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    nigelboy

    “I know he was recognized as a war hero, but we just knew him as a great father,” he said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday.

    And I have no problem with this for in war, he's a hero in his home land but maybe considered war criminal in another.

    "I suppose if I had lost the war, I would have been tried as a war criminal. ". Curtis LeMay

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    nigelboy

    I have proven the numbers don't add up by giving you stats that you seem unable to understand and keep calling "irrelevant". If you're silly enough to think that Japan has a 3.7% unemployment rate, be my guest. Japan is, as usual, lying to itself about how bad things and you're more than happy to take the bait.

    You've given zilch. All you did was give your overplayed anecdotal rubbish combined with your distorted view of SAHW contemplating on whether she should work or not.

    Adding numbers is arithmetic. I have not seen anything coming close to that.

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    nigelboy

    The 1965 treaty was a bad deal, but it's what Korea could get

    It's a great deal. Unprecedented. I can't think of any nation paying her former colony 1.6 times their national budget.

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    nigelboy

    The world may well view the comfort women as a special class of victims, taken out of their countries and trafficked for sexual slavery. The crimes not only occurred in Korea but across international boundaries. This is a special class of crime perpetrated by Imperial Japan, and seemingly defended by the Abe government

    Using the words "may well view" are simply subjective interpretation and certainly carries little weight legally. Attachment of private brothel operators, private merchants, and private doctors to a military unit is not a crime.

    During the negotiations for the 1965 treaty there is no mention of compensation for comfort women as far as I am able to determine. There is no evidence -- at least none that Japan can provide -- that the Korean government was aware of the issue. South Korea's high court has ruled that the 1965 treaty did not remove the right of Koreans subject to illegal activity by Japan during wartime to sue for compensation. Japan may feel it is perfectly legal to traffic unwilling women across borders for sexual purposes, but I rather doubt they'll get many to support their position.

    Being "aware" and or lack thereof of their own citizens is still the responsibility of the Korean government. What the South Korean high court ruled is irrelevant unless they bring the case to international courts (ICJ).

    The question is how hard would it be to convince the world jury that mass-organized, sexual trafficking of women is not a crime of a special category, deserving special consideration. Rather easy, I think.

    Ex post facto

    It seems you are now shifting the arguments based on emotion.

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    nigelboy

    Any nation with half-a-brain would have not wanted any special classes of victims to be obscured by ambiguity, but mentioned specifically.

    There is no ambiguity. It states "High Contracting Parties and their peoples" "have been settled completely and finally."

    No. Because Japan, having started the war and surrendered, had no legitimate claim to make

    We're talking individuals.

    The issue persists and whatever paralysis is there is solely due to Japan's failure to have dealt with it properly

    The issue persists and whatever paralysis is there is solely due to Korean government's failure to have dealt with it properly.

    Corrected.

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    nigelboy

    And how many are FT jobs? How many are making a living wage?The majority of those women are PT workers making less than 1.3 million a year? How many are contract workers in three month contract? How many get benefits? How many are underemployed? So one works four hours at a grocery store and they get counted in the "employed" section even though it is not enough to survive off of and they can easily be let go when not needed.

    Irrelevant. You just need to prove, using arithmetic, that numbers "3.7% unemployment rate" doesn't add up.

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    nigelboy

    If the dispute is between nations, yes

    And nations do include citizens. It's a ratified treaty where South Korean government agreed to take care of its own people. For instance, who takes care of the atomic bombing victims or damages caused by the Allieds to the Japanese population? Japan. Why? Because the treaty calls for

    " Japan waives all claims of Japan and its nationals against the Allied Powers and their nationals arising out of the war or out of actions taken because of the existence of a state of war, and waives all claims arising from the presence, operations or actions of forces or authorities of any of the Allied Powers in Japanese territory prior to the coming into force of the present Treaty. "

    Without it, the courts in each respective nations will be flooded and paralyze the system.

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    nigelboy

    "Another characteristic of single mothers in Japan is that their work participation rate is the highest in the world, far exceeding the majority of other major industrialized countries "

    From your link you provided, tmarie.

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    nigelboy

    nobody asked you Um, YOU asked me. Remember? You asked by I was "obsessed with SAHW" and I'm giving you the answer to your question. This is very much a "feminist" issue - but more so a child issue. 16% of kids in this country live in poverty and you suggest "Those factors are irrelevant for it's merely the households desire to supplement the income". Seems to me that some of those housegholds aren't "merely" looking to supplement income. Or do you not care about those 16% who live hand to mouth?

    I responded with your SAHW but for some unknown reason, you equate them with single mothers. If you can prove 16% of SAHW and their respective kids are in "poverty", then you have a point.

    No one's ignoring? Really? So you have 50% of single parents (mothers) in poverty, 30% of those unmarried from 20-65 in poverty and 16% child poverty rate and you suggest no one is ignoring these issues when they state a 3.7% unemployment rate? Are you for real? The numbers do not add up. Clearly.

    I simply asked you to provide the unemployment rate for the above which you can't provide yet you leap with the conclusion that the numbers do not add up.

    Are you for real?

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    nigelboy

    Oh so all those waiting lists for daycare are a figment of my imagination are they? All the government comments about supporting mothers to get back to work by building more daycares? Silly me! Oh those women living in poverty are not well known are they? I guess perhaps if you keep the blinders on and ignore the articles, you might think they are not well known when in fact, it is much discussed and people are very worried.

    Sorry. Those factors are irrelevant for it's merely the households desire to supplement the income.

    The standards are high? How about you take a look at how single mothers live in this country and get back to me about how "high" the standards are. Women here are treated like crap and stats like this cover up the problems with it all.

    Again irrelevant. What is the percentage of single mothers and their unemployment rate?

    And I wouldn't argue with you that other countries would also be higher but I'm not living in another country and this article isn't about other countries. It's about Japan and to suggest 3.7% unemployment is a slap in the face to many women who NEED work but can't get it because the government isn't supporting them - nor counting them in such figures.

    No. It's about unemployment figures for Japan based on ILO standards in which you try to make this a feminist issue when nobody asked you.

    First you have a go at me for being "obsessed" with them and now YOU want to ignore them. At least I am trying to support them and make their voices heard by questioning such laughable stats.

    Nobody's ignoring. Those figures are based on ILO standards in which many countries takes seriously. SAHM can conceivably be included in the figures if they want to be but, in general, most did not do so.

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    nigelboy

    Nigel, it is well known that many a) can't get work because of lack of daycare and b) can't find FT work even if they want it. I am in their corner on this one. Let's be honest, they make up a HUGE number of the "workable" public so not counting them because they aren't getting some sort of aid from the government screws up the numbers. Add those women in and watch the numbers rise to a rate that Japan does not want to admit to.

    No Tmarie. It's not well known. Additionally, which nation prioritize such criteria for it's common knowledge that every country, bureaucracy, and the financial markets care about unemployment rates based on ILO standards?

    The numbers do not add up when you look at the poverty figures I have given you. 3.7% leads you to believe that only 3.7% of the population NEEDS more work and money and clearly, that is not the case. Suggesting the rate is as low as 3.7% is a joke. A joke at those living in poverty

    First and foremost, the "poverty" in which OECD defines are merely half of the median income which in a developed nation in Japan with the infrastructure and social services in place, the standards are pretty high. In addition, the concept of "needs more work and money" represents majority of the citizens desired employed or unemployed.

    The unemployment rate is figured based on ILO standards. If you argue that rates should be higher, I can easily make for another country to be higher as well. , those working poor and those underemployed.

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    nigelboy

    Hahaha!! Yeah, right. I do wonder what the real rate would be if they included all the SAHW who want jobs but can't get hired. Wonder what the underemployed rate would be. With a 16% child poverty rate, a 50% poverty rate for single parents (mothers, let's be honest) and a 33% poverty rate for single women between the ages of 20-65, these numbers are not adding up.

    My god. What is your constant obsession with SAHW?

    The numbers do add up for essentially we are talking about people who are in "desperately" in need of employment.

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    nigelboy

    Japan needs to keep apologizing, making gestures of contrition and seek a fuller understanding of its shared past with Asia

    The word "Asia" here is used too loosely considering the fact that we are talking only two countries in particular where their government use it as a political tool.

    The fact of the matter is, the rest of the countries moved on so it's important that Japan works closely with those who are forward thinking and simply ignore the two.

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    nigelboy

    Please provide evidence.

    http://www.awf.or.jp/e3/index.html

    Sorry, the money was not provided by the government. It was provided by private citizens

    http://www.awf.or.jp/e2/foundation.html

    "...The Government of the Republic of Korea welcomed the Fund's establishment with such comments as "there is an element of public support for some projects, involving financial resources from the government budget"; "there was a straightforward expression of remorse and apology, given by the state to those concerned"; and "statements included a clearly expressed desire to discover what happened and to use that information as a lesson of history." These were welcomed as "sincere measures."

    No, they have not. There has never been an apology ratified by the cabinet. An official apology consists of the following:

    No it doesn't. Your link is somewhat laughable considering that an apology is NEVER "a bill passed by the Diet. " and that apology/statements through the Diet (one house, either lower or upper) are "resolutions" which is non binding. Secondly, the notion that cabinet statements have to be during the Diet session to be "official" is utter BS for first and foremost, the premise of "an issue as important as an apology," is false considering the hierarchy of cabinet statements or pending decisions during the Diet sessions are bills submitted to the Diet (国会提出案件) and national/domestic policy. This is a no brainer since Diet sessions purpose is to pass important legislative issue as opposed being "get bogged down " by "an apology". As to the "a statement by a prime minister in an official communiqué while on an overseas visit;" why does it have to be a communique as opposed to Prime Minister Miyazawa making the following statement in Seoul?

    http://www.ioc.u-tokyo.ac.jp/~worldjpn/documents/texts/exdpm/19920117.S1J.html

    This is yet again, another example of nitpicking and finding reasons not to accept an apology. Official apology is simply an apology issued/stated by an official in an official capacity and nothing more. The mere fact that the Korean government went lengths to negotiate the wording of the Kono statement proves this. And subsequently,"there was a straightforward expression of remorse and apology, **given by the STATE **to those concerned" per Korean government

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    nigelboy

    @Yuri... I agree. Break relations with Japan and move all our bases to Korea. Stop digging into American wallets to protect a country that denies history. Let Japan defend themselves from the 400 road mobile ICMBs and 6 Chinese Nuclear subs which run silent and deep and carry multiple warheads per missile You said Korea wants to be friends with the "Peoples Republic of Japan". Your words. They don't. I don't. Americans don't. We choose Korea and China. Japan's time is over.

    Me thinks you are unfamiliar OPCON. There are no "move all our bases to Korea" for it's up to SK to defend against Lil Kim Jr. U.S. and Japan only cares about evacuating their own citizens out of SK when $hit hits the fan. Hence the recent reinterpretation of the ability of collective self defense.

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    nigelboy

    1) Have the comfort women ever received payment directly from the Japanese government?

    Most of them, yes. But in Korea, as stated above, mostly thanks to the NGO and the about face deceiving Korean government, they were pressured not to receive them.

    2) Has the Japanese government ever tried to give money directly to the comfort women

    Yes. The AWF which the budget for operations came directly from the government hired local staff and ran newspaper ads to offer the said atonement money. Many accepted. But in Korea, as stated above, many were pressured not to receive them.

    3) Have the comfort women ever received an official apology from the Japanese government?

    Yes. Unless the subsequent cabinet indicates otherwise "継承しない" , it's official.

    4) Has the Japanese government ever officially apologized, with said apology ratified by the cabinet, to the comfort women?

    See #3

    I would suggest your spouse who I believe is fluent in Japanese to translate the links I gave in this thread for it's patently obvious to any person with common sense that the fault lies within the Korean government.

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    nigelboy

    And yet, we are still left with the fact that the comfort women have never received compensation from the Japanese government, and have never received an official apology from the Japanese government. Justify it all you want, it doesn't change the facts.

    Correct that to

    And yet, we are still left with the fact that some comfort women pressured by NGO and Korean government, have never been able to accept the goodwill compensation from the Japanese government and her people's and the personal apology letter from the Japanese prime minister in which those who have received them were driven to tears.

    http://www.awf.or.jp/3/oralhistory-05.html

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    nigelboy

    So whether an apology is acceptable or is up to the perpetrator. Riiiiight.

    No. There is no "acceptable" apology because, as history states, is never enough. Read the Review results of the Kono Statement just released recently. This is clear example of Korean government acting on behalf of the surviving comfort women on how it should be worded and what phrases and words to be used so that it would be "acceptable".

    This continued with the Asian Women Fund where the Korean government welcomed the plan initially but did a complete turnaround threatening the recipients and the one who thought about accepting them.

    http://www.awf.or.jp/3/korea.html

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    nigelboy

    No, it would be irresponsible for them to not take up the cause on behalf of their citizens. But the goal of taking up that cause should be to get an apology and reparations for the comfort women.

    So NOW, you want the SK government to represent these comfort women? You're all over the place.

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    nigelboy

    No SL. Unless, of course, they are not "peoples" in the above agreement.

    But, FYI, Japanese government requested for the individual payments but as per minutes of the meetings leading up to this said agreement, the Korean government insisted on paying out their own citizens.

    http://www.f8.wx301.smilestart.ne.jp/honyaku/honyaku-2/718.pdf

    Pg 115-116

    Like I said before again and again, it's Korean government's failure.

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