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?