What is the "Comfort Women Issue?"
The term gcomfort womenh refers simply to prostitutes in wartime. But Koreans have long been promoting the gDiscount Japan campaignh,a false version of history that Japan abducted hundreds of thousands of Korean women and coerced them into sexual services for Japanese soldiers outside of Japan during World War II. This is, for practical and logical reasons, a fictitious version of history.
The U.S. Miltary official document
The U.S. Miltary official documentgJapanese Prisoner of War Interrogation Report No. 49.h exclusively and vividly shows how well comfort women were treated. They were simply not sex slaves.
Women earned high salaries
A Korean comfort woman named Moon Ok-ju, a former prostitute who worked in Burma, visited the Shimonoseki Post Office in Japan to withdraw her savings, and found out her original ledger was discovered and confirmed.(Note: In Japan, the Japanese Post Office has several banking functions.)
She worked in Burma during the period of two years and three months between June 1943 and September 1945, and accumulated a total savings of 26,145 yen in deposits at the military post office. In the 1940s, 5000 yen would have been enough to purchased a house in Tokyo.
The police officers were Korean
During the annexation of Korea by Japan, all the mayors of the villages in Korea were Korean, and most of the police officers were Korean.
The South Koreans insist that 200,000 women were abducted by the Japanese troops from villages.
To abduct such a huge number of women would not have been easy. If Japanese troops had abducted the women from the villages, where were all the village mayors and policemen? Why didnft the Korean people do anything to guard and help the women? Why didnft they do anything when their people, and especially their women, were taken away by the Japanese troops? Why werenft there anti-Japan movements?
Testimonies are not backed by provable facts
In 1983, a former Japanese soldier, Seiji Yoshida, suddenly claimed that Japanese soldiers had hunted for Korean women in Cheju to force them into sex service for Japanese soldiers. However, elderly people who were familiar with the situation during that time denied this claim in the Cheju newspaper in 1989. One 85-year old woman at that time said that if 15 women had actually been forcibly taken away from a village with only 250 families, it would have been big news, but, she said, that did not happen. And even the Japanese soldier in question admitted he lied in 1995.
Afterwards, with agitation from Japanese leftist groups, many Korean women suddenly started speaking out, saying, gI was one of the comfort womenh to possibly receive a large compensation from the Japanese government in 1991. However, it is very strange that not a single woman came forward for more than 40 years after the war.
The testimonies of these women are vey difficult to believe because their gfactsh change with each telling. It has been documented that some of these women have changed their stories more than ten times. Their testimonies are not backed by provable facts or documentation.
The Japanese government dealt with inhumane crimes against women
The Korean police, then under Japanese control, was ordered to arrest procurers who coerced women into serving as comfort women.
The article below concludes by saying that when the police arrested the procurers, there would be full disclosure of the methods used by malicious brokers; for instance, cajoling women into becoming prostitutes by promising extraordinarily high wages.
As the article clearly demonstrates, the Japanese government dealt severely with inhumane crimes against women, and the military neither kidnapped nor abducted women.
What were American GIs doing in Korea?
Articles appearing in Dong-a Ilbo, one of Koreas leading dailies, on January 31 and September 14, 1961 answer the question.
The January 31 article describes a training course for 800 prostitutes conducted by US Army officers and Korean police. Taking strict precautions to prevent the spread of venereal disease was the main focus of the program.
The September 14 article states that the police in Seoul had asked municipal authorities to oversee the registration of prostitutes who serviced United Nations Command soldiers, again in an attempt to prevent the spread of venereal disease.
Therefore, we know that American military personnel procured prostitutes locally, with the cooperation of the Korean government.
The brothels for the military were not particularly unusual. Every country in the world had them.
Japanese military sexual slavery is completely at odds with historical truth. Wide-spread misconceptions are a violation of our country`s dignity and honor. This could negatively affect our relationship with all nations. Japanese are distressed by this situation, and wish to resolve global misinterpretations and misinformation about the comfort women.