Skip to comments.Japanese mayor: Wartime sex slaves were necessary
Posted on 05/14/2013 1:34:27 AM PDT by markomalley
An outspoken nationalist mayor said the Japanese military's forced prostitution of Asian women before and during World War II was necessary to "maintain discipline" in the ranks and provide rest for soldiers who risked their lives in battle.
The comments made Monday are already raising ire in neighboring countries that bore the brunt of Japan's wartime aggression and that have long complained that Japan has failed to fully atone for wartime atrocities.
Toru Hashimoto, the young, brash mayor of Osaka who is also co-leader of an emerging conservative political party, also told reporters that there wasn't clear evidence that the Japanese military coerced women to become what are euphemistically called "comfort women."
"To maintain discipline in the military, it must have been necessary at that time," said Hashimoto. "For soldiers who risked their lives in circumstances where bullets are flying around like rain and wind, if you want them to get some rest, a comfort women system was necessary. That's clear to anyone."
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Thats such backwards thinking they engaged in. They should have simply destroyed families, and opened frontline Japanese army units to female soldiers. Just let the 20 year old boys and girls mix naturally in the intense emotional caulron of a war zone.
Thats the way our revolutionary socialist government does it.
Gen. Hooker had them too... But they weren’t slaves. Jeez!
Exactly, there would have been enough willing not to have to force people!!! REading a story like this puts my mind at ease that we were not out of line nuking them.
Japanese culture is pretty odd, sexwise, even today. Probably world leader in pedophilia. And check out such things as hentai and ecchi.
When I was in the Corps we had ‘comfort women’ waiting for us at fleet landing ... they always seemed to know the next port of call. Cost you for any ‘comfort’ provided (if you were so inclined) and the price varied ... first few days in port it was always higher.
“co-leader of an emerging conservative political party”
Conservative? Oh, you vile media slimebuckets.
The WWII militarists called themselves Nazis, but those who follow in their footsteps are “conservatives?”
Yeah? Well so were the A- bombs. No hard feelings.
Those two words work, as well.
This mayor is an attention whore. It’s all just bukkake theater.
Mexican Drug Cartels have the same attitude towards when...and both Des and GOP are giving them Amnesty. Maybe the Japanese sex slavers can get in line for Amnesty too
Comfort women. It’s a national obligation.
Seems the Korean ladies forced in to being” comfort ladies” weren’t too willing nor happy about this.
Is it any wonder Koreans and Chineese still Hate the japs?
All armies have camp followers. Obama has MSNBC. Hooker's were more professional and had fewer diseases.
Actually, the term "hooker", meaning prostitute, appeared in print as early as 1845, and was unrelated to the General or his army.
The famous American Volunteer Group, (AVG), the Flying Tigers, had prostitutes flown in from India who were medically checked out and generally free of disease. When the U.S. joined the War and the AVG were inducted into the U.S. military, the acerbic General "Vinegar Joe" Stillwell stopped this practice, leading to increases in rates of infection and reduced availability of AVG aircrews.
What the Japanese (and to some extent Russians) did was different. The Japanese engaged in widespread and spontaneous rap of civilian women during combat. In garrison they kept female prisoners who were routinely gang raped, with whole platoons sharing a single woman. Only men who were medically cleared could use the comfort women, to prevent the spread of disease. Fear of rape of their female relatives and wives was used to motivate Japanese soldiers at the end. American servicemen were under strict orders not to molest Japanese women. I believe the penalty for rape was the firing squad. There is at least one report of a black Marine on Okinawa who was murdered by the family of a Japanese woman he had been molesting, and his body hidden in a cave. The family was afraid to request help from American authorities. The story went unreported for at least forty years after the War.
Bakka tare !
If Japan wants to rationalize this crap, they better have a military ready to stand up to China...because few people would have trouble understanding why China might feel justified to go in there and clean up their (Japan’s) perception of history a bit.
Perhaps they could have allowed homosexuals to serve openly? That could have relieved some of their stress (and helped us win sooner).
Immoral but at least relevant.
See, the Democratic Party has them too. Only there, they’re called “Discomfort Women”.
Could be a Fluke.
I think the guy’s a bit of a goofball, at least in this area:
“He froze, and then with a wry smile said that is off-limits for the U.S. military,” he said.
“I told him that there are problems because of such formalities,” Hashimoto said, explaining that he was not referring to illegal prostitution but to places operating within the law. “If you don’t make use of those places you cannot properly control the sexual energy of those tough guys.”
I think actions, not words, are nuke-worthy. For instance, Chinese figures have said they would nuke American cities if the US came to Taiwan's rescue during an invasion. Now, if they actually nuke American cities, retaliation would be obligatory. It's clear from the fact that we haven't rained nukes on China that their provocative words alone aren't nuke-worthy, and these were high-level military officials talking about future contingencies rather than civilian officials talking about the past.
I recall when I was in Korea that a black soldier was found one morning back in Seoul, tied to a pole having been castrated and bleeding to death. The story going around was that he had raped a Korean woman and the family found him and meted out their own justice. That was in early ‘53.
Thank you for your service. The Forgotten War isn't entirely forgotten.