The leaders of China and South korea agreed at a summit meeting to work together to aim at ending North Korea's nuclear weapons programs. A joint statement issued after the meeting between the leaders stating that "both sides confirmed denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula and keeping peace and stability there were in their common interest, and they agreed to make joint efforts to that end."
Sunday, June 30, 2013
The summit meeting between President Park Geun-hye of South Korea and President Xi Jinping of China would bring tremendous impact on North East Asia. North Korea's threat and nuclear program would lose its power and credibility. As a free nation, China would cooperate with South Korea to become world second most powerful nation. For this to happen, North Korea's denuclearization must happen first.
UN North Korea Human Rights Investigators will meet in Geneva on the 1st of July to hold a meeting on the dealings with North Korea's atrocious human rights violations. North Korean utilizes concentration camps, torture, captivation to oppress freedom and take away the rights of its citizens. These actions will be thoroughly investigated. It is too early to tell whether this group can bring drastic changes to the North Korean human rights scene, but it is a good first step to take to shed international spotlight on this issue and kick start a movement to bring about reform in the nation.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Anonymous revealed the details of 13 people it claims are high-level North Korean cadres. The list cites names, dates, and parts of phone numbers, as well as current location. North Korea may find this incident shocking, but North Korea should realize that they are no longer in the dead zone of reformation open. They should voluntarily reform before the world forces them.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
President Obama recently extended economic sanctions against North Korea for another year. North Korea is an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy and economy of not only the US, but also the world. North Korea has weapons-usable nuclear material and is itself a risk of proliferation. North Korea’s envoy to the UN called on the US to lift its economic sanctions against North Korea and urged UN members not to follow Security Council sanctions imposed over the North’s nuclear and missile tests. However, North Korea’s requests are unsound. Without North Korea showing efforts of denuclearization, there is no need for any nation to lift sanctions against North Korea. North Korea over the past years have betrayed the trust of the international community by acting on their words. Without signs of advancement in North Korea, the sanctions will stand firm.
Monday, June 24, 2013
Sunday, June 23, 2013
I believe the reason Japan is moving towards the extreme right is because of the distorted historical education the leaders of Japan had received. In the past, this unprecedented rightist movement did not exist in Japan. This is because the past generations of Japanese people experienced firsthand the horrors of war that comfort women had experienced. They therefore did not make a big fuss about apologizing to the comfort women, and sincerely repented for their past war crimes. However, when the leaders of Japan, who received distorted historical educations, came into power, Japanese society turned to extreme rightist movement, and a result ended in the current plight.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Just because there is no written proof, it does not mean there is no proof that comfort women suffered from Japan’s cruelty during WWII. Former Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono released a statement admitting and apologizing to comfort women. If Japan continues to deny the truth, not only will their relationship with Asian neighbors deteriorate, but they will also lose credibility in the international society.
North Korea’s Vice Marshal, Choe Ryong-hae, has a lot of experience in secret parties that Kim Jong-il had hosted. Now, the vice marshal opens his own secret parties at his villas and hotel suites where he carefully selects beautiful women to have sex orgies. In order to satisfy his perverted sexual fantasies, he removed teeth from the women, paid 100 dollars for each tooth, and paid 3200 dollars to give them dentures. When they drink liquor, they would drink not from glasses, but from the cleavages of women. I’d have to say Choe is just as perverted as Kim Jong-il.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Sunday, June 16, 2013
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.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
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)
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
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.
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According to the US Department of State Report on International Prison Conditions, Iran, Iraq, Madagascar, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Cambodia, Myanmar, and North Korea were chosen as the countries having the worst prison conditions in the world. The report states that these prison are inadequately resourced detention facilities to intentional and calculated acts of mistreatment by repressive governments. In North Korea, political detainees are routinely subjected to systematic physical and psychological mistreatment. Prisoners experience severe beatings, electric shock, public nakedness, confinement in small immobile cells, and the coercion of mothers to watch infanticide of their newborns.
Monday, June 10, 2013
As Japanese nationalism is fueled by friction with neighbors over territories and World War II legacy issues, hostile demonstrations against the country's Korean residents are gathering steam, raising concerns among political leaders and setting off soul-searching among Japan's largely homogeneous population. While attendance at the rallies is small and such extreme actions are far from entering the mainstream of Japanese politics, the demonstrations of nationalist activists using hate speech and intimidation have grown in size and frequency in recent months. Anti-Korea sentiment in Japan grew right after the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Korea went to the semi-finals, while Japan remained in quarter-finals. Anti-Korea sentiment also grew in March 2009, when Kim Yuna won against Asada Mao. This kind of supports the idea that anti-Korean sentiment in Japan is caused from a sense of inferiority.
Sunday, June 9, 2013
The U.N. Committee against Torture issued a statement pointing out that Japan’s criminal justice system should do away with its traditionally strong reliance on confessions by suspects, and demanded it implement safeguards such as electronic recordings of the entire interrogation process to prevent wrongful convictions. That’s a welcome statement from the UN’s Committee against Torture (CAT), I wonder if Japan will take it to heart. According to reports on Twitter and in Wednesday’s Tokyo Shimbun, Japan’s representative at the CAT meeting, Hideaki Ueda, made another statement which raised eyebrows at the forum. When the other international representatives present chuckled in response to a gaffe made by Ueda, he's said to have quickly shot back with a not so diplomatic “SHUT UP” uttered in perfectly clear English and chided the group for laughing. When state officials from anywhere behave like that with the eyes of the world on them, I shudder to think what goes in their corner of the globe when no one is looking. When state officials from anywhere behave so badly with the eyes of the world on them, I shudder to think what goes in their corner of the globe when no one is looking.
Thursday, June 6, 2013
As international leaders fear what Pyongyang may do beyond its borders, perhaps the biggest issue is what happens within. North Korea operates a growing network of prison camps containing up to 200,000 prisoners in conditions likened by survivors to Nazi concentration camps. This atrocity gains little international attention, though the United Nations Human Rights Council is considering a formal inquiry for possible crimes against humanity. Information about the camps is limited to reports from the few successful escapees, notably Shin Dong-hyuk, who told 60 Minutes about spending 23 years behind the wire. North Korea's prison camps are a closed-off world of death, torture and forced labour where babies are born slaves, according to two survivors who liken the horrors of the camps to a Holocaust in progress.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
The UN urged Japan to admit responsibility for forcing women into sexual slavery during World War II and prosecute any surviving officers who were involved in their trafficking. The UN Committee Against Torture said the Japanese government should refute attempts to deny the facts by the government authorities and public figures and to re-traumatize the victims through such repeated denials. Instead, it should inform the young generation in school textbooks of Japanese wartime atrocities so that they are never repeated. The recommendations appear especially aimed at Mayor Hashimoto, who denies that Japan forced women into prostitution for the Imperial Army. Japan argued at the time that the mobilization of sex slaves occurred during World War II 70 years ago and does not fall under the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, which was only enacted in 1987. The UN rejected the argument.
Monday, June 3, 2013
In the wake of the recent repatriation of a group of young North Korean defectors from Laos, South Korean diplomats in overseas missions plan to hold a meeting to discuss follow-up measures and ways to better deal with the sensitive issue. The nine North Koreans, aged between 15 and 23, fled their country in 2011. They hid in China before moving to Laos in hopes of settling in South Korea, but they were rounded up there by authorities on May 10. South Korea had appealed to both Laos and China to send them to Seoul, but the plea was rejected. They were deported to China on May 27, and the following day flown home. The U.N. human-rights chief criticized Laos and China on Friday for returning nine young defectors - all reportedly orphans - to North Korea, where they could face harsh treatment. Under North Korean law, defectors face a minimum of five years of hard labor and as much as life in prison or the death penalty in cases deemed particularly serious. Activists say they could face torture.
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Hatoyama Yukio, foremer Prime Minister of Japan, denounced the Abe administration. I have complained here before about the apathy and inaction of the Japanese people in the face of their leaders' refusal to apologize to the surviving victims of sexual slavery at the hands of the Japanese Imperial Army during WWII. Since that time, Japan has changed its leaders, and they remain determined to take action. Unfortunately, such action will lead them even further into the realm of public ignominy. The Murayama Statement, issued by Japanese Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama on 15 August 1995, was a clear apology to the victims of Japanese aggression in the war. However, earlier this year Abe began discussing a possible revision of the statement, and in late April he argued that what is labelled ‘aggression’ may be viewed differently depending on what side you are on. Mr. Abe must realize that he needs to make enormous efforts to put to rest the suspicions that his words have stirred not only among the victims of Japan’s 20th-century aggression in Asia, but also in the capital of its most important ally.