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U.S. towns pulled into Japanese politics

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Special To The Japan Times

A recurring news story over the past several years concerns claims of the harassment of Japanese nationals residing on the East and West coasts of the United States. Most appear to have originated from municipalities where South Korean immigrants and Korean-Americans have successfully campaigned to erect statues memorializing the “comfort women,” who were forced to provide sex for Japanese troops before and during World War II.

From late 2013, most of these articles alleged that Japanese nationals (as opposed to Japanese-Americans), including young children, residing in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale, California, had been on the receiving end of various forms of bullying and harassment at the hands of said Koreans.

Interestingly, one of the first people to raise this issue was Liberal Democratic Party Diet member Eriko Yamatani, who in the current Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe holds the portfolios of National Public Safety Commission chairperson, minister in charge of the North Korean abduction issue and several other posts.

Following a visit to New Jersey, Yamatani on May 6, 2012, posted remarks in both Japanese and English to the effect that the erection of a comfort woman statue had resulted in Japanese children being bullied.

“A monument for what are called the ‘comfort women serving the military,'” she wrote, “was constructed in the United States, at the public library of Palisades Park, New Jersey.”

Several paragraphs later, Yamatani noted, “Moreover, it cannot be tolerated that Japanese children are bullied and felt sorrowful [sic] due to a lie that Japan conducted the abduction of 200,000 girls which is not true at all, and that the lie has been spread throughout the world.”

In July 2013 the city board of Glendale voted to permit the erection of a similar statue in a public park, this despite efforts by several Japanese residents to fight the decision in court.

By early November the tabloid newspaper Yukan Fuji, citing claims by a women’s patriotic group, Nadeshiko Action, reported that “Japanese children were being called ‘rapists’ by Americans” and that “children hesitate to use the Japanese language in public out of concerns for their safety.”

On Feb. 15, 2014, the Sankei Shimbun expanded on the topic under the headline “‘Spit in ramen,’ ‘Rice served cold’ … The harassment of Japanese in the U.S. over the comfort women.”

The reaction to this reportage was a sense of righteous indignation that spurred heated exchanges on computer bulletin boards.

In the first half of 2014, a continuous stream of articles making reference to bullying in Glendale appeared in such weekly magazines as Asahi Geino (March 6), Shukan Shincho (March 6) and Spa! (May 13-20). The longest, appearing in the May issue of the monthly opinion magazine Seiron, was written by Lower House Diet member Mio Sugita of the Japan Restoration Party and titled “Zaibei hojin ga Kankokujin ni kurushimerareru genkyo” (“The main source of what’s causing Japanese in America to be tormented by Koreans”).

Oddly enough, when reporters in Southern California attempted to follow up on the articles, they ran up against a brick wall: They were unable to track down primary sources — bullying victims, their family members or eyewitnesses — to interview.

In Shukan Kinyobi magazine (June 13, 2014), Seattle-based Emi Koyama wrote, “My inquiries to the Glendale police and Glendale school board failed to find even a single complaint. Moreover, there has not been a single (locally published) article reporting bullying of Japanese children. Naturally the lack of complaints aren’t proof that no bullying occurred, but I suppose it can at least be taken to mean that it did not occur extensively.”

Now almost a year later we come to the current (May) issue of Sapio, in which Southern California-based veteran writer Tatou Takahama has revived the issue. His article cited Takehiko Wajima, director of the Japan Information Center and consul at the Japanese Consulate General in Los Angeles.

“Up to now,” Wajima is quoted as saying, “we have received several reports of harassment of Japanese nationals, who informed us on condition that the details would not be divulged, so we cannot make them public.”

A man referred to only as “Mr. T” told Takahama that he was certain Japanese children had been bullied by Korean children, but feared that should this be reported and the matter taken up by the school board, the bullying would become even worse.

“Parents don’t want to raise the issue out of such concerns,” Mr. T remarked, adding that he hoped government officials would understand the “delicate circumstances” of the Japanese residents and handle the matter discreetly.

Takahama’s article also reported that California resident Nobuhiro Baba is blaming the Asahi Shimbun’s inaccurate coverage on the comfort women (which appeared more than 20 years ago) for this state of affairs. On Feb. 18, Baba joined two other individuals in suing the Asahi in the Tokyo District Court, demanding compensation for his “mental anguish.”

Notably — with a few exceptions such as the latest Sapio article — coverage of the bullying allegations in California has been dominated by the Sankei Shimbun and Yukan Fuji, and magazines Seiron and Spa!, all publications of the Fujisankei media group, which has adopted an unapologetic stance on war-related issues.

If there are any lessons to be learned from the incomplete and contradictory coverage of the claims of bullying in the United States, it would be the ways this topic eloquently demonstrates how the contents of news reporting can be influenced by the dictates of diametrically opposed political stances.

  • DR Jensen

    The LORD is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet He does not leave the guilty unpunished; He punishes the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.

    Funny the way that works. Japan’s WWII generation did the crime, but now their grandchildren and great grandchildren are suffering the consequences.

    Cosmic justice anyone?

    • Brett Arlotti

      Why would some Lord punish children?
      Seems like a stupid and spiteful thing to do.

    • Hanako

      As many as fifty years after the War, a bogus story was suddenly spread in China , Korea and Japan — a story that the Japanese military abducted many women and forced them into prostitution during the War and that it was equivalent to the Holocaust.

      These stories have been proven to be completely fictitious as a result of many researches by scholars and experts. In spite of their longstanding efforts, there has been absolutely no evidence of Japanese military’s coercing those women into prostitution against their will.

      We cannot allow this kind of propaganda that insults Japan; their pretense hurts our pride and dishonors our ancestors. Anti-Japan propaganda activities based on the fictitious ‘comfort women’ issue do nothing, and such a movement only alters the situation to the advantage of China and Korea.

      • Ernest Schaal

        This is like the deniers of the holaicaust by the Nazis, the pathetic rankings of propoe who romanticize the Japanese occupation of Korea and China and the mistreatment of POWs.

        Fortunately, this militaristic faction will never have the revival of Jaoanese oppression of Asia, simply because of demographics. Japan will never have the population of young men willing to carry out another war of oppression.

      • Mas Salleh

        China and Korea?
        What about Philippines,Indonesia and Malaysia or Singapore?
        There are records from our history that states what happened which almost similar to the ones in East Asia albeit on a smaller scale.Are you try to accused us of lying and making false propaganda as well? For what advantage?!
        Typical right wing Japs…
        It’s almost as stupid as trying to claim that the mass butchering of Taiji dolphins in Japan is part of tradition.

      • winkipop

        All I see hear is racial hatred towards Japan. Sorry but you need some counselling.

      • Ernest Schaal

        Sorry, winkpop, but unlike what you believe, when the Japanese military raped, pillaged, and destroyed, they made enemies who rightfully hated them. And the revisionitic nonsense shouted by those like you who glorify war criminals makes forgiveness difficult.

      • Mas Salleh

        Would like to join me for some counseling?

      • winkipop

        Sorry Mas. Keep well eh?

  • Ernest Schaal

    The charge of bullying sounds fishy, like the claims that the sex slaves used by the Japanese were all willing and eager to serve the Japanese carnal lust. That is why the Japanese use the term “comfort women” to make it sound more voluntary.

    • Hanako

      I am horrified by the plots actions against Japan. Has anyone in your country done any study on this before proceeding? If you had done so you would know that the Koreans themselves were responsible for providing these women to the Japanese Military and in cases ran the brothels these women worked in. The Koreans have had a long standing history of prostitution and it was custom for their lower class to sell their daughters into prostitution for money. These comfort women when interviewed even by Koreans gave conflicting stories on their circumstances. Many of these women volunteered to escape domestic violence, arranged marriages or even just for the adventure of it. Are you aware that even the United States Military is complicent in the use of comfort women? The South Korean Govt abducted their own women to serve as comfort women for American troops during the Korean war. Why is this not included on the inscription on the monument? How must this be effecting innocent Japanese people and families in the community. This is shameful. It is painfully apparent from your lack of knowledge that you are blissfully unaware of the current world wide push by Chinese and Korean Nationalist Activists to put Japan in a bad light while the Chinese and Koreans attempt to claim islands off Japan.

      • Ernest Schaal

        The whitewash of the comfort women problem is not helping Japanese credibility, anymore than the whitewash of the Rape of Nanking. The Japanese military was very cruel to those under their power, including Japanese civilians, as shown by the pressure on Japanese nurses to commit suicide in Okinawa. It was not their finest hour.

        The difference between the Nazis in Germany and the Japanese Military is that Germany sincerely apologized, while Japan has waffled and tried to pretend that the sex slaves used by the Japanese were all eager to be sexually used by Japanese soldiers.

      • winkipop

        You raise some good points and yes Japan had it’s issues with cruelty. But you name to me one country in a time of war that has not committed atrocities. Since the war Japan has been a solid citizen of the world and has given aid to many countries in need. They have been peaceful and not threatened any country. The same cannot be said for China. They have provided technological aid to Korea as well as paid huge compensation. The have suffered two atomic bombs that vaporised 200000 people mostly civilians (women and children) and had their cities destroyed by fire bombs. They surrendered and accepted their victors into their country with no insurgent behaviour. They copped it fair on the chin and got on with rebuilding and life. Now, 70 years after the end of the war they have to put up with Koreans lying and trying to stir up trouble in countries that have no relation to this problem.

      • Ernest Schaal

        Winkpop, even after two A-bombs were dropped on Japan, the Japanese military had a faction that tried to stop the Emperor from surrendering because they could not tolerate a Japan where the common folk looked down upon the Japanese military that commuted so many war crimes. The sentiment of that faction with those dishonest politicians who cater to a segment of Japanese who romanticize the Japanese military and yearn for a day when the Japanese military can be revived to take power by force.

        It is a stupid dream because Japan will never be that big of a military. Demographics are against that because Japan is an aging nation, with a low birth rate.

      • winkipop

        Agree with everything you have said here Ernest. But the issue is still the fabrication by Korea of the comfort women and their drive to influence their false claims upon other countries who have nothing to do with this issue between Japan and Korea.

      • Ernest Schaal

        The claims of sexual slavery do not appear to be false. The false claims are the claims made by the Japanese nationalists who want to whitewash their past.

      • winkipop

        Sorry Ernest, “do not appear to be false”? The Koreans would love you for a statement like that. You are the type of person that they want on their side. The type that has no real knowledge on the matter and just believes their propaganda. Come on mate, do some research. Here’s a starting point for you: Try googleing Report No. 49 by Prisoner of War Interrogations by American Forces on the capture of Comfort Women during the war.

      • Ernest Schaal

        I am knowledge enough to know a whitewash when I see it, and the continued denial by the Japanese is grating on those who suffered their war crimes.

      • winkipop

        Please read the report.

    • winkipop

      You don’t appear to have any knowledge on this subject at all. The term Comfort Woman means purely a prostitute. It means it in both Korean and Japanese. There is no evidence that the Japanese military abducted “200000” women as sex slaves. There is evidence that they did not. So I would suggest you do some research on this matter before making ridiculous comments. Just recently a book has been written by a Korean author on the subject that Korea is a Nation of liars. Most Koreans think that lying is not a shameful thing. They think that the person who is tricked by the lie is the one to suffer shame.

      • Ernest Schaal

        I have studied the history of that period, and the long history of prejudice by Japanese against all non-Japanese.

        As a practical matter, truth telling was not something that Japanese did because telling their leaders unpleasant truths was a quick way to get killed.

        Honesty was simply not a trait of the samurai or of the Japanese, and it is not a trait of those wanting to whitewash Japan’s shameful past.

      • winkipop

        Sure that was the past and this was also the case with Chinese history and Korean history. To single out Japan only for this type of history is ridiculous.

      • Ernest Schaal

        The issue of Japanese leaders trying to pretend that complaints about sexual slavery being a lie is merely revisionism of the worst sort. It makes the Japanese look dishonest.

        Most Japanese want peace but there is a vocal minority (including Abe) that make Japan look bad. They make the rest of Japan look bad. The only reason that seems plausible for this nonsense is that these deniers of the truth is that they yearn for a revival of militarism, which Is a stupid thing to yearn for because demographics prevents them from succeeding in military adventurism

      • winkipop

        Sorry Ernest I do not agree with your logic here. Look Japan did do some awful things during the war that I wished did not happen. In fact Abe apologised in Washington last week in front of Congress. But I am against these Koreans who pursue this Korean Comfort Women issue. It is quite disturbing since it is known that the Korean Government forced their own women to be Comfort Women for American and UN troops during the Korean War. Yet they do not mention this with these statues. They don’t mention the fact that during the Vietnam War Korean troops raped and mutilated Vietnamese women either. This is because these statues have nothing to do with comfort women, they are erected to ignite racial hatred towards Japan. Ask yourself why, 70 years after the war, they want to pursue this? If you think clearly about it it must raise questions.

      • Ernest Schaal

        They pursue it after 70 years because the LDP keeps acting as if the sex slaves her volunteers. 70 years later, the LDP still whitewashes their crimes.

      • winkipop

        I repeat, read Report No. 49.

      • Ernest Schaal

        Why should this report be considered more reliable than the bulk of research on this matter?

        The fact that Korea has done bad things in the Vietnamese war does not justify the massive war crimes committed by Japanese during WWII.

      • winkipop

        If you read the report you will find out. Also it is a report written by American Forces, so you cannot say it is biased. Also, showing no bias because it is written by a Korean woman, is “The Comfort Women” by C.Sarah Soh. It will give you a better understanding of this issue with Korea and Japan. I am not trying to justify war crimes by Japan, that was dealt with by the war crimes commission after the war. I am against these Comfort Women Statues because they are not intended to honour such women, they are purely to generate ill feeling towards Japanese people as evidence by the article above. I implore you to please examine both these items. Hate is not the answer Ernest.

      • Ernest Schaal

        I find it ironic that you should say that hate is not the answer when recent polls show how much Japanese hate both the Chinese and the Ko iitreans.

        I find it presumptuous of you to claim to know the motivation of the creators of the statues, since your hate of Koreans is so obvious

        I agree that hate is not the answer, but your hate is the problem, not the hate of the Koreans. Anyway, the sex slavery issue will never go away as long as the Japanese falsely deny that it exists.

      • winkipop

        Since you are afraid to read this report(I can only assume you may be afraid to be found wrong), I will give you some details. When American Forces interrogated these women they found this: The women were all happy and healthy, they had money and were free to purchase items that other woman were unable to obtain during the war. They had been receiving regular medical check ups (hence their good health). Through the interrogation they had told the Americans that they were able to refuse any client and could choose who they had sex with. They giggled and showed a lack of education. The only conclusion the Americans could make was that these women were nothing more than prostitutes.
        Now, if you do not wish to read C.Sarah Soh’s book either, let me pass on a few pieces for you. She states that the Comfort Woman Issue is a very complicated one. She has interviewed a large number of these women for research and through these interviews has broken down the reasons these women became comfort women. She found the following: Some women joined as comfort women to escape domestic violence from their families, some joined to escape arranged marriages, some joined because they were already prostitutes and answered advertisements for this role because of the high remuneration. Some women were actually sold by their families to the people (both Korean and Japanese) organising the comfort women. This was a common occurrence in Asia at this time, when families had debt they could not repay. Some women joined just to escape the boredom of their lives. These are all from the interviews conducted with ex-comfort women. C.Sarah Soh later concludes by saying the current actions by Nationalistic Koreans is nothing more than a nationalistic uproar and the Korean Government is still currently mistreating it’s prostitutes today.
        You may read these and check for yourself, Ernest.

      • Ernest Schaal

        If you want me to read this report , then send me a link so I can read it for free. From your writings I think it is junk, which I would never pay for to read, but I eould skim through the report if it were freely available.

      • winkipop

        All I did Ernest was Google this. It is easy to do. All the details and keywords for your search I have given in previous replies. Happy searching and happy learning.

      • winkipop

        Ernest I do not hate Koreans or Chinese as a whole. I only know one Korean but I can say she is the most beautiful,kind hearted person I have meet. I know more Chinese people and have found them to be great people too. I only hate people who try to deceive us to get us to turn on another race.

      • Ernest Schaal

        Winkipop, you have not shown that the Koreans or Chinese are trying to deceive us. No, that would be the LDP leadership and the far-right Japanese.

  • JoeyJapan

    The attention of this bullying is ridiculous especially considering all the bullying that occurs in Japan. It’s sole purpose it to incite anti-Korean and anti-American sentiment in an effort to raise nationalist interests in the minds of the apathetic, “multiculturally challenged” Japanese citizenry.

  • Liars N. Fools

    This is part and parcel of the right wing Japanese myth that the Japanese are always being bullied, particularly by ethnic Koreans in America or Korea itself.

    I currently live in Seoul. I frequently go to the Ichon neighborhood which has a large number of expatriate Japanese residents. One could not ask for a more safe and tranquil neighborhood where Koreans and Japanese get along just fine. It is also a place with a lot of a lot of moderately priced Japanese restaurants.

    Go to tourist areas like Insadong or Myeongdong or the Namdaemun market, and there are lots of Japanese tourists all going about without any sort of harassment.

    I have also lived in Japan. Koreans mostly do fine there, too, but the Zaitoku hooligans are precisely that, harassing school kids and small enterprises. The reason why Fujisankei is promoting the myth of Japanese being harassed abroad is due, in part, to justifying the harassment of Koreans in Japan. Japanese are victims, and American authorities are doing nothing. The proof for Sankei is that there are no investigations. Maybe the reality is that there are no cases.

    • johnniewhite

      I know how Zaitokukai people appears to be acting badly. But I understand that they are reacting to the non-actions by Japanese government to take fair look into what is going on — all the unfair things that the Korean residents have got through illegitimate means. In a sense it is similar argument to why ISIS appeared and doing horrible things. There was some background to it, and one really look into it, so that we can stop such things from its root.

      • Ernest Schaal

        I find it personally offensive that the Japanese right-wing complaining about bullying that might or moght not happen, when Japan is notorious for its bullying of non-Japanese in schools and elsewhere. In Anerica it is illegal to discriminate based upon national origin, but in Japan it is a normal occurrence.

        As the Japanese say, the nail that sticks out gets hammered. To the Japanese right-wingers, such conduct is perfectly fine against others, except when applied to them Hypocrites.

    • Ken Gtwo

      Claim victimization while continuing to victimize. Works for right wingers and nationalists the world over.

  • timefox

    There was no compulsion taking of a Korean comfort woman.

    1. The name of the village and the town where compulsion taking was here isn’t specified.
    2. Compulsion taking is a Korean record before 1990 of which I made an issue, and there is nothing on which comfort woman compulsion taking was indicated.
    3.The novel and the movie which drew comfort woman’s compulsion taking before 1990 ‘s aren’t also made. There even are no records as a fiction.
    4. It’s also from 1990 ‘s that a comfort woman has begun to be used as a subject of the anti-Japanese education performed from the Korean foundation time.
    5. Comfort woman’s compulsion taking isn’t also argued at Japan-ROK Basic Relations Treaty. Korea was lining various reasons and was requesting money of Japan then.
    6. It’s unnatural that a lot of victims say that all the members kept quiet from 1945 to 1990 ‘s.
    7. There are no records of the person who says “My daughter/my wife/my mother/my elder sister/my younger sister was dredged by the Japanese military.”
    8. There is no third person witnessing information. With being seen by no one, it’s impossible to take a lot of people.
    9. There is no testimony of a compulsion taking executor. It’s revealed that the Yoshida testimony is false.
    10. 90% of a policeman in Korean Peninsula and an officer in those days was Korean. A father of a Korean president is included in this, too.
    11. There are no records of protest activity. If a lot of ladies were dredged, a riot should occur.
    12. The comfort woman person himself or parent’s agent got money of a large amount.
    13. Prostitution traders were giving a notice openly and squarely and were recruiting a comfort woman by an expensive reward.
    14. Many comfort women have been out to a movie and a shopping in a holiday.
    15. Much of testimony of a former comfort woman “was sold by a parent”, “tricked” is being stated.
    16. Such as the testimony to which I say “Compulsion was taken.” is a small number, and the contents often change, there are a lot of cases which have a doubt.
    17. A Japanese authority was clamping down vicious prostitution traders. The traders’ much was Korean.
    18. An Indonesian comfort woman compulsion event is prosecuted as a crime after the war. It isn’t prosecuted at Korea.
    19. Information about a cost isn’t equipped with the organization and a staff necessary to compulsion’s taking a lot of comfort women.

    Korean Army kidnaped 200,000 women in twenties and made it a comfort woman in the Korean War in 1950.
    And a comfort woman was offered to U.S. soldiers.
    Though they’re Korea and an American crime, it’s being ground into unrelated Japan.

    A comfort woman is testifying the Korean War, too.
    Korea doesn’t admit a crime to this miserable comfort woman, and Korea is not apologizing.
    In addition , South Korea has not apologized to Vietnam for slaughter and rape at the time of the Vietnam War .

    • Ernest Schaal

      This sounds like the normal revisionist teaching of the nationalists who yearn for the days when they were raping and pillaging China and much of Southern Asia.

      They conveniently forget the pain they caused others but also the pain they caused to their fellow Japanese. Life under the Japanese military government was harsh and cruel, and at the end of the war, the military preferred that it’s civilians die in mass suicide rather than look down on the military that had caused so much pain.

      Fortunately that will never happen again with the Japanese because the aging demographics of Japan make such a revival of militarism impossible.

      • winkipop

        You are straying from the point. If children are being bullied anywhere, anytime , for any reason, it is not alright.

      • Ernest Schaal

        Of course, the fact that such bullying is in doubt since the Japanese do not have a good reputation for truth and veracity.

    • soccerteesandplaydoh

      What a pile of nonsense.

  • 1234

    Japanese bullied by Koreans in the US? Complete nonsense. Japanese are less global-minded and very unopen in general. Retain their own unique Japanese characteristics. Y’know the Japanese way of making friends and person-to-person relationship that no other country has. That’s why they get bullied!

  • Guest

    From the first paragraph, this article has got the fact wrong. Oh dear.

  • johnniewhite

    I watched the programme in which Shigeharu Aoyama went to see the parents of these Japanese kids in the US a couple of times in the last few years. The bullying indeed took place, but for various reasons they decided not to come out in public. It is understandable that the victims’ parents do not want to broaden the risks of their children being more bullied. What we can do is to watch them closely so that it won’t become out of control, and not to dismiss it and ignore it.

  • Ken Gtwo

    I’ve never seen a group of people try so hard to erase and distort their own history (so successfully) to this extent on a global scale. Facts are meaningless here. Belief is everything. Come one come all to worship at the nihonjinron trough.

  • Jason

    Has anyone here read Prof. Hata Ikuhiko’s book on the subject of sex work in WWII? Or the Asahi Shimbun’s apology for Uemura Takashi’s politically-motivated two-decade run of false reporting? Or Yoshida Seiji’s admission that he made up “facts” about enslaving comfort women in Korea–the same “facts” now solemnly quoted as unquestionable historical truth?

    And, is it an argument to label a line of reasoning “right-wing”?

    On the subject of bullying: the South Korean government recently lifted the travel ban on a Japanese reporter accused of saying something unfriendly about the South Korean president. When a government takes this kind of action against a major newspaper’s employee, it’s little wonder that regular folks follow suit. Let’s wait for more evidence on this score, but, at this stage, it seems safe to say that the bullying charge is not entirely unthinkable.

    • Mas Salleh

      There were rumors about Yoshida Seiji being blackmailed and bullied by the right wings that circulated,but of course this is Japan.They’re not really known for being transparent culture,what to believe?

    • Mas Salleh

      Google Takashi Uemura,apparently he had been the target of right wing Japanese for years…possibly they want to pressure him into making false claim that he had fabricated some of the information..

      • Jason

        And yet the Asahi remains silent as the tomb.

        An adjective is not an argument. Do you have something to share besides accusations of “right wing”?

  • Steve L. “Chuck” Charles

    American towns pulled into Japanese politics? Boy, this reporter should have seen headlines across the USA on Dec 8, 1941 – talk about American towns being ‘pulled into’. Or down into. Of course, considering Tojo and Anami were willing to kill 80 million Japanese citizens so they could maintain their power, their cushy desk jobs, their nice offices, homes and meals, “bullying” seems hardly noteworthy.

    • winkipop

      Bullying is never hardly noteworthy. It should not be tolerated.

  • lostinaustin

    Bigotry is everywhere. The rest of us need to stand together for tolerance of peace-loving, hard-working people everywhere. This may sound idealistic, but there is no alternative for decent people.

  • winkipop

    Japan apologized back in 1966 with the Treaty between the people of the Republic of Korea and Japan Government. Japan paid out a huge compensation amount to all Korean citizens who had grievances. The Korean Government never handed out the money to those aggrieved citizens. Now Korea whinges and lies about sex slaves who were nothing more than well paid prostitutes. Who still whine for compensation.

    • Mas Salleh

      Well paid prostitutes?!
      Another Right Wing Japs who remains oblivious that Korea and China are not the only the nations who still remains embittered about the sex slavery issues.There are some women who voluntarily offered themselves but the numbers who were forced to serve in these brutal camps for those semi humanoid creatures are even higher.I’m not surprised if these creatures want to accused the koreans of paying bribes to Angelina Jolie to make the UNBROKEN film

      • winkipop

        You have some issues you need to deal with. Are you ok? Yes they were well paid. in fact 3 times the pay level of a Sargent in the Japan Army. Ask yourself this, why would some Korean Comfort Woman marry Japanese soldiers? Why would they buy apartments in Tokyo with the money they made as Comfort Women? Why would they choose to live in Japan? Would you do this if you were an abused, abducted “sex slave”?

      • Mas Salleh

        True,we do have some issues taht we need to deal with,you think only the korean women were forced to become comfort women?!

        What about the chinese,the flipinos,the indonesians,the malaysians?
        Are you suggesting all of them want to live in Japan and buy an apartment in a country that is known for lone death of it’s elderly?!

        This is the first time I heard korean women married to japanese soldiers.I know my grandmother said most women would rather died than give themselves to these monsters!!
        MIND YOU!! WE”RE NOT KOREANS!!

        DO YOU KNOW ANY OF THESE KOREAN PROSTITUTES PERSONALLY?!

      • winkipop

        Dear Mas, hope you are well. If this is the first time you have heard this then please read this book “The Comfort Women” by C.Sarah Soh. She is Korean and a Professor of Anthropology. It may help you to understand. I am sorry for your position. I hope you can understand I personally don’t mean any offence to you.

  • Hanako

    This is nothing more an attempt to spread a negative image of the Japanese. Its a totally counterfeit story and unjust criticism to all Japanese lives.

    Even the United States Military is complicent in the use of comfort women? The South Korean Govt abducted their own women to serve as comfort women for American troops during the Korean war! American’s ignorance of this matter is disturbing.How must this be effecting innocent Japanese people and families in the community.This is abuse and discrimination against Japan.. Why is this issue being raised 70 years after the war to hurt innocent Japanese children? What are human rights for?

    • Satan Baalzvoov

      Hanako@ in the United States it’s a point of law that vague innuendoes that bullying occurred — specifically as a result of the statues erected by Koreans in parks, etc. — cannot be given any credibility until someone reports the names and other details. Circulating stories via the Yukan Fuji does not constitute facts. Furthermore, a person who has knowledge of a crime (including a “hate crime”) and fails to give testimony can be prosecuted for withholding evidence. All citizens have a duty to report violations of the law to authorities. This hurting of “innocent Japanese children” as you put it may play well before Japan domestic audiences but surely you can’t expect Americans to be sympathetic, let alone consider taking action, until someone dials 911 and reports it.

  • Johnnie Mazda

    It is not the right wing Japanese myth that some Japanese children are experiencing harassment after the statue was erected. I know mothers who prefer to remain silent to escalate bullies. It is not right to argue that the children bulling issue is biased from the political point of view in the first place. Children are children. There is no right or left among children. Having said that there is no surprise that bullying are not reported by Asahi or Mainichi groups because they were the ones who started the propaganda against own government. In any case, in the academic world the
    conclusion has been drawn that there were no comfort woman abductions in Korean peninsula before and during the WWII. Even the leftist scholars have no objections to this conclusion and they are now trying to argue over the living & working conditions of comfort women. Recently South Korean Governmental department also admitted that there is no tangible evidence to prove abductions. Unapologetic stance? Will you apologize for what you did not do? Local council’s job is to make sure all the residents live in peace and harmony. It should not cause any tension between ethnic groups disregarding the extent of bullying happening.

  • Hanako

    I am so indignant at all foreign media which support declarations and statues in the US about the fictitious Japanese “Comfort Women” problem. This is purely anti-Japanese propaganda as the Koreans know and admit these women were no more than prostitutes. These are symbols of the ignorance,prejudice, and hypocrisy. Americans should refrain from supporting spoofs made up by the Koreans for this matter to keep American’s dignity and pride as Americans.
    Bullying can affect many aspects of a person’s life, including their psychological, emotional and physical wellbeing.
    Bulling means picking on someone for fun
    and leads to more serious bulling.
    Why do Japanese kids in the US need to be bullied by others for unreasoning hatred?? Please GROW UP!!!

    • Anil Samal

      Japanese are the most foolish scholars of their own history.
      Do not want to discuss the history now.

      Change your countries attitude towards women.
      The open business , Love Hotel, Kyabakura, Fuuzoku
      child prono( call them Japanese idol) are the very few things of how Japan want women to be.

      A simple equation is, Kyabakura, Fuuzoku give is the
      main reason of “Single Mothers”

      More the “Singel Mothers” more the next generation will have less respect for women. More unsocial…

      I do not have to say why the Japanese goes to Thailand, Philipins for

      what purpose!
      But History will repeat it self. Gradually if you can see or understand, Japan is becoming a Prostitute center for Chinese. The same way you people use the Thailand and Philipins.

    • Ernest Schaal

      Of course bullying In Japanese schools is the norm, especially of non-Japanese. Not all Japanese are racists, but all deniers of Japanese atrocities are racist. they are the disgrace of Japan.

      • winkipop

        so just lets stop all bullying

      • Ernest Schaal

        Of course, Japan has a bad record on bullying: in the military, in sports, and in schools.

      • Mas Salleh

        That’s rich coming from a Japs…

    • Mas Salleh

      “This is purely anti-Japanese propaganda as the Koreans know and admit these women were no more than prostitutes.”

      References please…

      I know there are women who actually FORCED to provide these kind of services to those japanese monsters…

      You might have a right to be angry about these bullying,that doesn’t mean you can deny what happned in history…

      GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF YOUR ARSES!!!

      • winkipop

        you are missing the point. No one has the right to bully another.

      • Mas Salleh

        No…But I don’t mind bullying some right wing Japs with their claim about fictitious comfort women..

  • Ernest Schaal

    The state of denial by the Japanese government makes it hard to believe when the LDP wants peace.

    • winkipop

      It is not denial when a lie is what you deny.

      • Ernest Schaal

        But here, those making the accusations against Koreans are Japanese not commonly associated with truth telling.

      • winkipop

        Dear Ernest here is a book you should read to get a clearer perspective on this issue. It is written by a Korean woman who is a Professor of Anthropology and the book is titled “The Comfort Women”. You may learn something and get a better understanding of why I stand against the Korean argument.

      • Ernest Schaal

        Most scholars disagree with such revisionism

      • winkipop

        Sorry Ernest? What are you saying? Please deal in facts.

      • Ernest Schaal

        I deal with facts, the deniers of their war crimes deal only with their fantasies.

      • winkipop

        OK Ernest if you are not going to research this matter and persist with this line then fine. Sometimes you have to clear your mind of all your prejudices to finally see. My country too was affected by Japan during the war but unlike you, I have learned to see both sides of a story before I cast judgement. Hope you can find peace.

      • Ernest Schaal

        I question the scope and validity of your research, but I wish you find both peace and enlightenment.

      • winkipop

        Thanks Ernest. I was enlightened when I read this report. Give it a go and have an open mind.

  • Mas Salleh

    Japanese right wingers are just as much as worse..

  • Mas Salleh

    Typical…

  • Mas Salleh

    Yup,definitely sounds like a right-wing japanese…I guess comfort women in Philippines,Indonesia and Malaysia were also being provided by the koreans..

    • winkipop

      I am not Japanese and I am definitely not a right winger. I just don’t like liars.

      • Mas Salleh

        You’re referring to the right wingers in Japan?

        Liars…

      • Mas Salleh

        For a non japanese person,this guy seems very familiar about japanese history..and extremely defensive of their atrocities..

      • winkipop

        Hello Mas, yes I am defensive towards them because I do not like the Koreans lying.

      • Mas Salleh

        Oh well,I don’t expect too much from the right wing Japanese,polite exterior but with a hidden malice.Honesty it’s not exactly their best policy

  • Mas Salleh

    One problem at a time…but let’s not distract from the issue.There are comforts women from Japan as well but then the japanese government didn’t do anything to recognize them..

    • winkipop

      You need to study what actually a comfort woman is. It is just a prostitute. Prostitutes have followed armies to war in all history. Try to understand please.

      • Ernest Schaal

        There is a difference between a prostitute and a sex slave. Prostitution often involved a choice being a prostitute or not. Sex slaves don’t have a choice.

        The Japanese military had no qualms of forced labor, and force sex.

      • winkipop

        Ernest, finally you understand, this is what I have been telling you, yes there is a difference. Look Japan was guilty of these things happening and as the case they were punished with the War Crimes Commission after the war. Agreed? What I am defending Japan for is this push by Korean Nationalists to erect Comfort Women Statues which is a very complicated issue. Having studied this in great detail, I can see that Japan has a right to protest against them. Please read Prof. C.Sarah Soh’s book “The Comfort Women”. Here you will find evidence that this matter is nothing more than an uproar by Korean Nationalists. She interviewed the Comfort Women and because she is Korean the women were more honest with her. Please read it.

      • Ernest Schaal

        The Japanese government have no more right to censor free discussion in America of Japanese war crimes, than America would have to censor Japanese media.

        One clue to the fact that the Japanese hate groups aren’t on the right side of the war sex slave issue is that they resort to threats of physical violence to silence opposing views.

      • Ernest Schaal

        Punishment of war criminals does not absolve the nation of guilt, especially
        Since LDP now glorify the war criminals as heros.

        What legal or moral right do you have to interfere with the erection of statutes to protest the continuing complicity of the coverup of these terrible episodes by an army that did not follow the conventions of warfare?

      • Mas Salleh

        I’m sure that’s what ISIS would claim soon regarding the abducted Yazidi girls…

      • Mas Salleh

        I’m sure these right wing creatures want to claim that most people went to work on the Railway of Death voluntarily…

      • Mas Salleh

        So is rape and mass murder….but this is the first time in world history that a certain nation wants us to believe that most of these women actually ‘voluntarily’ served the japanese army..I guess someday the ISIS would like claim that Yazidi girls are deliberately surrendering themselves to the islamist..

  • Mas Salleh

    Their own ‘facts’ is what their own belief are.Never mind our facts is entirely different from them.Don’t worry Ken,they’re not so successful.Nihonjinron is a dying breed

    • winkipop

      We are all a dying breed Mas.

      • Mas Salleh

        I’m not Japanese…

      • Mas Salleh

        My ‘breed’ is not dying yet…