Tokyo mayor Shintaro Ishihara’s latest foray into promoting international goodwill is to assert that Japan’s wartime “comfort women” were all willing Korean prostitutes only interested in the money.

Ishihara’s remarks came at one of his infamous press conferences:

“Where is the proof that Japanese forced them to do this?

It was an era of poverty, these women grudgingly turned to the only trade they could make money in, prostitution.”

He also called a 1993 apology for their fate, made by the then chief cabinet secretary, “idiotic for accepting their claims like that.”


At the other end of the country, Osaka’s maverick mayor and committed tattoo-hater Tooru Hashimoto has also been expressing scepticism about Korea’s claims:

“There is no evidence they were subject to any coercion from the army.

Testimony from comfort women isn’t enough. The reliability of their claims can’t be taken for granted.”

He went on to accuse Korea’s king-hating president of illegally entering Japanese territory.

Aside from the sovereignty of Takeshima/Dokdo, the “comfort women” issue has become the other major bone of contention in relations between the two nations.

Whatever the historical truth of the matter, the assertions of the right of both sides have become increasingly extreme – many Japanese dismiss them as willing prostitutes and a scam by Korean nationalists to further inflame passions against Japan or to continue eternally accumulating war reparations.

Meanwhile the claims of the Korean side have also become increasingly exaggerated, with some academics insisting hundreds of thousands of Korean women alone were victimised, and guesses at their total number based on the presumed ratio of sex slaves to soldiers taken as fact in place of actual evidence.

Despite these estimates, the Korean government has only identified 234 women as former sex slaves (or military prostitutes, as some would have it).

It should come as no surprise that the Japanese Internet is greatly excited by such remarks:

“His excellency is as cool as ever!”

“Watch all those dirty Koreans get upset about this!”

“Both now and back then Korea exported vast numbers of prostitutes.”

“So it is definitely true that the army was hiring prostitutes, and it is OK that they were doing this as long they weren’t coerced?”

“I think he is basically right, but there must have been an awful lot of poor households selling off their daughters this way.”

“Probably a lot of these girls were sold into it by their families so it wasn’t always exactly voluntary.”

“There’s plenty of evidence for forced Korean labour in mines and so on, but the stuff about comfort women only started coming out decades after the war ended, so it’s pretty suspect.”

“These guys are full of it – if there is no evidence of it, there is also no evidence of the Shiga bullying, now is there?”

“Get out of here you dirty Korean!”

“Unlike the Shiga case, there are no third party witnesses to the comfort women issue.”

“I have trouble believing there weren’t quite a few girls who were forced into this. But that was the fault of the people who sold them to the army, not the army.”

“200,000 sex slaves… for something that big there should be mountains of evidence? Why isn’t there?”

“They have always had a huge prostitution industry and exported their women in vast numbers…”

From Wikipedia: Prostitution in South Korea is illegal, but according to The Korea Women’s Development Institute,
the sex trade in Korea was estimated to amount to 14 trillion South Korean won ($13 billion) in 2007,
roughly 1.6 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product.”

“Please become prime minister, Ishihara!”

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    Comment by Taylor
    05:35 26/08/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I prefer Aya Hirano news over Ishiara...

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:19 26/08/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I miss Aya Hirano too... Why do we only hear rants of some crazy dement old guy?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:43 27/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I would rather stare at the sex flesh penis ad than Ishiara's face

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:48 27/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Apparently it's worse to mess up your work environment than it is to play at denialist politics.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:49 26/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    ....or the chomping pussy cat idol forgot her name. See her chomp 10 kitten in her mouth.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:44 26/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Shoko-tan? Me too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:13 26/08/2012 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    Too bad BlackObama doesn't think the same. His purpose is to give the Japanese power to Korea because he is Anti-Japanese and Anti-Christians. HA! Poor blackobama and his illuminati shit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:41 26/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    You sound almost exactly like Ishihara.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:05 26/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Yes! It's all Obama's fault. I forgot that congress has been in vacation these past four years! So yes, Obama makes all the decisions all by himself, how could I have missed that? so silly of me!

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:35 27/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    mit romney fantard detected!

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:01 26/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    So people this dumb do exist. It sends chills down my spine.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:21 27/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    They vote too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:18 26/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    You're poor babe.

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    Comment by Red
    02:51 26/08/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    At the rate both sides are going at their representatives start tossing "your mom" insults.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:06 27/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    With as old as these guys are? A "your mom" might not be a joke, their moms might actually have been involved...

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:09 26/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Can't wait :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:13 27/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I wish they could just fight each other! Dement judo fighter vs senile tae kwon fighter!

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:45 27/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ishithara is at it again. I guess this is why he is too scared to come to America. lol

    Comment by Anonymous

    US and china to japan: Spread your legs!

    Japan: ok....don't hurt me

    japan, why are you so pathetic?

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    Comment by Bayonette
    04:07 26/08/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    "Please become prime minister, Ishihara!"

    Good luck finding those lolicon/shotacon doujins and other obscene materials banned by Ishihara, you douchebag hikky idiots!

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:43 27/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    They're only joking... This is 2chan, remember?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:21 27/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    They play the patriotism card to hide their ideas.

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    Comment by Myballz
    04:44 26/08/2012 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    It sounds like I have a feeling Ishihara is going to write another Erotic rape novel.He might just write about how Japanese men are going 50 Shades of Grey on Korean women in WW2 It would be sad that someone would buy that book.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:22 26/08/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Those Koreans really are just looking for more excuses to hate on the Japaneses.. it's pathetic, really.
    Who give a flying fuck about what happened before most of them were even born ffs. That's like black people today talking about slavery as if it was them who were slaves.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:26 26/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you want this world to stay at peace then we need to remember what a fucking idiots we were .

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:03 26/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Agreed. Only, the people willing to "remember" do it the wrong way.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:20 27/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    we were? dont think anyone here was born when it happend.

    and the world isnt exactly at peace now either

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    Comment by RedRat
    00:21 27/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you living in the West, try to say it about jews and Holocaust... and don't forget to write a last will before.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:23 27/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The thing is. You can make loads of money with the Jews and Holocaust. It kind of has become a sport in Europe. Take out your nazi-stick and start hitting the German money pinata.
    Just look at what Greece tried to pull when they ran out of money.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:47 27/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah who the cares about the Holocaust? What's the point in a nation accepting that and the world remembering it!

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:34 31/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Woot! you say it! love the sarcasm by the way. for those idiots out there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:56 30/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sadly there are plenty of people who deny even that ever happened and claim the numbers murdered are grossly exaggerated. Go figure.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:57 26/08/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    eat a bullet

    Comment by Anonymous

    YOU eat a bullet

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:36 27/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The discovery channel showed a guy who eats bullets, he said he likes the taste of gunpowder .. and still alive HEeeehe
    One spark and blows up!
    Do not know what this Ishihara complain at least someone is having sex in japan with cheaper prices.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:56 26/08/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Germany: "There is no evidence that millions of Jews were murdered here." "Jews? What's a Jew?"

    United States of America: "There wasn't anyone living here when we moved in." "The Native Americans just moved out peacefully for the money." "All thier casinos prove it."

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:05 26/08/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Hahaha. Well done. "What? Black people made it here on their own."

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:26 27/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Russia: gulag prison camps? no,no,no sibirian ski resorts

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:52 26/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    china invited japan to nanking for a party.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:27 26/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I wish someone would run Ishihara over with a steam roller...feet first.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:30 26/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    And somehow I'm reminded of that scene in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. I bet Ishihara gets up and it's revealed he was a toon all along.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:35 26/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I should have known you were a tune. Only a tune would come up with some crazy idea like a freeway.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:25 26/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Todd Akin wishes he was in Japan so he could say stupid shit without repercussions like Ishihara.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:30 26/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    The things that this guy is saying and doing almost make it seem like he wants to ruin his country and prefecture as much as he can before he is removed.

    Xenophobia, rape fantasies, hypocrisy against rape fantasies, media censorship, and just being an overall asshole in attitude.

    Granted, Politicians the world over are supposed to pick up these traits in life but he really goes out of his way to be as horrible a person as he can be.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:59 30/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wonder what the average Japanese thinks of Ishihara, or do they even care? This doesn't include 2Ch because they aren't considered people.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:14 26/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Is there anything that this old fart doesn't have an opinion on? He's the governor of Tokyo, not a head of state. Foreign Relations is not his effin' job.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:54 26/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.3)

    Wow, It's like every time this old senile fuck opens his hypocritical fucking mouth, shit rolls right on out. Die already you fucking racist swine.

    04:48 26/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    iShithara always talking shit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:59 26/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    And since it comes from a man of his position, said shit represents Japan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:39 26/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    with leaders like theses, no wonder japan is a laughing stock of the world.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:25 26/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    My nuts ache, I need a Korean comfort woman. Can I rent one cheap?

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:01 26/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Go to the korean comfort woman dealership, it's about 7.50 an hour plus the extra mileage

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:57 26/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    or just become a school teacher and have all the school girls sluts you want... oh wait you said korean, not japanese.

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    Comment by Myballz
    11:05 26/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I am sure you might find a 87 year old Korean lady who is willing to give you her time.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:15 26/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd rather let him bash Koreans or other issues than picking on the 2D industry.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:04 26/08/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    umm....most Animation are made with Korea, dude/Gal. If Ishihara bash them, it won't do any good to the anime industry, it would make it worse...

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    Comment by Gitami
    04:35 26/08/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    No more outsourcing? Higher pay for the animators, more respect for the slaves or they'll walk? Less cheap labour more selective of their next project?

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:10 27/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)


    Basic economics. I do not think you know how it works.

    So let's get this straight-- studios outsource to Korea because the $1000/month wage for Japanese animators is too high for animation to be sustainable... so without that source of cheap labor, suddenly animators will have a ton more money to spend on expensive and more-easily-burned-out Japanese animators?

    Wow. And you got upvoted +0.4. SanCom readership speaks for itself, as always.

    Spoiler alert: the answer is less anime will be made-- if the animators walk, that means NO ANIME. Anime is unprofitable enough as it is without expensive labor.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:06 26/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)


    Almost believed your shit. Thanks for the lols.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:52 26/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    No more outsourcing? Lower framerates, less detail, fewer animators? Less cheap labor and more CG?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:23 26/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @ 04:04
    As long as Japan is paying them to do it.
    Korea will grudgingly accept their yen.
    So I wouldn't worry about it.
    They sold their women to Japan after all.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:32 26/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The anime industry should just escape on an island from all these shenanigans and focus on just making quality anime for the world. Hell the manga industry should go too. >.>

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:40 26/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, it's the "quality" animation that's usually produced there... And to tell the truth, I really wouldn't miss those.

    But seriously, how can the Japanese goverment keep this moron in power... He's gonna start a war soon! Kick him out already...

    Comment by Anonymous

    citation needed.
    Seriously, "most animation" is an exaggeration beyond belief.

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