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SDHF Newsletter No.335 “Comfort Women” All Signed a Contract of Agreement —Impact of the Ramseyer Article Series No. 5: Chapter 3: Various Views of History and Agenda to Isolate Ramseyer

“Comfort Women” All Signed a Contract of Agreement
—Impact of the Ramseyer Article
Arima Tetsuo, Professor, Waseda University
(English Translation: Society for the Dissemination of Historical Facts)
Series No. 5: Chapter 3: Various Views of History and Agenda to Isolate Ramseyer

Why is Ramseyer alone? Author Arima says “In the structurally skewed academic world, wherein truth is primary, one has no choice but to become a “prophet in the wilderness.”
There are many perspectives surrounding a historical fact because these perspectives are motivated by different agenda.
As to the “comfort women problem”, there is an “objective view of history”, which presents the facts and clarifies events as objectivity as possible. On the other hand, there is the view that the comfort women system was not only immoral but also infringed on international as well as domestic laws. One with this view, agenda and goal aims to make clear that the comfort women system was both legally and morally unacceptable.
This view can be called the “Tokyo Trial view of history”. In the Tokyo Trial, the Allies’ agenda was to show that Japan waged an evil war and passed judgement based on this agenda. From this view, the comfort women system was part of an evil war conducted by a criminal Japanese army. This view still prevails throughout the academic world.
The author is originally an official documents specialist rather than a historian. So, his only goal is to make historical facts clear based on primary sources and not to make definite judgments.
To assume that the comfort women system was evil, based on the Tokyo Trial view, is not the view of an unbiased academic. The comfort women system in fact had international and domestic legal standing at that time, from its inception. If one neglects or distorts the facts, then trying to understand history ends as an academic exercise and becomes something very immoral.

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MOTEKI Hiromichi, Acting Chairman
for KASE Hideaki, Chairman
Society for the Dissemination of Historical Fact

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