A message from Japan, T.Okumura ,(69 years old, male)
This is my first contct to you. I have my hope to correct your imagine and misunderstanding about Japanese, of which information you probably get from Korean and Chinese recently ,
They are now spreading bad stories about Japanese soldgiers during the War, in the world about which they fabricated false story of so-called NANKIN massacre in China, and also Japanese soldgiers made Korean women as forced Comfort Women.
Why do they create such false story to look down upon Japanese.? They have very significant reason to do,
Chinese firstly want to get big aid from Japan for thier economic growth and secondly turn aside nation-wide spreaded dissatisfaction and strong anger to thier Communist administration who put always the nation right and liberrty in pressure and control , and in the situation of necessity of escalating bride for authoritarian smoothness.
Korea cannot develop themselves without Japan , then they require some help to Japan all the times. They actually and always request some apologies to get compensation endlessly to Japan. Actually Korea has already grown up.
Probably as you know ,Japan has continuously provided big aide and help to both of nations since the end of the War. So I understand they could have grown up their economy faster than other countries.
Therefore Japanese administration have change recently their aiding policy from adove two countries to other more underdevekoping countries instead.
This is the reason why I would like to let you correct possible bad image and misunderstanding.
This is just for your reference and better understanding about the issues, of which message( Pasrt-1) I submitted to NY Congress and NY Times
[A message from Japan]
To the senators and representatives of New York state legislature
I am writing this mail on behalf of all the Japanese who are concerned with the current
On January 8, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) broadcast a news program in which
they reported, under the topic title of “NY assembly to hear ‘Comfort Women’
resolution”, that State Senator Tony Avella and Assemblyman Charles Lavine demanded
Japan’s government to apologize for the forced prostitution of women serving the
Japanese military during World War II and that they were going to submit their demand
in the form of a resolution to the New York legislature. And, according to Jan 17th
edition of Sankei, one of the Japanese leading newspapers, they have submitted the
As you may know, so-called comfort women are the women who worked during World
War II as prostitutes for the Japanese military. This fact might sound immoral by present-
day standards, but prostitution was a legal business in those days in many countries.
Even around U.S. military bases, prostitution agents must also have existed during the
periods of Japan occupation, Korean War, and Vietnam War.
However, as many as fifty years after the War, a bogus story was suddenly spread in
Korea and Japan — a story that Japanese military abducted many women and forced into
prostitution during the War. Nowadays, many Koreans living in the U.S. propagate
fabricated stories that more than 200 thousand Korean women were abducted and
worked as “sex slaves” during the wartime and that it was equivalent to the Holocaust.
These stories have been proven to be completely fictitious as a result of many
researches by scholars and experts. In spite of their longstanding efforts, there has been
absolutely no evidence of Japanese military’s coercing Korean women into prostitution
against their will.