Study of English

April 30, 2007

“TANAKA,Yuki, Who? ” On the comfort women issue.

Filed under: IANFU 'comfort women',Japan,Korea,U.S.A. — Sei-no-Syounagon @ 12:43 pm

“TANAKA,Yuki, Who? ” On the comfort women issue.

Report on “Japanese Military Comfort Women System” by the U.S. Congressional Research Service was delivered to the congressmen on April 3.
The reporter Mr. Larry Niksch cites the book “Japan’s Comfort Women” by the person named TANAKA,Yuki as important material.
The doubt “TANAKA,Yuki, Who?” went up in Japan.
‘She’ is complete unknown new face. (‘Yuki’ is usually women’s name in Japan.)
However, ‘her’ true colors turned out at once.
‘He’ is Mr. TANAKA,Toshiyuki, a Professor at the Hiroshima Peace Institute attached to Hiroshima City University. Of course, he is male.
I hear that this institute is “famous” in the field of the antinuclear movement of Japan.
They do antinuclear movement. However, they protect the nucleus of North Korea saying “Red nucleus: Nucleus of peace”. The institute to which several Korean are on the register acts on an anti-Japan with a very intimate relation in North Korea. (Such a group exists in the public college. This fact shows how Japan is in the abnormal situation. )
The member of such an inclining group, using pen name to misunderstand sex, avoid Japan the “home” of the comfort woman problem and in the United States, publishes the book “Japan’s Comfort Women”.
You are easily imaginable of the level of the credibility of the content of this book and the true purpose of publication.
I cannot say a determinate thing until the analysis of this book by the researcher in Japan is announced.
However, I think that the possibility is high of becoming a large blunder of the second times following last year’s failure that quotes the ‘Yoshida testimony’ to which it turns out that it is a lie by 1992.
The reporter of Congressional Research Service Mr. Larry Niksch seems to be able to read only the material written in English though he is ‘Specialist in Asian Affairs “.
The foundation of the problem might be there.


April 28, 2007

CNN hates Japan.

Filed under: Japan,U.S.A. — Sei-no-Syounagon @ 3:35 am

CNN hates Japan.
I wached the video on CNN web site such a rough title “President Bush conferred with Prime Minister Abe at the Camp David”
 However, it was only President Bush that appeared in the video. Prime Minister Abe doesn’t appear at all.
 I have heard such a story ” CNN hates Japan. There are a lot of inclining reports for Japan.”  
I think it is true.
However, it is impolite.
If such a report is done in Japan for the important person of another country, the Japanese viewer will ventilate a complaint. It might be natural in the United States.
Or, is only Japan “Especial treatment. “?

April 27, 2007

CNN: “Documents: U.S. troops used ‘comfort women’ after WWII”

Filed under: IANFU 'comfort women',Japan,U.S.A. — Sei-no-Syounagon @ 5:07 am

CNN: “Documents: U.S. troops used ‘comfort women’ after WWII”

The report of this CNN has been biased. Only a one-sided opinion is adopted in this article.
It is said that occupation forces to be surprised at the frequent occurrence of the rape event demanded unofficially the installation of the facilities from Japan.
The mistakes that goes against the facts obviously are found, too.
The starting salary of the teacher in 1946 was 400 yen. It should have been able to buy rice by about 4 kilograms (about 9 pound) if there were 15 yen.

April 26, 2007

Transition in testimonies of former IANFU comfort woman Ms.Hwan,Kum-Ju.

Filed under: IANFU 'comfort women',Korea — Sei-no-Syounagon @ 4:41 pm

Transition in testimonies of former IANFU comfort woman Ms.Hwan, Kum-Ju.

Ms.Hwan,Kum-Ju is one of several of the former comfort women who presents oneself as “Comfort women victims”.

Her story changes every time she testifies.

#1.”Testimonies, Comfort women and Girls work volunteering corps” ITO,Takashi edited and written, Fubai-sya publised,1992.
She was born in 1927. She was made a comfort woman in the year Singapore surrended (1942).

#2.”Comfort women and War reparations” TAKAGI,Kenichi , Sanichi-shobo publied, 1992.
Life was poor, she was sold for 100yen at the age of 12. Parlormaid in a rich house in Seoul.
In 1938, when she was a maid in Hambung of Hamgyong-Namdo, She was taken to Manchuria as a vicarious victim of the daughter in the house.
The year when she  became comfort woman changed.

#3. Problems of four times reports of Asahi-shimbun (news paper) Evening edition on July 24-27, 1995.
She was born in 1922.
She was mobilized to a military factory by the “National requisition order” at the age of 17 (1938-39), and was made comfort woman.
She was made a comfort woman in Jilin of China.
She testified, “There were a lot of guests in the day of Christmas”.
First of all, it is quite different from the testimony before.
The born year changed. She had said before that she was born in 1927.
In korea at the Japan-Korea amalgamation age, “National requisition order” was enforced in 1944. In a word, the “National requisition order” is not enforced at 17 years old she (1938-39). And, “National requisition order” and the comfort women are unrelated at all.
In Jilin in China, there was an amusement center with the licensed prostitution system, and the comfort place for the army was unnecessary.
And, there is no custom to observe Christmas in the Japanese army at that time. (In the Japanese army, as for the Christianity, the prohibition was not done. However, the Christians were often looked cold-heartedly in the army.)

#4. Report of the Special Rapporteur Ms. Radhika Coomaraswamy, Economic and Social Council, United Nations 4 January 1996
“I thought I was drafted as a labour worker when, at the age of 17, the Japanese village leader’s wife ordered all unmarried Korean girls to go to work at a Japanese military factory. I worked there for three years, until the day that I was asked to follow a Japanese soldier into his tent. He told me to take my clothes off. I resisted because I was so scared, I was still a virgin.
Only “age of 17” and “military factory ” : the agreement with the last testimony.

#5. The article “The Japan-South Korea social studies education exchange group has visited South Korea, summer 1997” on the web site of  ‘Kyoto-Fukuten-Kusanone anti-nuclear movement for peace’.
A certain day I was 18 years old, a man came, and told us to offer young girls form the village.
Again, the import of the story changed.

#6. The meeting to hear the testimonies of former “comfort women” for the Japanese army on December 5, 1997, at Tsukushi-kaikan hall in Fukuoka city of Japan.
I was born in Buyeo in 1912. Family fortunes was declined after father got sick, I went out of the house at the age of 13, and I got the job with another house.
We were threatened by the group leader (Japanese) in the village, “You are able to earn money if you go to the military factory in Japan. One of families should go.” I became a vicarious victim of the daughter in the master’s house at the age of 20 in 1941, and I left Korea, the arriving place was a comfort place.
Again, the import of the story changed. The birth year changed, too.

#7. Remark on the TV show “Koko-ga hen-dayo, Nippon-jin” TBS television (Tokyo, Japan) on May 17, 2001.
“I was taken by the Japanese army 25 days before I graduated from the school at the age of 19, and went to the comfort place reluctantly!”
Again, the import of the story changed.

#8. “The meeting to hear the testimoniy of Ms.Hwan,Kum-Ju” in the Unversity of Tokyo on July 17, 2001.
I was taken to Manchuria, so-called “Girls providing”, and was made the sex-tool of the Emperor’s soldiers. It was a painful experience.
The import of the story changed again.
“Metal providing” was executed in Japan under the pacific war where the metal for the arms manufacturing was insufficient. Bronze statues of park, Bells at Buddhist temple and pans at home, etc. were raked up.
However, “Girls providing” doesn’t exist.

I say for attention, these are all the testimonies of one Ms.Hwan,Kum-Ju.

Her story changes every time she testifies.
Which part of her testimonies should we believe?

April 21, 2007

Mistranslations?, Newsweek magazine and Washington Post, on the interview with Prime Minister Abe of Japan.

Filed under: IANFU 'comfort women',Korea,U.S.A. — Sei-no-Syounagon @ 11:00 am

Mistranslations?, Newsweek magazine and Washington Post, on the interview with Prime Minister Abe of Japan. 

The interview with Prime Minister Abe of Japan was published in the Web site of the Newsweek magazine. It is the part concerning comfort women problem as follows. 
Washington Post issued by the same company as the Newsweek magazine reported almost the same content.
I can read that Prime Minister Abe said that Japanese Government and the Japanese army forced those women to become a comfort woman these sentences.
However, Prime Minister Abe didn’t say such a thing.
A English-Language newspaper in Japan ‘Japan Times’ reported Abe’s remark as follows.
“We feel responsible over the situation in which the women had to exist as ‘comfort women’ and endure such hardship.”
 The interview contents that the Prime Minister side made public and the articles in each newspaper of Japan are corresponding to this.

I am not good at English, and, I do not understand strict meaning of English sentences.
If the meaning of these sentences is the one that Prime Minister Abe perceived that Japanese Government and the Japanese army compulsorily made women ‘comfort women’, it is mistranslation.

Prime Minister Abe “continue(s) to stand by the Kono Statement [a 1993 acknowledgment of Japan’s partial responsibility for the brothels].”

The part concerning comfort women problem of the interview.

As you know, your comments on “comfort women” caused an outcry in the United States. Do you really believe the Imperial Army had no program to force Korean, Chinese and other women to provide sexual services to Japanese soldiers?
I have to express sympathy from the bottom of my heart to those people who were taken as wartime comfort women. As a human being I would like to express my sympathies, and also as prime minister of Japan I need to apologize to them. The 20th century was a century in which human rights were infringed upon in numerous parts of the world, and Japan also bears responsibility in that regard. I believe that we have to look at our own history with humility, and we always have to think about our responsibility.
Do you now believe that the Imperial Army forced these women into this situation?
With regards to the wartime comfort-women issue, my administration has been saying all along that we continue to stand by the Kono Statement [a 1993 acknowledgment of Japan’s partial responsibility for the brothels]. We feel responsible for having forced these women to go through that hardship and pain as comfort women under the circumstances at the time.

The article on the Website of the ‘Japan Times’.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Abe apologizes anew for wartime sex slavery

Kyodo News

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in an interview with the U.S. magazine Newsweek, repeated his apology for Japan forcing foreign women into wartime sexual servitude, according to a government official.

“As Japan’s prime minister, I am extremely sorry that they were made to endure such pain.We feel responsible over the situation in which the women had to exist as ‘comfort women’ and endure such hardship,” Abe told Newsweek ahead of his trip to the U.S. starting Thursday, his first since taking power in September.

“We must always be humble (in dealing with) our history and constantly give profound thought on our responsibility,” he said, reiterating his government’s position to stand by a 1993 statement by then Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono that acknowledged and apologized for the military’s involvement in coercing the women into sexual slavery.

Abe’s U.S. trip comes amid rising global attention to the issue as the U.S. Congress debates a resolution demanding that Japan apologize to the women. Abe drew flak, especially from foreign media, when he said recently there are no documents to prove the Japanese military physically coerced women to provide sex for its soldiers during World War II, citing a government position paper.

In another interview with the Wall Street Journal, Abe stressed there is a need for Japan to secure a solid defense capability and strengthen the Japan-U.S. bilateral alliance in light of China’s growing military power.
Abe, in both interviews conducted Tuesday in Tokyo, underscored the importance of strengthening the “unwavering” Japan-U.S. bilateral alliance as extremely valuable for not only security in East Asia but the world as a whole.

He stressed his idea of promoting research on exercising the right of collective defense, which is banned in line with the government’s interpretation of the pacifist Constitution, the official said.

Abe said the changing security environment for Japan and the world calls on Japan to contribute to global challenges.

Comfot women on PBS. Foreign Exchange with Fareed Zakaria — Episode 313

Filed under: IANFU 'comfort women',Korea — Sei-no-Syounagon @ 9:09 am

Comfot women on PBS.

Foreign Exchange with Fareed Zakaria — Episode 313


Yoshimi ‘s “new proof”

Filed under: IANFU 'comfort women',Korea — Sei-no-Syounagon @ 9:06 am

Yoshimi ‘s “new proof”

The “famous” Prof. Yoshimi of Tyuo University (Tokyo,Japan) and two accusers of “sex slavery” held a press conference at the Foreign Press Club in Tokyo on April 17.

In fact it isn’t a new proof but a tiny footnote for the Semarang incident.

April 20, 2007

Transition in testimonies of former comfort woman Ms. Kim, Hak-soon.

Filed under: IANFU 'comfort women',Japan,Korea — Sei-no-Syounagon @ 3:43 pm

Transition in testimonies of former comfort woman Ms. Kim, Hak-soon.

Ms. Kim, Hak-soon was a former comfort woman.
She presented herself most first as a “comfort woman victim” on August 14, 1991.
She accused Japanese Government for the apology and compensation on December 16, 1991.
She died on December 16, 1997.

It should not criticize to the deceased. However, I cannot disregard her remarks and behavior about the comfort women issue.
Her stories changed every time she testified.

#1. The first testimony at press conference on August 14, 1991 reported by “Hangyore newspaper” (Korea) dated August 15,’91.
She was sold to a key Sen Ban (brothel) of Pyongyang at 14 years old by her mother who was hard in life. Ms.Kim finished the brothel life of three years. Afterwards, The father-in-law of key Sen Ban took her to the brothel ahead of the force where the remainder of 300 Japanese army people in northern part of China .

#2.Content of petition submitted to Tokyo District Court on December 16, 1991
I was born in the Jilin reflecting in Chinese northeast (Manchuria) in 1923. I returned to Pyongyang because my father died soon after I was born.
My mother was a housekeeper etc. I left the elementary school before graduation in four years for poverty. I became Mr. Kim’s adopted daughter. I went to key Senschool from 14 years old for three years.
In 1939, I was persuaded by the foster father, “You can earn money”, was taken with Emiko senior by one, and went to China.
I separated from the foster father in a small village where it was passed over Beijing and was put in the comfort place. The sexual service was compelled to me for the soldier of the Japanese army.
There was the army surgeon’s medical examination.
I asked the Korean merchant who got acquainted and escaped in the autumn of the year. After having assumed rolling various places, we became married couples in Shanghai.
We lived while managing the pawnshop in a French settlement. Two children were born. We returned to South Korea next year of the end of the war.
The husband died in an accident in Korean War, and the child died of sickness, too. I assumed rolling in South Korea, and spent life that drank Liquors and cigarette.
I receive the public assistance from the government now because I do not have the relative.
The unhappiness of my life started from forcing the military forces comfort woman.
Japanese Government should admit it bad for me to have been done, and apologize.

#3. Report of Kyodo News Service dated December 16, 1997
Ms. Kim was born in old Manchuria (present Chinese northeast the provinces), and grew up in Pyongyang. She testified that she was compulsorily put on the track and taken to the front in a Chinese continent by the serviceman of Japan in the spring at the age of 17.
“The service to the officers was compelled on the day, and I was kicked when resisting.
Tens of soldiers came on the day. I thought that I could do nothing but die in case of being there. “, she talked so. She escaped during half a year, and returned home to Korea after Japan defeated.

She had said before, “Sold by parent (mother or foster father)”. And, she accused Japanese Government for the reason ” The unhappiness of my life started from forcing the comfort woman of the Japanese army “.
However, it changed into “I was taken to the Japanese army” before one is aware.

Her stories changed every time she testified.
Which part of her testimonies should we believe?

April 18, 2007

Transition in testimonies of former IANFU comfort woman Ms. Kim, Koon Ja

Filed under: IANFU 'comfort women',Korea — Sei-no-Syounagon @ 5:50 pm

Transition in testimonies of former IANFU comfort woman Ms. Kim, Koon Ja

Ms. Kim, Koon Ja is a former comfort woman.
She testified at the hearing of Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and the Global Environment Committee on Foreign Affairs U.S. House of Representatives, on Thursday, February 15, 2007.

Her story changes every time she testifies.

#1.Form Handbook of the History Museum of Japanese Military Comfort Women attached to the “House of the Sharing” (The Facilities where it supports former comfort woman in korea )
She became the adopted daughter of a policeman at the age of 16. The foster father said “There is a place where you can earn money, go there. If you can’t earn money, you can come back”, with Korean servicemen who came for taking to the house…”

#2.Hokkaido Shimbun (news paper, Hokkaido, Japan ) on June 23, 2005 report.
Ms. Kim who had lost parents at infancy became an adopted daughter in Kangwon-do, South Korea at the Japanese colony age 60 or more years ago. One day, the foster father said to her,”Please go run errands”, and she was taken to the train.
There are a lot of women there, and she saw soldier’s.

#3.Testimony in “Gathering of peace, High school students of Tokyo” in November, 2005
I lost my father at the age of ten, and lost mother at the age of 14, and became orphan.It was so in all those days, Life was hard. I went to others’ houses to work and was earning day money. I became policeman’s adopted daughter at the age of 16. I had the boyfriend in those days. However, I could not marry him. On March, 1942, the foster father said “You can earn money”, and I was taken by Korean servicemen.

#4.Asahi Shimbun on March 02, 2006 report.
Her parents died at infancy, and she became an adopted daughter.Two Korean came to her house at the age of 17. “We let you work in a factory” The place where she was taken with the train is Hunchun of China in the vicinity of old Soviet border. It was a comfort place there.

#5.Testimony at the hearing of Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and the Global Environment Committee on Foreign Affairs U.S. House of Representatives, on Thursday, February 15, 2007.
I became an orphan when I was 14 and I was placed in the home of Choi Chul Ji, a colonial police officer. As his “foster child,” I cooked and cleaned for Mr. Choi. I had a boyfriend and we wanted to be married. However, his family objected because I was an orphan.
I remember the day that changed my life forever. I was wearing a black skirt, a green shirt, and black shoes. It was March of 1942, and I was 16 years old. I had been sent out of the house by police officer Choi and told that I needed to go and make some money. I found a Korean man wearing a military uniform and he told me that he would send me on an errand and I would be paid for this errand. I followed him and he told me to board a train ? a freight car. I did not know where I was going but I saw seven other young girls and another man in a military uniform on this freight train. There were other soldiers in different cars on the train, but I didn’t see them until we came to a stop and I got off the train. A Japanese soldier with a ranking badge was waiting for us by a truck. The soldiers got on the truck and the other girls and I were put on the back of the truck.

Her story changes every time she testifies.
Which part of her testimonies should we believe?

However, it is more consistent than Ms. Lee Yong-soo’s testimony. Perhaps, she might have been sold to the whoremonger by her foster father.
It is only one of the stories of the traffic in people of poor girls that existed in Korea and Japan proper in this age.

Korean that sneers at the Virginia Tech massacre.

Filed under: Korea,U.S.A. — Sei-no-Syounagon @ 3:38 am

Korean that sneers at the Virginia Tech massacre.  

Cartoon that sneers at the Virginia Tech massacre printed in Seoul Sinmun ( Seoul news paper, Seoul, South Korea) dated April 17.



“33 people at one time, ..
Again, the excellence of our arms was…”

Cut it out, Please….

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