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Korean comfort women were not "sex slaves"

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    Posted: 05 Sep 2012 at 02:49

Koreans never seem to stop lambasting the Japanese over the so-called Korean comfort women.  As usual their voices are very loud and persisting.  It's so annoying and ridiculous that we Japanese are sincerely hoping to move far alway from the Korean peninsula to some quieter place.  What makes our feeling even worse is the fact that their claims for the "comfort women" are made up of patent lies.


When talking about the so-called comfort women, Koreans always hide up some plain fact:  many Korean volunteer soldiers and civilian employees were serving in the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) at the time.


Towards the end of WWII, there were a total of 242,341 Koreans serving in the IJA - 116,294 volunteer soldiers and 126,047 civilian employees (Ministry of Welfare of Japan).  As far as I know, 6 Korean lieutenant generals and 3 major generals were also serving in the IJA.


Before the recruitment of Korean volunteer soldiers started in 1938, colonel Kim Seok-Won ( 錫源), who was a graduate from the military academy in Japan, commanded his all-Japanese unit in China front and achieved amazing war results.  Young Koreans were motivated to volunteer military service by those brilliant war achievements of Korean army officers.


It'd be almost insane to believe that Korean "sex slaves" existed under this circumstance.  Korean volunteer soldiers and Korean sex slaves are a sheer contradiction.  Were the former the clients of the latter?  The Japanese Army would never have recruited young Koreans and gave them weapons if they really had forced Korean women into sexual slavery.


There's another odd part to the story:  we have never heard or read about someone who have actually come across Korean sex slaves.  Korean, Taiwanese and Japanese war veterans who went to WWII all say that the comfort women they saw in the war zones were just licensed prostitutes.


We have never heard or read about Koreans who claim their female family members were tricked or kidnapped into sexual slavery, either.  Why have no family members of ex-comfort women ever come out and raised their voice of protest?


The so-called Korean "comfort women" are just a myth.  The ex-comfort women are all talented liars.  Just ask them about the Korean soldiers, and they'll surely get into trouble.  I can't believe many people still believe this far-fetched story.


Of all the women in the world, Korean and Taiwanese women were at the lowest risk of military sexual slavery because many fellow-country men, including high-rank Korean military officers, were serving in the IJA.


It's time for Koreans to stop telling the transparent lie.  Or is that the last straw they can never let off so as to keep Japanese look evil?




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There is one slight little problem with this, the pure and simple definition of "Comfort Women". From many sources, including Wikipedia, and personal expirience, the definition is: a woman, most likely forced into sexual slavery. These women, especially during WW2, were typically from the Phillipines, Korea, China, Japan, the region of Manchuria, and many southeastern asian states of the Empire of Japan. I had a cousin, who lived in Korea at the time of WW2, and pre- Second Sino-Japanese War. After I went to Manchukuo, I saw her only once before the military took her as a "comfort woman" because they thaght she was Korean. To this day, she still refuses to tell me what happened, and we are the closest family members in all of the clans.

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The term "comfort women" is the literal translation of the Japanese term "慰安婦" which implies no sense of coercion and widely used at the time.  It was even used in recruitment ads.


Is your "cousin" Chinese?  Why don't you ask her again to talk about her experiences as a "comfort woman" by your definition of the term?

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Originally posted by Jbobtail Jbobtail wrote:

The term "comfort women" is the literal translation of the Japanese term "慰安婦" which implies no sense of coercion and widely used at the time.  It was even used in recruitment ads.


Is your "cousin" Chinese?  Why don't you ask her again to talk about her experiences as a "comfort woman" by your definition of the term?

It is debated upon family records of her being either Han Chinese, half-breed, and/or Manchu or Xianbei Mongol decent, but she is of the (Maternal) Cao family (of no known relation to the cao of Han or Wei empires). Her complete name is Cao Bei Lan (Lady Cao), using the generational codes of the Cao family, and Wei family, and all other sections of outer family members. So far I have had no luck on trying to get her to tell me what happened, we didn't see each other until after I went back from Khabarovsk, and by then she refused to mention anything so far, but I can always make attempts here and there. It is odd how she made me tell her what happened to me while she won't say a word. I think she just gets upset whenever she thinks about it, so I try to keep lengths of time between each time I try to convince her to tell me. It's complicated. 

Edited by Lao Tse - 09 Apr 2013 at 02:08
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I am Korean . nice to meet you.
Korean comfort women were Japanese soilder's sex slaves.
they have had painfull experience.
We south Korean must do revenge - Japan.
 
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Quote These women, especially during WW2, were typically from the Phillipines, Korea, China, Japan, the region of Manchuria, and many southeastern asian states of the Empire of Japan.


The Japanese Military had Japanese comfort women?
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Originally posted by Omar al Hashim Omar al Hashim wrote:

Quote These women, especially during WW2, were typically from the Phillipines, Korea, China, Japan, the region of Manchuria, and many southeastern asian states of the Empire of Japan.


The Japanese Military had Japanese comfort women?
 
Not normally, and I would atleast think that they were in another country when taken, but by ethnicity it is true in rare cases.
在財富的害處,而是一件好事永遠不持續。我在和平中仅居住在新的風下。 Wei Jia Hong No harm in wealth, but a good thing doesn't last forever. I live only among peace under
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OK, I had a possibly over-detailed reply that got eaten by the computer troll. Some points:

Yes, there were Japanese comfort women. Probably more than Koreans or Taiwanese, but percentage-wise less than in the pre-1910 years, given that the Japanese public had began to view comfort women differently by the 1930s.

Yes, Comfort women were recruited using adverts in newspapers, using civilian contractors. That does not mean there was no coercion. In some cases, daughters were sold into the service by parents. In other cases, they may have been under threat from Yakuza type elements. And yes, they were paid for there services by the soldiers, and their parents or pimps received payment for them when they were delivered. To believe that in Korea, no Koreans were involved in this, is akin to believing that there were never any Koreans in the Yakuza or Pachinko parlor business. 

Any women internees forced into prostitution are not examples of comfort women. That was institutionalized rape. A war crime.

Finally, given the changes in cultural attitudes regarding women since the 1930s, there are two likelihoods regarding this issue: First, those forced into the profession by their families or local crime syndicates (even in cases where their service paid off paternal debts) are likely to view that service as coerced by the party that paid those contractors. I.e., the Japanese government. Moreover, those who did so voluntarily, and my personal opinion is that this was the majority, are now under extreme pressure to view their own service as coerced by circumstances beyond their control.

So, this is a ball of worms. East Asian law does not seek to do justice in the Western sense. It seeks to re-establish harmony by balancing the needs of both sides. The Japanese government already paid compensation to Korea for their comfort women. Modern Koreans reply that the government that accepted the compensation was a military dictatorship and therefore the acceptance is null and void and Japan should pay more. This argument ignores the fact that Japan itself was under a military dictatorship during the war years.

As for Korean public opinion, which is overwhelmingly in favor or the Korean comfort women.  They also believe the the Korea POW camp guards most known for their brutality were forced into that brutality by the Japanese and therefore victims themselves, not liable to punishment by the courts. Watching this issue and others convinced me that the real crime that the Japanese committed in Korean eyes was that they made Koreans part of an empire which lost its war.

 
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We never forgive to Japan. someday this country must be do not exist.

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In 1948, USA use atom bumping Hirosima, Nagasaki.
South korea not yet. 
but we also have this weapon.



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