Comfort women issue

Japan and Korea have issues that can not be solved well.  Comfort women issue, Takeshima issue, Tsushima Buddha statue theft issue, and so on.

Comfort woman is a woman whose prostitution was forced for Japanese soldiers during the Pacific War. There was such a woman also in the Philippines. It is said that many young women from the Korean Peninsula, which was a part of Japan at that time, were forcibly taken away by the Japanese army. It is an inhuman act. If it is fact.

Certainly, women called comfort women existed. But no one can find evidence that the Japanese army abducted them. Therefore, the truth can be presumed that the local brokers gathered young women by legal and illegal means. And the brokers had mediated prostitution for the Japanese army to them. Because of necessity the military doctor was in charge of their health care. For women in that position, the Japanese army and the external brokers might have looked the same. Therefore, the Japanese side recognizes that “the Japanese army has just used a merchant”. However, the Korean side said “Japanese army and those dealers were united”.

Comfort women statue. 慰安婦像

As a matter of fact, the comfort women’s standard of living was very high, and they are told that they were living well in the war when the supplies were short. Therefore, there were many women who became comfort women themselves, unwillingly due to the circumstances of families. There was a Japanese woman prostituting for soldiers of the US military who had occupied Japan even in postwar Japan.

On the other hand, there should have been a lot of women who were forced to become comfort women without preparing at all. Many people who received poor treatment were also among them. These circumstances are very unhappy. However, unfortunately it is a common story under war in poor times.

In this connection, This issue has been settled several times in the past,  by Japan apologized to the former comfort women and paid a support fee. However, the Korean government stopped performing each time, and they broke the promise. As a result, the Japanese side says “already settled it” but the Korean side is saying “insufficient it”. It is continuing. And for the some of former comfort women who became elderly, support funds from Japan are not distributed yet.