Korean Comfort Women Fight Back

by Leslie Patrick
-South Korea-
She smiles brightly as she pushes her walker past me on the garden path. Though her eyes have turned milky with cataracts and age, her gaze is bright. She is tired of fighting. I am about an hour south of Seoul, South Korea in a place called The House of Sharing. Created in 1992, the house is a safe refuge for former Korean sex slaves to live in relative peace, away from the scrutiny of those who would judge them for circumstances they endured as young girls during the Japanese occupation of Korea and World War II.


Portraits of the comfort women as they protest for justice in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul. House of Sharing. Seoul, South Korea. Photo courtesy of the author.

The diminutive woman in the garden is Kim Gun-ja. Born in Pyeongchang City in 1926, her family – like so many at the time – was stricken by poverty. By 1939, when Kim was a mere 13 years old, both her parents had died, leaving her with the responsibility of caring for her two younger sisters. Unable to bear the burden under such abject circumstances, the three girls were split up and taken into various neighborhood families.
For Kim, separated from her sisters, the nightmare was still just beginning. When she was 17, her adopted father sold her to the Japanese army. This was when the horrors of her life as a comfort woman in the war-ravaged area of Manchuria (now China) began. For three years, Japanese soldiers raped her over 20 times a day. She was finally released when the Japanese government surrendered to the Allied Forces. Although her life was spared, the physical and emotional toll was too much to bear, and she, along with thousands of other former comfort women, retreated into solitary, forsaken lives.
Kim Gun-ja’s story whirls inside my head as I watch her tiny steps, gnarled hands grasping the bars of her walker. She has endured so much; I hardly know what to say. Anyong haseyo. Hello. I exhaust my basic Korean quickly, so we simply gaze at each other. I feel ashamed as I stare back at her, a tourist gawking at a spectacle. What was she like before she was forced into sexual slavery? Did she dream of a career? Of a husband and children? Surely she never imagined a life sequestered in misery and despair. My mind spins with questions I could never ask, even without the language barrier. Then she smiles at me, and in that smile is the assurance that I am welcome. She is glad I have come. She is relieved that people care about her, that people have not forgotten her plight.
I had never heard of the term “comfort women” until I came to South Korea last year. While teaching English as a Second Language, one of my students wrote an essay about the enduring impact of the Japanese occupation on the Korean people. Realizing that my education was devoid of details about that time in Asian history, I did a quick Google search. As I scanned names, dates, and places from 1910 to 1945 – Japan’s 35-year occupation of Korea – the phrase “comfort women” kept appearing. The more research I did, the more appalled I became at the sexual war crimes committed by the Japanese.
A euphemism for prostitutes, more than 200,000 comfort women were used as sexual slaves by the Japanese army. Although approximately 80 percent of these women were Korean, the Japanese also conscripted Chinese, Filipinos, and a handful of other ethnicities to work at their comfort stations throughout East and Southeast Asia. Lured by promises of a job as a nurse or secretary, or even kidnapped from their families, the women were collected and corralled into comfort stations to ensure the Japanese soldiers were sexually satisfied during their time away from home.
Sometimes raped up to 40 times a day, the women were constantly under threat of sexually transmitted diseases and were forced to have abortions in the most abominable conditions if they became pregnant. If they did not comply with an act a Japanese soldier requested, they could be tortured or even killed. While thousands of comfort women died during their internment, tens of thousands more went on to face what many consider a fate worse than death: alienation, discrimination and a lifetime of serious medical conditions.


Statues at the House of Sharing are dedicated to some of the comfort women who have passed away. Photo courtesy of the author.

Now, nearly 70 years later, only a handful of comfort women – or halmoni, the Korean term for grandmother, as they prefer to be called – remain alive. They are fighting a fierce war of their own, claiming that the Japanese government has never taken full responsibility for its crimes against them, never officially apologized, or even recognized their wrongdoings. Though a handful of Japanese government officials have made statements expressing remorse over what happened to comfort women, they maintain that it was private contractors, not the government, that sanctioned the comfort stations. Therefore, they claim, there is no need for an official apology from the Japanese parliament. Monetary retribution has never been offered through the government directly, a sore point among many of the remaining comfort women. In 1995, Japan established The Asian Women’s Fund, a compensation fund on behalf of the halmoni. Since the fund was engineered by private donors, the halmoni maintain that it is not official.



Over the past 20 years, as stories have tumbled from the halmoni’s anguished memories, many attempts have been made by Korean and Japanese women’s groups alike to petition the Japanese government for an official apology. It has yet to arrive. The remaining halmoni feel that the Japanese government still owes them, and that the money, accompanied by an official apology, will prove that the Japanese finally take responsibility for their crimes so many years ago.
But more than the financial relief that monetary compensation would bring, a public recognition of Japan’s immoral acts will release the halmoni from the terrible stigma that has been attached to them for decades. Many politicians, including U.S. Representative Mike Honda, himself a Japanese-American, have pushed Japan to acknowledge their past wrongdoings. But the Japanese sense of honor runs deep and many Japanese people feel that the former actions of the empire were committed during a time of war, and are therefore not reprehensible, but necessary.
Japan’s apparent lack of remorse has led to a surprising weekly occurrence on the streets of Seoul. Every Wednesday at noon for the past 20 years, a handful of determined, nonagenarian halmoni stage a protest in front of the Japanese embassy, demanding that their voices be heard. Watching this noble uprising sends a shudder of empathy down one’s spine. To endure the atrocities they have is unfathomable. Yet here they stand, strong despite their physical weaknesses, resolute to fight for justice despite their advancing age. Together they cry, voices trembling with stalwart resolution, though each passing week their numbers are lessened by illness and death.
I imagine Kim Gun-ja, fists raised in outrage, voice rising in protest in the hope that the Japanese will finally listen. The vision seems so unlikely as I watch this stooped, silver-haired woman amble serenely among the flowers in the late afternoon sun. She is old and frail, but as long as the last halmoni lives, the spirits and voices of an entire generation of Korean women will ring out through her presence.
She smiles at me, and I am honored to be in the company of this determined halmoni, fighting an entire nation in order to redeem her past. It seems only a matter of time before the Japanese government sees what I see. Maybe then these courageous women can finally rest in the peace of forgiveness, their spirits free and untarnished by the painful memories of long ago.

About the Author: Leslie Patrick is a San Francisco based freelance journalist specializing in travel, culture and women’s issues. Her work has appeared in Monocle, Hemispheres and GT Weekly Newspaper, among others. While living in South Korea, Leslie became deeply interested in the history and experiences of the Korean comfort women, and is currently writing a novel about the subject. Visit her website at www.lesliepatrick.com.

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19 comments on “Korean Comfort Women Fight Back
  1. pak says:

    Leslie Patrick, you are deceived by Korean.
    >her adopted father sold her to the Japanese army
    Kim Gun-ja was sold to Korean broker, NOT to Japanese army.
    Leslie, comfort women were prostitutes. Koreans intentionally mix rape cases with comfort woman cases to disgrace Japan and Japanese people and to get money from Japan.
    Leslie, stop harassing Japan and Japanese people.
    Help us repeal the US’s resolution created based on lies.
    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/repeal-house-representatives-resolution-121-stop-aggravating-intl-harassment-korean-propaganda-lies/yJw8lgRZ
    We are harassed by Koreans persistently because of their inherent culture of grudge.
    Read these materials before you harass Japan and Japanese peopele.
    – A US Military Report: Japanese Prisoner of War Interrogation Report No. 49.
    http://www.exordio.com/1939-1945/codex/Documentos/report-49-USA-orig.html
    Quote: “A “comfort girl” is nothing more than a prostitute or “professional camp follower” attached to the Japanese Army for the benefit of the soldiers.”
    – THE TRUTH ABOUT THE “COMFORT WOMEN” by Moteki Hiromichi
    http://www.sdh-fact.com/CL02_1/84_S4.pdf
    – The Truth about the Question of “Comfort Women” by Ogata Yoshiaki
    http://www.sdh-fact.com/CL02_1/24_S4.pdf
    – NO ORGANIZED OR FORCED RECRUITMENT: MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT COMFORT WOMEN AND THE JAPANESE MILITARY by Hata Ikuhiko
    http://www.sdh-fact.com/CL02_1/31_S4.pdf
    – BEHIND THE COMFORT WOMEN CONTROVERSY: HOW LIES BECAME TRUTH by Nishioka Tsutomu
    http://www.sdh-fact.com/CL02_1/39_S4.pdf

  2. Kate Daniels says:

    pak, it seems you arguing that Kim Gun-ja was sold into slavery by a Korean broker versus her father, and therefore what came after is justified. Is that correct?

  3. pak says:

    Kate,
    Read all materials I gave you the links. Then, you will be better informed. You will know who is really harassed/humiliated.

  4. pak says:

    Lesli (and Kate),
    Where is your journalism? You may think you are doing justice though you are in fact harassing, condemning, humiliating Japan, Japanese, and deceased Japanese soldiers who fought for Japan with poor evidence/knowledge. You are listening to only Korean opinion. Again, where is your journalism? Are you living in a communist country? When Japanese government doesn’t admit abduction, why don’t you listen to J-gov’s opinion if you live in a democratic country? Why don’t you listen to abduction denier’ opinion.
    You may think you are doing justice but you are doing injustice.
    Too many journalists don’t do enough research before harassing a country, ethnic group, religious group, or people. If this is not a touchy topic, it is O.K. If you are writing a sports article, it is O.K. But, you are harassing a nation and its people. Why don’t you listen to opinions on both sides? After you do so, you can deduce your own opinion and if you still want to side with Korean, that is fine, though I will think you are not level-headed or even crazy.
    Korean have only unverified testimonies that has been changing over time. We Japanese have so much objective evidence to say that comfort women were prostitutes. Why you even do not try to understand the issue deeper before humiliating Japanese?
    Do you punish innocent people without any objective evidence? Where is your justice?
    I guess you won’t even read the materials that I gave you the links. But, here is another material that I want to show you.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwv2qDJ57SY&feature=share&list=PL2104ED7AB17696A3
    I hate to say this and I think you won’t believe this but Koreans lie a lot. You just don’t know it. If you watch the video, you will find this:
    In South Korea, False Accusation was 4,151 times higher than that in Japan in 2002.
    Perjury was committed 671 times as often as in Japan in 2002.
    Lying is Korean culture and their kids were raised to deceive people rather than deceived.
    STOP harassing Japan and Japanese people!!!!!!!

  5. Aralena Malone-Leroy says:

    pak,
    It is unfortunate that you are taking the facts stated in this article personally, or as an attack on the entire population of Japan.
    In terms of “journalism,” all of the articles you have linked to above were written by Japanese authors from the questionable source, Society for the Dissemination of Historical Fact. Some might call that propaganda.
    While making broad accusations about all Koreans being “liars”, you then insult our author and editor as being “crazy” simply because this story threatens your idea of Japan as an innocent, victimized nation. It would behoove you to recognize that during times of war, no side is completely innocent, both have blood on their hands, and admitting that is the first step to making sure things like sex slavery — which is what happened to “comfort women” — do not occur again.
    I have read the documents you linked to, and my assessment based on their content is this: “comfort women” were victims of misogyny, racism, and human rights abuses. Notably, the description of the Korean women in the Report No. 49:
    Japanese Prisoners of War Interrogation on Prostitution are rife with hateful descriptions of their personalities and looks. i.e.
    “The interrogations show the average Korean “comfort girl” to be about twenty-five years old, uneducated, childish, and selfish. She is not pretty either by Japanese of Caucasian standards. She is inclined to be egotistical and likes to talk about herself. Her attitude in front of strangers is quiet and demure, but she “knows the wiles of a woman.” She claims to dislike her “profession” and would rather not talk either about it or her family. Because of the kind treatment she received as a prisoner from American soldiers at Myitkyina and Ledo, she feels that they are more emotional than Japanese soldiers. She is afraid of Chinese and Indian troops.”
    Are we supposed to thus conclude that because Korean women were unattractive, selfish and “knows the wile of the woman” (This was written in 1944, by the way, and we are now living in 2012, where misogyny of this sort does not erase culpability for rape), that the abuse they suffered was somehow acceptable?
    Finally, prostitution is not another word for “woman devoid of human rights and liberties.” Whether or not some of the Korean women were prostitutes before they were “comfort girls” does not make their abduction or abuse legal or humane.

  6. pak says:

    Aralena,
    >all of the articles you have linked to above were written by
    >Japanese authors from the questionable source, Society for >the Dissemination of Historical Fact.
    Society for the Dissemination of Historical Fact just translates papers from various journals. All authors are well-respected in Japan. You just don’t know that.
    Before you comment wrong information, read the society’s mission.
    >While making broad accusations about all Koreans being
    >”liars”, you then insult our author and editor as being >”crazy”
    Read my posting carefully. I did not say your writer is crazy.
    I said if she still side with only Koreans after she read all articles I linked, I WILL think she is crazy though I still think that is fine.
    You simplify the my opinion too much to accuse me. Pathetic.
    >It would behoove you to recognize that during times of war,
    >no side is completely innocent,
    This is true. Westerners started the white supremest colonization policy that started the 2 large wars. Anyway, as far as comfort woman issue, Japan is innocent. Seiji Yasuda started the fabricated story. Korean loved it and they continue to use the fabricated story even thought Mr. Yasuda admitted he lied. Korean media don’t report that he lied and continue to deceive the public, rather it uses Mr. Yasuda’s fabricated story as a proof of abduction because lying is their culture. I don’t mean all Koreans lie. It is just tendency. Koreans lie a lot judging from our standard.
    >Japanese Prisoners of War Interrogation on Prostitution are >rife with hateful descriptions of their personalities and >looks. i.e.
    So do you want the American soldier to write lies on their personalities and looks? You are the person you want everyone to write what you love or want to hear/believe.
    You should quite being a journalist since you have strong biased prejudice.
    You cited the description about the personalities and looks but you don’t cite the description that J-soldiers proposed to them and some got married. Are “slaves” asked to marry by “masters?” Why don’t you say some J-soldiers killed themselves because they were declined to marry by “slaves?” Do “slaves” have the right to decline “master’s” order? Don’t you cite they earned 1500 yen when a soldier’s salary was 9 yen? Comfort women had the right to decline customers who they don’t like. Do “sex slaves” have the right to decline “master’s” desire to have sex? BE LEVEL-HEADED.
    Japan did not have a slavery system in its history. You westerners have it. You can measure other cultures only by your scale. Because you have it, you want to believe Japan had sex slaves.
    >does not make their abduction or abuse legal or humane.
    You do not understand anything. There were some abduction by brokers. Some comfort women were deceived by Korean brokers. However, there is no GOVERNMENT abduction. Some Japanese soldiers raped in China, Indonesia, etc. against military’s rule. Those are rapes not related to comfort women. Koreans intentionally mix those rape cases with comfort women issue to disgrace Japan and Japanese people.
    Don’t you know a Korean government funded organization called VANK started a campaign called “Discount Japan” in 2005 to disgrace Japan and Japanese people?
    You seemed to have read only the American report. Read all materials CAREFULLY without any prejudice. You just don’t want to understand information you don’t like to know, believe, hear. Where is your journalism disseminating only one-sided information spreading out hatred all over the world, dividing Asia with false accusation???
    Because we are so confident, some Japanese are thinking to file a lawsuit against Palisade Park City because of their memorial with false accusation.
    Aralena, when you condemn one nation and its people, you should seriously do research. I don’t think you can read Japanese/Korean so you won’t be able to read primary source material. The anthers of the papers I linked can read those material. Their papers are far-much reliable than your emotional comment.
    By the way, who paid for Leslie’s visit to Korea?? VANK?
    STOP HARASSING Japan and Japanese!!
    Otherwise, you are going to cultivate conflicts. We apologize for what we did but we will never admit false accusation.

  7. pak says:

    Wow, I just now learned this.
    >While living in South Korea, Leslie became deeply interested
    >in the history and experiences of the Korean comfort women,
    >and is currently writing a novel about the subject.
    With her poor, one sided knowledge with prejudice, is she going to publish a novel?
    Oh, novels are based on fiction so she can write anything with poor research to make money, which will disgrace, humiliate, condemn Japan and Japanese people???
    This will cultivate serious conflicts and Japanese conservatives will be mad.

  8. Aralena Malone-Leroy says:

    pak,
    SDHF is nothing more than a right-wing revisionist society, that uses specious, inflammatory arguments to further their agenda, akin to Holocaust deniers. This is well-known among historians, politicians and academics alike. Your SDHF articles are useless, invalid. Find a non-biased source.
    Have you ever spoken with a former sex slave, “comfort girl” or woman who was raped in war? Your utter lack of empathy for these women is shocking, but also telling. Perhaps it is simply too difficult for you to face the harsh realities of an ongoing atrocity in which your country participated.
    “We apologize for what we did, but we will never admit false accusation.” Maybe you won’t, but I have a feeling one day soon, the Japanese government will apologize to the halmoni, since they’ve already given them financial compensation (for what, do you think, pak?)
    That said, if you prefer to live in denial of the sufferings endured by the Korean women at the hands of Japanese soldiers, I suppose that is your prerogative.

  9. pak says:

    Aralena,
    >SDHF is nothing more than a right-wing revisionist
    >society, that uses specious, inflammatory arguments to
    >further their agenda, akin to Holocaust deniers.
    These are lies that being spread out. Most articles translated there are based on primary source material different from articles like yours that depends on testimonies. You ignore the point: anyone could lie. That’s why media people easily spread out lies all over the world. If you want to contribute to the world in a positive manner, you have to listen to people who talks based on primary source material. READ the articles CAREFULLY. Their opinion is based on primary source material. You just don’t want to hear/believe what you don’t like. Histories are written by war winners. You just need to face the facts.
    We don’t deny comfort women = prostitutes had harsh experiences. What we deny is Japanese government abducted those girls. But you have to know that testimonies can be evidence only after they are verified. Why Japan has to apologize for what the private sector, Korean brokers, did when the government tried to crack it down. If it has to, all governments around the world have to apologize for countless wrongdoings that their private sectors did.
    Discard your prejudice. I understand you want to sympathize with those unfortunate women, but why we have to be harassed based on false accusation??
    Japan as a government did not abduct girls. It is Korean brokers who abducted/deceived girls. Those incidents are rather rare. Japanese police even tried to crack down those brokers during the WWII. Many women volunteered to do the prostitution to feed their family during extreme poor era. Prostitution was legal. Don’t exaggerate rare cases as if only abducted/deceived cases represent all comfort women.
    More than half of comfort women were actually Japanese. Why even a single Japanese women do not demand apology and compensation? It is, because, shame for Japanese to demand compensation for their prostitution.
    You are just harassing based on poor evidence/knowledge.
    There is no objective evidence that prove that Japanese GOVERNMENT abducted girls. All Japanese/Korean academic people who study this issue seriously admits the point. Why you cannot see the fact?
    On the contrary we have so much objective evidence that proves comfort women were prostitutes though some were forced by brokers to do the prostitution.
    I seriously think you are not qualified to be a journalist who is supposed to reveal lies and enlighten the public. Such journalists are rather harmful to the world.
    Again, you are just harassing Japan and Japanese using a significant tool called “journalism” with your poor knowledge/research/investigation. If you are a journalist, listen to opinions on both side without prejudice when there is dissent, then, deduce your own opinion.
    Again, otherwise, you are just creating conflicts among people.

  10. pak says:

    Aralena,
    Think about this also.
    All countries who sent soldiers to Korean War and Vietnam War had/used comfort woman system. They may not say “comfort woman” or “comfort station” but say brothel or prostitutes.
    Rather in Vietnam War, Korans raped/killed numerous Vietnamese women in a most brutal manner. There are about 300,000 children born between Korean and Vietnamese. However, there is no known children between Japanese and Korean. Why? Because it was prostitution and J-soldiers used condom.
    Korean government ran comfort stations during Korean war. US, UN soldiers used it. Paid for them.
    Then, why only Japan and Japanese are being blamed too much??
    You may be French but French soldiers must have used comfort stations paying for the service.
    Again, why only Japan and Japanese are being blamed.
    Hint: it is just a PROPAGANDA!!

  11. lpatrick says:

    pak,
    It’s not only Korean women that were conscripted by the Japanese, but Dutch women (Jan Ruff O’Hearn outlined her experience in “Fifty Years of Silence”), Filipino women (as Maria Rosa Henson shares in “Comfort Woman: A Filipina;s Story of Prostitution and Slavery Under the Japanese Military”), Taiwanese women, Indonesian women and various others. Surely these thousands of women from countless different backgrounds haven’t all collaborated to lie about what was done to them by the Japanese military during World War II? For most of these women, it was forced sexual slavery, not prostitution.
    I came to Korea to teach English. No one paid for my trip. Through research from sources in Korea and abroad and from listening to some of the comfort women speak about their experiences, I believe the Japanese were in the wrong regarding comfort women of all nationalities, and I believe it’s time the Japanese government take responsibility for their actions.

  12. pak says:

    Leslie,
    Read my comments.
    Don’t mix rape cases with comfort woman issue.
    Koreans do so intentionally to disgrace Japan and Japanese because they really hate Japan. They have been giving very strong anti-Japan education for about 70 years persistently. Then, the entire nation hates Japan now.
    About 45% of S. Korean think Japan is #1 enemy, not N. Korea.
    There were comfort women who led miserable lives but Japan did not abduct women/girls as a government system. Koreans fabricate the story as if Japan as a government abducted hundreds thousand girls.
    That makes us upset.
    >Surely these thousands of women from countless different
    >backgrounds haven’t all collaborated to lie about what was >done to them by the Japanese military during World War II?
    Don’t fabricate your story as if you heard testimonies from all thousands of women. I’ve heard one testimony of Philippine woman and read many Koreans. It is really bad if the Philippine woman talks a true story. However, from the testimony, I could not find out if she was abducted by government or not. If her story was truth, she may have been raped by Japanese soldiers. However, how you can tell if she was abducted by a government order??
    I think you are extremely irresponsible to condemn one nation and one people without objective evidence when even Japanese/Korean academics say there is no objective evidence at all.
    When professors who can read Japanese and Korean studying this issue cannot find any objective evidence, did you find?
    Can you read Japanese and Korean better than the Japanese/Korean professors so that you can understand primary source evidence?
    So, I say, you are irresponsible. A journalist like you is harmful for the world spreading lies, hurting people.
    Again, there were rapes but those are different from comfort women = prostitutes.
    In the Indonesian rape case that Netherlands/Australian women were raped, a Japanese colonel who was reported the case closed the comfort station immediately that was used for rape in one month. Later, the criminals were tried at a court and one was even sentenced to death. They raped those women against the military rule that prohibited those conducts.
    Your writing is perfectly one sided. Where is your journalism?????? Listen to academics who has been studying this case seriously not only testimonies of comfort women. A lot of materials in Korea are fabricated. A Korean professor says that 90% of their history is fabricated or distorted (http://yeoksa.blog.fc2.com/blog-entry-95.html).
    When there is a strong dissent, you should learn opinions from both sides. Nationalist? Right-wingers? Those are Korean’s favorite words when they try to distract attention. Even “nationalist”, “right-wingers,” are human beings who need to be listened to. If you ignore those opinion, and just listen to only Koreans, they will be extremely upset and you are going to cultivate a lot of hatred.
    Are you happy harassing Japanese and soldiers who fought for Japan?
    Are you happy making money from the fabricated story just as Seiji Yoshida did?
    Sure, a lot of Korean people will buy your novels with fiction.
    Why don’t you write a fact base book with a lot of supporting primary source materials???

  13. pak says:

    Hi, Leslie and others.
    If you are a warm-blooded person who happened to become a “journalist,”
    if you are not hired by South Korea, North Korea, and/or China who are eager to disgrace Japan,
    You should watch this:GEISHA, TONY BLAIR & COMFORT WOMEN [Yujiro 谷山雄二朗 Taniyama]
    http://youtu.be/9bOw0uhgfrY
    Leslie,
    I really recommend writing a fact base book with a lot of supporting primary source materials, not a noble with fiction. Writing a noble with fiction is very easy.

  14. juliejpak says:

    Hi.
    My name is “Julie Pak” so please do NOT confuse me with the anonymous “pak”.
    Thank you Leslie for writing your piece on “Korean Comfort Women Fight Back”. As much as it sheds a light on the atrocities that the Japanese have committed during WWII, it’s a faint spotlight on one crime against Korean women. This crime today could be taken to the Hague when the facts are considered: # of women & children, # of killings/tortures, the international trafficking, the length of time and the premeditative method/nature of the crime.
    “pak” may attack the writer and the other contributors, but facts remain the same: the Japanese enslaved women and children. This may be brushed under the rug because it’s not a hot international political topic and the raped are dying off, but this crime will always be in history like the Nazis and their crimes against humanity.
    -Julie

  15. pak says:

    Hi Leslie,
    I know you can NOT read Japanese and Korean at native level.
    I know you can NOT read Primary Source Materials written in Japanese and Korean better than Japanese/Korean professors who says that there is
    NO OBJECTIVE EVIDENCE
    AT ALL
    to prove that Japanese GOVERNMENT abducted Korean girls.
    So, this video made by a person/people who can read Primary Source Materials and academic papers can help you understand Comfort Women issue.
    If your purpose is NOT to harass Japan and Japanese people and to make money, if you are not hired by S. Korea, N. Korea, and/or China, you should watch this:
    “Demythologization of the myth of the Comfort Women: Part1. What actually happened”
    http://youtu.be/7uRCFoMpMys
    Think twice before you harass/humiliate/condemn/pervert one nation, one people.

  16. pak says:

    Leslie,
    The Youtube videos were deleted by Korean activists. So, I show a list of materials that you should read/watch before you harass, humiliate, disgrace Japan and Japanese people.
    – A US Military Report: Japanese Prisoner of War Interrogation Report No. 49.
    http://www.exordio.com/1939-1945/codex/Documentos/report-49-USA-orig.html
    Quote: “A “comfort girl” is nothing more than a prostitute or
    “professional camp follower” attached to the Japanese Army for the
    benefit of the soldiers.”
    – THE TRUTH ABOUT THE “COMFORT WOMEN” by Moteki Hiromichi
    http://www.sdh-fact.com/CL02_1/84_S4.pdf
    – The Truth about the Question of “Comfort Women” by Ogata Yoshiaki
    http://www.sdh-fact.com/CL02_1/24_S4.pdf
    – NO ORGANIZED OR FORCED RECRUITMENT: MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT COMFORT WOMEN AND THE JAPANESE MILITARY by Hata Ikuhiko
    http://www.sdh-fact.com/CL02_1/31_S4.pdf
    – BEHIND THE COMFORT WOMEN CONTROVERSY: HOW LIES BECAME TRUTH by Nishioka Tsutomu
    http://www.sdh-fact.com/CL02_1/39_S4.pdf
    Also, these are some videos to help you understand the problem.
    – COMFORT WOMEN ISSUE 慰安婦問題(07年 米TV番組から)
    http://youtu.be/0goL88N8pQE
    – GEISHA, TONY BLAIR & COMFORT WOMEN [Yujiro 谷山雄二朗 Taniyama]
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bOw0uhgfrY
    – 字幕【テキサス親父】偽慰安婦強制連行問題の原因はこいつだ! (Video spoken in English)
    http://youtu.be/Tqffmz7zuWE?t=6s
    – Endangered Japan: Book2: Sex, Lies, and Comfort Women
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLyKJsbw4G4
    – Demythologization of the myth of the Comfort Women: Part1. What actually happened
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NrsofHGtT4

  17. pak says:

    Leslie,
    Also, watch this video.
    – South Korea’s Vietnamese Comfort Women
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKMTa302yk0

  18. Leanne says:

    … I can read Korean at native level, and my best friend can read both Japanese and Chinese fluently.
    But we’re still appalled.

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