show the cruelty of the Japanese people. I personally suspect Tanaka, Mukai, Noda might have been inocent.
    But at the same time, (it is an impression only from one book but) the atrocity was not so small and there were others who should have taken the responsibilities. Not all who deserve punishment didn`t get it because of political and technical reasons, I guess.
    Anyways I will try more studying. Thank you and sorry for going off topix. I will return on it from now.

  38. comment number 38 by: egg

    And thanks for your reply at August 9th, 2007 at 4:55 pm.

  39. comment number 39 by: GarlicBreath

    jion999 Says:

    August 9th, 2007 at 4:44 pm
    GarlicBreath
    Koreans in the peninsula understand the lies of the origin of Korean martial arts.
    However, Korean Americans still live in the fantasy of Great Korea.
    They are the main force to support the resolution of the comfort women.
    They are troublesome even for Americans.
    Let them continue their style.
    The result must be a fun.

    Jion, Koreans in America really and truely hate America, just as Zainichi hate Japan. Not all mind you. Americans, like Japanese refuse to awknoledge this for fear of being racist. Koreans are well trained and quick to call sombody a racist (just look at all the Koreans on this blog). In my opinion, I think Koreans are ruining the US, Japan and asia with their trashy culture. Just look at slums like Koreatown.
    .

    It is funny how Koreans desert Korea like rats from a sinking ship.

  40. comment number 40 by: General Tiger

    Egg:

    Japan has failed to build a strong reliable news media which speaks for her against the world.

    Not to be mean, but most strong Japanese media are as biased as Korean/Chinese ones, which is part of the problem.
    .
    GarlicBreath:

    Jion, Koreans in America really and truely hate America, just as Zainichi hate Japan. Not all mind you. Americans, like Japanese refuse to awknoledge this for fear of being racist. Koreans are well trained and quick to call sombody a racist (just look at all the Koreans on this blog). In my opinion, I think Koreans are ruining the US, Japan and asia with their trashy culture. Just look at slums like Koreatown.

    Seems like you’re still trapped in your own little world.
    .
    As for this issue: I do wish that idiotic “nationalists” on both sides would just shut up. We got other things to do (like deal with the governemtn of PRC)

  41. comment number 41 by: egg

    General Tiger
    It is always nice to read your post and talk with you.

    Not to be mean, but most strong Japanese media are as biased as Korean/Chinese ones, which is part of the problem.

    I have no intention to deny you.
    There will be no one in the world who can be free from bias. All we can do is to try to learn more. There will not be enough.
    When I think calmly, I can never be so confident in what I am claiming. There will be always facts that I don`t know. All I can do is to try to learn more.
    But at the same time all people are under the same condition, including the specialities. Off course my ideas don`t have the same values with them. Maybe majority of people in Japan who think there were no direct coercion might be wrong.
    But at least before making up their decision, I want the people in the world to hear our words. I might be wrong but I think there is no news media that delivers our words. After hearing our words it is up to the people who heard it, which words are likely. I won`t force how they should feel.
    .
    I know we are taking different position about this issue. I will respect your ideas and I can understand what you want to say by your comment bellow.

    I do wish that idiotic “nationalists” on both sides would just shut up. We got other things to do (like deal with the governemtn of PRC)

    But I want to point out one thing. Even if I followed your position, that our government kidnapped the comfort woman and made them sex slaves, it is over. Your government agreed with the Treaty on Basic Relations between Japan and the Republic of Korea. Japan is not giving a new damage to your country. On the other hand what your president is claiming all over the world is giving (or trying to give) direct damage to our reputation. I can not agree with “both sides”. That is the reason that I cannot trust your government. I hope it is only your government and not your country.
    Sorry for being harsh but I would like to hear your opinion. Thank you. (and the tlanslation you done me before.)

  42. comment number 42 by: Ken

    jion999,
    “But not to the ignorant Americans.
    We have to clash Japanese leftists first.
    If we start talk about American’s war crimes, that is the situation what Chinese and Koreans hope.”
    No objection is deemed acceptance in American society so that Japan should correct wrong perception in case it is official like this time.
    Point is to separate wheat from chaff.
    I dislike Democratic Party which is mainly supported by mid-western laborers of relatively low scholarship and easily effected by such pressure groups.
    I prefer original Republicans of New England establishments who know international affairs to current Republicans initiated by religional fundamentalists who do not believe even Darwinism.
    Japan should be consistent with the claim with and without evidence.
    In addition, I do not like to make a sweeping criticism with labeling ‘leftist’ like Chinese and Koreans.
    On this point, I may be the minority here but I discern genuine leftists who go for progress of society from pseud-leftists who do not criticize China and Korea even on their bad points.
    Measure of democracy is how much minority is esteemed and objection is sometimes valuable as check function as far as it is constructive.

    Matt,
    I posted above comment to wrong topic so could you erase another?

  43. comment number 43 by: General Tiger

    Egg:

    Your government agreed with the Treaty on Basic Relations between Japan and the Republic of Korea. Japan is not giving a new damage to your country. On the other hand what your president is claiming all over the world is giving (or trying to give) direct damage to our reputation. I can not agree with “both sides”. That is the reason that I cannot trust your government. I hope it is only your government and not your country.

    I wouldn’t go talking about the treaty (since many Koreans still don’t completely recognize it), but I agree with you on the problem that Roh is causing trouble (as usual).
    .
    However, several individuals on the Japanese side are always trying to counter things by saying things that makes it “seem” like the Japanese government denies any wrongdoing in the first place, while whitewashing history. I’m not saying that all of Japan is doing so, but it is always the loud minority that is “representative” of the whole.
    .
    There’s a saying “It takes two hands to clap,” and I have to say that this is the same with this case (although it is the Korean side that keeps this issue going on, and is the bigger hand)

  44. comment number 44 by: General Tiger

    To sum up what I want to say:
    .
    Many Koreans needs to step out of “senseless” anti-Japanese sentiments, and the vocal “right-wing” Japanese nationalists that goes “Banzai” needs to be silented. Then maybe there’ll be peace for once.

  45. comment number 45 by: egg

    General Tiger

    However, several individuals on the Japanese side are always trying to counter things by saying things that makes it “seem” like the Japanese government denies any wrongdoing in the first place, while whitewashing history. I’m not saying that all of Japan is doing so, but it is always the loud minority that is “representative” of the whole.

    I can understand what you want to say.
    But at the same time it is not out primeminister who does it. On the other hand it is your president who represent your country, who is spitting against our country. There is a big difference.

    There’s a saying “It takes two hands to clap,” and I have to say that this is the same with this case (although it is the Korean side that keeps this issue going on, and is the bigger hand)

    If it is only lawmakers in your country who is doing that, I can agree with the above. But it is not.

    the vocal “right-wing” Japanese nationalists that goes “Banzai” needs to be silented.

    We have freedom of speach same as your country does. It is impossible. As long as they are not representing the country officially we should learn to ignore them or at least object directly (Not going to somewhere else and swearing behind one`s back).
    .
    I feel rather sorry to write this criticism against your country. It is not your fault. But I want to emphasize, as long as the behaviour of your president does not change, and your people don`t learn to ignore(I won`t say respect) others words, opinions and values, it is hard for me to believe that our countries` relationship will improve.

  46. comment number 46 by: ponta

    Korean people in general are more nationalistic and cruel than Japanese extreme right wingers who deny atrocity committed by Japanese troops.

    As for the comfort women system there are few right wingers who do not sympathize the situation in which comfort women were place.
    Japanese government admitted it was wrong and apologized several times.
    And yet Korean children are brainwashed to protest more while Korean people
    ignore the comfort women victimized by Korean troop and the UN soldiers;They even despise them, calling them “western whores”

    Horrible hypocrisy, but few Korean intellectuals point it out.The situation seems to be desparate.

  47. comment number 47 by: HanComplex

    Koreans in America really and truely hate America, just as Zainichi hate Japan. Not all mind you. Americans, like Japanese refuse to awknoledge this for fear of being racist. Koreans are well trained and quick to call sombody a racist (just look at all the Koreans on this blog). In my opinion, I think Koreans are ruining the US, Japan and asia with their trashy culture. Just look at slums like Koreatown.

    True that. The problem is they don’t like being criticized and are loath to self-criticism. Additionally, they don’t the rotten side of their culture exposed. More than anything it points to the deeply engrained, subconscious but delusional view of themselves and their culture as being superior to other races such that criticism is not allowed or tolerated. That’s why when websites and blogs like Occidentalism show the ugly side of Korea and Koreans they throw fits and go ballistic. The usual retort is through name-calling, vulgarity, and other non-rational means indicative of a backward, unrefined culture.

    It is funny how Koreans desert Korea like rats from a sinking ship.

    A very good and most appropriate analogy.


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