Japanese government denies that there is no evidence that Japan is not responsible for the compulsory mobilization of comfort women. However, this is wrong. The United States Office of War Information report of interviews with 20 comfort women in Burma found that the girls were induced by the offer of plenty of money, an opportunity to pay off family debts, easy work, and the prospect of a new life in a new land, Singapore. On the basis of these false representations many girls enlisted for overseas duty and were rewarded with an advance of a few hundred yen. According to a US army investigation reports that investigated war prisoners in Kunming, China in April 1945, there were testimonies that people applied for a job at a Japanese factory, but ended up in sexual slavery. Moreover, there are testimonies of proof of enforced sexual slavery of 20 Korean comfort women found in Myanmar by the US army. Horace Underwood delivered reports compulsory mobilization of comfort women to the US government, and in the Netherlands State Paper Archives, there also are proofs of compulsory mobilization.
The revival of Yasukuni Shrine visits presents a serious diplomatic setback for Tokyo. The costs have been high and the benefits hard to find. More importantly, it reveals the reactive nationalisms afoot in Northeast Asia that are dangerous and unpredictable. The debate over Yasukuni is fraught with political tensions, even within Japan. Yasukuni Shrine carries the stigma of state secrecy and complicit activism. The inclusion of the Class-A war criminals was done furtively in 1978 at the behest of a Yasukuni Shrine official, Nagayoshi Matsudaira. Even Japanese domestic media are criticizing the visit as an unnecessary act of nationalism. Japan and China both need to work on a peaceful solution to their territorial issues. But it seems especially foolhardy for Japan to inflame hostilities with China and South Korea when all countries need to be working cooperatively to resolve the problems with North Korea and its nuclear program. Instead of exacerbating historical wounds, Abe should focus on writing Japan’s future, with an emphasis on improving its long-stagnant economy and enhancing its role as a leading democracy in Asia and beyond.
Japanese war crimes occurred in Korea, China, and other Asian countries during the period of Japanese imperialism, primarily during World War II. Some of the incidents have been described as an Asian Holocaust. Most war crimes were committed by military personnel from the Empire of Japan in the late 19th century. Historians and governments of some countries hold Japanese military forces and the Imperial Japanese family, especially Emperor Hirohito, responsible for killings and other crimes committed against millions of civilians and prisoners of war. Some Japanese soldiers have admitted to committing these crimes. However, Abe, the Japanese prime minister, told lawmakers on Tuesday that he does not believe Japan’s occupation of other Asian countries during World War II can be considered “invasions.“ Abe claimed there are no set international or academic definitions of the word, and that it depends on the point of view of individual countries. Abe’s claims are simply absurd. It’s like saying Hitler’s invasion of Poland wasn’t really an invasion. If a German chancellor had said the same thing, he or she would have had to resign.
A record 168 Diet members visited Tokyo’s war-linked Yasukuni Shrine on Tuesday following visits by three Cabinet ministers and offerings by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday. The group of lawmakers from various parties – the largest number since 1989, when head counts first began – visited the controversial Shinto shrine on the last day of its annual three-day spring festival despite warnings from China and South Korea. The shrine honors the nation’s war dead, including convicted Class-A war criminals from World War II. 89% of US internet users and 90% of Chinese internet users are against the visit of Yasukuni shrine. This is evidence that Japan’s foreign policies are backward. I understand that Japan is desperate to revive its economy, and gain political popularity, but this is not the way to do it.
Koreans and nearby Mongolians share an ancient ethnic and lingual heritage, and now it appears North Korea is hoping those ties will help them borrow a bit of needed butter and sugar. The ambassador from Pyongyang to Ulan Bator officially has claimed that a severe food shortage may be in the offing, and his country is seeking relief. North Korea’s young leader Kim Jong-un has been threatening nuclear war, raising tensions, using scant fuel resources to drive his mobile rocket launchers around in anticipation of another test; last week Kim Jong-un shut a joint North-South industrial park at Kaesong that earns hard currency. But when it comes to actually feeding people at a time of expected shortfall in the corn crop, Kim is apparently hoping that Mongolians will take pity. The international community, including China has stopped food aids to North Korea. North Korea should learn that as long as they do not give up its nuclear program, there would be no foreign aid.
Le Monde described Kim Jong un as an adolescent who just got through puberty. The defiant behavior of a boy going through puberty naturally solves itself, but Kim Jong-un’s defiance seems to be a never ending disease. If it won’t cure naturally, North Korea needs to consider a surgery for Kim Jong-un’s never-ending puberty. If the surgeon is the US, it will be a hard landing. If it’s China, then it would be a soft landing.
Communism is a revolutionary socialist movement to create classless, moneyless, and stateless social order structured upon common ownership of the means of production as well as a social, political, and economic ideology that aims at the establishment of this social order. Contrary to North Korea’s claims of being a communist nation, the leaders of North Korea live a luxurious life, while its people are starving to death. Many North Koreans struggling to survive are resorting to defection. Defectors, however, are punished severely. It’s time that the international community cooperate to resolve the human rights violations in North Korea. Human rights is a universal value that the every individual deserves.
The Japanese ambassador to South Korea said that a statue of a young girl erected in front of the embassy in Seoul to commemorate comfort women drafting into service as sex slaves to the Japanese military was “not helping to solve problems in Japanese-South Korean relations.” Ambassador Koro Bessho made his comments while speaking at an Apr. 16 debate organized by the Kwanhoon Club at the Seoul Press Center.
Historians say about 200,000 women from Korea, China, the Philippines and other countries were drafted to work in Japanese army brothels in Asia. This is inhumane to subject the women, who had already suffered so much in their lives, to such hatred. These are the types of acts that could damage bilateral relations between the neighboring countries. The comfort women issue is more than just a issue between South Korea and Japan. It’s about universal human rights, women’s rights, and human dignity.
Kim Jong-un just might be the most famous face on the Internet. He’s a fixture on social media feeds, often depicted as characters like Russell from the animated kid’s movie “Up” and a wrestler named “Kim Jong Un-dertaker.” Thanks to a handful of photoshopped images, I’ll probably always picture him in a blue suit and sunglasses belting out “Gangnam Style.” He’s a leader, a dictator and the head of North Korea’s notorious regime. So in effect, we’re laughing in (or at) the face of terrorism. That doesn’t resonate with me. You want to undermine Kim Jong Un? Take his face off of the Internet, entirely. North Korea’s missile belligerence has been the target of an awful lot of humour, but the folks at Taiwan’s Next Media Animation have taken things a step farther and gone interactive with Best Korea Smackdown, a flash game that tasks players with shooting down North Korean nukes as supreme leader Kim Jong-un attempts to ride them into their targets.
In late March, with a group of students attending the London School of Economics, an undercover BBC journalist named John Sweeney surreptitiously entered North Korea, where he and a cameraman filmed segments for an upcoming documentary. When LSE officials discovered the ruse, they delivered a blistering email to the school’s student body, reading in part, BBC’s actions may have seriously compromised the future ability of LSE students and staff to undertake legitimate study of North Korea. LSE students were put in serious danger if the subterfuge had been uncovered prior to their departure from North Korea. However, were these very real dangers worth the risk? The hazards – even those to which the LSE students were exposed – were an appropriate cost of documenting the conditions inside North Korea. The other, and perhaps more pressing, ethical consideration is North Korea itself. The secluded military state operates almost entirely as a black site, hidden from international scrutiny, and systematically dispatches dissidents, including Christians, to brutal working camps where prisoners carry out life sentences. North Koreans continue to suffer from food shortages instigated by a state-sponsored rationing system. The country’s leaders delight in threatening both the U.S. and its geographic neighbors with nuclear annihilation. In light of these actions and threats you can begin to see how Sweeney and the BBC justified the trip, and the alleged deceptions involved in arranging it.