Japanese politician defends forced prostitution

This video says about itself:

March 4, 2013

This documentary aims to highlight the issue of “Comfort Women” or girls forced into sex slavery by the Japanese Army during World War II as grave violation of human rights that affected AND continues to affect women all across Asia and Europe.

The film begins in South Korea and moves on to meet victims in Wuhan, China, Shanghai, the Philippines and Australia.

It was aired on March 1st, 2013 on Arirang TV, Korea’s only global network.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Mayor claims ‘comfort girls’ needed for discipline

Tuesday 14 May 2013

A Japanese mayor claimed on Monday that the forced prostitution of women during the second world war was necessary to “maintain discipline” in the ranks and provide rest for soldiers.

Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto, who is also leader of an emerging right-wing political party, controversially claimed that “to maintain discipline in the military, it must have been necessary at that time.

“For soldiers who risked their lives in circumstances where bullets are flying around like rain and wind, a comfort women system was necessary. That’s clear to anyone,” he claimed.

Up to 200,000 women from Korea and China were forced to provide sex for Japanese soldiers.

A South Korean government official said it was disappointing that the mayor “had revealed a serious lack of respect for women’s rights.”

Beijing said it was “shocked” and “angered” by Mr Hashimoto’s comments.

Spokesman Hong Lei said: “The forced use of comfort women was a severe crime … and is also a major human rights issue.”

See also here.

Toru Hashimoto, co-head of Nippon Ishin No Kai (Japan Restoration Party), told Shintaro Ishihara, the other co-leader of the Japanese opposition party, on Sunday that he has no intention to withdraw his recent remarks that have triggered outrage both at home and abroad.

21 thoughts on “Japanese politician defends forced prostitution

    • His far right political party are allies of Prime Minister Abe’s ruling party (like Samaras’ ruling party in Greece sometimes flirts with the Golden Dawn nazis; and the “center”-Right ruling Fidesz party in Hungary sometimes helps the Jobbik neo-fascists).


  1. Pingback: Forced prostitution survivors demand resignation of Japanese politician | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  2. Pingback: Japanese forced prostitution survivors fight on | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  3. Pingback: Japanese forced prostitution women’s stories | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  4. Pingback: Japanese World War II forced prostitution and art | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  5. Pingback: Fukushima pollutes environment and civil liberties | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  6. Pingback: Japanese governmental militarism in media and schools | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  7. Pingback: Survivors of Japanese militarist sex slavery demand justice | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  8. Pingback: No Japanese government apology for ‘comfort women’ forced prostitution | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  9. Pingback: Japoanese government whitewashes World War II ‘comfort women’ forced prostitution | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  10. Pingback: Japanese government censorship on World War II crimes | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  11. Pingback: Japanese government, corporate media whitewash World War II sex slavery | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  12. Pingback: Japanese government abuses ISIS terror for its own militarism | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  13. Pingback: Japanese government wants censorship of US history book about forced prostitution | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  14. Pingback: US historians against Japanese government whitewashing war crimes | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  15. Pingback: Japanese government lies on ‘comfort women’, people protest | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  16. Pingback: Japanese government whitewashes war crimes, historians criticize | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  17. Pingback: South Korean-Japanese governments agree, ‘comfort women’ disagree | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  18. Pingback: Japanese militarism abused ´comfort women´, new film | Dear Kitty. Some blog

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.