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Japanese mayor: Wartime sex slaves were necessary
AP ^ | 5/14/2013 | MALCOLM FOSTER

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."

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; Japan
KEYWORDS: china; comfortwomen; japan; korea; singapore; worldwarii; wwii
Assuming the AP didn't mis-report this, there are two words:

Just.

Wow.

1 posted on 05/14/2013 1:34:27 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

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.


2 posted on 05/14/2013 1:39:00 AM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: markomalley

Gen. Hooker had them too... But they weren’t slaves. Jeez!


3 posted on 05/14/2013 1:39:51 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Democrats: Robbing Peter to buy Paul's vote.)
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To: Cowboy Bob

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.


4 posted on 05/14/2013 1:41:25 AM PDT by gemoftheocean (...geez, this all seems so straight forward and logical to me...)
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To: markomalley

Japanese culture is pretty odd, sexwise, even today. Probably world leader in pedophilia. And check out such things as hentai and ecchi.


5 posted on 05/14/2013 1:42:34 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Vendetta))
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To: markomalley

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.


6 posted on 05/14/2013 1:51:00 AM PDT by BluH2o
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To: markomalley

“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?”


7 posted on 05/14/2013 1:53:13 AM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: markomalley

Yeah? Well so were the A- bombs. No hard feelings.


8 posted on 05/14/2013 1:53:19 AM PDT by RC one
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To: markomalley
Just.

Wow.

Just nuke-worthy.

9 posted on 05/14/2013 1:55:43 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: cynwoody
Just nuke-worthy.

Those two words work, as well.

10 posted on 05/14/2013 1:57:00 AM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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To: Hardraade

This mayor is an attention whore. It’s all just bukkake theater.


11 posted on 05/14/2013 2:02:35 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: markomalley

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


12 posted on 05/14/2013 2:07:40 AM PDT by SeminoleCounty (GOP - Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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To: Lancey Howard

Lol.


13 posted on 05/14/2013 2:51:43 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Vendetta))
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To: markomalley

Comfort women. It’s a national obligation.


14 posted on 05/14/2013 3:01:18 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: markomalley

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?


15 posted on 05/14/2013 3:46:40 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: Cowboy Bob
Gen. Hooker had them too... But they weren’t slaves. Jeez!

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.

16 posted on 05/14/2013 3:58:53 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Doing the same thing and expecting different results is called software engineering.)
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To: markomalley

Bakka tare !


17 posted on 05/14/2013 4:41:17 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: markomalley

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.


18 posted on 05/14/2013 4:49:01 AM PDT by BobL (Look up "CSCOPE" if you want to see something really scary)
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To: DesertRhino

Perhaps they could have allowed homosexuals to serve openly? That could have relieved some of their stress (and helped us win sooner).


19 posted on 05/14/2013 4:58:20 AM PDT by rfreedom4u (I have a copy of the Constitution! And I'm not afraid to use it!)
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To: markomalley
Given Japan's weak and venerable position in the modern world, overshadowed by a massive modernized China.
I can see how pre-cold war Japan (1900 to 1940s) history would breed nostalgia with them. After all, that tiny country dominated Eastern Asia and all those islands for decades.

Immoral but at least relevant.

20 posted on 05/14/2013 5:07:01 AM PDT by sickoflibs (To GOP : Any path to US citizenship IS putting them ahead in line. Stop lying about your position.)
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To: Vendome

See, the Democratic Party has them too. Only there, they’re called “Discomfort Women”.

Like Pelosi.


21 posted on 05/14/2013 6:25:33 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Vendetta))
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To: Hardraade

Could be a Fluke.


22 posted on 05/14/2013 6:34:38 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: markomalley

I think the guy’s a bit of a goofball, at least in this area:


Hashimoto said he recently visited Okinawa in southern Japan and told the U.S. commander there “to make better use of the sex industry.”

“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.”


Now, the average Asian politician would take hypocritical umbrage at the idea of foreigners soiling (from their perspective) the bodies and reputations of their womenfolk. Not Hashimoto.


23 posted on 05/14/2013 7:15:25 AM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: cynwoody
Just nuke-worthy.

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.

24 posted on 05/14/2013 7:19:40 AM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

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.


25 posted on 05/14/2013 7:43:19 AM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: elpadre
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.

26 posted on 05/14/2013 11:43:49 AM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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