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Rape Of Chinese Women Depicted In Tokyo Exhibit

The history of Japan’s confrontation with its brutality during World War II has hardly been a shining moment of honesty in that nation’s reaction to its actions. Japanese school books rarely deal with issues such as the rape of women or brutality toward prisoners of war. Unlike Germany, which has created museums and ongoing education programs concerning the Holocaust, Japan prefers slumbering in the sleep of denial. Fortunately, in 2005, the Women’s Active Museum on War was created in order to present to Japanese people the true story of what happened. It currently is holding an exhibit in Tokyo that deals with exploitation of Chinese women by members of the Imperial Japanese army.

According to the exhibits director, Eriko Ikeda, “in China, many women were abducted and raped by Japanese soldiers as a warning against anti-japanese movements there.” The Imperial Army established ‘comfort stations’ “which we should rather call rape stations.. after Japanese forces advanced into each region.” The exhibit offers visual materials as well as individual stories of what happened to women both during the time they were being raped and the aftermath of the experience. It also presents stories written by Japanese soldiers who admit they raped women. One panel depicts the story of a Chinese woman who was raped, escaped and then gave birth to a child. Her husband was furious at her and the boy experienced problems in school and from an abusive father who never acknowledged him as a son.

Comfort Women are still fighting to obtain compensation for their wartime brutality and it is a difficult and onerous task to obtain financial compensation.

European Parliament Condemns Japan For WWII Atrocities

The European Parliament passed a resolution condemning Japan for its WWII programs of brutalizing and enslaving women to serve as “comfort women” for members of Japanese armed forces. The resolution calls upon Japan to finally admit its inhumane treatment of women and to pay restitution for the survivors. It is estimated at least 200,000 women from Korea, China and the Philippines were forced to serve as sex slaves to the Japanese armed forces. Sixty years have passed and women are still waiting for Japan to acknowledge its mistakes, accept responsibility, and pay restitution for its actions. Unlike, Germany, the Japanese government refuses to acknowledge what was done nor have the Japanese made certain schools teach an honest version of the past. Instead, Japan’s schoolchildren receive a version of World War II in which their nation was the innocent victim of the United States and Great Britain.

The resolution comes on the hells of a new Japanese film which completely distorts the infamous “Rape of Nanking” in which thousands of Chinese women were raped and over a hundred thousand Chinese civilians were killed by Japanese troops. When will Japan stand up before the bar of history and tell the truth?

US Forced Japanese Prime Minister To Admit WWII Atrocity

The United States government in March warned Tokyo it could not support Japan’s demand for return from North Korea of abducted Japanese citizens unless the Abe government reversed its contentious claim there was no proof that imperial forces forced women into sexual slavery. US Ambassador Thomas Schieffer delivered the warning and Abe agreed to abide by his nation’s 1993 apology to the “comfort women.” Abe had created an international furor on March 5 that no proof existed that the Japanese military was directly involved in the enslavement of Asian women during WW II. Schieffer said US-Japanese relations had reached a critical stage and said there was a possibility Congress would pass a resolution urging Japan to apologize to the women. Abe personally assured President Bush in April that he would stand by the apology and back away from denying the policy of abusing women had ever existed in wartime Japan.

This is certainly an excellent example of President Bush standing by the principle of respecting human rights. But, one is left wondering why he felt comfortable threatening a nation about the possibility Congress would pass a resolution, but had an entirely different viewpoint when Nancy Pelosi pushed for the statement about the Armenian genocide? It appears that Bush is more concerned about Turkish feelings than those of Japanese views.