Forgotten faces: Japan's comfort women
By Kyung Lah, CNN
June 6, 2012 -- Updated 0945 GMT (1745 HKT)
Ignoring Japan's comfort women [CNN 6-05-2012]
thank you for uploading the movie. i think US people and Ms.Kyung Lah discriminate against japanese... in the WW2,japanese army had bad war crime, we must analogize deeply. i had donated to foundation for comfort women, but why these women must keep to work as sexual slaves in Korean war 1951 or Mao Zedong's The Great Leap Forward in China??? you should think by your head..
CNN hides the fact,its not fault for Nikon. 安世鴻 photographer Ahn Sehong deceived and worked dirty business. Nikon provides the exhibition space by Free fee, in term of do NOT business,NOT political acting. but he asked people on his homepage, "i need 1283000 yen,$160000 to exhibit in Nikon!!" moreover he has some contravention of a law.
Photographer Ahn Sehong has taken a series of portraits of so-called "comfort women," Korean women who were forcibly taken from their country and used as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during WWII.
Nikon cancels a photo exhibition by Ahn Sehong on Japan's comfort women in Tokyo
Photographer says he believes it demonstrates discrimination against the women
"Comfort women" is the term given to Korean women used as sex slaves by Japanese soldiers
Now in their 80s and 90s, the women are living their final years in poverty in rural China
Tokyo (CNN) -- Photographer Ahn Sehong walks into the Nikon building in Tokyo with his photos under his arm. They're pictures of elderly women, part of his exhibit that was scheduled to take place at the Nikon gallery. That is, until Nikon canceled it without explanation.
It's not the quality of his work that's the problem, says Sehong, but the content. Sehong's photographs are portraits of the Korean women known as comfort women, victims who were forcibly taken from Korea and used as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during WWII.
Now 80 to 90 years old, they're the living but dwindling history of the decades-old war crimes. Some Japanese extremists believe the crimes against the comfort women never happened. Others would prefer to stop discussing Japan's ugly war history in modern times.
Sehong knocks on the door of the Nikon gallery manager's office. A middle-aged man opens the door. The gallery manager knows who Sehong is and asks him to wait. He closes the door.
"In the beginning I was angry and frustrated," says Sehong, referring to receiving the notice that his exhibit was canceled, as he waits outside the manager's door. "But this is not a matter of being angry. I believe there is a problem with the Japanese government. They're discriminating against the comfort women."
The letter Sehong received didn't state why the exhibition was canceled, and while Nikon told CNN that public complaints had been lodged before its planned opening, a representatives said that wasn't the reason the exhibition was pulled.
Sehong's pictures are emotional but don't appear to make a political statement about the Japanese. In one portrait, a woman appears to be crying. Her face is deeply lined, her back slouched with age, her hands spotted with freckles. The picture is black and white, carrying a timelessness that betrays the endless grief the woman carries. It is just one of dozens of portraits of the elderly, poverty-stricken Korean women, quietly living out their twilight years in rural China.
"The reason I do this work is for these grandmothers," says Ahn. "The government and some Japanese people just hope these women will die and history will be erased. It's not right."
Korean 'Comfort women' demand justice
Japan has a track record of downplaying its war crimes. Most recently, Japan's government says two delegations met with the mayor of Palisades Park, New Jersey, asking the city to remove a memorial dedicated to comfort women.
These grandmothers were forced into slavery 70 years ago. They lived and survived alone. Afterwards no one remembers them.
Ahn Sehong, photographer
The city says the Japanese officials offered cherry blossom trees if the city would take down the memorial, a small, unremarkable rock that has a single bronze etching on the side. The city says it refused the offer. Japan's government would not confirm it offered Palisades Park any gift in exchange for the removal of the memorial.
The move, widely reported through the Korean American community, reopened old wounds.
"They think it's an anti-Japanese monument, trying to attack Japan, but it's not," says Chejin Park, staff attorney for the Korean American Civic Empowerment, based in New York. "We don't want to repeat that kind of massive, government-organized human trafficking. The only way we can stop that kind of human rights violation is remembering that human rights violation. The best way to remember it is to have a memory of it."
Korean American activists say Japan needs to accept and properly acknowledge its war crimes instead of trying to eradicate its history. The Palisades Park effort backfired on Japan, says Park. "Their request was helpful for our movement. It's helping us to do more things for the comfort women issue. Many more communities now want to have memorials in their communities."
Japan's government has formally apologized on numerous occasions for the atrocities against the women. Japan helped establish the Asian Women's Fund in 1995, which is supported by government funds and provides assistance to comfort women. The AWF has received donations from Japanese people equaling US$7 million.
Japan has resisted direct payments to individual victims, leading to complaints among activists and victims that the country appears to be avoiding officially acknowledging its history.
The lack of direct reparations continues to support a culture of discrimination against the women, say activists. That's why Ahn believes Nikon could so easily cancel his photographic memorial to the women.
Nikon's gallery manager reappears out of his office and tells Ahn his exhibit remains canceled. He won't explain why.
Ahn is disappointed. He had hoped to teach young Japanese people about their history and challenge them to reconcile it.
"These grandmothers were forced into slavery 70 years ago," says Ahn. "They lived and survived alone. Afterwards, no one remembers them."
Ahn gathers his pictures and heads to the gallery's exit. "Will they be blown away in a bleak wind and dispersed and vanished to the back stage of history?"
Korean prostitution examined in Australia
Joong Ang Ilbo
The Australian state with the largest Korean population in the country is currently investigating prostitution involving Korean women, according to a member of the state’s parliament.
Victor Michael Dominello, a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, said that the investigation started at the request of the Korean multicultural committee he set up.
More than 1,000 Korean women are estimated to be involved in prostitution in Australia, a number that increased sharply in recent years, according to data from an Australian civic group. Some data say that about one-sixth of all women providing sex for money in Australia are Korean.
As the numbers grew, the prostitution issue emerged as a diplomatic concern between Korea and Australia.
looks koreans have never changed
I just hope they don't vote.
Just now in reply to northchi
I think Japan has done a much better job owning up to its war crimes than has the United States. It's easy to point fingers. It's much harder to look into the mirror.
2 minutes ago
America has war crimes?
0 minutes ago in reply to jack_k1
This comments section is frightening. Our country truly is the home of the utterly stupid.
9 minutes ago 1 Like
Quite a few Koreans around me area of the country, and the majority drive Japanese cars. It's very rare to spot one driving an American car. Sort of like all the Jews that drive around in German cars. Obviously, the average Korean doesn't dislike the Japanese, any more than the typical Jewish person dislikes the Germans.
9 minutes ago
funny how the Germans have embraced and faced the crimes the nazis committed during WWII and the japanese fight it to this day tooth and nail...like the chinese "medical research" lab that they tortured and murdered 1000sands and have still not owned up to it....japanese culture is built to a great degree on a facade of propriety and self control....great when a sunami hits...but bad when facing mistakes.
10 minutes ago
It is amazing that any Germans or Japnaese were allowed to live after WWII. The Romans would have wipred them all out.
12 minutes ago 2 Likes
Fortunately civilization has progressed just a little in the last 2000 years.
Well. For some of us, anyway.
2 minutes ago in reply to davedave11
Japanese committed heinous war crimes throughout Asia and the Pacific. They murdered, and tortured POWs, and civilians without any remorse. The only regret they have as a culture was that they lost. The culture did not change.
19 minutes ago 2 Likes
that is correct...if they had won they would not be the culture they are today...they would be just as brutal as they were in 1943
8 minutes ago in reply to Rika33
So you speak for all Japanese? Shut up.
12 minutes ago in reply to Rika33
The best little whorehouse in New Haven
BY JIALU CHEN
Friday, August 27, 2010
Two major activities of Asian organized crime networks are the trafficking of women from Korea into the United States and the operation of massage parlors that offer Korean prostitutes, according to “Modern-Day Comfort Women: The U.S. Military, Transnational Crime, and the Trafficking of Women,” an article published in the book, “International Sex Trafficking of Women & Children: Understanding the Global Epidemic.” The author, Donna Hughes of the University of Rhode Island, explain that these networks are usually able to re-open massage parlors within days or even weeks of police raids.
24 minutes ago
few more years - all the victims die off - let the new history begin - cheaper that way
24 minutes ago
The Japanese were heartless in their treatment of these poor women and their treatment of prisoners of war. When you add in the "Rape of Nanking", you see how terrible they really were.
57 minutes ago 3 Likes
If you think the US is so bad, I suggest you get out of your chair and travel the rest of the world. America may do and has done some less than honorable things but it's still the best hope of man.
You want to see insensitive treatment of others? Go to Afghanistan, Iran, North Korea, or pretty much anywhere outside of the US and Western Europe.
You live a soft, sheltered, naive life. Get over yourself and your self righteous moral superiority.
7 minutes ago in reply to willie12345
We're torturing people who we don't even have the guts to label as POWs, and who haven't been proven guilty of anything, to this day at Gitmo. We have no moral high ground.
10 minutes ago in reply to willie12345
Our treatment of German POWs (especially post war) was (way) less than honorable too. But, I suppose we won the war and we can continue our insensitive treatment of others to this very day.
40 minutes ago in reply to willie12345 2 Likes
What happened is terrible fact and denying it is like denying the holocaust. Having said that - am I responsible for the sins of my father. Should I pay retribution or apologize to the women he had sex with and left (even if he forced them). The Japanese government should admit that their predecessors did wrong and move on (no apology, the current society did not do it). The other side of the coin is had the Japanese of won the war they would be a samurai type society and Korean women would still be serving as would the Japanese women.
57 minutes ago
Typical of the Japanese culture - no accountabilty. That has not changed.
17 minutes ago in reply to karek40 1 Like
The samurai type society had already been abandoned in the 19th century, I'm with you on everything you said, other than the last sentence which is nonsense.
35 minutes ago in reply to karek40
All is fair in war and none of it is good.
1 hour ago 2 Likes
yes we could forgive if Japanese say sorry. If they don't, we can't. Because they don't know that was bad thing so they could do it again.
39 minutes ago in reply to Lord Jesus
c4spdk - perhaps a little sunday school will provide the answer you seek.
40 minutes ago in reply to Lord Jesus
Yes we want to as soon as they admit the guilt.
How do you forgive when they deny it?
1 hour ago in reply to Lord Jesus
And you are absolutely right, Jesus. And we must forgive and move on, too.
1 hour ago in reply to Lord Jesus
Sure Flyover. Like a Koala is "akin" to a Grizzly.
1 hour ago F
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