Unlike the ignorant politicians of Japan, Japanese citizens are sincerely apologizing for the past crimes their ancestors have committed. 5 christian women have donated of 22.6 million yen to the . It’s a relief that there still exists a voice of conscience in Japan.
The International Federation for Human Rights have published a report called . The report describes various problems and cases of ’denial of the right to a fair trial,‘ ’on-site public executions and secret executions,’ ‘death penalty applied to non-serious crimes,’ and ‘death penalty against vulnerable groups.’ The death penalty in North Korea is applied in total opacity, in a way that is an arbitrary deprivation of life.
Osaka City officials revealed on Monday that a letter from a San Francisco official was sent to keep Hashimoto from visiting the city. It was made known to Hashimoto that San Francisco will not consider his trip official or a courtesy call although it admitted to be in no position of stopping him for a private trip. The letter also warned of the stand of San Francisco’s people against Hashimoto. The Osaka mayor has recently caused a stir with his statement regarding “comfort women” during the Second World War, calling them “necessary” for the Japanese soldiers. Although Japan’s offense was committed to Asian women, the statement of Hashimoto made its reverberation even in the West. Hashimoto initially intended to pursue his trip, but eventually heeded the letter from San Francisco because of expected protests that would welcome him, instead of warm greetings from US officials. Japan is walking the path of isolation. It must stop distorting the historical facts. I guess even six decades of sister city relationship was not enough to welcome Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto in visiting San Francisco.
The Kippumjo is a collection of groups of approximately 2,000 women and girls that is maintained by the head of state of North Korea for the purpose of providing pleasure and entertainment for high-ranking Workers' Party of Korea officials and their families, as well as occasionally also distinguished guests. The Pleasure Squad are strictly chosen. They have to 19 to 23 years old single women who are taller than 162cm. And most of all, they have to be beautiful. These women go through strict examinations. They are checked whether they have sexual experience, and tested for sexually transmitted diseases. Even their family backgrounds are checked. Little is known outside North Korea about these women, but there is one thing for sure – Kim Jong-un is living a very luxurious life. (http://news.heraldcorp.com/view.php?ud=20130328000588&md=20130331003905_AS)
Five female Nobel Peace Prize laureates issued a statement in Northern Ireland on Thursday slamming Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto over his remarks on Japan's wartime system of military brothels. The five winners, who gathered at a three-day conference of the Nobel Women's Initiative in Belfast on the impact of war on women, said they "condemn in the strongest possible terms the recent deplorable remarks" by Hashimoto.
The statement was issued by U.S. anti-land mine campaigner Jody Williams, Iranian human rights activist Shirin Ebadi and Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee as well as Mairead Maguire, who worked to end violence in Northern Ireland, and Rigoberta Menchu Tum, who promotes the rights of indigenous people in Guatemala. The laureates, who received their peace prizes between 1976 and 2011, said in the statement, “Sexual slavery in wartime is a form of gender violence and is today defined as war crime.”
The crimes committed against the 'comfort women' continue to cause terrible pain for individuals and their families, and contribute to the continued tensions, enmity and mistrust in East Asia today.