The Daily Inkless: Abe denies sex slaves. They better make some great sushi this year.
March 1, 2007, 4:18 pm
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WWII is history’s history now. The 1940’s must seem as ancient to today’s younger children as the “gilded-age” to me. We beat the Axis powers (No, not the Axis of Evil) and effectively assumed world-wide dominance.. blah blah blah.

Japan and China/Korea have had a long-standing grudge over the Japanese tactics used during their invasions and occupations. Generations have passed and it seems that this hatred and denial is now genetically passed down, or something. Perhaps this is perpetrated by the incredibly graphic memories of the cruelty exhibited at the time by the invading forces. My grandmother, who has Alzheimer’s, still has a vivid memory of fleeing Shanghai with her family one night. She will remember that night long after she forgets my name and even the names of her children. It is that deeply ingrained. As her grandson, I can only listen and wonder what in God’s name can the Japanese possibly say to defend these actions?

Now, let me be really CLEAR. I have no animosity towards the Japanese people or culture. In fact, I would cut off my left pinky for a life-time supply of toro-sushi. (I will probably post about food soon.) Anyhow, the bitterness comes from the history and the Japanese government’s denial of the situation. They change textbooks, pray to war criminals and overall apologize like a little boy being forced to by his mother.

Enter Shinzo Abe.

(Anger-filled) Full story after the jump. (Source)

There is a term that floats around in both literature and history circles: comfort women. (Be weary of the neutrality of wiki on this one.)

Comfort women were essentially kidnapped young women who were put into “pens” to be used as sexual objects by the Japanese soldiers during the occupation. There have been numerous accounts of such activity . (Probably a better source than wiki.) In every war, there is some kind of sex-based demand and supply. Rape is a prominent feature of wars and we have been horrified by the stories of mass rape coming out of Sudan. There is never an excuse for rape. It is abominable and cowardly. However, what is even more terrifying is the denial of mass rape during wartime. Shinzo Abe, congratulations.

”The fact is, there is no evidence to prove there was coercion,” Abe said.

His remarks contradicted evidence in Japanese documents unearthed in 1992 that historians said showed military authorities had a direct role in working with contractors to forcibly procure women for the brothels.

This is a disgrace to the Japanese government that lives and breathes on “face” and honor. There was some headway before Abe’s reign into this issue. Although the statements made by the previous administration were clearly half-assed, it was a step in the right direction. Here comes nationalist Abe and in the name of Japanese pride, destroys Japanese dignity.

Abe, visit your war-criminal graves. Try to tell your children that the war was an opportunity to “liberate and enlighten” the “unified” Asian people. But in the name of your Shinto gods, how dare you deny these women and their family this small morsel of reprieve?

Nariaki Nakayama, […], sought to play down the government’s involvement in the brothels by saying it was similar to a school that hires a company to run its cafeteria.

”Some say it is useful to compare the brothels to college cafeterias run by private companies, who recruit their own staff, procure foodstuffs, and set prices,” he said.

”Where there’s demand, businesses crop up … but to say women were forced by the Japanese military into service is off the mark,” he said. ”This issue must be reconsidered, based on truth … for the sake of Japanese honor.”

Nakayama is a leftover from Koizumi’s administration. He should have learned a thing for two about being quiet after all the outrage caused by the Yasukuni Shrine visits. Koizumi was not a shining example of diplomacy, but damn Nakayama, did you know China is a nuclear power?

To liken forced sexual slavery to college cafeterias run by private companies is like saying rape is like a well-oiled financial enterprise. Wait, fuck the analogy, that is exactly what the guy is saying. In light of the recent statement by the Health Minister that Japanese women are “birth-giving machines,” Abe’s administration really needs to take a look at their stance on women. The world, including his own nation, is turning against him. He has a sliver-thin 36 percent support rate, mirroring our own head of state.

“[…] for the sake of Japanese honor.” That line makes me put my hands in the air and hopes that someone can slap some magical sense into the man. Honor is not a Japanese birthright. Like Chinese honor, Korean honor, American honor, Uzbekistani (?) Honor, and every other possible kind of honor, it is the product of honorable action. Try to file “denial of mass rape” under any kind of honor. You’d be laughed at by the world and condemned to sipping that wheat-tea with Lucifer himself.

There is honor to be had in this situation. No, it does not counteract the eternal shame of forced sexual slavery by a nation. However, it does add another more pure chapter to a cursed novel. Accept your downfalls like the world and even your own people wish you to. You can change your textbooks and modify your education but Japan is tied to the world and its ideas. This fabricated truth will be blown away by the painful truth.

Meet one of these comfort women. Let your daughters and wives meet them. No amount of Japanese honor will be able to wash away the deep, cutting human shame. True honor demands that these acts be recognized and accounted for. Only then can the Japanese government stand proudly again – not propped up by its diplomatic crutches, but on its own two feet. The land of the rising sun has a vital role to play in East Asian regionalism. Step up.


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Wow, good post. Very deep. I still can’t beleive that Abe is denying they had sex slaves during WW2. Crazy shit, and your right, they better make great sushi this year.

Comment by Suraj

abe is a fucking monkey

Comment by Chris

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