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SDHF Newsletter No.344 “Comfort Women” All Signed a Contract of Agreement —Impact of the Ramseyer Article Series No. 8: Chapter 6: It is Wrong to Condemn the Comfort Women System as a Human Right Issue

“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. 8: Chapter 6: It is Wrong to Condemn the Comfort Women System as a Human Right Issue

The comfort women system was legal, both domestically and internationally, at that time. Therefore, it cannot be violation of human rights.

When we take up “women’s human rights,” we must be aware that it is wrong to discuss based on the application of the present standards to the past. Currently, prostitution is seen critically from the perspective of “women’s human rights” but it was not the case in the days when the comfort women system existed. Naturally, “women’s human rights” are important but they can only protect women of the present and in the future and not comfort women in the past.

The Coomaraswamy Report, which is well-known as a criticism of the comfort women system of Japan, was not in keeping with the gist of the UN’s initiatives for women’s human rights. It is an Addendum 1 because it is not the main content. The main Coomaraswamy Report certainly set “women’s human rights” as the agenda in a future-oriented manner.

In addition, her way of fact-finding could only be described as faulty. That is, it was based on Yoshida Seiji’s “testimony” given to the Asahi Shimbun, which had already been confirmed to be a fabrication at that time.

MacDougall Report, another report to UN, holds quite similar facts recognition as Coomaraswamy’s without any verifications. She calls comfort stations “rape centers” and regards soldiers’ use of comfort stations as “rape”. She asserted that statues of limitation do not apply crime against humanity.

Japanese government concession at an initial stage finally led to “war crime against humanity”. The author emphasizes that “Give him an inch and he’ll take an ell” in the international community, we have to keep fighting for correcting the unfair and wrong recognition with persistence and patience and without daunting or giving up.

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

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