Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Story teller needs no evidence.

What Japan Needs is a Conscience, Not More Evidence(chosun/ Mar.19,2007)
If he’s looking for testimony, there are plenty of it from surviving sex slaves who are still alive and breathing. Last month, during a hearing at the U.S. House of Representatives, not only Korean women, but a Dutch woman who lived in Indonesia, testified. The Dutch woman had been imprisoned in a Javanese jail and was dragged out of her cell upon orders that “all women over 17 must get in line outside the prison.

There are many testimomies and then newspaper articles that women were deceived or abducted by pimps. but there are few testimonies they were abducted by Japanese military. In case of a Dutch women, the comfort station was closed because there was a suspicion that women were forced, and the Japanese military officer who were sentenced as a death pearnalty for it was prosecuted because he did not act against it in a positon to know they were forced. It is not judged he knew it , nor is it judged he ordered to kidnap women. In other words, he was held responsible for failing to regulate illegal pimps and brothels.

In 1980, Yoshimi, a professor of history at Tokyo's Chuo University, discovered evidence showing the forced mobilization of sex slaves by the Japanese military. He wrote a book on it and said, “It is clear that comfort women were forcibly mobilized and all of the responsibility lies with the Japanese government.” A scholar named Kurabashi wrote in his 1944 book, “Historical Research on Comfort Women,” that between 1937 to 38, people from Joseon were the majority inside the comfort camps and from 1940, abductions for comfort women to serve as sex slaves became the main focus.”

Japanese historians are talking about the plight of comfort women in which many Korean women were deceived or abducted by pimps, and Japanese military was involved in the comfort station in that Japanese soldier used it, Japanese military set up the house for the brothel, and despite the commitment to regulate illegal pimps and brothel, it fails to do so.

In a document called “In Reference to the Recruitment of Comfort Women,” prepared by the conscription department of the Japanese Army in 1938, there is a segment that says, “For the establishment of comfort centers, the method of recruiting comfort women from the interior regions is similar to kidnapping.” A report entitled “Investigation on Issues Related to Comfort Women,” prepared in 1993 by a Japanese agency focusing on documents related to World War Two, says, “The Joseon Peninsula was under Japanese rule and the recruitment, transport and supervision of comfort women were by coaxing and force, against their will.”

That was the practice of pimps and so Japanese police worked to arrest them and Japanese military order to regulate illegal pimps.

In a way, I admire the way journalism can pick up the parts and arrange them to make up the story to their taste.

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