Stacy Park / Staff reporter
From May 19 to 21, 2007. The 8th Asian Solidarity Conference for Resolving the Comfort Women Issue was held in Seoul, and even now, almost 15 years later, Japan has not acknowledged its history and has tried to cover it up.
A conference was held in Seoul in 1991. China, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia, the Netherlands, the United States, Germany, and Australia participated under ’15 Years of Asian Solidarity for Future Tasks and Solidarity’ based on the testimonies of comfort women victims. Japanese army. International organizations such as the United Nations recommended an apology and compensation to the Japanese government.
In 1993, Japanese Prime Minister Hosokawa Morihiro expressed deep reflection, and since then, the Prime Minister has been referring to the damage to Asian countries for eight years. However, Japanese Prime Minister Abe, who has been in power since 2012, has not yet apologized despite the 76 years since the end of the war on August 15, 1945, and tried to cover up history.
In a thesis, on December 1, 2020, Harvard University professor J. Mark Ramzier defined the Japanese military comfort women as ‘contract workers’ who volunteered for high profits, not victims of forced labour. This claim is not valid, and Kim Hak-sun first revealed the truth of the lawsuit in 1991. 17-year-old Kim Hak-sun was transported to a Japanese military comfort station in China, where she was sexually assaulted by several soldiers every day. She testified that many women did not survive this ordeal.
On September 8, 2021, the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology approved applications from five Japanese textbook companies to delete or correct the expressions’ comfort women’ and ‘forced arrest.’ Therefore, ‘comfort women’ is expressed differently as ‘comfort women,’ and ‘forced arrest’ is expressed differently as ‘conscription.’ Experts interpret it as an intention to dilute the ‘compulsory’ of the comfort women and the conscription system.
Asked on September 13 about the changes, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian called them “Japan’s latest attempt to meddle with textbooks and play with words to blur the historical facts.”
“The forced recruitment of ‘comfort women’ is a grave crime against humanity committed by the Japanese militarism. It is a historical fact with iron-clad and undeniable evidence,” Zhao said.
He added that “Japan should honestly face up to and reflect on its history of aggression” and “properly handle the ‘comfort women’ issue honestly and responsibly.”
Japan Shades History with Textbook Edit of Sexual Slavery.