A statement alleging wartime “comfort women” were nothing more than common prostitutes who “earned incomes far in excess of even generals,” and endorsed by a slew of eminent Japanese establishment figures including ex-PM Abe, has been published in a US newspaper.
The ad was published in New Jersey’s Star Ledger as a response to earlier advertising promoting Korea’s case, all of which is part of a long-running series of efforts by East Asian nationalists to interest the American public in their tedious squabbles (or possibly merely make them hate Japan as much as they do):
The video referenced in the advertisement:
With little in the way of impartial historical documentation and the subject largely being of interest to crazed patriots, assertions regarding the “comfort women” issue have become increasingly extreme.
Korean nationalists now insist the Japanese military spirited away hundreds of thousands of Korean women for use as sex slaves, whilst Japanese nationalists largely maintain that they were nothing more than money-grubbing camp followers and that the whole issue is being used by Korean nationalists to stoke anti-Japanese sentiment and milk compensation payouts.
The Korean government recognises 234 women as former sex slaves, whilst the Japanese government has issued various apologies and paid the South Korean government several hundred million dollars in war reparations.
Despite this the issue remains a matter of obsessive interest to many Koreans, and with most of Japan’s incoming politicians apparently in no mood to be endlessly victimised by their neighbours, no end seems to be in sight to the issue.