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These were the final words of a victim of Imperial Japan's sex slavery

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As the years go by, another 'comfort woman' victim has passed away. 


On December 6, a former 'comfort woman' (euphemism Japanese government used to call military sex slaves during WWII) Park Sook, passed away at the age of 94. 


Park Sook was kidnapped while gathering clams by the sea when she was only 16-years-old and was abused as a sex slave by the Japanese military for the next 7 years. She was an active protestor who continued to raise her voice against the Japanese government who still does not fully admit to their war crimes. Park Sook would say things like, "Be proud against Japan. Do not become someone who bows to another country." 


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Park Sook's health began to fail last year and recently, it turned for the worse after she suffered a bad case of pneumonia. Her last words before she passed away was, "Please bury me under the 'Statue of Peace'." The statue is a 'comfort women' monument that portrays a young girl who represents all the victims of Japanese sex slavery.  


She also stated, "No matter what, make Japan apologize. We must live with dignity."





[Park Sook] 




[Park Soo at 'Statue of Peace'] 

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    Grimjester Saturday, December 10, 2016

    it would add to the history of the statue wouldn't it be a good idea ?

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    gigi9 Thursday, December 8, 2016

    If Koreans were Jews they would have made Japan pay for this and handsomely.. Seeing as how Germany are still paying dozens to repay what Hitler did.  I think Japan shud pay much as well with an apology too

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    meganeve18 Thursday, December 8, 2016

    rip

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    tb11212 Wednesday, December 7, 2016

    God bless her soul. May she rest in peace.

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    Mana92 Wednesday, December 7, 2016

    I understand why people are debating about this subject but we should be respectful and do it on another page.

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    pink_oracle Wednesday, December 7, 2016

    Um, isn't there just paving slabs all around the statue? How they gonna get a coffin under there?

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    Grimjester pink_oracle Wednesday, December 7, 2016

    you move it and dig then move it back ?

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    pink_oracle Grimjester Thursday, December 8, 2016

    Water cables, gas lines, sewage systems, the issue of having 'waste' material degrading under public walkway. I can see no end to problems that would arise from this request. Better to give her a new memorial of her own in a park or something.

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    Mana92 pink_oracle Thursday, December 8, 2016

    Well....i could be wrong but cremation seems more common in Korea so no decaying body under a walkway probably. It would be easy to do but idk if they actually would

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    Grimjester Mana92 Friday, December 9, 2016

    they could bury her ashes there

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    Mana92 Grimjester Friday, December 9, 2016

    That's what I mean with my comment. I'm saying there wouldn't be any decaying body below the pavement if they cremated her and put her ashes there. I doubt they'll do it but they easily could.

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    pink_oracle Mana92 Friday, December 9, 2016

    Unfortunately it would be a red tape nightmare. You'd have to apply to the council for permission, they'd have to alert all local authorities, then someone would have to raise funds to pay for the construction work involved, it'll be about three years before a date would be set. Total nightmare.

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    Mana92 pink_oracle Friday, December 9, 2016

    True you're right. I just mean it wouldn't be hard to do but they wouldn't. The system is always jacked up isn't it.

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    pink_oracle Mana92 Friday, December 9, 2016

    And to be honest if it were my grandmother I'd be really reluctant to try. There's no guaranteeing 10, 20 years down the line the area wouldn't be dug up for some other purpose. There's always talk of relocating the statue and I'm pretty sure that's why she want's to be buried there, to force the government to leave the statue alone forever. But it wouldn't stop anything in reality.

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    bangeryun94 Wednesday, December 7, 2016

    May her memories forever be a blessing to those that knew her and loved her.

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    dc222a Wednesday, December 7, 2016

    May her soul rest in peace and may she be an example of someone who has raised her voice with dignity and respect.

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    blahblahblahblah Wednesday, December 7, 2016

    scholarsinenglish.blogspot. com/

    "Comfort Women of the Empire" by Professor Park Yuha"

    "Comfort Women of the Empire" was written by Professor Park Yuha of Sejong University in South Korea. Please also refer to the New York Times article about this book

    Preface

    I first confronted the comfort women issue in 1991. It was near the end of my study in Japan. As a volunteer I was translating former Korean comfort women's testimonies for NHK. When I returned to South Korea, the nationalism was out of control. The anti-Japanese activist group "Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery" aka "Chong Dae Hyup" (정대협 挺対協) was formed by the South Korean communists. Its leader said publicly it was determined to defame Japan for the next 200 years. Its propaganda turned me off, so I stayed away from this issue for years. I regained my interest in this issue in the early 2000's when I heard that Chong Dae Hyup was confining surviving women in a nursing home called "House of Nanumu." The only time these women were allowed to talk to outsiders was when Chong Dae Hyup needed them to testify for the UN Special Rapporteur or the U.S. politicians. But for some reason I was allowed to talk to them one day in 2003. I could sense that women were not happy being confined in this place. One of the women (Bae Chun-hee) told me she reminisced the romance she had with a Japanese soldier and the sorrow when he died in combat. She said she hated her father who sold her. She also told me that women there didn't appreciate being coached by Chong Dae Hyup to give false testimonies but had to obey Chong Dae Hyup's order. When Japan offered compensation through Asian Women's Fund in 1995, 61 former Korean comfort women defied Chong Dae Hyup's order and accepted compensation. Those 61 women were vilified as traitors. Their names and addresses were published in newspapers as prostitutes, and they had to live the rest of their lives in disgrace. So the rest of the women were terrified of Chong Dae Hyup and wouldn't dare to defy again. Chong Dae Hyup (some of its members were arrested as North Korean spies) has used the comfort women issue for its political purpose, which is to drive a wedge into U.S.-Japan-South Korea security partnership.

    Comfort stations

    In wars, soldiers sometimes rape innocent women. To prevent this from happening, the Japanese military used existing brothels in Manchuria as comfort stations in the early 1930's. As it advanced into China and Southeast Asia, more comfort stations were needed. So men in prostitution business recruited women and operated comfort stations in order to meet the increased demand. Japanese businessmen recruited women in Japan. They owned and operated comfort stations employing Japanese women. Korean businessmen recruited women in Korea. They owned and operated comfort stations employing Korean women. (See footnote *3, *4)

    Two types of comfort women

    There were two types of comfort women. (1) Japanese and Korean women (both Japanese citizens) They constituted over 95% of comfort women. They were not coerced by the Japanese military because they were on Japan's side. (2) Local women in the battlefields (Dutch women in Indonesia, Filipino women in the Philippines, etc.) They constituted less than 5% of comfort women. Hundreds of them were coerced by the lower ranked Japanese soldiers because they were enemy's women. The Japanese soldiers who coerced local women were court-martialed, and some executed.

    These two types should have been identified differently. But when the comfort women became an issue in the early 1990's, all women who provided sex to the Japanese military were identified uniformly, and that created a big confusion.

    The myth "Korean comfort women were coerced by the Japanese military"

    The Korean woman who first claimed this in the early 1990's belonged to Chongsindae during the war. Chongsindae (also called Teishintai in Japanese) was a group of women conscripted by the Japanese military. They worked in factories to manufacture military equipment and uniforms. Since she was conscripted, she thought comfort women were also conscripted. It wasn't that she fabricated the story. It was an innocent mistake on her part. When I examined the initial testimonies of former Korean comfort women, none of them claimed she was coerced by the Japanese military. The majority of the Korean women were sold by their fathers to Korean comfort station owners. Some Korean women were deceived by Korean comfort station owners' agents. Other Korean women were in the world's oldest profession, and they did volunteer to earn good money.

    The myth "There were 200,000 comfort women"

    Two hundred thousand was the number of factory workers conscripted. About 150,000 of them were Japanese and 50,000 were Korean. Common misunderstanding in the West "There were 200,000 comfort women" arose because Asahi Shimbun mistook factory workers for comfort women in its August 11th, 1991 article, which inflated the number. The estimates of comfort women numbers vary from 10,000 to 50,000 depending on the historians.

    The Japanese military and Korean comfort women

    Korean comfort women worked in kimono using Japanese names. They typically made about 750 yen a month plus tips. (A house in Korea cost 1000 yen at the time) Women attended sports events, picnics and social dinners with both officers and men. They were also allowed to go shopping in towns. Romances between Korean comfort women and Japanese soldiers were common, and there were numerous instances of proposals of marriage and in certain cases marriages actually took place.

    Korean comfort station owners

    While the Japanese comfort station owners only recruited willing prostitutes in Japan, the Korean comfort station owners recruited both willing prostitutes and unwilling women in Korea. The Japanese military sent orders (See footnote *7) to comfort station owners not to recruit unwilling women. But Korean owners didn't follow the orders. Many of Korean comfort women's fathers had debts from alcohol, gambling, etc. and sold their daughters without daughters' consent. The comfort station owners took over their debts, and depending on the amount of the debt, each woman's contract length was determined. Korean women were not allowed to leave until their debts were paid off. Any coercion, violence or confinement was exercised by the Korean owners. So if one wants to use the term "sex slaves" to describe former Korean comfort women, they were the sex slaves of Korean comfort station owners. They were not the sex slaves of the Japanese military. The Japanese military's involvement was limited to conducting sexually transmitted disease checkups and providing transportation to comfort station owners and comfort women. (Note: The Japanese government recognized its military's involvement, not coercion, in the recent agreement. )

    A diary written by a Korean comfort station manager was discovered in 2013 (See footnote *3), and it makes it clear that Korean businessmen not only recruited Korean women but also owned and operated comfort stations. The diary contains the detailed account of Korean owners wire transferring huge profit they made from operating comfort stations. The common perception in the West that the Japanese military operated comfort stations is incorrect.

    Japan-South Korea Treaty of 1965

    During treaty negotiations, the Japanese government asked the South Korean government to identify and separate individual claims from the treaty because the Japanese government wanted to make sure the victims received compensation. The South Korean government declined and accepted the entire sum of 800 million dollars (over ten billion dollars in today's money) in place of its citizens and spent all of it on infrastructures. Therefore it is not reasonable for the South Korean government to keep asking for additional compensation from Japan. (Note: Korean victims recently sued the South Korean government claiming part of the 800 million dollars was meant for them)

    Kono Statement in 1993

    Kono Statement acknowledged that some Korean comfort women were coerced. But it did not acknowledge that the Japanese military coerced them. Therefore, there is no need to revise Kono Statement. Some may ask why it was necessary for the Japanese government to apologize via Kono Statement if Korean women were coerced by the Korean owners. Well, the Japanese military's invasion into China and Southeast Asia did create the demand for comfort women. So Japan bears part of the responsibility for women's suffering although its military did not coerce Korean women nor operate comfort stations.

    Asian Women's Fund

    Asian Women's Fund was established by the Japanese government in 1995. (Compensation came with a personal letter of apology from Prime Minister of Japan) As for Korean women, although they were not coerced by the Japanese military and all individual claims were settled in the 1965 Japan-South Korea Treaty, the Japanese government still offered Asian Women's Fund to Korean women as a good gesture. Ironically every nation involved except South Korea accepted compensation through Asian Women's Fund and reconciled with Japan. (Note: The South Korean government and Korean women wanted to accept Asian Women's Fund as well, but the anti-Japanese activist group Chong Dae Hyup threatened Korean women not to accept Japan's apology and compensation so that it could continue its anti-Japanese propaganda campaign. So most Korean women could not accept Japan's apology and compensation.)

    Why has it been so difficult to resolve this issue only with South Korea?

    Chong Dae Hyup (정대협 挺対協) opposed Asian Women's Fund claiming it wasn't the legal apology and compensation. But considering all individual claims were settled in the 1965 Japan-South Korea Treaty, Asian Women's Fund was the best the Japanese government could do. Chong Dae Hyup has had a very close relationship with North Korea. Its members including the leader's husband were arrested as North Korean spies. In my opinion, the real reason Chong Dae Hyup opposed Asian Women's Fund was because it wanted to use the comfort women issue to block reconciliation between Japan and South Korea. Japan-South Korea discord is precisely what North Korea wants.

    The relationship between the anti-Japanese activist group Chong Dae Hyup (Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery) and North Korea:

    Yun Mi-Hyang (Chairwoman) was investigated for working with North Korea in 2013.

    Kim Sam-Suk (Yun Mi-Hyang's husband) was arrested as a North Korean spy in 1993.

    Kim Eun-Ju (Kim Sam-Suk's sister) was arrested as a North Korean spy in 1993.

    Choi Gi-Yong (Kim Eun-Ju's husband) was arrested as a North Korean spy in 2006.

    Lee Seok-Gi (member) was arrested as a North Korean spy in 2013.

    World's view

    Instead of reconciling with Japan by accepting Japan's apology and compensation, Chong Dae Hyup (≒ North Korea) and its U.S. affiliates have appealed to the world by dragging former Korean comfort women (now in their 80's and 90's) around the world as exhibitions. UN reports such as Coomaraswamy Report and U.S. House Resolution 121 were issued based solely on materials provided by the Korean activists. (False testimonies of women who were coached by Chong Dae Hyup. Reference) Most Western media and scholars fell for Chong Dae Hyup's (North Korean) propaganda and believe "200,000 Korean women were coercively taken away by the Japanese military." Obviously this world's view is not based on fact. Lower ranked Japanese soldiers did coerce dozens of Dutch and Filipino women in the battlefields of Indonesia and the Philippines. But the Korean women were not coerced by the Japanese military because the Korean Peninsula was not the battlefield and therefore very few Japanese soldiers were left in Korea. (Korean owners recruited Korean women and operated comfort stations employing them) Japan apologized and compensated, and Netherlands, Indonesia, the Philippines and Taiwan had all accepted Japan's apology and reconciled with Japan. So there are no comfort women issues between those nations and Japan. The comfort women issue remains only with South Korea because Chong Dae Hyup refuses to reconcile with Japan and continues to spread the false claim -- 200,000 Korean women were coerced by the Japanese military -- throughout the world. Chong Dae Hyup is a very powerful special interest group in South Korea, and Korean politicians are scared to death to defy it. But South Korean government must somehow distance itself from Chong Dae Hyup if this issue is to be resolved. After all, Chong Dae Hyup has no interest in the welfare of former Korean comfort women. Its goal is to discredit Japan and to block reconciliation between Japan and South Korea.

    Empires and comfort women

    Just like the empires were created by European powers and Japan in the past, the United States has military bases all over the world. And wherever the U.S. military bases are located, there are women who provide sex to the U.S. military personnels. There is no doubt that the U.S. military interventions in Vietnam, Iraq and so on had caused suffering to local people especially to women. It is rather ironic that the United States keeps coming up with resolutions to criticize Japan and comfort women statues keep going up in the U.S. I don't exonerate Japan because its imperialism (the Japanese military's invasion into China and Southeast Asia) created the demand for comfort women. But the Korean narrative -- the Japanese military showed up at the doors and abducted young Korean women -- just didn't happen. The Korean businessmen (comfort station owners) capitalized on the demand, recruited Korean women, operated comfort stations and made lots of money. Japan has apologized for its part. South Korea should admit its complicity and stop demanding Japan for more apologies.

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    blahblahblahblah Wednesday, December 7, 2016

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    Michael Yon

    November 27, 2014

    Japan-Korea: Were Korean Men Cowards during World War II?

    A vexing question

    There are growing, unsubstantiated questions about whether the Japanese Imperial Army kidnapped 200,000 sex-slaves (Comfort Women) in World War II. Mostly from Korea.

    A $30 million US Government Study specifically searched for evidence on Comfort Women allegations.

    After nearly seven years with many dozens of staff pouring through US archives -- and 30 million dollars down the drain -- we found a grand total of nothing.


    The final IWG report to Congress was issued in 2007. (Linked below.)

    Nobody should be writing about Comfort Women issues without reading this report cover to cover.

    Many of the unsubstantiated claims are coming from Korea. Korean allegations have led to unexpected twists.

    At the time, Korea was actually part of Japan -- roughly in the way that Puerto Rico is part of the USA.

    Many Koreans were members of the Japanese military. So any allegations that the Japanese military kidnapped 200,000 women implies that Koreans were involved in kidnapping Koreans. This is an uncomfortable reality. It gets even more uncomfortable.

    So today, South Korean President Park Geun-hye constantly accuses Japan of kidnapping these shiploads of women.

    Imagine how this boomerangs back. President Park is saying that Japan -- and her daddy was an officer in the Japanese Army at the time -- kidnapped uncounted tens of thousands of women from Korea as sex-slaves. Yet there is no evidence that Korean men fought back.

    During the war, Korea had a population of about 23 million. Today, Texas has a population of about 26 million.

    Imagine trying to kidnap 200,000 Texas women. There would be a bloodbath. The Army would lose thousands of soldiers, and thousands of civilians no doubt would have been slaughtered in return.

    Evidence would be everywhere. Photos. Films. Battle sites. Texans would never allow 200,000 women to be stolen and raped without making a river of blood. So President Park is essentially saying Korean men during World War II were a bunch of cowards.

    Also imagine this from the perspective of a Japanese military General or Admiral. He is at war with the USA, Australia, Britain, China, and more. His hands are full. The USA in particular is on the march with our Navy and Marines, and we are smashing Japan anywhere we can find Japanese.

    All generals always want more troops and supplies. That is a fact of life. Just ask any General. Ask any business leader what he or she needs to expand or defend against competition: They always want more resources.

    What kind of fool General would dedicate the resources to kidnap, guard, transport, and feed 200,000 women, knowing that he is creating yet another war to fight?

    The Japanese were highly advanced military thinkers. They made their own submarines, airplanes, and aircraft carriers. These were serious people, and super smart.

    There is no way that Generals would dedicate those resources to kidnapping women when the US military and allies were marching down their throats. They had a war to fight -- this was not Spring Break.

    Any serious military or business person can see the folly in common sense of kidnapping 200,000 women. It does not make sense, and would have created a new war in Korea -- which was a base for Japanese recruitment. Koreans were fighting Americans. Koreans were our enemy.

    And back to Korean men. It would be horrific to see the US Army try to kidnap 200,000 Texas women -- especially so considering that many US military members are Texans, just as many Koreans were Japanese Soldiers.

    Texas would rise up and start smashing the Army. Bridges would blow up. Soldiers would be shot every day. Bases would burn. The Army would fight back and there would be total war.

    So are we to believe that Korean men are such cowards that nobody lifted a hand to defend their women? Because if they allowed these many women to be kidnapped, they are cowards, and their sons today had cowards for fathers.

    The reality is that we know that Koreans are no cowards. Koreans are a courageous people. So what really happened? It is clear from source documents, and the common sense that every water buffalo possesses, that there was no mass kidnapping.

    It's all a lie, and no matter how much someone hates Japan, it will always be a lie.

    Please read the IWG report that practically nobody seems to know exists. If you do not have time for the whole report, do a search inside the report for Comfort Women, and carefully read those parts:

    https://www.archives. gov/files/iwg/reports/final-report-2007.pdf

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    blahblahblahblah Wednesday, December 7, 2016

    (1) Japanese police arrested Korean human trafficking gang for buying and selling Korean people in a Korean village. 4 ladies were rescued. Published in 1936 May 14 by the毎日新報/毎日申報(매일신보) newspaper.

    (2) Japanese police in Korea rescued about 50 women who were being mobilized as prostitutes to North China and Manchuria by a Korean human trafficking gang, published in 1939 March 28 by the Dong-a Ilbo newspaper.

    (3)Japanese police in Korea saved more than 100 Korean women who were kidnapped by brokers of a big Korean human trafficking group, published in 1939 August 31 by the Dong-a Ilbo newspaper.

    (4) 2000 Korean women work as prostitutions at Shanghai China. This fact defames Korea. However, we can’t take any action because they sell bodies willingly for the cause of economic reasons. Published in 1939 August 31 by the Dong-a Ilbo newspaper.

    (5) According to the毎日新報/毎日申報(매일신보) newspaper, published in 1936 July 9, Japanese police rescued many women who were forced into prostitutions by Korean.

    (6)Japanese police arrested a top official of Korean human trafficking group. The group kidnaps young women and sells to brothels. Published in 1933 July 1 by the Dong-a Ilbo newspaper.

    (7)Japanese police in Korea rescued Korean women who are being mobilized to brothels by Korean human trafficking gangs, published in 1936 February 14 by the 毎日新報/毎日申報(매일신보) newspaper.

    (8) According to the 毎日新報/毎日申報(매일신보) newspaper in 1939 March 28, Korean human trafficking group was nabbed by Japanese police. The group sold about 100 women.

    (9) A Japanese woman was rescued in Korea by Japanese police. Korean human trafficking group, which is called a Virgin Trade, tried to sell the women to China. Published in 1939 August 5 by the Dong-a Ilbo newspaper.

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    iamking blahblahblahblah Thursday, December 8, 2016

    Its a blogspot. Not proof of a lie. If you actually review his writing and evidence, it is very obvious that it is not based on fact and even the references are based on opinion or thought. He actually is not a real professor nor does he work at Kaya University.

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    blahblahblahblah iamking Thursday, December 8, 2016

    park yuha is a different professor. it's obvious you didnt read through EVERYTHING i posted. there is another professor who wrote the same thing as park yuha. and its not a fucking BLOG. all of this is from BOOKS they wrote.

    i got more stuff to show you.


    In an interview with Professor Park Yuha of Sejong University in South Korea, a former Korean comfort woman Bae Chun-hee said that she hated her father who sold her.

    Yet she testified before UN Special Rapporteur Radhika Coomaraswamy that she was abducted by the Japanese military.


    In an interview with Professor Chunghee Sarah Soh of San Francisco State University, a former Korean comfort woman Kim Sun-ok said that she was sold by her parents four times.

    Yet she testified before UN Special Rapporteur Radhika Coomaraswamy that she was abducted by the Japanese military.


    you should be able to see things like this korean guy.

    Ray C.February 2, 2016 at 2:04 AM


    This is a very interesting blog. I am Korean. Although this blog downplays Japanese atrocities and other war crimes, and at several points justifies Japanese actions by comparing them to crimes in other countries (e.g. Poland, Vietnam, etc.), it does present certain views and information that is not well known in Korea or the West. There has been a lot of false information about Japan's actions during the Korean occupation and WWII. The reality is far more complex and nuanced. However most Koreans have been thoroughly indoctrinated with anti-Japanese propaganda. The historical truth is probably somewhere in-between the Korean version and the version presented on this blog. Maybe the truth is even a bit closer to this blog. Unfortunately I don't think Koreans will change their views anytime soon. Koreans are a very proud people. They are not like the Taiwanese, or the Okinawans. Koreans feel deeply humiliated by the actions of a country that they do not consider to be historically superior to them. (The same with the Chinese.)



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    Sophia_Sone4ever Wednesday, December 7, 2016

    Tbh Japan had done so much bad things to most countries in Asia but only Korea seem to raise their voice. As far as I know off, S Korea is basically one of the countries who's as powerful as Japan now while other country that got abused is much more undeveloped than Japan so I guess they got suppressed or can't bear to have a bad blood with Japan.

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    blahblahblahblah Sophia_Sone4ever Wednesday, December 7, 2016

    Professor Choe Ki-ho of Kaya University

    I was born in 1923. For the sake of South Korea and for Japan, I want to tell you the truth. Telling the truth could threaten my life in South Korea, but I feel it is my duty to do so.

    I lived in Seoul during the annexation period. I also spent some time in Tokyo. In those days, the Koreans were more proud of being Japanese than the Japanese themselves. At movie theaters in Korea, they showed the war news before the movies were played. For example, if they showed the image of Japan's victory in New Guinea, the Koreans shouted banzai and gave a round of applause. I loved movies, so I went to movie theaters in Japan as well, and the Japanese were calmer. Nowadays the Koreans who speak positively of the Japanese are criticized as "Chinilpa (pro-Japanese)" but in those days over 90% of Koreans were pro-Japanese. After the war, successive South Korean governments have brainwashed the youths with anti-Japanese education in order to incite hatred towards the Japanese.

    90% of history education in South Korea is distorted. In South Korean classrooms, our teachers don't teach how corrupt the Joseon Dynasty was in the 19th century, and they make their students believe that the Koreans could have gained independence without Japan's help.

    By becoming part of Japan in 1910, education, healthcare, industry and infrastructure in Korea improved dramatically. The foundation of becoming a modern state was built during the annexation period. Yet we teach in our classrooms that Japan's annexation set back Korea's progress.

    The Joseon Dynasty ruined Korean industry, and the Korean thinkers who advocated reforms were brutally executed. The Koreans today shout "brutal Japanese!" "sex slaves!" but the Korean ruling class (Yangban) in the 19th century was far more brutal. The final years of the Joseon Dynasty were so hellish that they would only compare with the present day North Korea.

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    Sophia_Sone4ever blahblahblahblah Wednesday, December 7, 2016

    So this lady is basically saying that we shouldn't condemned Japanese for their sex slavery ?

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    blahblahblahblah Sophia_Sone4ever Wednesday, December 7, 2016

    people are just falling for korea's propaganda.


    scholarsinenglish.blogspot. com/

    "Comfort Women of the Empire" by Professor Park Yuha"

    "Comfort Women of the Empire" was written by Professor Park Yuha of Sejong University in South Korea. Please also refer to the New York Times article about this book

    Preface

    I first confronted the comfort women issue in 1991. It was near the end of my study in Japan. As a volunteer I was translating former Korean comfort women's testimonies for NHK. When I returned to South Korea, the nationalism was out of control. The anti-Japanese activist group "Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery" aka "Chong Dae Hyup" (정대협 挺対協) was formed by the South Korean communists. Its leader said publicly it was determined to defame Japan for the next 200 years. Its propaganda turned me off, so I stayed away from this issue for years. I regained my interest in this issue in the early 2000's when I heard that Chong Dae Hyup was confining surviving women in a nursing home called "House of Nanumu." The only time these women were allowed to talk to outsiders was when Chong Dae Hyup needed them to testify for the UN Special Rapporteur or the U.S. politicians. But for some reason I was allowed to talk to them one day in 2003. I could sense that women were not happy being confined in this place. One of the women (Bae Chun-hee) told me she reminisced the romance she had with a Japanese soldier and the sorrow when he died in combat. She said she hated her father who sold her. She also told me that women there didn't appreciate being coached by Chong Dae Hyup to give false testimonies but had to obey Chong Dae Hyup's order. When Japan offered compensation through Asian Women's Fund in 1995, 61 former Korean comfort women defied Chong Dae Hyup's order and accepted compensation. Those 61 women were vilified as traitors. Their names and addresses were published in newspapers as prostitutes, and they had to live the rest of their lives in disgrace. So the rest of the women were terrified of Chong Dae Hyup and wouldn't dare to defy again. Chong Dae Hyup (some of its members were arrested as North Korean spies) has used the comfort women issue for its political purpose, which is to drive a wedge into U.S.-Japan-South Korea security partnership.

    Comfort stations

    In wars, soldiers sometimes rape innocent women. To prevent this from happening, the Japanese military used existing brothels in Manchuria as comfort stations in the early 1930's. As it advanced into China and Southeast Asia, more comfort stations were needed. So men in prostitution business recruited women and operated comfort stations in order to meet the increased demand. Japanese businessmen recruited women in Japan. They owned and operated comfort stations employing Japanese women. Korean businessmen recruited women in Korea. They owned and operated comfort stations employing Korean women. (See footnote *3, *4)

    Two types of comfort women

    There were two types of comfort women. (1) Japanese and Korean women (both Japanese citizens) They constituted over 95% of comfort women. They were not coerced by the Japanese military because they were on Japan's side. (2) Local women in the battlefields (Dutch women in Indonesia, Filipino women in the Philippines, etc.) They constituted less than 5% of comfort women. Hundreds of them were coerced by the lower ranked Japanese soldiers because they were enemy's women. The Japanese soldiers who coerced local women were court-martialed, and some executed.

    These two types should have been identified differently. But when the comfort women became an issue in the early 1990's, all women who provided sex to the Japanese military were identified uniformly, and that created a big confusion.

    The myth "Korean comfort women were coerced by the Japanese military"

    The Korean woman who first claimed this in the early 1990's belonged to Chongsindae during the war. Chongsindae (also called Teishintai in Japanese) was a group of women conscripted by the Japanese military. They worked in factories to manufacture military equipment and uniforms. Since she was conscripted, she thought comfort women were also conscripted. It wasn't that she fabricated the story. It was an innocent mistake on her part. When I examined the initial testimonies of former Korean comfort women, none of them claimed she was coerced by the Japanese military. The majority of the Korean women were sold by their fathers to Korean comfort station owners. Some Korean women were deceived by Korean comfort station owners' agents. Other Korean women were in the world's oldest profession, and they did volunteer to earn good money.

    The myth "There were 200,000 comfort women"

    Two hundred thousand was the number of factory workers conscripted. About 150,000 of them were Japanese and 50,000 were Korean. Common misunderstanding in the West "There were 200,000 comfort women" arose because Asahi Shimbun mistook factory workers for comfort women in its August 11th, 1991 article, which inflated the number. The estimates of comfort women numbers vary from 10,000 to 50,000 depending on the historians.

    The Japanese military and Korean comfort women

    Korean comfort women worked in kimono using Japanese names. They typically made about 750 yen a month plus tips. (A house in Korea cost 1000 yen at the time) Women attended sports events, picnics and social dinners with both officers and men. They were also allowed to go shopping in towns. Romances between Korean comfort women and Japanese soldiers were common, and there were numerous instances of proposals of marriage and in certain cases marriages actually took place.

    Korean comfort station owners

    While the Japanese comfort station owners only recruited willing prostitutes in Japan, the Korean comfort station owners recruited both willing prostitutes and unwilling women in Korea. The Japanese military sent orders (See footnote *7) to comfort station owners not to recruit unwilling women. But Korean owners didn't follow the orders. Many of Korean comfort women's fathers had debts from alcohol, gambling, etc. and sold their daughters without daughters' consent. The comfort station owners took over their debts, and depending on the amount of the debt, each woman's contract length was determined. Korean women were not allowed to leave until their debts were paid off. Any coercion, violence or confinement was exercised by the Korean owners. So if one wants to use the term "sex slaves" to describe former Korean comfort women, they were the sex slaves of Korean comfort station owners. They were not the sex slaves of the Japanese military. The Japanese military's involvement was limited to conducting sexually transmitted disease checkups and providing transportation to comfort station owners and comfort women. (Note: The Japanese government recognized its military's involvement, not coercion, in the recent agreement. )

    A diary written by a Korean comfort station manager was discovered in 2013 (See footnote *3), and it makes it clear that Korean businessmen not only recruited Korean women but also owned and operated comfort stations. The diary contains the detailed account of Korean owners wire transferring huge profit they made from operating comfort stations. The common perception in the West that the Japanese military operated comfort stations is incorrect.

    Japan-South Korea Treaty of 1965

    During treaty negotiations, the Japanese government asked the South Korean government to identify and separate individual claims from the treaty because the Japanese government wanted to make sure the victims received compensation. The South Korean government declined and accepted the entire sum of 800 million dollars (over ten billion dollars in today's money) in place of its citizens and spent all of it on infrastructures. Therefore it is not reasonable for the South Korean government to keep asking for additional compensation from Japan. (Note: Korean victims recently sued the South Korean government claiming part of the 800 million dollars was meant for them)

    Kono Statement in 1993

    Kono Statement acknowledged that some Korean comfort women were coerced. But it did not acknowledge that the Japanese military coerced them. Therefore, there is no need to revise Kono Statement. Some may ask why it was necessary for the Japanese government to apologize via Kono Statement if Korean women were coerced by the Korean owners. Well, the Japanese military's invasion into China and Southeast Asia did create the demand for comfort women. So Japan bears part of the responsibility for women's suffering although its military did not coerce Korean women nor operate comfort stations.

    Asian Women's Fund

    Asian Women's Fund was established by the Japanese government in 1995. (Compensation came with a personal letter of apology from Prime Minister of Japan) As for Korean women, although they were not coerced by the Japanese military and all individual claims were settled in the 1965 Japan-South Korea Treaty, the Japanese government still offered Asian Women's Fund to Korean women as a good gesture. Ironically every nation involved except South Korea accepted compensation through Asian Women's Fund and reconciled with Japan. (Note: The South Korean government and Korean women wanted to accept Asian Women's Fund as well, but the anti-Japanese activist group Chong Dae Hyup threatened Korean women not to accept Japan's apology and compensation so that it could continue its anti-Japanese propaganda campaign. So most Korean women could not accept Japan's apology and compensation.)

    Why has it been so difficult to resolve this issue only with South Korea?

    Chong Dae Hyup (정대협 挺対協) opposed Asian Women's Fund claiming it wasn't the legal apology and compensation. But considering all individual claims were settled in the 1965 Japan-South Korea Treaty, Asian Women's Fund was the best the Japanese government could do. Chong Dae Hyup has had a very close relationship with North Korea. Its members including the leader's husband were arrested as North Korean spies. In my opinion, the real reason Chong Dae Hyup opposed Asian Women's Fund was because it wanted to use the comfort women issue to block reconciliation between Japan and South Korea. Japan-South Korea discord is precisely what North Korea wants.

    The relationship between the anti-Japanese activist group Chong Dae Hyup (Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery) and North Korea:

    Yun Mi-Hyang (Chairwoman) was investigated for working with North Korea in 2013.

    Kim Sam-Suk (Yun Mi-Hyang's husband) was arrested as a North Korean spy in 1993.

    Kim Eun-Ju (Kim Sam-Suk's sister) was arrested as a North Korean spy in 1993.

    Choi Gi-Yong (Kim Eun-Ju's husband) was arrested as a North Korean spy in 2006.

    Lee Seok-Gi (member) was arrested as a North Korean spy in 2013.

    World's view

    Instead of reconciling with Japan by accepting Japan's apology and compensation, Chong Dae Hyup (≒ North Korea) and its U.S. affiliates have appealed to the world by dragging former Korean comfort women (now in their 80's and 90's) around the world as exhibitions. UN reports such as Coomaraswamy Report and U.S. House Resolution 121 were issued based solely on materials provided by the Korean activists. (False testimonies of women who were coached by Chong Dae Hyup. Reference) Most Western media and scholars fell for Chong Dae Hyup's (North Korean) propaganda and believe "200,000 Korean women were coercively taken away by the Japanese military." Obviously this world's view is not based on fact. Lower ranked Japanese soldiers did coerce dozens of Dutch and Filipino women in the battlefields of Indonesia and the Philippines. But the Korean women were not coerced by the Japanese military because the Korean Peninsula was not the battlefield and therefore very few Japanese soldiers were left in Korea. (Korean owners recruited Korean women and operated comfort stations employing them) Japan apologized and compensated, and Netherlands, Indonesia, the Philippines and Taiwan had all accepted Japan's apology and reconciled with Japan. So there are no comfort women issues between those nations and Japan. The comfort women issue remains only with South Korea because Chong Dae Hyup refuses to reconcile with Japan and continues to spread the false claim -- 200,000 Korean women were coerced by the Japanese military -- throughout the world. Chong Dae Hyup is a very powerful special interest group in South Korea, and Korean politicians are scared to death to defy it. But South Korean government must somehow distance itself from Chong Dae Hyup if this issue is to be resolved. After all, Chong Dae Hyup has no interest in the welfare of former Korean comfort women. Its goal is to discredit Japan and to block reconciliation between Japan and South Korea.

    Empires and comfort women

    Just like the empires were created by European powers and Japan in the past, the United States has military bases all over the world. And wherever the U.S. military bases are located, there are women who provide sex to the U.S. military personnels. There is no doubt that the U.S. military interventions in Vietnam, Iraq and so on had caused suffering to local people especially to women. It is rather ironic that the United States keeps coming up with resolutions to criticize Japan and comfort women statues keep going up in the U.S. I don't exonerate Japan because its imperialism (the Japanese military's invasion into China and Southeast Asia) created the demand for comfort women. But the Korean narrative -- the Japanese military showed up at the doors and abducted young Korean women -- just didn't happen. The Korean businessmen (comfort station owners) capitalized on the demand, recruited Korean women, operated comfort stations and made lots of money. Japan has apologized for its part. South Korea should admit its complicity and stop demanding Japan for more apologies.

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    blahblahblahblah Sophia_Sone4ever Wednesday, December 7, 2016

    (1) Japanese police arrested Korean human trafficking gang for buying and selling Korean people in a Korean village. 4 ladies were rescued. Published in 1936 May 14 by the毎日新報/毎日申報(매일신보) newspaper.

    (2) Japanese police in Korea rescued about 50 women who were being mobilized as prostitutes to North China and Manchuria by a Korean human trafficking gang, published in 1939 March 28 by the Dong-a Ilbo newspaper.

    (3)Japanese police in Korea saved more than 100 Korean women who were kidnapped by brokers of a big Korean human trafficking group, published in 1939 August 31 by the Dong-a Ilbo newspaper.

    (4) 2000 Korean women work as prostitutions at Shanghai China. This fact defames Korea. However, we can’t take any action because they sell bodies willingly for the cause of economic reasons. Published in 1939 August 31 by the Dong-a Ilbo newspaper.

    (5) According to the毎日新報/毎日申報(매일신보) newspaper, published in 1936 July 9, Japanese police rescued many women who were forced into prostitutions by Korean.

    (6)Japanese police arrested a top official of Korean human trafficking group. The group kidnaps young women and sells to brothels. Published in 1933 July 1 by the Dong-a Ilbo newspaper.

    (7)Japanese police in Korea rescued Korean women who are being mobilized to brothels by Korean human trafficking gangs, published in 1936 February 14 by the 毎日新報/毎日申報(매일신보) newspaper.

    (8) According to the 毎日新報/毎日申報(매일신보) newspaper in 1939 March 28, Korean human trafficking group was nabbed by Japanese police. The group sold about 100 women.

    (9) A Japanese woman was rescued in Korea by Japanese police. Korean human trafficking group, which is called a Virgin Trade, tried to sell the women to China. Published in 1939 August 5 by the Dong-a Ilbo newspaper.

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    blahblahblahblah Sophia_Sone4ever Wednesday, December 7, 2016


    Michael Yon

    November 27, 2014

    Japan-Korea: Were Korean Men Cowards during World War II?

    A vexing question

    There are growing, unsubstantiated questions about whether the Japanese Imperial Army kidnapped 200,000 sex-slaves (Comfort Women) in World War II. Mostly from Korea.

    A $30 million US Government Study specifically searched for evidence on Comfort Women allegations.

    After nearly seven years with many dozens of staff pouring through US archives -- and 30 million dollars down the drain -- we found a grand total of nothing.


    The final IWG report to Congress was issued in 2007. (Linked below.)

    Nobody should be writing about Comfort Women issues without reading this report cover to cover.

    Many of the unsubstantiated claims are coming from Korea. Korean allegations have led to unexpected twists.

    At the time, Korea was actually part of Japan -- roughly in the way that Puerto Rico is part of the USA.

    Many Koreans were members of the Japanese military. So any allegations that the Japanese military kidnapped 200,000 women implies that Koreans were involved in kidnapping Koreans. This is an uncomfortable reality. It gets even more uncomfortable.

    So today, South Korean President Park Geun-hye constantly accuses Japan of kidnapping these shiploads of women.

    Imagine how this boomerangs back. President Park is saying that Japan -- and her daddy was an officer in the Japanese Army at the time -- kidnapped uncounted tens of thousands of women from Korea as sex-slaves. Yet there is no evidence that Korean men fought back.

    During the war, Korea had a population of about 23 million. Today, Texas has a population of about 26 million.

    Imagine trying to kidnap 200,000 Texas women. There would be a bloodbath. The Army would lose thousands of soldiers, and thousands of civilians no doubt would have been slaughtered in return.

    Evidence would be everywhere. Photos. Films. Battle sites. Texans would never allow 200,000 women to be stolen and raped without making a river of blood. So President Park is essentially saying Korean men during World War II were a bunch of cowards.

    Also imagine this from the perspective of a Japanese military General or Admiral. He is at war with the USA, Australia, Britain, China, and more. His hands are full. The USA in particular is on the march with our Navy and Marines, and we are smashing Japan anywhere we can find Japanese.

    All generals always want more troops and supplies. That is a fact of life. Just ask any General. Ask any business leader what he or she needs to expand or defend against competition: They always want more resources.

    What kind of fool General would dedicate the resources to kidnap, guard, transport, and feed 200,000 women, knowing that he is creating yet another war to fight?

    The Japanese were highly advanced military thinkers. They made their own submarines, airplanes, and aircraft carriers. These were serious people, and super smart.

    There is no way that Generals would dedicate those resources to kidnapping women when the US military and allies were marching down their throats. They had a war to fight -- this was not Spring Break.

    Any serious military or business person can see the folly in common sense of kidnapping 200,000 women. It does not make sense, and would have created a new war in Korea -- which was a base for Japanese recruitment. Koreans were fighting Americans. Koreans were our enemy.

    And back to Korean men. It would be horrific to see the US Army try to kidnap 200,000 Texas women -- especially so considering that many US military members are Texans, just as many Koreans were Japanese Soldiers.

    Texas would rise up and start smashing the Army. Bridges would blow up. Soldiers would be shot every day. Bases would burn. The Army would fight back and there would be total war.

    So are we to believe that Korean men are such cowards that nobody lifted a hand to defend their women? Because if they allowed these many women to be kidnapped, they are cowards, and their sons today had cowards for fathers.

    The reality is that we know that Koreans are no cowards. Koreans are a courageous people. So what really happened? It is clear from source documents, and the common sense that every water buffalo possesses, that there was no mass kidnapping.

    It's all a lie, and no matter how much someone hates Japan, it will always be a lie.

    Please read the IWG report that practically nobody seems to know exists. If you do not have time for the whole report, do a search inside the report for Comfort Women, and carefully read those parts:

    https://www.archives. gov/files/iwg/reports/final-report-2007.pdf
    https://www.facebook. com/MichaelYonFanPage/photos/a.235978145664.135781.207730000664/10152528275045665/?type=3

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    Sophia_Sone4ever blahblahblahblah Wednesday, December 7, 2016

    Idk whether should I believe the thing you just spam me with but the facts that sex slavery did existed? I can actually vouch for that considering the fact that my family was direct victim for it. I've said this in other article too but my grandma was the direct victim of this cruel act, during her time, the Japanese soldier was taking virgin girls for sex slavery for which is the why my grandma stayed 3 month inside a cave in the jungle before she eventually got married to my grandfather. Which I may say is a rushed marriage arranged by my grandma brothers to ensure her safety. And unfortunately her cousins sisters couldn't survive and got taken by the Japanese soldier and was never seen again ( that part I m sure but I highly believe so ) so these statistics sure seem believable and well it may be real but speaking for a personal family history, what the Japanese did was horrible.

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    blahblahblahblah Sophia_Sone4ever Wednesday, December 7, 2016

    there is a big difference between KOREAN comfort women and women like your family members in other asian countries.


    the following is from the above report.

    There were two types of comfort women. (1) Japanese and Korean women (both Japanese citizens) They constituted over 95% of comfort women. They were not coerced by the Japanese military because they were on Japan's side. (2) Local women in the battlefields (Dutch women in Indonesia, Filipino women in the Philippines, etc.) They constituted less than 5% of comfort women. Hundreds of them were coerced by the lower ranked Japanese soldiers because they were enemy's women. The Japanese soldiers who coerced local women were court-martialed, and some executed.

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    X_~V.I.P~_X Sophia_Sone4ever Wednesday, December 7, 2016

    tbh most countries in Asia have done horrible things to each other, Korea is also in the same case with the lai dai han, or what China did to taiwan, etc,etc although Japan did do horrible things and its sad i find it annoying how they are always getting tanished when literally Korea never once attempted to apologize.

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    Sophia_Sone4ever X_~V.I.P~_X Wednesday, December 7, 2016

    Yeah they did, japan is getting tarnished because well Japanese invasion was some what the same as the English invasion or the Russian invasion. I agree a lot asian countries did horrible thing but the Japanese invasion was the most massive and most known one so I guess it's natural ppl think of it the first thing imo

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    Sophia_Sone4ever blahblahblahblah Wednesday, December 7, 2016

    I m not that knowledgeable about the detail of the history but I fairly believed that a dying old lady wouldn't possibly lies when she know her time is not that long. I may sound quite hateful due to my family history but yeah I don't dislike the Japanese ppl but I dislike their government and how it used to be not now thou

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    iamking blahblahblahblah Thursday, December 8, 2016

    Its a blogspot. Not proof of a lie. If you actually review his writing and evidence, it is very obvious that it is not based on fact and even the references are based on opinion or thought. He actually is not a real professor nor does he work at Kaya University.

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