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A couple of years ago I read an account of the battle for Okinawa, written by a Japanese officer who survived. In it he mentions “comfort women” several times, women, usually Korean, forced into prostitution to service Japanese military personnel.
I am looking forward to an announcement by the Sons of the Imperial Army, lauding the Japanese army of World War II as both ethnically inclusive and pioneering the role of women in the military.
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Okay, so how could Clyburn’s “ancestors” be honored by this ceremony? This whole thing reeks of ignorance.
“To accept one’s past — one’s history — is not the same thing as drowning in it; it is learning how to use it. An invented past can never be used; it cracks and crumbles under the pressures of life like clay in a season of drought.” – James Baldwin, _The Fire Next Time_
Matt: James Cobb used to give a talk that started with modern Japanese denials of war guilt and war crimes in World War II. Once he got the audience really up in arms about it, he started drawing comparisons to the Lost Causers. It was something to see.–Ken
Well, there’s this piece from the 1974 Thames (UK) series, World At War, where this Japanese veteran talks about the comfort girls:
“Most of the comfort girls for the enlisted men were, many were Korean. And I must say, I respect all of them very much, because who else would come to the front lines to give us the last entertainment for us, for many of us, on this earth?”
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