Forced prostitution survivors demand resignation of Japanese politician

This video is called Arirang Special “Comfort Women” One Last Cry.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Former sex slaves tell mayor to quit

Friday 24 May 2013

Two former “comfort girls” demanded that Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto resign today over his grotesque attempt to justify Japan’s war-time sex slavery.

The South Korean women also cancelled a meeting slated for today because they didn’t want to be used as a publicity stunt.

Mr Hashimoto, who is a co-leader of the nationalist Japan Restoration Party, caused an uproar when he claimed that the second world war practice of abducting women to front-line brothels was “necessary” to maintain discipline.

He claimed last year there was no evidence that the women, mainly taken from China and Korea by imperial Japan, had been forced into prostitution.

Kim Bok Dong and Kil Won Ok, both in their 80s, said they would have nothing to talk about with the mayor as he’d shown no remorse for his comments.

“We cannot compromise our painful past as victims and the reality that we still live today for Mayor Hashimoto’s apology performance,” the women said.

“We don’t need to be trampled on again.”

Mr Hashimoto’s foot-in-mouth syndrome struck again when he said US troops – who have a savage reputation in Japan for a string of sexual assaults on civilians – should visit legal adult entertainment venues to calm their libidos.

He has said he plans to apologise to outraged US military chiefs for “making them feel uncomfortable because of my inappropriate remarks.”

Mr Hashimoto claimed other countries used similar systems at the time but historians have said that the only other organised sex system was run by nazi Germany.

Ms Kim and Ms Kil are regulars at a weekly protest outside the Japanese embassy in Seoul demanding justice for the sex slaves.

Ms Kim was recruited to work at a military uniform factory when she was 15 but ended up in military-run brothels across south-east Asia where she had to have sex with an average of 15 soldiers during the day and dozens at weekends.

Ms Kil took a factory job at 13 in 1940 but was sent to China where she was repeatedly raped until the end of the war.

31 thoughts on “Forced prostitution survivors demand resignation of Japanese politician

  1. What does he mean “there is no evidence”? Is he that dense? These women still living ARE the evidence and should be heard around the world! They must not be forgotten as this is something that could happen again. The evidence is there in photographs as well. It can no longer be denied.


    • You are completely right. One might say this is the stupidity of one person, Hashimoto. However, he fits in a context of reviving militarism in Japan. Where the government plans to abolish the anti-war clause in the constitution. Right-wing tendencies within the Japanese ruling class are also not the only ones to blame for this. During the Korean war, the United States agreed with Japanese re-armament; called “self-defence forces”. During the Iraq war, the US Bush administration invited Japanese soldiers to be part of the occupation of Iraq. And now, the Pentagon tends to agree with Japanese militarism, in confrontation with North Korea and China. However, reviving Japanese militarism might become a danger not only for China or Korea, but for the US as well.


  2. Reblogged this on kadja1dotcom and commented:
    This is a story that needs to be told and retold until the Japanese Government accepts its responsibility in these horrendous acts. The least they could do is issue a formal apology.


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  4. Hashimoto stays at helm despite fiasco, calls to exit

    Japan Times — Jun 25

    Calls for Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) co-leader Toru Hashimoto to resign mounted Monday morning, after the party’s candidates were soundly beaten in Sunday’s Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election.

    But with the Upper House election less than a month away, party leaders said Hashimoto will stay at his post, with many of Nippon Ishin’s rank and file saying a leadership change now would simply further damage its popularity, which has plunged since Hashimoto’s May remarks were taken as an attempt to justify Japan’s wartime “comfort women” system of sexual slavery.

    Hashimoto, who spent Sunday in Okinawa attending the memorial ceremony marking the 68th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Okinawa, said Monday afternoon in Osaka that he had no plans to resign now.


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