More than 10,000 sue Asahi Shimbun over retracted ‘comfort women’ articles


More than 10,000 people are suing the country’s leading liberal newspaper over its coverage of the “comfort women” issue, which they say stained their reputations as Japanese nationals.

It is the latest salvo in the battle over Japan’s history, which pits an increasingly aggressive revisionist right wing against an ever-more cowed mainstream that accepts the country’s guilt over World War II atrocities.

The lawsuit was filed Monday against the Asahi Shimbun over articles it published in the 1980s and 1990s about the contentious issue of women forced into military brothels before and during the Pacific War.

The paper formally retracted 18 articles last year.

According to the suit filed with the Tokyo District Court, the plaintiffs, including researchers, journalists and lawmakers, are demanding ¥10,000 in compensation to each person, arguing that the newspaper “damaged Japanese people’s personal rights and honor.”

It also demands the paper run an ad to apologize for “spreading erroneous facts to international society.”

The left-leaning daily withdrew the 18 stories last August because they focused on testimony by Seiji Yoshida, a man who claimed to have participated in rounding up females for use as sex slaves by the Japanese military.

Japan euphemistically refers to these girls and women as the “ianfu,” or comfort women.

Yoshida, who has since died, said he had forcibly taken women on the island of Jeju, then under Japanese colonial rule and now part of South Korea, and forced them into sexual labor for Imperial Japanese troops before and during World War II.

On Aug. 5, the newspaper finally admitted that a review had determined Yoshida’s accounts were false.

“There is no evidence that Japanese authorities took comfort women forcibly,” the plaintiffs say in their lawsuit.

Of the Asahi Shimbun articles that used Yoshida as a source, the plaintiffs claim in the lawsuit that “they became the cause to globally spread the distorted history showing comfort women were forcibly taken by the Japanese military in an organized manner.”

The plaintiffs also said that “the Asahi has merely apologized to readers and made no efforts to restore the public’s honor in international society.”

Sophia University professor emeritus Shoichi Watanabe, who is leading the plaintiffs, told a news conference that he “feels angry as the Asahi makes Japanese people ashamed.”

Watanabe denies that the mass sexual slavery attributed to the Imperial Japanese military took place. He is also a leading figure among those who deny the bloody 1937 Nanking Massacre occurred.

The number of plaintiffs is expected to rise to around 13,000, the group said.

An Asahi official said the company will consider how to deal with the matter after examining the complaint thoroughly.

  • timefox

    A comfort woman isn’t a sex slave, a prostitute. We will use correct terminology.

    Don’t ignore Korean’s traders. Don’t ignore comfort woman’s payroll sheet. Don’t ignore a lie of compulsion. Don’t ignore American survey result. Don’t ignore Japanese survey result.

    • echykr

      Er… what? Do you speak English? Because I’m struggling to figure out the main point of your post.

    • kension86

      The American survey result is that some of the girls were ignorant and tricked into it by false advertisement.

      Even a prominent Center-right Japanese Historian (Ikuhiko Hata) who worked under Abe agreed with the above.

    • R0ninX3ph

      Who cares if they were paid? We fight now against sex slavery and women who are “paid” by their employers to perform sexual acts. I am not against legalisation of prostitution, but only as long as the people who are the prostitutes are doing so entirely by choice and there is no power being held over their heads.

      That cannot be guaranteed from the wartime era, especially when these women were looking up at a Fascist Empire that had taken over their countries.

  • labjmh

    Those guys who are suing Asahi should read what the German president said about Auschwitz in his adress just one hour ago. It’s the humble and profound apology that earns respect from the world and not the steady denial of the past.

    • johnniewhite

      Of course this has been concerning the Japanese government. What these Professors et al are doing is to raise their concern that the liberal newspaper deliberately distorted the historical facts for far too long with the intention to damage the then conservative government, and by doing so, put the ordinary Japanese people into disrepute. Nothing to do with the government.

      • Firas Kraïem

        If anything puts “the ordinary Japanese people into disrepute” it is the fact that high-profile members of Japanese society are displaying such petty behavior at this moment. You and your ilk can shake your fist at the “liberals” all you want, the rest of the world is not fooled and regards you with the utmost contempt.

      • R0ninX3ph

        The “then conservative government”? Really? I am pretty sure that the Japanese government has always been conservative, especially when compared to a lot of countries around the world. Even when the more left-wing parties here manage to scrape their way into power, they are still not even close to left wing in places like Europe or Australia.

    • yulia okost

      can you understand what is wrong?
      “the newspaper finally admitted that a review had determined Yoshida’s accounts were false.”
      asahi admitted they were wrong. when someone tell a lie, it’s not strange he/she got sued. do you support fake news spreaders?

  • Oliver Mackie

    10,000 people = approx. 0.008% of the population. It is 6,000 less than readers of the Japan Times managed to get to sign a petition in the space of 10 days against Julien Blanc’s planned seminars in Tokyo.

    • Jeffrey

      In situations like these, it could be ten people.

      Rather than fight the good fight, the Asahi caved. This is how the press works in Japan. A friend, who just happened to write for the Asahi for years, was sued by a major record label in Japan because he reported about how payola works in the Japanese music industry. He eventually won, but it cost him thousands to defend himself.

      I doubt this group hopes to shut down Japan’s second largest news organization, but they’ve already been successful in getting them to retract fact-based reporting.

  • johnniewhite

    The second paragraph of this article is the view of the leftists including Asahi Shimbun, and it is not a fair assessment of the feeling of Japanese people.

  • tisho

    My god… researchers, professors, lawyers, journalists.. ? If this is the academic and intellectual level of Japan, i truly feel sorry for all their students. Whitewashing and historical revisionism on such a great scale.. even China’s communist party feels jealous.

    • johnniewhite

      Before concluding so, should you not examine the facts and evidence that they have? One may then see a different picture. They are serious people. Don’t you think that it is worth checking if there is any validity in what they are claiming?

      • tisho

        I did listen/read and examine their side. Their claim is that there is no evidence that Japan ever forcefully coerced these women and that they were just mere prostitutes. They claim that Asahi Shinbun created this false story and the whole world including the UN human rights committee got fooled by Asahi. These people are so detached from reality and the real world we’re living in its almost scary to think about. Outside of Japan the only people who actually know what Asahi shinbun is are the Japanese who immigrated to foreign countries. Asahi compared to European and American media is central-left, not even left media. They claim that some of the ”comfort women” have been documented to have been paid to provide sexual services to Japanese solders, and so therefore, all of them were just prostitutes and therefore there are no sexual slavery. They completely ignore the sex slaves from other countries other than from South Korea. For them the idea that Japan could have tricked these young girls into forced prostitution is inconceivable. They claim that, because there are some documents of girls signing contracts, therefore all of them were only happily paid prostitutes. They claim that all of the women who claim to be sex slaves and claim to have been forcefully raped are liars. They also claim that, the resent retraction of an article by a guy who claimed to have forcefully recruited comfort women is an evidence that asahi created this false story. They again ignore the fact that the testimony of this guy called Seiji Yoshida came years after all the documentation, evidence, facts, testimony etc. have been gathered, examined and it has been confirmed that in fact thousands of women were subject to sexual slavery by Japan. Seiji Yoshida testimony came years after the world scholars have already confirmed this and it was not even used as a basis for this confirmation.

        These people are shame and humiliation for the tittle they carry, they are not academic people, if this is the level of which somebody can be considered an intellectual in Japan, then in western countries they will be seen as pseudo academic nut job, and in Germany in particular, most of them will be send to jail for denying history and spreading misinformation and for humiliating and causing even more mental pain to the living victims.

      • johnniewhite

        From what you say I cannot believe that you have read the arguments let alone facts and evidence. It is not that simplistic. I recommend you to read Masanori Mizuma’s latest book published in November 2014 entitled ひと目でわかる慰安婦問題の真実.

      • Bruce Chatwin

        Masanori Mizuma, a self-proclaimed “researcher of Modern History”, his biography on Liberty Web, a site run by the wacky Happy Science church, states that:

        In 1950, Mr. Mizuma was born in the Hokkaido region of Japan. At Keio University’s Faculty of Law, he focused on political science, but Mr. Mizuna didn’t finish his degree. He’s now on a mission to disprove falsehoods concerning modern history that television and the press have been reporting based solely on primary sources. Mr. Mizuma’s most important books include the following: “The Truth on ‘Japan’s Annexation of the Korean Peninsula’ Reported by Asahi Newspaper” (Tokuma Shoten); “Straight to the Point Truth on ‘Prewar Japan”; “Straight to the Point, Bushido Psychology During the ‘Sino-Japanese War’ Era”

        So Mizuma is a “researcher” who never finished his undergraduate degree in political science.

        Mizuma claims that he is on a mission. A divine one? A mission for the Happy Science Church?

        A Google search for the titles listed in Mizuma’s bio returns results only from Liberty Net, the Happy Science church website.

        Meanwhile, there is Johnniewhite, who claims that s/he too is on a mission, fighting alone in England while waving the Japanese flag: 日の丸を背負ってイギリスで孤軍奮闘しています。

      • johnniewhite

        Why can’t one judge people by what they do? It is not always safe to do so by what they studied or where they studied. Good example is the former prime minister Yukio Hatoyama who was labled ‘loopy’. We learn a lot after leaving schools. Have you not read his book?

      • Bruce Chatwin

        I DID comment on what Mizuma is said to have done:

        A Google search for the titles listed in Mizuma’s bio returns results only from Liberty Net, the Happy Science church website.

        Mizuma claims that he is on a mission. A divine mission for the Happy Science Church?

        Mizuma hasn’t done anything other than get some very questionable propaganda published. Are any of his publications peer reviewed? How can he be taken seriously if this is not the case?

      • tisho

        Yukio Hatoyama is one of the smartest, intelligent and moral politicians in Japan(also one of the few). He is a graduate of tokyo university and stanford university. His policies from the beginning were honest and clear. He wanted closer and friendly ties with China and independence from the US. On his first term after he won the elections, he went to China and apologized multiple times for the atrocities and for the denials of his country. He then fought for the removal of the okinawa base outside of the country. His efforts angered the US to the point where 3 pentagon officials were sent to Japan to meet with him and make it clear that the bases are staying. The US media portrayed him as a threat to US-Japan relations, the Japanese media copied that and start portraying him as a threat for US-Japan relations, the government of Japan hysterically called him a national traitor for going to china and apologizing, and wanting closer ties with China while threatening the US- Japan relationship. He was called piggy and loopy online because his face does look like porky pig the comic character and his wife claimed she was adopted by aliens. Nevertheless, he is very intelligent person with high moral standards that tried to brighten the future of his own country, sadly the people are not of that level yet.

      • Jeffrey

        tisho johnniewhite • 7 hours ago
        “Yukio Hatoyama is one of the smartest, intelligent and moral politicians in Japan(also one of the few). He wanted closer and friendly ties with China and independence from the US.”

        “(c)loser and friendly ties with China . . .”? Why would Japan want that? While the Japanese military was barbarous during the war, the Chinese government killed more of their own people during the Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution than the Soviets and Nazis combined during WWII.

        China is to be respected because they are potentially very dangerous. But there is no reason to be anything but correct with such a state.

      • tisho

        That’s like asking ”why would England want to have closer relationship with the US?”. Who doesn’t want to have a closer relationship with the largest economy, largest and wealthiest market on the planet ? Same goes for China only multiplied by 4 times. At the very least Japan and China are neighbors. China is Japan’s largest export market with almost half of all the exports goes to China, and largest import market, again almost half of all the imports comes from China. Aside the fact that having bad relationship with your neighbor is a terrible idea, Japan is becoming more and more dependent on China for pretty much everything. China is now the largest trading country in the world. The middle class in China is just now beginning to grow. Once they make that shift from an export driven to domestic/consumption driven economy, and once they let their currency rise, China will have a wealthy middle class the size of the US entire population. China and Japan having good relationship is the worse thing that could happen to the US, because there are some people within the government brunches, namely the pentagon, that rely on maintaining high tensions in the region in order to keep the weapon sells going. There has been several attempts in the past from both sides China and Japan, to fix their relationship but at the end it never lasts for long due to eventual provocation from Japan’s side ( think Pentagon led). Also, keep in mind that China today is very different country than it was during the cultural revolution, same as Japan today is different than Japan in the past. Mao Zedong is not coming back. China is anything but communist, in fact they are one of the, if not the best capitalists right now.

        Chinese government is trying to create something like Hong Kong during the British rule. Hong Kong had a completely free economy, free society but not free politics, head of state was the queen, and you couldn’t vote. I assume China wants to do something like that, if the middle class is thriving, the economy is open, free, the people are happy, then nobody will complain about not voting… or so they would think. You can’t have both – free and open economy, and not democracy, because in order to stop corruption you need to introduce competition among politicians, which can happen only by allowing a voting system. And if you can’t stop corruption, that would become obstacle for the economy, which is no good either.

        As China’s middle class becomes more and more rich and large in numbers, they will start demanding more rights. When you’re poor the last thing you think about is how to protest against the government, but when you’re wealthy, now you have a lot of spare time to focus on other things. More and more people will become rich in the private sector, they will start demanding more freedom and the option to choose their leaders. This process has already started, once its started you can’t go back. Once you taste the freedom and prosperity, there is no going back. So in my opinion it’s only a matter of time before we a democratic China. It’s not going to happen within the next 4 or 5, maybe not even 10 years, but it will happen as the middle class grows richer and richer.

      • Jeffrey

        That’s like asking ”why would England want to have closer relationship with the US?”.

        No it’s not because the last time the US was at war with the UK was over 200 years ago and neither side committed any atrocities (though burning the capital was a pisser), but then a century later helped them win two wars against barbarous dictatorial regimes bent on world domination. We speak the same language and have shared political cultural heritage. Japan has never and will never have anything but the most superficial of relationships with China, as long as the U.S. continues to protect Japan.

        You can cozy up to China once it’s middle-class, which probably won’t get much larger, has wrested control of the government from the authoritarian central party (don’t hold your breath and there’s nothing special about Hong Kong’s situation anywya). Until that time, Japan is better off keeping China at arms length. In any case, Japan’s economic relations are unlikely to become much closer nor is the character of that economic relationship likely to change. What the Chinese get from Japanese corporation is mostly made in China to begin with. So the economic benefit to Japan is quite limited and mostly one-way when it comes to import-export.

      • R0ninX3ph

        I am unsure why it even matters if a portion of the women used as prostitutes during the war were paid? We fight against sexual slavery now in the modern world, where the women are often “paid” by their pimps, but that doesn’t make it fine now, so why was it fine then? (Also, the whole “other countries were doing it too!” argument is asinine so don’t bring that into it)

      • Oliver Mackie

        “that doesn’t make it fine now, so why was it fine then?”

        Because morality is a human cultural construct that changes over time (usually improving) and according to circumstance. [The (partial) adoption of the Geneva Convention (at the time) is a good example.]
        Failure to take this into account and use hindsight is mistake 101 in the study of history.

      • R0ninX3ph

        I see your point and understand what you are saying, but it still doesn’t mean that just because the people at the time didn’t feel what they were doing was wrong, it doesn’t make it right.

        I do think the whole issue is being made much larger than it should be, based on current morality, but morality at the time still doesn’t excuse forcing women into sexual slavery (whether they were paid for it or not).

      • Oliver Mackie


      • Jeffrey

        “. . . based on our current morality . . . “? So, in your mind, morals were looser in the 1930s and 1040s? That coerced sex was okay back then?

        Stop while you’re behind.

      • R0ninX3ph

        I was replying to statements made by someone else, who made the claim that morals were looser then. Perhaps instead of attacking me, you should read the other comments I was responding to.

        And you clearly didn’t read anything I have written, as I quite clearly said “morality at the time still doesn’t excuse forcing women into sexual slavery (whether they were paid for it or not).”

      • Guest

        Nice try, but either you don’t write very clearly or you’re equivocating as the morality of that period was considerably stricter than today’s standards. As I said, stop while you’re behind.

      • R0ninX3ph

        I will say it again, as I have said many times previously in comments. forcing women into sexual slavery, whether they were paid or not, is unacceptable. So seriously, stop jumping on me like I am saying that it was fine.

        You’re the one who is “behind”. I oppose sexual slavery, no matter when or where it occurs or if the people involved are “paid”.

        You can keep ignoring every other comment of mine, and focus on one small section which was replying to Oliver Mackie, or, we can form a united front against people who want to promote the narrative that the women weren’t forced or abused because they were “just prostitutes”.

      • Oliver Mackie

        I think you are attacking the wrong person. If anyone is your target, it is me. I refer you to the lengthy response above I have just posted, if interested.

      • Oliver Mackie

        One has to be very careful when talking about ‘rights’ and ‘wrongs’ in the context of history. If one believes that morals are ‘god-given’ and have been fixed in stone since time immemorial, then there is nothing to discuss. If one is open to the revelations of sociological and biological research, the core of the issue is this:

        1) during the past 200 years or so, humanity has had a tendency to ‘upgrade’ its morals on the basis of being able to reduce acts (such as violence, rape, and theft) which do not maximize total utility.

        2) however, this has occurred because circumstances have allowed it to, mostly due to increased awareness through improvements in communication, thus enabling more informed and rational negotiation – not due to other material improvements or biological changes (see Steven Pinker’s works)

        3) as such, the timing was not uniform among those world societies in which it is mostly complete today. The variations in timing of acceptance and formal adoption (not to forget post-adoption failures to adhere to) the Geneva Convention is a good example of differing perceived and/or actual circumstances.

        4) This issue is compounded by the rapidity of this change during the latter half of the 20th century. There are some acts, the psychological horror of which does not vary with their general commonality of occurrence (e.g. murder, torture, rape), but there are others which have quickly become much greater sources of mental trauma as their occurrence in society has decreased rapidly. ‘Involuntary sexual intercourse’ is one of these latter types.

        I am using the term ‘involuntary sexual intercourse’ in a very wide sense and will go into detail. There are many shades of ‘involuntary.’ The easiest to understand is the most ‘involuntary’, i.e. rape perpetrated through physical violence. Very close to this is involuntary sexual intercourse which does not require actual physical violence to take place, but which is done under extreme duress (such as threats – explicit or implicit – of violence.) In this second category (as in the first), it does not matter whether payment is made afterwards, it was not done for that payment. Further along the spectrum is prostitution which takes place on the basis that the prostitute does not have any viable economic alternatives. Again, it would be difficult to categorize this as ‘voluntary’ but it was certainly done for the payment. We then get into more opaque areas where other economic alternatives exist but prostitution is ‘favored’ due to economic trade-off decisions made by the prostitute. (You can argue back and forth about whether this is ‘voluntary’ or not, but it is likely to come down to personal perceptions of one’s own sexuality.) Clarity does not re-emerge until we get to the very other end of the spectrum, where we have prostitutes who have very viable economic alternatives, but actually choose voluntarily to engage in prostitution for both economic gain and other reasons which are best known to themselves. This group is of course very small, but it does exist.

        As I noted above, standard of living and economic opportunities are the central factors which determine the vast amount of prostitution undertaken by members of any given society. (Thus we see, for example, that in economically developed societies, the vast majority of prostitution – with some exceptions noted above – is undertaken by immigrants from poorer societies or economically impoverished sub-sectors of the ‘home’ society.)

        In addition to the fact that ‘moral values’ on sexual intercourse are highly variable between societies, it is also important to note the not insignificant amount of protection against mental anguish which is available by the ability of the mind to justify things to itself. There are likely no societal environments in which physically violent rape and sexual intercourse under duress are not extremely traumatic. But that is not what we are dealing with here. We are getting into those more opaque areas, and it is nothing like as straightforward. In thinking this through, those of us who come from societies (or sub-sets thereof) in which no-one is in the least bit inclined to engage in prostitution – and thus whom would likely find having suddenly to engage in such (e.g. due to changes in economic situation) as very traumatic – have to tread a very careful line between two slippery slopes. First, we have to be wary against applying our own greatly cushioned (and thus delicate) sensibilities towards prostitution and making the false assumption that anyone engaged in prostitution is finding it as mentally traumatic and we fear would would, were we suddenly have to engage in it. At the same time, however, we also have to not go too far and simply assume that anyone doing it for economic reasons is not feeling mental anguish at all. A trip to the resorts of Phuket, for example, will clearly demonstrate this. Many women there are engaged in unlicensed prostitution to provide varying degrees of required or desired income. It is no secret. The daily environment there is one where it is nothing out of the ordinary. Yet, if you try to approach a girl who is engaged (casually) in prostitution, and directly proposition her for money, you will likely get a slap in the face and ‘told where to go.’ There is a correct etiquette involved, typically, with the offer being made from the seller through an intermediary (“my friend likes you”) and this may or may not (depending on the inclination of the seller as to whether it must or may just be an economic transaction) be confirmed later by the seller (“you understand this is business, right?”) before anything takes place. Such a roundabout and face-saving approach would clearly seem to suggest that there is some mental discomfort with what is going on. Yet, if you go to Bangladesh (far more impoverished) and go to a ‘red-light area’ you will likely find yourself almost physically bullied (in a friendly way) into partaking of the services. The women there clearly don’t suffer from mental anguish in their trade.

        This large digression has been made for a purpose. Having done so, we now have a better frame of reference to try to recreate (looking from the very different world in which many of us (‘Westerners’) as well as the vast majority of the Japanese, South Koreans, and Chinese now live), a more accurate picture of the world in which the events which form the ‘comfort women issue’ occurred. And it WAS a very different world. Please read C. Sarah Soh, The Comfort Women: Sexual Violence and Postcolonial Memory in Korea and Japan (University of Chicago Press, 2008). It is an extremely well-researched, fully peer-reviewed piece of scholarship, by a Korean-American, who by her ethnicity and gender would not be naturally inclined to come to conclusions that support the so-called Japanese ‘revisionist’ school. It paints a picture of a world on the Korean peninsula in which not only would it have been possible for the needs of the Imperial Army to have been met without resort to rounding women up at gunpoint, but indeed one in which the required ‘system’ was already in place and fully-functioning. Under the current economic and moral climate, is it easy to accept that such a system have existed? No, of course not. Does that mean that the vast majority of women involved suffered trauma on a scale that we imagine we would? Likely not. Were there isolated cases where, for whatever reason, women were forced under extreme duress or even raped? Undoubtedly. Were those cases anything other than both very few in number and not as a result of instructions from no further up the chain of command than local officers either disobeying orders or not receiving any orders and taking matters into their won hands? The credible evidence strongly points to that conclusion.

        Does that make anything ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ now or then? I think that’s not only the wrong question to be asking, but it is extremely naive to think you can answer that definitively. And it is most certainly foolish and counterproductive to be retro-applying current morality to selected historical events, particularly for the purpose of forcing what are now societies very different in their views of sexual intercourse of all motivations, into apologizing for actions by people now dead and who lived in very different times.

  • Wafflesandcoffee

    Guess there are people in denial all over the world. China, Japan, USA… aren’t we one happy family.

  • Harry Hirsch

    If these people feel that their honor was tarnished, they can go ahead and perform Seppuku on themselves.

  • Bruce Chatwin

    Shoichi Watanabe is apparently “little known abroad, even in his own academic area of specialization. He has disconcerted foreigners by telling them that Japan’s “racial purity” was to be cherished” (Wiki).
    Seems that he has to resort to this to get his 15 minutes of infamy.
    Oh, and he describes himself as a “Christian”.

  • Kazumi Takahashi

    This is the largest class action lawsuit ever! The common misconception in the west of “200,000 young girls coerced into sex slavery by Japanese military” arose because the Asahi used the number of conscripted factory workers as the number of “conscripted comfort women” in its 1991 article and continued to report for over 30 years until August of 2014 that those young girls were coerced into sex slavery. The Asahi needs to inform the world of its wrong-doing, and that’s what the lawsuit is for.

    • Bruce Chatwin

      “This is the largest class action lawsuit ever!”

      Really? Certainly not in terms of money, nor in terms of the total number of claimants.

      And if you are referring to Japan and not the world, it seems to me that this is probably a joinder of claims or representative action as opposed to a class action which are limited to consumer actions in Japan and must be filed by a Specified Qualified Consumer Organisation as opposed to an individual such as Shoichi Watanabe.

      Would it be OK with you if the number of sex slaves conscripted by Imperial Japan were 50,000 instead of 200,000?

      BTW, you might want to look into the Recreation and Amusement Association, 特殊慰安施設協会. The Recreation and Amusement Association was established by the Japanese government to offer sexual services (prostitutes) to occupation troops immediately after WWII. It seems that old habits die hard.

      So far the only name we have behind the suit is Watanabe’s. Who are his fellow claimants? Makoto Sakurai? Kazunari Yamada? Shigeo Masuki? The Happy Science Church?

  • yulia okost

    Did US admitted and apologized for former sex slaves for US troops? wow one million

    • johnniewhite

      No, I do not think so. There must be many more of these stories that will come to light. It has been taboo to talk about this sort of thing with the exception on Japan.

      • Bruce Chatwin

        It is so taboo that Reuters, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Time Magazine, Stars and Stripes, the BBC, The Daily Mail, and a long, long list of other media have all reported on this topic.

    • Bruce Chatwin

      You do realize that the article you cite is from the North Korean propaganda organ, Korean Central News Agency, don’t you?

      • johnniewhite

        Yes, North Korean propaganda machine it is. But Asahi Shimbun and its allies are not much different from it. That’s the issue we are talking about. You will see what I mean soon, I hope.

  • thomana

    It is a neat summary of events — clearly explained. Good to know that.

  • HiroP

    This is even more bad for Japan, These nationalists needs to learn that denying War Crimes will just damage Japan’s image even more, Germany fully apologized for war crimes and everybody are ok with them, foreign relations are also important.

    10,000 people, amazing.