Perhaps the wartime existence of "comfort women" owes its notoriety in recent years to Japan's retroactive bad conscience, South Korean politics and the unwarranted U.S. propensity to be a moral scold.
One of the Japanese stories sometimes mentioned in the "comfort women" controversy was written by the late Taijiro Tamura in the spring of 1947. It depicted Korean "comfort women," but the U.S. Occupation "suppressed" it.
Were "comfort women" sex slaves for Japanese soldiers in World War II? If you recognize that prostitution is largely a form of physical bondage, they were. But forcibly rounding up women for the work would be a different matter. Recently the testimony of a ...
Imagine Boston, including its coast, hemmed in by a relentlessly hostile superior power ready to attack it anytime from air, land and sea. Boston is about a third of the Gaza Strip in land area, but the same in population density.
Japanese researchers of fauna and flora are becoming more like their U.S. counterparts inasmuch as they talk about the environment, ecology and biodiversity to disguise their anthropocentric expediency.
Today only a few art aficionados will recognize the name Kyohei Inukai, a New York society portrait artist who married or loved several American women during a period of rising racial prejudice against the Japanese.
An 89-year-old Korean in Pennsylvania calls the latest spats between Japan and South Korea "infantile and lamentable." She remembers her Japanese teachers as loving people who "poured their heart and soul into making good human beings out of us."