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Bruce RoscoeThis article gives the impression that even more comfort women are being used as a football for booting around a political park. It also reads as shallow posturing. Are "their supporters" concerned individuals or an organized lobby? If a lobby, what is the lobby's name, and is this lobby the only South Korean one that addresses comfort women issues or does it compete with similar domestic and foreign lobbies. Also, it's too simplistic to bandy the word "apology" about in this way. As to "in the form of an apology", what is the wording of the "apology" that would satisfy the collective "they". In other words, have the comfort women and their supporting individuals and lobby in this case agreed on the components of the apology that they demand to receive? If they have, what are these components? And concerning legal settlement, how should the matter be "settled legally"? Should a case be prosecuted in court? If so, who would prosecute such a case? If not, what other legal settlement is sought? This is a subject that begs detail rather than generalization and simplification. Above all, scholarly treatment is needed.
Ryouta OhmaeUnbelievable that they are still calling them liars. Comfort women and Nanking massacre denialism out to be outlawed.
Caroline NormaThank you for the translation of this valuable piece, and for the video documentaries. I understand the translators' decision to insert the explanation for readers that there were "women who were forced to serve as sex workers for the Imperial Japanese Army", but I wonder if the translators would possibly like to comment on their thinking behind the decision to use the phase "sex workers"? With thanks.
Modern Comfort WomenAgain, I'd like to raise the current comfort women issue. Actually I don't care about the comfort women issue Japanese army caused. That's the history and over. Also it was just a problem lasting for five years or so though it was during the war time. However, the current comfort women problem has been going on for over half a century. Yes, the comfort women issue is still going on -- they changed the customers from the Japanese army to the USA army, but their business has kept on going. Please read the Stanford or Rhode Island university reports. They're a free report, then you can see who is behind the scene. This looks the nation related problem because the government seems involved, and perhaps that's why it's so hard for people to know this problem. Modern day comfort women - University of Rhode Island. http://www.uri.edu/artsci/wms/hughes/modern_day_comfort_women.pdf Also you can visit the page (modern comfort women) to know more, which is https://www.facebook.com/pages/Modern-Comfort-Women/389352384499538
George ChenRidiculous to try to try to mask Japan's guilt by suggesting a moral equivalency between the comfort women of WWII and prostitutes patronized by American soldiers. While prostitution anytime and anywhere is a tragedy, the differences between the Japanese Comfort Women system and postwar military prostitution are glaring. For starters only the Japanese kidnapped 10's of thousands of girls off the streets -- some as young as 12 -- and shipped them overseas in military convoys in what has been called the most egregious act of human trafficking of the 20th century. Three quarters of the comfort women perished, many purportedly killed by the Japanese in an effort to silence them. If you doubt that, remember that the Japanese killed 25 MILLION CIVILIANS in the occupied countries during the years 1937-45 -- they exhibited a level of barbarity that even surpassed the Germans, for example burying hundreds of thousands of Chinese alive. These were butchers of the first order. Your suggestion that the wartime comfort women system lasted "five years" shows a remarkable ignorance of the facts. The war in Asia started with the Manchurian Incident in 1931. The official Sino-Japanese War started in 1937. The first comfort station was opened in Shanghai in 1932. To say you "don't care" about this renders you not credible when you suggest that you care about abuses of the rights of women today.