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Falsehoods of the Allied Nations°« Victorious Views of History, Chapter Seven

 
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Falsehoods of the Allied Nations°« Victorious Views of History, Chapter Six

 
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Falsehoods of the Allied Nations°« Victorious Views of History, Chapter five

 
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Falsehoods of the Allied Nations°« Victorious Views of History, Chapter Four

 
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Falsehoods of the Allied Nations°« Victorious Views of History, Chapter Three

 
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Falsehoods of the Allied Nations°« Victorious Views of History, Chapter two

 
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Falsehoods of the Allied Nations°« Victorious Views of History, Chapter one

 
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Book Review by Tanaka Hidemichi

 
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A Guide to Understanding Comfort women Controversy

 

Anyone who wishes to arrive at an accurate understanding of the comfort-women controversy needs to be aware of five basic facts. I am referring not to opinions or perceptions, but to irrefutable, objective, social facts. Furthermore, they convey important information, ignorance of which is certain to render debates about the comfort-women problem speculative, or worse, fraudulent. The five basic factors are as follows:
1. Until the latter half of the 20th century, prostitution was legal in Japan and houses of prostitution could be found in every entertainment district. Military brothels were established in overseas war zones.
2. The majority of comfort women were Japanese; Korean comfort women received the same remuneration and treatment, and had the same responsibilities
3. °»A °∆comfort girl°« is nothing more than a prostitute or °∆professional camp follower;°… this description of the comfort women in Report No. 49, issued by the US Office of War Information, is remarkably accurate.
4. The comfort women were extremely well paid; receiving 30 to 100 times more than the salary of a private first class (10 yen per month)
5. Involvement of Japanese military authorities was obligatory

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A Letter to Madam Ambassador Kennedy

 

Mr. OGAWA Eitaro, well-known writer for his best-seller book Day of Promise—Preliminary Essay on Abe Shinzo (Gento-sha Library), wrote an essay °»A Letter to Madam Ambassador Kennedy
: Over the Issue of Yasukuni and the °»suicide attack°… Described by Your Cousin --There Are Several Things I Would Like to Convey, As A Japanese, to Madam Ambassador, Who Recognizes the Importance of Honestly Discussing Diverse Points of View,°… for a leading political monthly magazine Seiron°«s April, 2014 issue.
He explains the reason why Prime Minister Abe paid a visit to Yasukuni from a historical and cultural background, referring to the Japan-America War of the past. In this context he touches on the book entitled Danger°«s Hour, written by Maxwell Taylor Kennedy, Ambassador Kennedy°«s cousin. He greatly appreciates Mr. Kennedy°«s fair evaluation of the Kamikaze suicide attack pilots in the book. Even though fair in this regard, Mr. OGAWA finds a lot of serious misunderstands regarding Japan and the Japanese in the book.
Mr. OGAWA, however, does not fault Kennedy°«s lack of knowledge but blames the Japanese for not having done enough to explain Japan to Western people. Thus, he emphasizes that in order to have Western people understand Japan, we Japanese should exert more effort in this regard.
With Ambassador Kennedy°«s appreciation and understanding of the nature of this letter, I believe that the open letter to Ambassador Kennedy will lead to a new horizon of mutual understanding between Japanese and Americans.

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