U.S. lawmaker wants probe of postwar brothels – The Japan Times
WASHINGTON (AP) A U.S. lawmaker said Thursday he wants a closer look at reports that American authorities allowed the operation of an official brothel system for soldiers occupying Japan in the aftermath of World War II.
Honda rejected comparisons between the actions of the Japanese during the war and the Occupation forces. He said the Japanese “comfort women” system was set up and sanctioned by the Japanese government and military.
“It’s different,” he said. “This is the military of the Imperial government, the Imperial military’s policy, in capturing, coercing and kidnapping girls and women for the purpose of sexual slavery.”
I think Rep. Mike Honda now deserves to be called an “useful idiot“. I might as well call him a “hypocrite”.
Rep. Mike Honda immediately “rejected comparisons…” and ” said “It’s different,” without verifying the fact. If he did not know about it and asked the Congressional Research Service to take a look into it, he should have, at least, waited before saying such things. And he turns a blind eye on China’s human rights violations.
I remember Rep. Mike Honda said, when he was interviewed by a Japanese TV, something like “Comfort Women were forced by Japanese government and the military because victims are saying so, and Japanese government apologized. Therefore, Japanese government must officially apologize.”
Japanese government has never admitted that the Imperial military’s policy forced those women.
[update] Here is the clip of the interview
Rep. Mike Honda should have checked historical facts and popularity of perjury in South Korea before claiming something about Korea.
My question: When will Rep. Mike Honda demand official apologies from Mr. Bush? When will Rep. Mike Honda apologize to Japan and Japanese people? 🙂
My thoughts: It seems to me someone is trying to ruin the Japan-U.S relation. North Korea? China maybe? Seriously though, I don’t wanna make any more fuss over this issue because that is exactly what they want; to distract attention from current urgent issues such as DPRK’s nukes and human rights violations in China and North Korea.
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