Why Japan Does Not Apologize for Comfort Women

You may think it strange that Japan does not apologize for the comfort women. As a Japanese, I would like to express my thoughts on this article.

Matter of Fact

First of all, I have to say that there are many misunderstandings about the reality of comfort women. In particular, the theory of “As many as 200,000 Koreans were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese army” is quite absurd.

If you want to know the truth, the first thing I want to say is that English materials are useless. You cant’s understand the truth because the explanation of Wikipedia is changed immediately.

The cause of this situation is that the Asahi Shimbun in Japan reported a wrong story. Many English documents were created based on this, but the original information was incorrect.

Japanese people who can read Japanese later realized the mistake, but it has already spread around the world and has become a fait accompli. The fact was later corrected and apologized by the Asahi Shimbun*, but it has not spread widely.

* https://www.asahi.com/articles/SDI201408213563.html

If you want to know the truth, I recommend reading the explanation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and the following websites.

Isn’t the information from Japan reliable? There are various opinions even among Japanese. But unlike Korea, anyone can speak freely in Japan. It is different from Korea, where researchers are prosecuted only for presenting different views, such as Professor Park Yu-ha. In Korea, dissent is socially unacceptable.

My thoughts on the comfort women issue

I sympathize with those who had unhappy experiences during the war, but I doubt that the Japanese military and the Japanese government are the main actors in the inhumane acts. Although the comfort women recognized that they were forced to work as comfort women, they were forced to do so by private Korean brokers. At that time, Japan was in a position to control illegal acts such as human trafficking.

Therefore, in accordance with the Japan-ROK Basic Treaty, I believe that this issue has “been settled completely and finally” and that the Korean government should provide compensation to the comfort women.

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