Posted November. 25, 2013 05:02,
The Japanese government should issue a statement that clearly admits to the forced nature of comfort womens mobilization.
Hirofumi Hayashi, professor of modern history at Kanto Gakuin University, made these and other remarks in an interview with The Dong-A Ilbo on Sunday. Hayashi recently released six cases of Japanese Justice Ministry`s materials suggesting that the Japanese military forcefully took away Dutch and Chinese as comfort women during World War II. The Japanese government did not even survey materials that they already had, Hayashi said.
― What did you discover this time?
"They are letters of indictment and rulings on four cases of trials of war criminals, which the Dutch government and the Chinese government conducted in Indonesia and China after Japans defeat in the war. All of the materials were excluded from the Japanese governments research data, which served as basis for the 1993 Kono statement. Therefore, it has been revealed that the Smarang incident (in which the Japanese military took more than 24 Dutch women on Java Island in Indonesia in 1944) is not the only case demonstrating the Japanese governments use of force. Despite possessing such data for a long time, the Japanese government has never publicized them. If the Japanese government is to revise the 1993 statement by Chief Cabinet Minister Yohei Kono, it should revise the statement in a direction that clearly admits to the forced nature of mobilizing comfort women.
- Japans rightists are denying the forced nature of Korean comfort womens mobilization.
The Japanese government is claiming that there are no documents demonstrating that the Japanese government took them by force. Naturally, a criminal does not leave the evidence of crime in written records. If it took women by falsely promising to give them jobs and forced them to serve as sex slaves in a state of captivity, it also constitutes an act by force. The crime of abduction is committed when one takes a child not only by using violence but also by telling lies to deceive. The issue is whether the women were in a state of captivity or not. The Japanese governments claim is no different from arguing that it is not a bad act to abduct children by cheating them."
"There are countless data, documents, and statements proving that Korean comfort women were forced to be sexual slaves in a state of captivity. Many Japanese soldiers also made testimonies to this effect. There are even testimonies that force was used when taking those women in the first place as well. Senior officials at township offices or police recommended women by making false promises to give jobs, and pressured them to go by persuading `If you dont go, your family will have a tough time.`"
"It is also nonsense to claim that the womens argument cannot be trusted because they are testimonies. The Japanese government admitted to the victims of North Koreas abduction only based on testimonies. Furthermore, Japanese police issued statements that Japanese victims were taken to North Korea through sweet talks of lies.` In this case, all the victims were announced as abductees as well. It placed emphasis on state of their captivity in the North.
― What is the reason rightists deny the forced mobilization of comfort women?
Rightists dont want to admit Japan as a country that committed bad things. For this reason, it denies comfort women and Nanjing incident (massacre), claiming Japan did good things during its colonial rule. This is not patriotism. It is just ill-advised egoism. They are rather damaging Japans reputation worldwide.
― The Japanese government is passive in efforts to address the problem.
The fact is that the Japanese government is declining to do it, not that it cannot do. The comfort women issue is not a subject of the 1965 Korea-Japan Claims Settlement Treaty. Japan should admit its responsibility, make apology and compensate. The attempt to stealthily resolve the issue with private-sector funds is an attempt to deny state crime.