Saturday, November 1, 2014

Japan: Comfort women issue drags on,Michael Yon

Where: 1819 L St, NW, Washington, DC. Sixth Floor Conference Room
When: Sep 25 2014 - 12:00pm - Sep 25 2014 - 1:30pm
Giving Voice: The “Comfort Women” Issue as an American Issue

An Asia Pacific Seminar featuring:

Dr. Mary M. McCarthy
Visiting Fellow, East-West Center in Washington
Associate Professor, Drake University

Dr. Daqing Yang (Discussant)
Associate Professor and Director, Asian Studies Program, George Washington University

Dr. Mary McCarthy discusses how the comfort women issue has been taken up by Asian Diasporas in the United States.

Despite the passage of almost seven decades since the end of World War II, the issue of sexual slavery and the Imperial Japanese armed forces remains not only unresolved, but of increasing concern in East Asia and the United States. For the US, this is due to the fact that not only does the lack of resolution disrupt national security goals through the serious challenges it poses for US-Japan-South Korea trilateral cooperation, but it has become a point of contention in the US domestic political sphere as well. This is clearly viewed through the 2007 passage of House Resolution 121, which called on Japan to acknowledge and apologize for the use of “comfort women” during WWII, as well as the proliferation of “comfort women” memorials throughout the US since 2010.

In this seminar, Dr. Mary M. McCarthy analyzed how and why this subject resonates with people in the US today across ethnic and generational lines. She discussed the present-day meanings attached to this issue, by a diversity of actors, as a leading cause of both its intransigence and its appeal. She further examined the domestic politics, identity formation processes, and geopolitical contexts that help to form the varied voices that seek to be heard on the “comfort women” issue.

For more images, please visit the album for this event on the East-West Center's Flickr page.
Dr. Mary M. McCarthy is a Visiting Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington, and an associate professor of politics and international relations at Drake University in Des Moines, IA. She received her B.A. in East Asian studies and her Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University. Dr. McCarthy specializes in Japan’s domestic and foreign policies. She has published on topics including the Japanese media, and cooperation and conflict between Japan and China in the East China Sea. Her current research examines the historical legacies of the Asia-Pacific War on Japan’s foreign relations. She is also a Mansfield Foundation US-Japan Network for the Future Scholar.

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Grace Ruch Clegg
Phone: 202-327-9762

Michael Yon

Group releases ‘comfort women’ interviews from before 1993 apology
SEP 16, 2014
SEOUL – A Seoul-based group has released footage of interviews conducted by the Japanese government with victims of forced sexual slavery in World War II to produce the 1993 apology known as the Kono Statement.

“We want the public to see that there is evidence,” a representative of the Association for the Pacific War Victims said Monday at a news conference.

The interviews took place in the association’s office in July 1993, before then-Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono released the statement the following month.

The statement was the first official admission of Japanese military involvement in the forced recruitment of mostly Asian females to work as “comfort women” in brothels for soldiers.

At the time the group agreed with the Japanese government not to make the videos public, but it has now decided to do so because “(Prime Minister Shinzo) Abe’s government has done severe damage to the Kono Statement,” a representative said.

In the video, two women describe being grabbed by the arms and taken away by a Japanese police officer and a Korean man, and having their arms twisted because they “didn’t cooperate.”

Though 16 women were originally interviewed, the association released only 17 minutes of footage showing the two women because some of the others have yet to speak publicly about their experiences.

In June, a Japanese government panel released a report on the circumstances surrounding the drafting of the Kono Statement. The report stated that interviews with comfort women were intended to learn what they felt and did not delve into the facts behind their testimony.

The study was welcomed by conservatives in Japan but criticized by South Korea and the United States.

In Tokyo on Tuesday, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga described the release of the footage as “very regrettable.”

“The interviews were conducted on the condition that they would not be made public. . . . It’s difficult to understand why (the group) released only some part (of the video), and it’s very regrettable,” Suga told a regularly scheduled press briefing.
古森義久 慰安婦問題、米から支援の声














(mochi thinking)
i guess that the issue of "the victims of comfort women for japan empire" is not more than an error by historical misinterpretation, just the problem of the information warfare.
it would be the key that as the same as the reason to entry into the WW2 for US and japan,we should resolve the course of making the propaganda to start the war by mass media.

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