CH3CHO's past comments

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    Christopher GlenDec. 19, 2014 - 05:02PM JST

    I never said the figure was exact, just approximate.

    I know. But I challenged this assertion of yours.

    CH3CHODec. 19, 2014 - 02:27PM JST

    Christopher GlenDec. 19, 2014 - 12:37PM JST

    I've studied history since I was 8, including study at university. Historians the world over - except for media-censored Japan - have concluded the following. Around 200,000 women from a dozen countries were coerced as sex slaves for the IJA.

    What are the bases of that conclusion? "Because everyone says so" is not a scholarly attitude.

    How do you justify "around 200,000," when another study shows considerable disagreements on the number among historians? This question is on condition that we can have civil and intellectual discussion here.

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    The new law, which went into effect, last summer, made the possession of child pornography illegal. Previously, only the production and distribution of child pornography had been banned.

    Funny. Taking a picture is, by all means, production of child pornography.

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    Christopher GlenDec. 19, 2014 - 12:37PM JST

    I've studied history since I was 8, including study at university. Historians the world over - except for media-censored Japan - have concluded the following. Around 200,000 women from a dozen countries were coerced as sex slaves for the IJA.

    What are the bases of that conclusion? "Because everyone says so" is not a scholarly attitude. Can you cite any evidence of that number? You once cited news articles that say "historians estimate the number at 200,000." Such kind of reference is hardly acceptable in academia.

    Here is a link to a comparative study of estimated number of ianfu. http://www.awf.or.jp/e1/facts-07.html The study does not support your argument.

    Scholastic criticism is welcome.

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    Christopher GlenDec. 18, 2014 - 04:42PM JST

    Korea simply doesn't need to reconciliate with Japan

    I argue the opposite. Japan doesn't want to do what is necessary to be reconciled with South Korea.

    You may not realize yourself, but you think history is part of politics, whereas it actually is a field of studies in social science. Since it is a field of studies, it is best left to the historians to research in a scholastic manner, where argument should be based on evidence, a critical view of orthodox or devil's advocate is welcome, and theories should be re-written based on new findings. You once said that revisionism should be criminalized, but that would mean death of history as a social science.

    I would say most Japanese see history as social studies and unfavor attempts by politicians to use it as playthings. Abe once said he wanted historians to study ianfu, which was unfairly translated by Western media as his attempt to "rewrite history". If Koreans have disagreement to the findings of some of the Japanese historians, the criticism should be discussed in academia, rather than in politics.

    It is just pathetic that what should be discussed in academia spills all over politics and diplomacy. The blame is on those who tie history with politics.

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    However, police approached the volunteers on Nov 22 and told them that following the truck is an offense under “Minor Offense Law.”

    Let us see.

    Minor Offence Law

    Article 1. Anyone who falls in one of the following shall be punished by misdemeanor imprisonment or petit fine.

    item 28 Anyone who stands in and blocks the way of another, who gathers around another and refuses to leave, or who follows another in a manner that would cause anxiety or nuisance to that person.

    I think what they did satisfies the criteria.

    Sea Shepherd promised that our Cove Guardian volunteers will always act in accordance with Japanese law, and we have continued to honor that promise.

    Their words are so much different from what they do.

    kurumazakaDec. 17, 2014 - 04:28PM JST

    I'm surprised they aren't mentioning how the Zaitokukai keeps them company.

    Good comparison. Sea Shepherd is only comparable to Zaitokukai.

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    carpboyDec. 16, 2014 - 08:42PM JST

    A gem of an article on how history is taught in Japan's schools, courtesy of the BBC... http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-21226068

    I am afraid the BBC article is far from a gem. First of all, what do you think is the first photo of Japanese boys carrying ancient rifles? It has nothing to do with history or school but a local festival in Kyoto. That would tell the quality of the story.

    From Homo erectus to the present day - more than a million years of history in just one year of lessons. That is how, at the age of 14, I first learned of Japan's relations with the outside world.

    The writer is writing about junior high school history class. The often debated is that of senior high school. The author is comparing apples with oranges.

    For three hours a week - 105 hours over the year - we edged towards the 20th Century.

    It's hardly surprising that some classes, in some schools, never get there, and are told by teachers to finish the book in their spare time.

    Substandard journalism. Almost all classes finish the textbook.

    My friends had a chance to choose world history as a subject in Year 11. But by that stage I had left the Japanese schooling system, and was living in Australia.

    Again, what is often debated is the world history class taught in Year 11. She just keeps on her story of what she does not know.

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    Christopher GlenDec. 16, 2014 - 08:24PM JST

    Abe has the powers of a dictator now with his control of both houses of the Diet.

    Sigh. In parliamentary system, the ruling coalition usually has the majority of both houses. You do not need to call a prime minister a dictator just for controlling both houses.

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    Christopher GlenDec. 16, 2014 - 06:55PM JST

    But now he and his cronies control the diet, and now they have the secrecy law, they can pretty much make any law that they want. Laws making it punishable for teachers not to sing the kimigayo at school ceremonies.

    Are you criticizing certain people for a law that no one proposed?

    At this point the "shoganai" mentality will come in, and lo and behold everyone will be jumping to his tune

    Now, you are criticizing "everyone" for your imagination based on your racial stereotype.

    What is your point? Do you think your stereotype would be warmly accepted here?

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    Christopher GlenDec. 16, 2014 - 01:35PM JST

    There is nothing wrong with having pride in one's country and Japanese kids could use some.

    That would be all well and good - if the grandson of a convicted war criminal wasn't advocating it.

    You should at least get the facts straight. Kishi Nobusuke, who is a grandfather of Abe, was arrested for war crime charges because he had been the Minister of Commerce when WW2 started, but was not indicted nor convicted.

    My cordial advice to you is that you should verify what you hear from people with certain agenda. Otherwise, you will keep making a fool of yourself by publicly displaying your lack of knowledge on the subject matter.

    I used to believe in what Koreans say about Japanese rule of Korea between 1910 and 1945, only to find most of what I believed was just untrue. It is age of internet. Verifying facts is so easy.

    How many people here have read the LDP draft of proposed constitution? For those of you who are interested, I attach their link here. https://www.jimin.jp/activity/colum/116667.html

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    And the buzz on social networks and in online chatter is decidedly negative over the film that depicts a U.S. Olympic runner who endures torture at a World War II prisoner-of-war camp.

    Where can I read the "buzz"? I could not find any even in 2ch.

    Some people are calling for a boycott of the movie, although there is no release date in Japan yet. It hits theaters in the U.S. on Dec 25.

    Who? How? It has not been released even in the US yet.

    Others want that ban extended to Jolie, the director - unusual in a nation enamored with Hollywood, especially Jolie and her partner Brad Pitt, who both have reputations as Japan-lovers.

    Who? "Some said such and such, and others said such and such." Is this really a news article?

    It seems to me more of new marketing technique rather than an article.

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    shado13Dec. 11, 2014 - 02:58PM JST

    if it were* only* 20,000 Women who were kidnapped, raped, starved and brutalized - that number would merit Your consideration, as something credible?

    I am interested in the truth. You may have no interest in the facts but I think the number is an important historical fact.

    Japanese authorities set up the brothels in response to uncontrolled rape sprees by invading Japanese soldiers in East Asia

    I know. Prostitution was legal. It is legal even today in many European countries. That leads to the question whether the ianfu agreed to prostitution or not, and if not, who is responsible.

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    Christopher GlenDec. 11, 2014 - 12:39PM JST

    The Japanese military (IJA) was responsible for the deaths of approximately 15 million Chinese, including approximately 200,000 people at Nanking. This is not to mention Unit 731's experiments.

    It is high time you should know those numbers are contested. OK. You have blind faith to those numbers. But if you want to contribute anything to the discussion here, why do not you present persuasive material here, rather than repeating your confession of faith. And I mean hear say reporting of media without reference does not count.

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    LaWrenDec. 11, 2014 - 01:25PM JST

    200,000 is not a new figure, it is the accepted figure amongst respected historians. http://www.awf.or.jp/e1/facts-07.html

    Let us read your link.

    No survey has been done to determine accurately how many women were taken to the comfort stations of the former Japanese military, what proportion of them were from Korea, or how many did not return from the battlefields.

    Estimates vary, depending on the basic assumption applied and the related methodology selected by the person conducting the research.

    Your link only states they could not find the number with accuracy and that estimates vary.

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    LaWrenDec. 11, 2014 - 09:55AM JST

    You have very far reaching definition of "kidnap." Let us read the testimony. http://koreaverband.ahkorea.com/_file/trostfrauen/Testimonies_KoreanComfortWomen_english.pdf

    two days later a Korean man came looking for us at home. The man asked whether we wanted to go to China or Japan, and we answered China. My mother said Manchuria was too far and told me not to go, but I insisted on going. It was sometime in June when I left. The Korean man took us as far as Kyongsong, and we went to an inn near Jangchungdan.

    I spent about two weeks in Nanjing, rode on a boat, and spent another two weeks in Wuhu, before finally going to Wuhan. There were also soldiers on the boat, but all of the civilians were Korean. It was around December 1944 when I got out at Hankou. After a thirty minute walk, I and the other forty women arrived at Jokgyong village. Twenty of us went into some kind of house, named "Sanserio". The proprietors were from Pyongyang. When we first entered, we were examined by a doctor. We were given medicine, and injections to prevent pregnancy. We were presented to the the military department reponsible for comfort stations and with the permission slip stating that women had to be older than eighteen was presented, my age was raised to eighteen. by whom?

    The persons who are responsible for the "kidnap" by your extended definition are Koreans. Fraud was illegal but prostitution was not, if consensual.

    By the way, what was the job offering for the uneducated 16 year old Korean girl in China, who cannot speak Chinese? What was she doing between June and December 1944? I guess she was already engaged in her professional service there.

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    LaWrenDec. 11, 2014 - 07:18AM JST

    The girls were not drafted, they were KIDNAPPED

    Here are some of the testimonies of Korean former ianfu. How many of them say they were kidnapped? http://koreaverband.ahkorea.com/_file/trostfrauen/Testimonies_KoreanComfortWomen_english.pdf

    Remember, what you think may or may not be true. You need to check the reality.

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    BertieWoosterDec. 10, 2014 - 08:56AM JST

    I know photos of brutality by Chinese against Chinese was used as evidence of Japanese brutality.

    http://www.oapen.org/search?identifier=448541

    "Carl Crow - A tough old China Hand"

    page 113 Thick Streaks of Ruthlessness

    Crow met his fair share of warlords during his time in China and found some he liked and others he thought outright bandits. He could not very well avoid them and, since arriving in Shanghai, had come into contact with them both as a journalist and an advertising agent. Crow's time in China coincided roughly with the warlord period (1916-39) sparked by Yuan Shih-kai's death that left a power vacuum the warlords greedily filled.

    page 115 Much of the actual fighting was fairly shambolic, such as the clashes Crow witnessed near Shanghai, but massacres and extreme brutality, torture, rape and pillage were all commonplace. Beheading was their preferred method of execution with the severed heads, a sight Crow saw many times on his travels throughout China, publicly displayed. If the warlords had an identifying characteristic, it was probably "a thick streak of ruthlessness," as David Bonavia suggests in his study of the period.

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    LaWrenDec. 10, 2014 - 09:50AM JST You think your view is correct because you think it is the truth, and because you think it is the historical fact. Your comment just proves my point.

    If you want to dwell on the topic of Walter, I present this evidence. http://intersections.anu.edu.au/issue13/klein_interview.html

    Markova: Now one time, when we were at the club, we had no customers that night. So one of my friends suggested we take a walk. He was a notorious gay. He came here to Manila to avenge his family, because his family was killed by the Japanese in their province in Cebu. But he was not a real gay. He was what you call a bisexual. In Cebu City he dressed up as a girl and made his earning as a prostitute. He knew how to be a woman and he was teaching us. So, one night, he says we have no customers. We'd better go to Luneta, because the Tsubaki Nightclub is very near Luneta. So four of us went walking,

    RDK: All dressed as women?

    Markova: Yes. With our evening gowns. So we walked in front of Rizal Park and it so happened, we met these four Japanese officials They approached us. They talked to us. This and that. So they invited us to go to their hotel. You know the Luneta Hotel? They brought us to the Lunetta Hotel.

    When we were in the hotel, we went to our separate rooms and the Japanese were making love to u - kissing, kissing, loving, loving. I forgot that the Japanese's hand was moving around, holding me like that and that. But suddenly, he put his hand right here [groin]. And then he stands up. "Bakero!" he yelled at me. "You are not a real woman, you're a boy!" He got mad.

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    LaWrenDec. 09, 2014 - 07:06PM JST

    Thing is, if it were just a few right wing crazies, it wouldnt bother me. Every country has em. It appears to be a socially acceptable, very commonly held view here in Japan.

    You should look at your argument on this issue objectively. What you are saying is basically "My view is correct because I think it is right. And I am a feminist." Your argument lacks persuasive evidence. The story about the male prostitute does not help, either.

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    There is a New York Times article dated January 4, 1938 titled "EX-CHINESE OFFICERS AMONG U.S. REFUGEES; Colonel and His Aides Admit Blaming the Japanese for Crimes in Nanking"

    http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=9903E0DF113EE03ABC4C53DFB7668383629EDE

    Wireless to The New York Times. SHANGHAI, Jan. 3. American professors remaining at Ginling College in Nanking as foreign members of the Refugee Welfare Committee were seriously embarrassed to discover that they had been harboring a deserted Chinese Army colonel and six of his subordinate officers. The professors had, in fact, made the colonel second in authority at the refugee camp. The officers, who had doffed their uniforms during the Chinese retreat from Nanking, were discovered living in one of the college buildings: They confessed their identity after Japanese Army searchers found they had hidden six rifles, five revolvers, a dismounted machine gun and ammunition in the building. The ex-Chinese officers in the presence of Americans and other foreigners confessed looting in Nanking and also that one night they dragged girls into the darkness and the next day blamed Japanese soldiers for the attacks. The ex-officers were arrested and will be punished under martial law and probably executed.

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    SaitamaRefugeeDec. 09, 2014 - 04:48PM JST

    Furthermore, I find it quite ironic that you seem to think that while there were "quite a number of rapes that reported," there was no slaughter and no murder. If an army is willing to rape civilians, what makes you think they'd stop there?

    "The International Committee for the Nanking Safety Zone" complained to Japanese Embassy of every crime allegedly committed by Japanese soldiers. You can see their itemized long list in my previous link. If there had been a massacre or even a murder, they would have surely complained.

    But I am glad you have read the historical material that was submitted to the Tokyo War Crime Tribunal, rather than relying only on someone's interpretation of history.

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