SDHF Newsletter No.285 KIM Byung-heon talks on truth of comfort women issue No.1
KIM Byung-heon talks about the truth about the Comfort Women Issue
Series No.1: Press Conference in front of the Comfort Girl Statue in Seoul
September 1, 2020
On May 7, 2020, Ms. LEE Yong-soo, spokesperson for former comfort women, stated the following at a press conference in Daegu, South Korea:
1) Donations collected by The Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan (KCWDMS) (now The Korean Council for Justice and Remembrance for the Issues of Military Sexual Slavery by Japan (KCJR)) were not used for former comfort women. Instead, the money was used primarily for Ms. YOON Mi-hyang’s personal expenses. Ms. YOON was the head of the group until this past March 2020.
2) Ms. YOON gave Ms. LEE instructions regarding her statements on her comfort woman days.
3) Ms. LEE was not a “sex slave.” Ms. LEE asked Ms. YOON Mi-hyang to not use the phrase “sex slave” but Ms. YOON made it a point of using the phrase at the UN because “the expression was effective in scaring America.”
This statement was made by the very symbol of former comfort women—Ms. LEE spoke her experience as a comfort woman in the US House of Representatives.
There is a Korean group that refutes the poorly understood Comfort Women Issue and demands the removal of the Comfort Girl Statue in Seoul. Mr. KIM Byung-heon, Director of the Korean History Textbook Research Institute is a member.
On May 15, eight days after Ms. LEE’s press conference, Mr. KIM Byung-heon held a press conference in front of the Comfort Girl Statue. He concluded that “Comfort women were neither victims of Japanese imperialism nor victims of the Japanese army.”
Here you can watch his speech on YouTube: https://youtu.be/ZnWorSfhGs0?t=859
English translation of his address:
Questions are welcome.
MOTEKI Hiromichi, Acting Chairman
for KASE Hideaki, Chairman
Society for the Dissemination of Historical Fact