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China decries Hashimoto’s ‘comfort women’ justification

Kyodo

China on Tuesday denounced Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto’s remarks that the “comfort women” were necessary for Japanese soldiers during the war.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters the conscription of the comfort women, using the Japanese euphemism for the girls and women rounded up and used as sex slaves for the Imperial forces across Japanese-occupied territories, was a grave crime committed by the wartime military and a major human rights violation of the victims’ personal dignity, according to Xinhua News Agency.

“We are shocked and indignant at the Japanese politician’s remarks, as they flagrantly challenge historical justice and the conscience of mankind,” Hong said when asked to comment on the remarks by Hashimoto, who coleads Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party), according to the Xinhua report.

“How Japan treats its past will decide its future,” Hong said, adding that its neighbors, as well as the international community, will have to wait to see what choice Japan makes.

Hashimoto said Monday that he believes the system to recruit females into sexual servitude was “necessary to maintain discipline” in the Japanese military during the war.

Hashimoto told reporters at Osaka City Hall that the females who were forced into sexual slavery for the Japanese military during the war were “needed to provide rest to a group of brave soldiers who were exalted in the line of fire.”

He said the comfort women system was born “as a tragic consequence of war” and it is necessary to understand the feelings of such victims and pay due consideration to them.

  • SamW1

    Stupidity knows no border or nationality.

  • john doe

    ಠ_ಠ what the hell Japan? Look, we’ve all done bad things, especially Americans, but we can’t deny that they happened or even worse, try and justify them! The worst thing is, the comfort women were mainly Koreans from what is now the DPRK, otherwise known as North Korea. I mean, it was pretty bad you guys rounded up hundreds if not a few thousand women and forced them to service up to 40 men AN HOUR, but no one ever talks about Japan’s Unit 731, the group that was responsible for testing the bubonic plague, cholera, and anthrax on Chinese and Koreans and then preforming vivisection’s(that means to dissect someone who is still alive) to see what happened. The only reason no one talks about any of this stuff, is cause we Americans came in and took all that research and japanese outposts, so as an American, I can admit that for my country and even say hey, we f’d up and were sorry.

    • Christopher-trier

      Don’t say “we” unless you were actually there. This collective guilt and responsibility suits no one and accomplishes nothing. Rather, Japan should cease obfuscating its record from the Second World War, war criminals should be removed from the Yasukuni Shrine, and all children should be taught an honest account of what happened in the past but there should be no pressure put on people born in the 1980s, 1990s, or 2000s to apologise for the crimes of those born in the 1900s, 1910s, or 1920s.

      • Stephen Kent

        I think you are exactly right here, there is no point in people taking collective resposibility for things that happened before they were even born. The fact that the war and everything that happened during it because of the militarist government at the time are still semi-taboo subjects indicates the degree to which a counter productive nationalism taints thinking in Japan, so rather than taking responsibility for the crimes of others (even if they were from the same country) people must recognize this problem and then face the past in an honest and productive manner. What actually happened must be acknowledged and measures must be taken to ensure it is not forgotten and never happens again. That is the responsibility of people today I think.

  • Henry Yan

    This is beyond disgusting.

  • http://www.facebook.com/havaiisteve Steve Yetter

    Shame on Toru Hashimoto’s! What a
    despicable person he is!

  • Sdsd Asdfasf

    The media hype surrounding the comments of Hashimoto sounds like an organized campaign to discredit him and his party which has nationalist sentiments. He clearly called the prostitution or sex slavery a “tragic consequence of war” and that’s certainly no endorsement of it. His description of it as having been done to preserve discipline among soldiers is simply an explanation of the reasoning of the people who instituted it. Similarly, one could say, “Japanese Americans were interned during WWII to prevent sabotage and espionage on the West Coast”, where one is explaining the rationale of those who instituted it, not a claim of whether or not it was correct. A nationalist Japan would seek to be independent from the Jewish international bankers, and that loss of their money, as well as providing a potential example to the rest of the world is what they can’t risk and why they’re using their ownership of our media to go after Hashimoto.

  • Kev

    This horrific aspect of war is a perfect example of why all war must end. For the simple fact that it does not work and leaves societal problems that must be healed by succeeding generations. Humanity needs to be united and realize that we’ve got to find a better way. When we resolve our inner conflicts, the world as a whole will benefit. Men and women must honor each other and create a safe haven for children to enter the planet. Otherwise we have failed as a race of humans.
    Read “Songs of the Siren” by Kiana Davenport to learn more about this war story. Few of the women survived to tell it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1549800724 Iam Absolutelyzero

    the fact is these cats have yet to learn to speak outside of japanese tv variety mode or izakaya style. it seems his comments are on the side of the victims but the words are not well structured or dressed…

  • Abdul Hasan

    this guy is sick, people who put him there need to take him down. if the people of Osaka cant see the right from wrong, you will get the same treatment that you sanction on these unfortunate comfort women.

  • Pherber Lovelace

    Japan should be thrown off the Security Council.

    • Revopeace

      They’re not on it and they never will be.

  • Testerty

    If Japanese thinks the comfort women were “necessary to maintain discipline”, why didn’t they force Japanese women to become comfort women instead?

    • 仙人

      Actually a considerable percentage of the comfort women were Japanese women. It is not clear how many or what percentage. Most of the records seem to have been destroyed. But one estimate says that 25% were Japanese, 40% were Korean and 30% were Chinese.

      The sign boards at the Japanese brothels said “GENUINE Japanese women are here to give you cordial service with everything they have.” It seems that these comfort women were supposed to be all Japanese, but 70% were fake, if the above figures are correct.

      You can read stories about Japanese comfort women on the Web if you like. They were basically in the same condition as comfort women from other countries.

      Second, most of these comfort women were not forced to go with the Japanese soldiers. They were offered a monthly salary of 13,300 US dollars plus an optional advance payment of 133,000 US dollars, and they applied for it.

      One Korean comfort woman saved up 26,154 Japanese yen in three years when a Japanese college graduate, an elite, made only 20 Japanese yen a month on the average. That means it would have taken a Japanese college graduate 11 years to save up that amount of money at that time.

      Sadly there were some women who were taken to the Japanese military brothels by deception, threats, etc. This seems to have happened both in Japan and Korea.

      In Korea, some Koreans forced some Korean women to go to the Japanese military brothels. They were caught by the Japanese police during the war. Surely in Japan there seems to have been some Japanese who forced some Japanese women to become comfort women. These people, Korean or Japanese, must have made a huge profit out of their illegal business practice.

    • Sennin

      Actually a considerable percentage of comfort women were Japanese women. It is not clear as to how many or what percentage since the records seem to have been destroyed. However, one plausible estimate says that 25% of the comfort women were Japanese, 40% were Korean, and 30% were Chinese.

      The sign boards at the Japanese military brothels said “GENUINE Japanese women are here to give your cordial service with everything they have.” It seems that these comfort women were supposed to be all Japanese. So, 70% of them were fake if the above figures are correct.

      Second, most of the comfort women were not forced to go with the Japanese troops. They were offered a monthly salary of 13,300 US dollars plus an optional advance payment of 133,000 US dollars in terms of the current monetary value, and they applied for the job of their own free will.

      One Korean comfort woman saved up 26,145 Japanese yen in three years at the time when a college graduate can only make 20 Japanese yen a month. With 26,145 Japanese yen, you could buy 20 to 30 houses. It takes a lifetime for the average Japanese to buy only one single house even now, and many can’t in their lifetime.

      So a lot of women chose to be comfort women of their own accord because they wanted to be rich. Sadly, however, some women seem to have been forced to become comfort women by deception, threat, etc. This happened both in Japan and in Korea.

      The Japanese government prohibited such acts, but in Korean, some Koreans broke the law and forced some Korean women to become comfort women, and they were arrested by the Japanese police during the war.

      The same thing happened in Japan. Some Japanese women were forced to become comfort women, only none of them demanded compensation after the war. In any case, those people, Korean or Japanese, who forced women to become comfort women must have made huge profits out of their illegal business practice.

      That is how the Japanese government came to be criticized for employing comfort women. Naturally there are people, like Toru Hashimoto, who think that the Japanese government should not be blamed for the use of the comfort-women system. The real question is who should take responsibilities for the women who were forced to become comfort women. The problem is that we do not know who did all this now except those arrested during the war.

      Koreans and Chinese claim that the Japanese government kidnapped Korean and Chinese women and used them as sex slaves, but that is definitely false. That was done by some Koreans or Chinese, and the question is whether the Japanese government is responsible for the illegal acts done by those Koreans and Chinese.

      Personally I do not know. Maybe the Japanese government should have spent more time and energy to prevent it. But maybe even if they had done their best, they might not have been able to stop all of them.

  • Anonymity

    “Necessary to maintain discipline?” Mr. Hashimoto, did you just berate your own country and its military force by implying that you are unable to train your Japanese soldiers WITHOUT despicably forcing “comfort women” to have sex against their will? “A tragic consequence of war?” Mr. Hashimoto, I have heard of soldiers gaining traumatic experiences, having the difficult time in their lives while training and going to war, and receiving permanent damage in both physical and psychological aspects. However, by using the phrase “tragic consequences of war,” are you implying that one of them is a DIRE “NECESSITY” of after and post-war sex that automatically approves the Japanese forces fetching supposed all-you-can-bang LIVING HUMANS to use as toys? “We need to understand the feelings of such victims of war?” Yes, Mr. Hashimoto, soldiers from ALL over the globe deserve respect for risking their lives for their countries! BUT, have you even SLIGHTLY considered that “we need to understand the feelings of such victims of [RAPE]?” Do you even REALIZE that the mere existence of your standing in this disposition not only COMPLETELY HUMILIATES the country of Japan, but the ENTIRE human race as well? Mr. Toru Hashimoto, do you want to know what IS a necessity? THE REST OF US — being, our fellow educated peoples left as humanity’s only hope — “…need to understand the feelings of such victims of [IGNORANCE]” , such as yourself. And thus so far, from THE REST OF OUR understanding, the fact that you even approve of your mind-boggling rape-the-women system is without a doubt the creation of yet another ugly stain on the history of mankind, and simply put, DISGUSTING.