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Fabricated "Comfort Women"
The alleged Comfort Women, forcibly moved to the Japanese military, was a fabrication.

Rev. Arimasa Kubo
(Japanese Christian pastor and writer)

Jeju island, Korea. Yoshida testified that he had
transported Korean women forcibly from it to make
them comfort women for Japanese soldiers. But it was a lie.

Yoshida's False Confession

In 1983, a Japanese writer, Seiji Yoshida, published a book entitled "My War Crime - Forcing Transportation of the Koreans." It was an alleged confession that he had "transported about 205 Korean women forcibly under the command of the Japanese military to make them comfort women for Japanese soldiers." Later, The Asahi Shimbun, an anti-Japanese newspaper in Japan, took up this greatly and spread the stories of the "comfort women."

This was the start of the so-called "comfort women." Before that, there had been no such a story. There was none from Korea, and none from Japan. Yoshida's story was the start of everything. Later, it became clear that Yoshida's story had been all lie. Yoshida himself admitted it. He fabricated the story to earn money.

Yoshida's Book Translated into Korean

In 1989, Yoshida's book was translated into Korean. However, at Jeju island of Korea where Yoshida said to have moved the women forcibly, there were Korean people who doubted it. The Jeju Newspaper inquired it and put an article that Yoshida's story had been a lie. A Japanese historian, Ikuhiko Hata, also visited and inquired at Jeju island, and proved that Yoshida's story had been a lie.

The Jeju Newspaper (Aug. 14, 1989) concluded that
there was no evidence nor testimony of
Japanese Army forcefully kidnapped girls.

After that, in front of these facts Yoshida himself confessed that he had lied. He did not apologize, but took a "so-what" attitude, saying:
"It gives you no profit to write the truth in a book. Newspapers also do the same thing, don't they?"
Yoshida was a communist sympathizer. The main strategy of the Japanese Communist Party is to spread the idea that Japan was a very bad country. They think it would help them make Japan a communist country. Under that purpose, they don't think it is bad to make up lies.
However, there still are people who believe the story of "forcibly-moved comfort women."

No Forced Transportation

It is a fact that there were comfort women for the Japanese military in battle fields. The fact is that the comfort women were doing a business to earn money from their free will. There were also Korean traders for the business to mediate between the military and women. The Korean tradesmen sometimes forcibly moved women to make them comfort women for the military. There were even women who earned 10 times money of a university graduate or 100 times of a soldier. They could build house in their homeland after 2-3 years of the job. I read many testimonies of those comfort women. They all said that they had done the job because they could have made much money there.

But after the Korean translation of Yoshida's book was published, suddenly appeared in Korea were the women who said, "I was forcibly moved to become a comfort woman for Japanese soldiers. The Japanese government, compensate!"
There was no such a woman before that though, they suddenly appeared at TV news and appealed the "oppression" of the Japanese military, crying with tears. I saw a Korean woman who said, " I am evidence of the oppression of the Japanese militaty!" Her face was projected largely on the TV screen. Among knowledgeable persons, she was a famous woman as changing testimonies often.

In 1993, the Japanese government had actual hearings from 16 ex-comfort women and inquired other 10 ex-comfort women. Among these 26, there were 8 who testified to have been forcibly moved. But 2 of these had inconsistency in their testimonies and could not be trusted. And other 4 were judged by a Korean group also to be difficult to inquire because of the inconsistency. The rest 2 were the women who worked merely at red-light district, not at battle field. There were only comfort women working to earn money.

Japanese Government's Bad Correspondence

If the story ended here, it would have been better. But the Japanese government's correspondence after that was not good. The Japanese politicians so easily apologized to the Korean government to calm them down.

Before that, the Korean government offered, "We would not require the compensation of money. So, please make that there were the forced transportations." The Japanese politicians said, "We did not find any evidence of the forced transportations; however, for the sake of the Korean government, let us make on this occasion that there were the forced transportations." That was how the Japanese government did the impolitic apologizing interview. Later, world people started to look at Japan as a country which had committed big sex crime.

A Japanese politician who had been in charge of making the draft of the apologizing interview, later said, "We had an agreement with the Korean government that with this interview, both of us would make past issues all settled and would intend for the future. But seeing that today's Korean government is saying about compensation for the past, I am really disappointed."

The same thing can be said to the Japan-Republic of Korea Basic Relations Treaty concluded in 1965. Japan and Korea agreed that with this treaty, all past issues had been settled and that Korea would not require any compensation for the past anymore. But Korean presidents after that has ever required compensation from Japan repeatedly, as if they don't know the treaty.

Truth of Korea's Annexation to Japan

Where did this Korean nature come from? It came from their history.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Yi Dinasty Korea was in the state of bankruptcy. Russia was aiming to take Korea. If Korea became a part of Russia, the next target was Japan. So, Japan annexed Korea in 1910 to make it a strong country not being invaded by Russia. The annexation was done with the agreements of the great world powers in those days. In Korea were also the powers to push on with the annexation.

Japan made schools, factories, hospitals, and all the other institutions in Korea to modernize and rebuild it. Korea, which was said to be one of the poorest countries in the world, became much modernized in a short time. Japan poured huge money and manpower into Korea. Seoul, which was said to be one of the uncleanest cities of the world, became a modernized clean city.

The Korean public had not been able to read and write, but they became able to read and write. The Hangul script became the letters of the Korean public in the period of the Japanese rule on Korea. At schools, Korean pupils and Japanese pupils learned together, under Korean and Japanese teachers.

At companies, Korean and Japanese people worked together, sometimes Japanese men working under Korean superiors. There were even high-rank Korean officers in the Japanese military, using their Korean names. A Korean writer, Seon-hwa Oh, interviewed with Korean people and Japanese people who had actually lived in Korea in the time of the Japanese annexation (1910-1945), and published a book in Japan. These people all testified that the Japanese and Koreans had "worked together" generally "friendly" to make Korea a strong modernized country.

At the time of the annexation, Japan liberated all Korean slaves and made all of them equal people. Before that, 43 percent of the Koreans had been slaves and treated as the same as beasts.

Korean slaves. Japan liberated them and made all people equal.

Japan released them and made all people equal. The slaves appreciated Japan. But there were people who felt bitter about it. Yangban, who were prerogative government officials, hated it. One of the Yangban officials was Syngman Rhee, who later became the first president of Korea.

How Korea's Anti-Japanese Policy Began

In 1945, Japan was beaten at the Pacific War and left Korea. Instead, the one who came to Korea was Syngman Rhee. The USA brought him back from Hawaii to Korea, and made him the first president of Korea. Rhee was a Korean independence activist and was in Hawaii.

Rhee had experienced the stay in Korea in the time of the annexation to Japan for only one and a half years, because after being suspected as a terrorist at the attempted assassination of the Japanese director of Govenor-General of Korea, he escaped to the USA. Rhee was a violent anti-Japanese person. Why did the USA make him the first president? According to a book of Wansup Kim, a Korean writer, published in Japan, the USA in those days thought that it was a wise policy to make a hostile relationship between Korea and Japan to suppress Japan.

President Rhee banished all pro-Japanese people from all official posts and schools, and began violent anti-Japanese education at every school, teaching that Japan took many good things of Korea and Japan was a terrible country. He also gave financial support to anti-Japanese activists, even when they are giving false testimonies. Every anti-Japanese policy was born in his reign. There was no freedom to tell the truth. Any pro-Japanese persons could not live in Korea. Anti-Japanese was the only way to live in Korea.

Even Jeong-hui Pak, the 5-9th president of Korea, made anti-Japanese education thorough. Today's president Geun-Hye Pak(2013-), a daughter of Jeong-hui Pak, also grew up in this education. She believes that Japan did very bad things to Korea in the annexation time, and does many anti-Japanese speeches and actions from the beginning of her presidency. This is a result of that twisted education of Korea.

We are sad that the Koreans still can't get out of this false historical viewpoint. Anti-Japanese education is not good for the Koreans and Korean future. It is a pre-modernized aspect of Korea. If they continue it, they would lose the blessings of God. We need to pray that Korea may notice it, and become a true modernized country.

If there is someone who would translate this into Korean, it would be most appreciated.

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