Skip to comments.'Comfort Women' Seek Apology
Posted on 11/25/2008 5:58:24 PM PST by nickcarraway
A GROUP of Asian women forced to work as sex slaves for Japan's soldiers during World War II urged the country's lawmakers on Tuesday to pass a resolution demanding an official apology.
'Survivors are quickly ageing, still suffering from pain and complications from damage in the days of sexual slavery,' said a statement from a committee representing the so-called 'comfort women' and their families.
'Due to the delay to an apology and compensation by the Japanese government, the situation has become even more painful for the survivors,' it said.
The group is calling for a fact-finding body, an official apology and state compensation for victims, as well as the inclusion of historical facts in school textbooks.
Japan has apologised for the military's involvement in crimes against the sex slaves - which it has euphemistically referred to as 'comfort women' - but it has denied responsibility for running a system of military brothels.
Last year then premier Shinzo Abe triggered uproar when he said there was no evidence Japan directly coerced women into sexual slavery, although he later renewed an apology to them.
Ms Lee Soo-San, 80, said she still suffers physical and emotional pain after being forcefully put into a military brothel at the age of 16 in what was then Japanese-controlled Manchuria.
'Military men were standing in a long line in front of the room (where she was imprisoned). I did not think I could ever survive,' she said.
When she became pregnant, a military doctor forced her to abort, and removed her entire womb. 'My body is damaged and full of scars,' she said.
The US and Canadian parliaments last year called for a fresh apology from Japan for forcing women into sexual slavery.
Historians say up to 200,000 young women, mostly from Korea but also from China, Indonesia, the Philippines and Taiwan, were forced to serve as sex slaves in Japanese army brothels.
Rots of ruck.
The official Japanese line regarding the early 1940’s is “war, what war?”
When a Japanese friend stayed here for a year back in 1986, I took him to downtown Cleveland to go on the USS COD tour . . . a submarine that had a bunch of Rising Flag stickers on it from the Jap subs that were sunk in WWII. He was somber but found the tour very interesting. I asked him if they have any veterans clubs like we have here in the U.S. He said that the WWII was something they don’t like to talk about and, no, there are no veterans clubs . . . they’re all ashamed of the results . . . don’t talk about it much in schools, books, or newspapers . . . like it didn’t happen.
Thats because they didn’t win. If Japan had won the war we’d be getting our teeth smashed in everyday with a rifle-butt for the ‘’honor’’ of being a slave to the Emporer.
Japan (and Germany) did win the war. The proof is all over American highways, coast to coast.
First an apology, next reparations—these could be reasons why Japan won’t acknowledge.
“If Japan had won the war wed be getting our teeth smashed in everyday with a rifle-butt for the honor of being a slave to the Emporer.”
But, you know, I’m kinda’ tired about the “apologies” and the “reparations” stuff going on . . . I’m of Caucasian persuasion . . . should I demand apologies from the countries that invaded Europe and raped, pillaged, and plundered? . . . and should the Negroes who were sold into slavery by their own people demand apologies from their own people? Noticed how the indignity and outrage is selectively placed . . . I don’t see any movement by our “black” citizens to make the muslim nations atone for their thousands of years of slavery (which is STILL GOING ON).
Instead of demanding apologies and reparations from they’re own “brothers”, they’re all over “white” Americans of today, none of whom ever had slaves, to apologize and give them reparations for something we’ve never done.
Follow the money. Show Me the Money. $$$$$$
Lesse, so many miles trod, versus so many bullets, added to the number of times he had to duck behind stuff to keep from getting his head blown off......this could add up.
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