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Suga slams findings of U.N. panel on discrimination, cites U.S., U.K. support for ‘comfort women’ deal

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Staff Writer

The view of a United Nations committee criticizing the recent “comfort women” agreement between Seoul and Tokyo is “extremely regrettable and unacceptable,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Tuesday.

Suga was commenting on concluding observations issued Monday by the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, which covered various kinds of discrimination against women in Japan.

The U.N. committee said the comfort women agreement — in which the Japanese and South Korean leaders agreed Dec. 28 to solve diplomatic issues involving the women forced into prostitution “finally and irreversibly” — “did not fully adopt a victim-centered approach.”

It went on to say that some of the victims have died “without obtaining an official unequivocal recognition of responsibility” from Japan for “the serious human rights violations that they suffered.”

The U.N. committee’s views do not have any legally binding power.

Under the bilateral accord, Seoul is to set up a foundation to which Tokyo will provide ¥1 billion for a special fund for surviving victims. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also expressed anew his “most sincere apologies and remorse to all the women.”

However, faced with rejection of the deal by many former comfort women, the South Korean government has yet to set up such an organization. The accord was formed without consulting the surviving victims.

During his daily news conference, Suga pointed out that many parties, including U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the United States and Britain, welcomed the Dec. 28 agreement.

“The concluding observations are far from the perception of the international community. The criticism shown in the view has missed the whole point,” Suga maintained.

The panel’s observations did not “sufficiently reflect the opinions of our side,” and Tokyo has told the U.N. that it considers the view “extremely regrettable,” he added.

Meanwhile, the U.N. committee did not use the term “sex slaves” in its report, a phrase widely used by Western media outlets to refer to comfort women.

Tokyo has argued that the term “contradicts facts” and demanded the committee not use it in its statements.

In Japan, issues involving comfort women are politically sensitive in the extreme, as many right-leaning politicians and scholars have tried to play down the nation’s responsibility by pointing out that private-sector businesses, not the Japanese military or government authorities, were the main recruiters of women from the Korean Peninsula.

Many of those figures also maintain that the military brothels were no different from the state-regulated brothels that existed in many countries, including Japan.

However, the brothels in question were set up under instructions of the Japanese military, often near battlefields, and the military also transported the women to them.

Many scholars thus argue it is the Japanese authorities that should be held responsible for the misery of the comfort women.

The U.N. committee also expressed concerns over many other issues involving discrimination against women in Japan. Among them are:

The Dec. 16 Supreme Court ruling that upheld the constitutionality of Article 750 of the Civil Code requiring married couples to use the same surname. The committee said that in practice the rule often compels women to adopt their husband’s surnames.

Japan’s “discriminatory provisions,” which set different minimum ages of marriage for women and men at 16 and 18, respectively.

The Civil Code that still prohibits only women from remarrying within a specified period of time after divorce.

A lack of comprehensive anti-discrimination laws that cover intersectional discrimination against women belonging to various minority groups who are frequently subjected to harassment, stigmatization and violence.

  • Tachomanx

    Geez, they finally get a deal and they start complaining about it? How about celebrating that a guy like Abe even managed to agree to what he did in the first place?

    Better get what you can now that get nothing aftewards, and that applies double here as the ladies are dwindling in numbers.

    • TV Monitor

      Tachomanx

      Geez, they finally get a deal and they start complaining about it?

      It’s the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women that’s criticizing this deal for the lack of sincerity on Japan’s part.

      Better get what you can now that get nothing aftewards,

      The ROK stands to get a much better deal with Hillary Clinton in oval office, so the ROK has nothing to lose by declaring this agreement(The leftwinger president elected next year will certainly will), then demand Japanese Prime Minister to apologize before the comfort women in person.

      • Tachomanx

        Lack of sincerity? It seemed more like lack of scope and whatnot little guy. Read slowly, info sticks better that way.

        Hillary won’t jeopardize losing Japan’s commitment in it’s rebalance to Asia, plus Clinton acknowledges that South Korea already got what it wanted. Formal apology and compensation.

        Should another korean administration null this agreement it will lose all chance of having another ever signed, scratch that, even considered. And this time Japan will have an iron clad argument in it’s favor. Lack of seriousness, loyalty, goodwill, and above all, credibility. How can you make deals with people that don’t honor it’s signed agreements? It would be uite embarrassing and the U.S. would certainly have some harsh words with the little guy in power regarding how short sighted they are and how unnecesarily difficult they make things for it.

        Japan argued that there is no documented evidence of kidnappings or forceful recruitment from the military or government. That a korean father sold her daughter to them seems more his fault than the army’s.

      • TV Monitor

        Hillary won’t jeopardize losing Japan’s commitment in it’s rebalance to Asia

        Hillary isn’t as interested in the US pivot as much as promoting women’s causes in the globe.

        This was the part of the reason why Abe caved in, knowing Hillary would demand an unconditional surrender on Abe’s part once she entered the White House.

        plus Clinton acknowledges that South Korea already got what it wanted.

        Huh? Hillary has made no statement.

        Should another korean administration null this agreement it will lose all chance of having another ever signed

        Not with Hillary in office.
        Tachomanx

        How can you make deals with people that don’t honor it’s signed agreements?

        The agreement has already been voided by Japan’s action of the denial of the forced recruitment of comfort women at UN.

        Japan argued that there is no documented evidence of kidnappings or forceful recruitment from the military or government.

        Because Japanese authorities burned up most of documents right after surrender.

        There are tons of preserved archives in China left behind by the Imperial Japan which China is trying to list as UNESCO Memories Of The World, which Japan is desperately trying to stop because that would be the ironclad proof of the Imperial Japanese Military’s involvement and management of the forced recruitment of the comfort women.

        That a korean father sold her daughter to them seems more his fault than the army’s.

        Actually they were conscripted by the Imperial Japanese government.

      • Tachomanx

        Really? The U.S. president will drop a critical national policy that could affect world order to push for the women’s right agenda and poke the eyes of the country’s allies at such a critical moment in history. You can’t be more ridiculous little guy.

        No, since she is on campaign and for the time being the deal was already celebrated by the presidency. She isn’t likely to overturn the policies or statements of a previous democrat president. And one at that who gave her the position of State Secretary thus catapulting her career even more; heck she might even owe her chance at presidency due to that boost.
        Once she reaches office she isn’t likely to put down Abe or accept that South Korea’s new president (A mad man by your descriptions of the left wing in Korea) void a signed agreement that allows it’s allies in Asia to finally start the road towards more amicable and cooperating relations.

        Again, she will see the history line of the deal and once she sees that Japan was giving official apologies along with public money compensation, plus the South Korean government of the moment full on board. She is more likely to call the korean mad man in charge and say “WTF?! They gave you exactly what you asked and now you go back on your word?!”
        That’s the most likely scenario and anyone with common sense would be able to tell you.

        Again, no actual documents that call to forceful recruitment. No denial of their existence.

      • TV Monitor

        Tachomanx

        Really? The U.S. president will drop a critical national policy that could affect world order to push for the women’s right agenda and poke the eyes of the country’s allies at such a critical moment in history.

        Japan must be subdued for the sake of US national security. The US risks getting dragged into an unwanted war with China if Abe is left unchained.

        accept that South Korea’s new president (A mad man by your descriptions of the left wing in Korea) void a signed agreement

        That agreement was already voided with Abe’s denial of forced recruitment at UN.

        Again, she will see the history line of the deal and once she sees that Japan was giving official apologies

        Apologies for what? Abe claims the Imperial Japan wasn’t responsible for the comfort women’s sufferings.

        along with public money compensation

        Abe denies it’s “compensation”, rather a public fund “donation”.

        Again, no actual documents that call to forceful recruitment.

        Then why try to block the registration of the Chinese archives of tens of thousands of pages of Imperial Japanese Military’s documents into the UNESCO Memories of the World registry?

      • Tachomanx

        The U.S. seems to be doing that pretty well if you only bother to see how things are going on in the SCS. In fact the ECS has gone largely unnoticed so far and no serious incident has taken place there. So, once again, reality doesn’t match with your paranoid delusions.

        Were such the case, Park would have said so herself by now and she seems keen on seeing this to the end. Can’t say I am surprised since she gave her word and that of her country to it and she probably knows that if she fails, that’s it for ever being capable of settling this issue.

        Abe is giving a written and signed official apology as PM of Japan to each of the surviving comfort women. Forgot that already?

        That comes from the tax payers and from a budgeted money. Hence, public money.

        The call on the veracity of the documents (China isn’t exactly the most reliable source of historical information after all) the information in them which is certainly incomplete and in need of close review to determine what they actually say.
        Also, as I educated you before, UNESCO can’t afford to become a diplomatic battleground and yet lose further reputation, credibility and perhaps most important, members. They are likely to grant Japan’s requests to review the submitted documents and allow it’s views on the matter to be included.

      • TV Monitor

        Tachomanx

        Oh, the New York City City Council may be issuing a comfort women resolution blasting Japan for not sincere. So it is not over, and will certainly come back to center stage when Hillary Clinton the self-proclaimed champion of women’s causes and the leftwinger Korean president come hand in hand blasting this agreement as being insincere and demand Abe to try again.

      • Tachomanx

        Shame Park agreed to this deal as being the final one already, go back on it and Japan won’t really have to ever touch the subject again.

        And not even Clinton will be able to do much, for you see, in politics there is such a thing as compromise. WHich is what Abe and Park did considering how irretractable their postures were which in itself was quite a triumph for diplomacy.
        You don’t get everything you would want, but getting something acceptable is far better than never getting anything. And it went both ways in case you wonder since I never expected Abe to sign official apologies as PM.

        So I don’t see Clinton siding with a korean raving maniac, particularly since there is already a pretty good deal on the works and that, wonder of wonders, goes perfectly in line with the U.S. geo-political strategy for Asia.

        Once again you selectively disconnect reality from your arguments.

      • Tachomanx

        Lack of sincerity? It seemed more like lack of scope and whatnot little guy. Read slowly, info sticks better that way.

        Hillary won’t jeopardize losing Japan’s commitment in it’s rebalance to Asia, plus Clinton acknowledges that South Korea already got what it wanted. Formal apology and compensation.

        Should another korean administration null this agreement it will lose all chance of having another ever signed, scratch that, even considered. And this time Japan will have an iron clad argument in it’s favor. Lack of seriousness, loyalty, goodwill, and above all, credibility. How can you make deals with people that don’t honor it’s signed agreements? It would be uite embarrassing and the U.S. would certainly have some harsh words with the little guy in power regarding how short sighted they are and how unnecesarily difficult they make things for it.

        Japan argued that there is no documented evidence of kidnappings or forceful recruitment from the military or government. That a korean father sold her daughter to them seems more his fault than the army’s.

  • Hyeseon Kim

    So glad the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women clearly pointed out the deal was not a victim-centered approach – the least both governments could do is to apology the past wrong doings and make amend with the victims of war crimes. Don’t force inadequate deals on them. I hope more in-depth research, fieldwork , compilation on “comfort women” need to be done to bridge the gap between Korea and Japan. Many in both countries were instigators and collaborators that shared “broken psyche” Teaching true history to next generation is what those surviving women wanted all along. It is not about monetary reparation but not to repeat the same mistakes. sexual slavery, exploitation, and abuse could not be encouraged, tolerated, and hidden under the carpet.

    • Take Uchi

      > I hope more in-depth research, fieldwork , compilation on “comfort women”

      Hi,there are already several researches.
      ・The Comfort Women,by Sarah Soh (2008),Korean Americans,University of Chicago Press
      ・Comfort Women of the Empire,by Professor Park Yuha in South Korea
      ・Interagency Working Group Report of 2007(8 years of extensive study) to the US Congress
      ・US Army Report No.49(August1944)

      Shortly,Comfort Women were well paid prostitutes.

      • wrle

        People like you are exactly the problem. Thanks for exemplifying the ignorance.

      • Pink Floyd

        You are a good example of the sheer ignorance and bigotry that has been part of the whole sex slave issue regarding Korea and Japan.. this is why Japan can never really overcome this part of their history, total ignorance.

      • Zondrak

        What disturbs me here the most is that I’ve literally never seen a Japanese comment that wasn’t right wing jibberish :s
        It worries me that theirs is the popular opinion in Japan.

      • tisho

        It is. The vast majority of Japanese have this twisted view and know nothing about their own history, which explains why anti-Korean books filled with lies are becoming best sellers in the entire nation.

      • CaptainAsia

        so how come the Koreans came to an agreement with the Japanese then?

      • tisho

        I don’t know why did the Korean government signed up to this agreement, it was incredibly stupid agreement for them to sign in. Pretty much all experts and the comfort women themselves disagreed with it. The agreement was for Japan to pay to the comfort women money, and Abe to write a letter apologizing to each one of them, in exchange, Korea to never bring up this issue again and to forever consider it resolved, later they added (unilaterally ) another condition, for Korea to remove the comfort women statues in front of their embassy. It was incredibly stupid agreement. The Korean government should’ve played smart and attached two most important conditions, 1) Any official from the Japanese government to never in any matter or form deny, downplay or degrade the existence of the comfort women, and 2) All the word wide verified information regarding comfort women to be included in the history textbook, and its usage to be enforced nationwide in Japan. Had Japan is to violate any of the conditions, Korea retains the right to violate their agreement as well. This would’ve been a check mate for Japan, because they wouldn’t be able to say Korea is fabricating any information, since only world wide verified by international historians info will be included, and second, if Korea does not specify that the usage of those textbook needs to be enforced, then Japan will agree to it, insert all the info. but intentionally make it so that no school uses those particular textbooks, they’ve done such cunning tricks before many times. Until this inhumane war crime and history is studied by Japanese kids, this issue will never be resolved. It is as simple as that. My guess is that the Korean government was under pressure to agree to some kind of deal with Japan because they need to cooperate against China and North Korea, so perhaps that’s why they agreed to it, even though it was incredibly stupid move, in any case, Japan was once again the first to dishonor their agreement, only the next day after the agreement was signed, one of their politicians said that comfort women were just prostitutes, Abe’s wife visited Yasukuni Shrine, and few weeks later, the spokesperson for the government said that there was no evidence for comfort women, all this less than a month after their agreement with South Korea, of course non of this is reported and presented in this way to the Japanese public, even if it is, they would agree to it, that’s why they keep electing the same people in office. The Japanese government are the sons of war criminals, so that explains a lot.

      • Hyeseon Kim

        very well said indeed. Conservative Park’s government is again mandating history textbooks revised in favor of her father’s legacy. terrible moves indeed. New changes possibly include downplaying Japanese imperial colonization, how ‘comfort women’ recruited, forcefully taken against their will, and of course how her father lead the economic development efforts with money from Japanese government in 1965, the US influence on Korean national politics, culture, and education in general runs deep and wide. Aside from each conservative government’s skillful deployment of nationalistic propaganda, NGOs, historians, educators, and civic organizations in both countries need to work together to overcome the mutual distrust and hatred and move forward to peaceful coexistence. Certain military industrial complex in the US, Japan, and South Korea benefits from ongoing hostile confrontations and arms race at the expense of public safety and security.

      • Pink Floyd

        Because the Japanese government threw a load of money at them.

      • Hyeseon Kim

        Abe’s conservative government only committed paltry amount of 10 million US dollars as a token of compensation from their own budget. Which is an improvement from private donation for Asian Women’s Fund. Surviving victims have asked for apology, reparation, and educating the public. That small amount is even subjected with the removal of peace statue in front of Japanese Embassy

        .

      • Kochigachi

        Not great deal of money but probably promised that there’s more gold handshake behind the scene. It’s corruption.

      • Hyeseon Kim

        Behind the scene, the Obama administration worked out comprehensive strategic plan that requires close collaboration of South Korea and Japan against advancing Chinese influence in South East China Sea. the tension has been boiling and escalating due to building an artificial islands. Current President Park is conservative and hardliner and also political follower of her strongman father, Park Junghee who signed initial 1965 Korea-Japan treaty against national uproar and protest. .She thinks geopolitical stability comes first and foremost and thus will not listen to surviving victims’ demands. Hence, Korean government is not for victims’ right but for national agenda – they need Abe’s help to contain North Korea…

      • Kochigachi

        They’ve been backstabbed again. This is how Japanese politics works, they shake hands and then turn around wash their hands.

      • Pink Floyd

        If you have ever spent any time in Japan you will realise it is one of the most nationalistic xenephobic countries in the world… most people are ignorant of their war history and anyone who criticises Japan is denounced as anti Japanese.. it’s a country with no anti discrimination laws and right wingers stand outside main train stations with bullhorns screaming about Korea or China , basically general hate speech… all seen as perfectly normal by the public.

      • Zondrak

        What disturbs me here the most is that I’ve literally never seen a Japanese comment that wasn’t right wing jibberish :s
        It worries me that theirs is the popular opinion in Japan.

      • Hyeseon Kim

        if you think those books that you are aware of are sufficient enough complilation on “comfort women”disputes, you are simply ignorant and sadly mistaken. You can find more relevant reports and articles in http://www.awf.or.jp/e2/. This is not about nationalistic conflict of interests but war crimes that both Korean and Japanese were both instigators, perpetrators, collaborators, as well as victims. More diverse discourses are needed to address the multifaceted picture of imperial times. Our job is not only criticizing past wrong doings but also teach the truth, raise awareness on sexual exploitation, thus not to make the same mistakes in the future. Korea and Japan’s solidarity is most pertinent to achieve this noble and just goals..

      • Hyeseon Kim

        if you think those books that you are aware of are sufficient enough complilation on “comfort women”disputes, you are simply ignorant and sadly mistaken. You can find more relevant reports and articles in http://www.awf.or.jp/e2/. This is not about nationalistic conflict of interests but war crimes that both Korean and Japanese were both instigators, perpetrators, collaborators, as well as victims. More diverse discourses are needed to address the multifaceted picture of imperial times. Our job is not only criticizing past wrong doings but also teach the truth, raise awareness on sexual exploitation, thus not to make the same mistakes in the future. Korea and Japan’s solidarity is most pertinent to achieve this noble and just goals..

      • Hyeseon Kim

        if you think those books that you are aware of are sufficient enough complilation on “comfort women”disputes, you are simply ignorant and sadly mistaken. You can find more relevant reports and articles in http://www.awf.or.jp/e2/. This is not about nationalistic conflict of interests but war crimes that both Korean and Japanese were both instigators, perpetrators, collaborators, as well as victims. More diverse discourses are needed to address the multifaceted picture of imperial times. Our job is not only criticizing past wrong doings but also teach the truth, raise awareness on sexual exploitation, thus not to make the same mistakes in the future. Korea and Japan’s solidarity is most pertinent to achieve this noble and just goals..

      • Hyeseon Kim

        if you think those books that you are aware of are sufficient enough complilation on “comfort women”disputes, you are simply ignorant and sadly mistaken. You can find more relevant reports and articles in http://www.awf.or.jp/e2/. This is not about nationalistic conflict of interests but war crimes that both Korean and Japanese were both instigators, perpetrators, collaborators, as well as victims. More diverse discourses are needed to address the multifaceted picture of imperial times. Our job is not only criticizing past wrong doings but also teach the truth, raise awareness on sexual exploitation, thus not to make the same mistakes in the future. Korea and Japan’s solidarity is most pertinent to achieve this noble and just goals..

      • Take Uchi

        Hi,I am happy.We have no difference of opinion in following.
        ・Most of Comfort Women were Japanese.
        ・Comfort Women got their salary and holidays.

        But I don’t know why the authors which I picked up stand up for Japan. US Army was the enemy of Japan in those days and dropped of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

      • Hyeseon Kim

        If you came to conclude that Most of Comfort Women were Japanese. Comfort Women got their salary and holidays from those two books, you did not read “correctly and not understand the intentions of two authors’ extensive research”. Two renowned scholars identified that forceful abduction was not the only way Imperial Japanese army tactfully employed and utilized. they used private contractors that worked for military personnels in Korea. The collaborators used recruited ads to appeal those poor girls in countryside for better job opportunities abroad. Some were sold by patriarch fathers to feed the remaining family. Others were given the option the save family members who served jail sentences for anti-Japanese protest. Others simply forcefully taken from their homes, streets, and fields What they are saying that there should be more diverse narratives why those women were recruited. On the contract paper, they were maybe paid and vacations but in reality, they could not leave the place on their own as the comfort stations were inside the military barracks and went through extensive medical screening for possible sexaul dieases. Some were put through forceful sterilization to prevent pregnancy.

      • Kochigachi

        There’s no evidence that comfort women got paid well and got holiday, not even Japanese workers at the time got these benefits.

      • Take Uchi

        Hi,I am happy.We have no difference of opinion in following.
        ・Most of Comfort Women were Japanese.
        ・Comfort Women got their salary and holidays.

        But I don’t know why the authors which I picked up stand up for Japan. US Army was the enemy of Japan in those days and dropped of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

    • Take Uchi

      > I hope more in-depth research, fieldwork , compilation on “comfort women”

      Hi,there are already several researches.
      ・The Comfort Women,by Sarah Soh (2008),Korean Americans,University of Chicago Press
      ・Comfort Women of the Empire,by Professor Park Yuha in South Korea
      ・Interagency Working Group Report of 2007(8 years of extensive study) to the US Congress
      ・US Army Report No.49(August1944)

      Shortly,Comfort Women were well paid prostitutes.

  • GBR48

    The only people that matter here are the victims.

    Everyone else should hang their heads in shame for taking so long to attempt any form of unreserved, comprehensive apology and closure and for using the issue as a political weapon to stir up discontent. You are all pathetic excuses for human beings for your and you predecessors’ failure to sort this out whilst more of the victims were still alive. And that goes for the South Korean regime as much as for the Japanese regime. Shame on all of you.

    The dishonesty on both sides beggars belief, from prosecuting academics to attempts at atrocity denial. History will condemn you all, as it will condemn those who created the ‘comfort women’, both the Japanese, and those South Koreans who were complicit in it.

  • catking2003

    From a previous article from Japan Times

    “In its reply to the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women early this year, the Japanese government stated that following a “full-scale fact-finding study on the comfort women issue since the early 1990s… ‘forceful taking away’ of comfort women by the military and Japanese authorities could not be confirmed in any of the documents that the (government of Japan) was able to identify” in a study on the issue.”

    This caused an outrage from surviving comfort women around the world including China, Korea, Philippines and Malaysia. I am really confused how the South Korean government managed to sign any agreement with Japan when the Japanese government still holds this position and refuses to include the comfort women issue in their textbooks. The Japanese government is effectively brainwashing its children into lies against the common knowledge of international community, an act not much different from what the communists do in China but Japan is supposed to be a democratic country? What a joke.

    • Take Uchi

      As we think about testimonies,firstly I say that the Japanese military was not the saint one.In several cases,the soldiers,which contained Korean,did a terrible thing(rape etc).
      If there is an organization of human,it has several bad persons.
      But when we discuss this issue of comfort women,some people ignore this truth.As such people pick up the probable testimony,they shout the Japanese military was devil’s one.They mostly ignore the fact that the testimonies which are filled with lies.On the contrary,the comfort woman who has told lies is the national heroin in Korea.She is not a mere comfort woman.She has made testimonies and political activities many times.But the testimonies are inconsistent and have changed to available for Japan-bashing.She made s speech for parliament resolution at Harvard University on 2007.When it passed,she applauded USA.But she would have secretly said, no sweat!Do you want to know her name? Ok,I say her name,Lee Yong-soo.
      Again,she is the national heroin in Korea.
      Things I tell so far is the sufficient horror.But the sheer horror starts from now.What I said is the familiar fact for the one who is interested in this issue and cost several hours for studying the testimonies.But the mass media all over the world have made the propaganda for Japan-bashing.
      This is the world you live in.

    • Hyeseon Kim

      current South Korean government’s deal is not only insufficient and downright insult to those surviving women of “comfort women” disputes. Victims and their advocates have not been consulted, notified, and rather used to promote geopolitical stability in the region. 20 somethings years civic movement thrown like a trash. what an insult to civil disobedience and empowerment of women…

  • catking2003

    From a previous article from Japan Times

    “In its reply to the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women early this year, the Japanese government stated that following a “full-scale fact-finding study on the comfort women issue since the early 1990s… ‘forceful taking away’ of comfort women by the military and Japanese authorities could not be confirmed in any of the documents that the (government of Japan) was able to identify” in a study on the issue.”

    This caused an outrage from surviving comfort women around the world including China, Korea, Philippines and Malaysia. I am really confused how the South Korean government managed to sign any agreement with Japan when the Japanese government still holds this position and refuses to include the comfort women issue in their textbooks. The Japanese government is effectively brainwashing its children into lies against the common knowledge of international community, an act not much different from what the communists do in China but Japan is supposed to be a democratic country? What a joke.

  • TV Monitor

    The agreement has already been voided by Japan’s denial of the forced nature of the comfort women recruitment. Throw this one aside and start anew, the next Korean president, almost certainly a leftwinger, will do just that anyway.

  • CaptainAsia

    This is the U.N. panel that is run by Chinese special interest groups and lobbyists. Anything to do with Japan and the rest of Asia and it is a guarantee that these CCP reps will be pushing their view in the hundreds.
    Anyway, this is between Korea and Japan, U.N. shout butt out, after all they don’t have such a great record.