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

 
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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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A Book That Tells Us about Jewish Spirit and Japanese Spirit

 

This essay, written by Nishimura Shingo, Member of the House of Representative, is a preface for a book authored by Eli-Eliyahu Cohen, former Israeli Ambassador to Japan. The book is entitled " Joseph Trumpeldor, Zionist hero °Ĺ It is great to die for the country: The Jewish sprit ignited in Japan "
Trumpeldor fought against General Nogi°«s Third Japanese Imperial Army at Port Arthur as a Russian officer and was imprisoned at Camp Hamadera, Osaka prefecture, which happens to be Mr. Nishimura°«s hometown. °»It is great to die for the country°… is what Trumpeldor inscribed in his heart while spending time as a POW at Hamadera Camp, what he told to his comrades just before his death and what now reads, inscribed on the stone statue of a lion standing in front of his epitaph in Tel Hai in the northern part of Israel, where he fell in battle.
Mr. Nishimura mentions a comment from a European: °»The 20th century saw the valiant Japanese warriors turn into mean merchants and mean Jewish merchants into valiant warriors.°… Through this book, we must now learn from Trumpeldor in order to become valiant warrior again, Mr. Nishimura emphasizes.
An interesting episode is introduced in this essay. He met Mr. Nahum Admoni, former Director of Mossad and his wife Nina in Jerusalem. Nina told him:
°»Seventy years ago, when I was seven, fleeing from Nazis, I escaped Europe with my parents, crossed Siberia and boarded a boat, arriving at Tsuruga, Japan. Then, we stayed in Kobe for a while. I never forget how kind Japanese people were to us Jews then.°… As she was telling me her story, Nina°«s beautiful blue eyes were filled with tears.
Even though Japan allied with Germany, Japan never persecuted Jews but helped many Jewish refugees. Sugihara Chiune is only one example of many cases, including Tojo Hideki, Higuchi Kiichiro, etc. It is ridiculous that some Chinese leaders compare Tojo Hideki to Hitler!

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Japan was the Light of Hope in Asia

 

Mr. Henry Stokes addressed at the 70th Conference for Greater East Asian Assembly held at Kensei Kinen Hall in Tokyo on November 6, 2013.
He says that one of the most surprising developments in the 20th century has been the sheer speed at which the 500 year curse of colonialism came to an end. Rule by white men petered out in mid-air. No one seems to have expected this.
What had happened to concertina all expectations?
The simple answer is the Second World War had broken out and it had shown that one relative newcomer to the world stage in 500-year drama, capable of delivering enormous blows to colonialism. And that was Japan.
He continues to say that the Greater East Asian Conference was held on November 5, 6, 1943 in Tokyo was the first Summit of colored races held for the first time in the long history of human beings. Mr. Chandra Bose, head of the provisional government of India, appealed, °»let the joint declaration not only for fellow Asians but also for all the people of the world, who are suffering from suppressions as the Charter for Equality of Human Rights.

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The Greater East Asia Assembly Paved the Way to Universal Human Equality

 

Mr. Kase emphasizes in his opening address of a conference memorizing 70th Anniversary of Greater East Asia Conference which was held on 5th and 6th of November, 1943 that this Conference was the first summit of colored leaders from various nations and °»racial equality°… was conceived and promoted at this Assembly. It opened up a new era in human history and changed the way in which humans behave.
Even in Japan, many people say that °»Greater East Asia Assembly was convened by Japan, gathering °»puppet governments°… Japan had established in various regions of Asia.°… But we should assert that one who say so are real puppets of occupation forces.

Mr. Surya Bose°«s Address at 70th Anniversary Conference in Tokyo

 

Mr. Surya Bose, grand children of brother of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose made a speech at a conference memorizing 70th Anniversary of Greater East Asia Conference which was held on 5th and 6th of November, 1943.
The modern media claims that Japan°«s war against Europeans and Americans 70 years ago was merely an extension of the global °»aggressive war°… that was World War II. However, a closer look at the Greater East Asia War will demonstrate that it was in fact an Asian struggle against Western colonialism. A show of Asian unity was the Tokyo Greater East Asia Conference.

Legacies of the Greater East Asia War

 
Mr. EZAKI Michio, political analyst, writes that turmoil and conflict in Asia did not end with the Greater East Asia War in August 1945. Japan forcibly ended foreign colonialism in Asia and that Asians declared independence, yet Europeans and Americans rush in to fill the void at the end of the War. As an ironic twist, Mr. Ezaki points out that while Europe and America were reasserting their supremacy over their former colonies, with countless Asian lives being lost in the process, Japan was accused of being an °»aggressor°… and tried for °»crimes against peace°… at the Tokyo Trials.

Japanese Americans' View of Japan and Historical Awareness

 
Prof. Kojima and Japanese American writer Shinomoto discuss on Japanese Americans' View of Japan and their historical awareness of Japan's political and military actions in the days before and during WWII. Just like the Japanese have endured self-flagellation by insisting they were the aggressor in those days and therefore have continued to apologize and make amends for their alleged aggressive acts, Americans have a distorted view of history in which they claim they had no choice but to fight Japan in the Pacific because they were attacked by an aggressor state.
Such historical inaccuracies were taught in high school in Japan while Americans have also accepted this inaccurate historical view. Because of these historical inaccuracies, Japanese Americans in the past avoided going out on Pearl Harbor Day for fear of retribution and tend to criticize Japan's actions in the years before and during WWII, siding with China and Korea on issues of modern dispute.
The discussion leads to a conclusion that while it is necessary to liberate the Japanese from this distorted view of history, it is also important to correct the Japanese Americans' inaccurate historical knowledge of Japan's actions before and during WWII.
Portraits with corresponding profiles were drawn and inserted by Prof. Kojima to enhance the visual experience of the reader.

COMFORT WOMEN IN KOREA

 
Repercussions from remarks made by Osaka City Mayor Hashimoto Toru about the so-called °»comfort women°… have been felt throughout the world. However, Japanese authorities never abducted women. Nor did they force them to become comfort women against their will.
Every nation has been involved in and in charge of facilities enabling soldiers to satisfy their sexual needs without the risk of contracting venereal disease when those soldiers are engaged in combat on foreign soil. The Japanese military was no exception. During World War II, Japanese military authorities established brothels and contracted with local civilian Japanese and Korean brothel operators to recruit prostitutes.
Then, how about the situation in Korea after the WW II? The results of research on comfort women in South Korea, done by a group of Korean scholars, were published in book form two years ago under the title The Military and Sexual Violence.The book provides verification that United Nations Forces (US troops) and the South Korean government were both involved in and in charge of military prostitutes from the moment the Korean War erupted.
Mr. Kase further explains the situation in his essay based on this book and wonders if we can expect to see demonstrators erect statues of comfort women — this time in front of the Korean Parliament and the US Embassy.
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