Why does the U.S. House of Representatives have to take up the “comfort women” issue now? Of course, the United States is a champion of basic human rights; it watches for any violation around the world. But shouldn’t the U.S. make sure that its hands are 100 percent clean? Has it fully exercised its authority to pursue its own violations of human rights? Does it think that, with all the dirty cases in its own backyard, it is qualified to poke its nose into a very sensitive, 60-year-old issue of another country? What an amazing, fair-minded superstar the U.S. is!

The U.S. mainstream media were very gentle and cautious in reporting the war in Iraq to minimize popular reaction against U.S. government policies. However, when it comes to matters concerning Japan, they jump on the wagon and spread remarks freely without impartiality. Japan should be aware that the U.S. media are always negative and hostile toward it. I cannot help feeling that, since the U.S. made a 180-degree turn and abandoned its hardline policy toward North Korea, American stories on comfort women are aimed at putting political pressure on Japan, which is sticking to the abduction issue in the six-party talks. I hope my impression is wrong.

noriko yoshimoto

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