Monday, June 18, 2012

Nikon Cancels ‘Comfort Women’ Photo Exhibit by Wall street journal

Nikon Cancels ‘Comfort Women’ Photo Exhibit
May 28, 2012, 7:52 PM JST

By Miho Inada

In the latest flare-up over Japan’s ongoing handling of Korean “comfort women” during World War II, Tokyo-based camera company Nikon Corp. has stirred controversy by cancelling a planned exhibit on the subject by a South Korean photographer.

Former “comfort women” during weekly protests outside the Japanese embassy in Seoul, South Korea.
The exhibit was to have been shown at the company’s Shinjuku salon from June 26 to July 9, and included photos of women who said they had been held as sexual slaves by the Japanese military in China in the 1930s and 1940s.

A spokeswoman for the photographer, Ahn Se-hong, said an official from Nikon called him last week and told him the exhibit would be cancelled, but did not give him any reason. The spokeswoman, Sadik Lee, told JRT that a Nikon official said they would like to meet Mr. Ahn in person to apologize, but he refused until he was given an explanation.

A Nikon spokesman, who declined to be named, confirmed the cancellation, and told JRT that “considering various circumstances in a comprehensive way, we have come to decide to cancel it. This is all we can say.”

The spokesman wouldn’t elaborate, but did confirm Japanese press reports of protests that Nikon received against the planned exhibit. The Asahi Shimbun reported that several complaints surfaced on the Internet, branding the exhibit a “betrayal” of Japan, and calling for protests of the exhibit.

The cancellation comes after a controversy earlier this month in Palisades Park, N.J., when Japanese government officials and lawmakers tried to persuade the community to take down a monument in the town, which has a large population of Korean descent, dedicated to the memory of comfort women. The town refused and the resulting publicity has prompted more American cities to consider such monuments.

Mr. Ahn also seems determined not to let the matter of his exhibit fade quietly. Ms. Lee said he cannot accept cancellation and is demanding that Nikon go ahead with the original plans.

12:59 am May 29, 2012
Cleo wrote:
If they hadn’t cancelled, the exhibit would have gone on with no international press certainly not from WSJ. By cancelling, I know not to buy NIkon products. But I’m not buying ANY Japanese owned products including Philips and Madame Alexander dolls. All my multi region dvd players are from OPPO out of California.

1:00 am May 29, 2012
Cleo wrote:
Think about it – every time you support Japanese business, you are financing their cruel gloating over getting away with rape, murder and thieving.

1:32 am May 29, 2012
AwesomeGaijin wrote:
@ Cleo – what are you getting so upset about? if you really want to get back at them, just bang a couple of their women. there’s a term for japanese women – yellow taxis – everybody gets on and off!!!

haha, they’re the shame of japan – and i certainly am enjoying myself! meanwhile the short little japanese men just stare impotently…

2:36 am May 29, 2012
a wrote:
there are two anti-japan persons. maybe korean.

5:04 am May 29, 2012
bunkloader wrote:
@ Cleo – Do you refuse to buy American products due to slavery in the past? C’mon.

@ AwesomeGaijin – I’m guessing you can’t speak Japanese well enough yet to get a real girl. Try using a condom and maybe dating a smart one from time to time.

9:25 am May 29, 2012
Tokyo_Dan wrote:
If the photographer would like to make sticker copies of the photos, I’d be more than willing to post them throughout Tokyo under the cover of darkness. He can call it an open-air exhibit.

10:48 am May 29, 2012
AwesomeGaijin wrote:
@ bunkloader

of course i’m not fluent, but know enough japanese to get by, but hey, most of these girls know english, decently well educated (book smarts, but not smart anything else), and at this point in their lives, japanese men just ain’t doing it for them.

they’re just trash though, i don’t really care. but being a white gaijin here i certainly get treated with privileges… while lame japanese salarymen get treated like a dime a dozen in their own country! this is great – love to see their envious expressions.

10:59 am May 29, 2012
Anon wrote:
Cowards! Keep sweeping your issues under the carpet Japan. inevitably the build up will be great the floor will collapse.

11:14 am May 29, 2012
sukmy9cm wrote:
Go and bust any “Asian” massage parlor in a major city in U.S./Canada/Australia, and do a background search of the nationality of the wh…ladies working there and the guys running the show, and you’re likely to find an interesting correlation.
Fifty years from now, I can bet my 2 cents that these people will be coming out in droves to claim that they had been brought there against their will and were made to serve as “comfort women” by the evil westerners and start demanding for an apology and compensation.

6:31 pm May 29, 2012
JPM wrote:
Even now 100,000 Korean ladies are seling themselves as Prostitution all over the world.
Do you think that?

9:52 pm May 29, 2012
Cleo wrote:
Anyone notice that the author of this article wrote “woman who SAID they had been held as sexual slaves” as if it is their word against Japan’s. Holy Christ. Evil much?

Ahn Se-hong should put the entire exhibit on a webpage so we can all get a look at it since NIkon has given him all this free press.

Very Cruel to do this to the victims. And Tone Deaf besides. Interesting.

9:54 pm May 29, 2012
Cleo wrote:
despite all the dusty storefronts with blatant Massage signs – I’ve never seen anyone go in them. The only time I hear about them is on Law and Order episodes and even then that’s rare. I have met chaste high achieving Korean American girls though. Would the Japanese really rape prostitutes when in China, they specifically hunted virgins? The Japanese HURT those girls and women.

1:21 am May 30, 2012
xuan wrote:
@AwesomeGaijin: wow, you are truly a moron and a discredit to foreigners living abroad. you are living in Japan as a GUEST. granted, those women consented to relations with you…but maybe one time was all they needed to realize what a lousy lay you are. and a pompous windbag.

Nikon has every right to cancel the exhibit on the comfort women. Is it the right/moral thing to do? No, but considering the already tense atmosphere between Japan and Korea, do they need something else to stir up more contraversy or negative publicity? Probably not.

I am Vietnamese-American, do you hear me complaining about American GI’s raping our women? I don’t appreciate it being part of our culture’s history, but it’s up to us today to prevent women and children from being exploited in the future in situations like these where in war, women and children are abused and exploited.

10:00 pm May 30, 2012
Gen X Japanese male wrote:
As for me, Generation X, Japanese nationality living in Japan, here is what I have been told or have learnt:
1. Comfort Women did exist.
2. Half were either Chinese(Manchuria) or Korean origin, Japanese invaded areas.
3. “Many” have volunteered to become prostitutes. It was not Illegal back then.
4. “Many” were sold by their parents as it was quite natural to have big family in poor areas, probably happened not just in China or Korea but also in Japan as well
5. “Many” may have been abducted from their families or tricked into being a comfort women, where this is the point in the argument.
6. There were no ways for comfort women to go to military controlled areas so the Military organized the logistics.
7. The military did not out law comfort women system. As in point 5, they knew there was sexual act done by comfort woman and have asked for a setup in remote areas.
8. “Some” comfort women may have been paid in military issued bonds
9. “many” soldiers(ancestors) have bought comfort women, “some” have not
10. DId Japanese military tried to solve these abduction issue? Probably not. Did they know where and how they came, probably not.
11. So was it public or government(military) ran? Does not really matter for non-Japanese but this is the point where all thinking stops for Japanese.
So when I hear “Military Sex Slave” I have to wonder what is meant for and why they advertise as is. Clearly above point is not humane in today’s standards and most would agree that in modern day Japan.
Was there a military, involvement? Yes, there was and there was negligence and past prime ministers have apologized in public speeches. Was it proper? Probably not as it is not to the point that Korean victims want to hear and also the government’s thinking stops at point 11.
For me, I am not sure what is fair for these victims. Execution of Tokyo Tribunal is not realistic to these people. Unless above all points are advertised liked the holocaust, like “every one of comfort women” were sex slaves they will most likely never feel right. There were public fund setup in Japan to pay back to these victims but it was not government owned, only directed by government.
In the real world, in Japan, it is not discussed in public (as Japanese do not openly discuss political issues) but some what people are still trying to understand what had really happened. We can freely learn from left or the right side people but the Japanese have not come to a common consensus, and what I know may be wildly biased as well.
So this is what I know and have learned in the past. I do not know who is to blame, the nation, people or history but I feel it will never be “solved” as it is already not about what it is but what it should be.

11:16 pm May 30, 2012
Cleo wrote:
I believe that the documentary participants – the Osakan hookers were being honest about how many men they serviced before they got off work and hung out in “THe Great Happiness Space” but the Japanese Army had to guard these gangrape victims known as Comfort Women from escaping and the woman and girls were damaged so thoroughly that they were definitely tortured and raped to death or near death such that many became infertile AND incontinent suffering internal organ injuries. Not only were they bayoneted and burned and choked during the rapes but unlike the JAPANESE who actually volunteered to be hookers, they had NO paperwork like the kind that China found for a Kristi Yamaguchi lookalike.

I think it is cruel of people who learned of the comfort women in Japanese schools to (1) use the fact that they know about is a a defense and denial and a propagation of the party line denial but also to refuse to acknowledge how absolutely gross it is to be gangraped for every waking second of your life because your people had the temerity to be taller, straighter and more Confucian than your attackers. This was a punishment upon the woman of China and Korea for being goody goodies.

The fact that postwar Japanese see strangely blatant Korean massage parlors and newspaper ads offering services as a satisfaction and a clearance for genuine organized sex crimes is telling about the true character of postwar Japanese. But why should we argue, we should just leave you alone with the North Koreans so we can be honest with each other, You had your turn, wait for theirs.

3:00 am May 31, 2012
Gen X Japanese male wrote:
OK, I get your point. They were gang raped victims, especially those who were taken against their will. No question about that. It is also true that many Japanese, especially those right wing people, do not go further then the punch line about military involvement. The argument usually stops there because the approach of the point of view starts from 2 different points. In a way, it does show how Japanese, especially male are in-affectionate and can’t put their feet in other’s shoes and view from the other side.
But I think you are wrong that people in Japan do not feel that gang rape is gross. There is no denying of this.
I do feel for those who were victimized by the war by my countrymen and probably so does many that live in this country. And there may be a lack of teaching feelings of being a such rape victims but I think people here also think gang rape is gross. It is unfair for people to put it as “ALL Japanese are ex-gang rapers” and “still are gang rapers” because there still is illegal prostitution in Japan.

3:09 am May 31, 2012
Cleo wrote:
And this is why, folks, the Celts and the D’egos DON”T teach sophistry in schools – so foreign students can’t learn how to excuse sneaky denials and defense of their ancestors actions which subsidize their lifestyles today.

I won’t be taking a roundtrip stroll in the garden with you. If you don’t want to get caught with your hands dirty, don’t post in the first place or get WSJ to remove your original post otherwise it has to stand on its own stumps.

3:19 am May 31, 2012
Cleo wrote:

She looks like Kristi Yamaguchi!

6:34 am June 2, 2012
柳炳勲 wrote:
What are the Japanese so afraid of? why can’t they just face their past? such liars and cowards.

7:12 pm June 4, 2012
K wrote:
What are the Koreans so afraid of? why can’t they just face their past? such liars and cowards.

12:28 pm June 5, 2012
feafewaffew wrote:
to sukmy9cm: die painfully cretin

12:34 pm June 5, 2012
feafewaffew wrote:
To K, JPM, and a: I would love to kick your ugly faces in and cut them to ribbons.

1:30 pm June 8, 2012
JPM wrote:
>feafewaffew Before being going to kick the face of other people, your nation must supervise the export of illegal with harm prostitutes.

11:41 am June 11, 2012
feafewfwgaefwawe wrote:
To xuan and Gen X Japanese male: GFY you cretins.

11:42 am June 11, 2012
feafewfwgaefwawe wrote:
Tokyo_Dan is a stupid dolt.

2012/5/29 17:54



韓国人写真家、安世鴻氏の広報担当者によると、ニコン側が同氏に先週、電話をかけ、理由もなく写真展の中止を伝えたという。広報担当者はJapan Real Time(JRT)に対し、ニコン側は安氏に直接会って謝罪したい旨を伝えたが、安氏は中止の説明が得られるまでこれを拒否する意向だと述べた。





記者:Miho Inada

せーちゃん さん:
従軍慰安婦はでっち上げだ! 現在旧日本軍が主導した事実は全くない。 あるのは『慰安婦大募集』の広告・貼紙しかありません。 米国本土でも問題になり始めている様に慰安婦・売春婦は朝鮮女性の昔からの有力な職なのですよ。

2012/06/17 22:32
醍醐 さん:

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ケチ兵衛 さん:

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阿羅漢 さん:

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ま~さ さん:

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森 さん:

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現実 さん:

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川本健二 さん:

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阿羅漢 さん:

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阿羅漢 さん:

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阿羅漢 さん:

2012/05/30 6:27
安氏は現在の慰安婦である遠征女をカメラに収めてはいかがでしょうか さん:
また韓国は挺身隊と慰安婦を意図てきに混同し強制連行20万人などと主張していますが、挺身隊とは軍需工場で製造に関わった少女たちであり売春婦ではありません。また圧倒的多数は日本人女性です。これは慰安婦でも変わりありません。 また苛酷な植民地と韓国人は主張しますが破綻した朝鮮を近代化し大戦末期までの半島運営に9割前後の負担をし、朝鮮防衛のために朝鮮人を徴兵したのは大戦末期になってからです。また日本軍には朝鮮人将官が多数占めていました。

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