For the good relations between Japan and Korea
The true historical facts should not be distorted

I visited Japan in May for three weeks.  During my stay in Japan, I read the full page article in the Sankei Newspaper about the violent acts of Korean soldiers during the Vietnam War, particularly against women.

It is estimated that there are more than 5 thousand children whose fathers are Korean soldiers.  However, the Korean government has never admitted this fact, and refuses to extend any form of assistance to those children who were raised by their poor single mothers!

45 years after the Pacific War, the Council for the Issue of the Comfort Women, a civic organization, was established in Korea in order to request the monetary, medical and other forms of assistance for the former “Comfort Women” by the Japanese Government.  Every Wednesday, the members of the Council and their supporters got together in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul to appeal their requests. Furtherore, they worked aggressively to appeal to the local governments to build “Comfort Women” statues at public places such as parks and school grounds. The members and supporters insist that this incident is comparable to the Holocaust by Nazi Germany.  The suggested epitaph of the Council reads as follows:

“The Comfort Women” is one of the cruelest slavery issues in the 20th Century.  They were abducted by the Japanese Army from 13 Asian countries, mainly from Korea.  Most of them were killed during World War II.  The average age of the abducted girls was 16 years old!”

This lie, which is written without a bit of hesitation, is easily believed by many people who do not have the slightest knowledge about the Holocaust, nor of the brutal acts of the Korean soldiers during the Vietnam War!

45 years after the Pacific War, “the Council for the Issue of the Comfort Women”, a civic organization, was established in Korea in order to request more monetary and other kinds of assistance for the former Comfort Women from the Japanese government. Every Wednesday, the members of the Council and their supporters get together in front of the Japanese Embassy compound in Seoul to demonstrate against the Japanese government to not only request for more assistance, but to also smear the country of Japan!

The Council urges the former Comfort Women not to receive any assistance from the Japanese government until the Japanese government and the Japanese people express remorse and sympathy fully enough to satisfy the former “Comfort Women”. as well as the Korean people.

Yu Me-hin (尹美香), the chief representative of the Council, was born in Kyonju, Korea in October 23, 1964.  After graduating Rihowa (梨花) Women’s College, which is one of the best women’s colleges in Korea, she further studied at the same college, and received a Master’s Degree in Sociology and Welfare.  In 1933, she visited the United Nations in New York, and urged the Human Rights Committee to take up the issue of “Comfort Women” as one of the important subjects to discuss.
In 1993, her husband and sister-in-law were arrested as spies of the North Korean government.  Since then, the Korean Government closely watches the relations between Representative Yu and the Council.

As long as the Korean Government and the anti-Japan Korean intellectuals don’t open their eyes and study the historical facts of Japan-Korea relations, the issue of the Comfort Women will forever be used as a tool of Japan bashing.  It is most regrettable fact that the issue of the “Comfort Women” is agitated and distorted by anti-Japan polticians, anti-Japan media, anti-Japan scholars and the Council for the Issue of Comfort Women.

I earnestly wish the everlasting good relations between Japan and Korea, because some of my family members are Korean!

Yoko Wiles
Publisher, Potomac Newsletter