Communists Plots Behind Comfort Women
By Syaraku-sai, Animation Director
The newly-erected “Statues of Japanese Army Sex Slaves” were donated to the City of San Francisco by a Chinese civil group supported by local Korean residents. The mayor of Osaka—the second biggest city in Japan which had been in a sister-city relationship with San Francisco for 60 years—repeatedly urged San Francisco not to accept the donation. As the Osaka mayor was ignored, he declared the cessation of Osaka’s sister-city relationship with San Francisco.
The San Francisco political establishment—including the late Mayor Lee—appear to have been completely convinced by the historical interpretation insisted upon by the communist regime of the People’s Republic of China. However, almost nobody in Japan believes the narrative of “forcible recruitment of comfort women”. This is a natural consequence as the Asahi Shimbun newspaper, the origin of the whole “forcible recruitment” saga, retracted of its own volition the series of comfort women articles which led eventually to today’s debacle in San Francisco.
This is an unfortunate situation for those women who came forward after being beguiled by such articles. In Japanese, this situation is described as “pulling the ladder away once someone has climbed up onto the roof”. The Asahi articles induced the women to make unsupportable claims, and now that the Asahi has backed away the women are left in the very awkward position of being unable to admit that it was all a lie from the beginning.
Most likely, the women themselves are not even aware that they are not telling the truth. The time period they are trying to recall is already more than 70 years in the past. Furthermore, these women are under extremely heavy social pressure to make the kind of statements they have made, because being “Anti-Japan” is almost a national policy of South Korea. Activists in Japan and South Korea with strongly-suspected ties to North Korea are waiting in the wings, eyes flashing with anticipation, as they goad unsuspecting women into testifying about alleged atrocities conducted by the Japanese army.
In the United States, many fathers were sued by their own daughters in the past on the basis that the depression that women suffer often stems from childhood sexual abuse by their fathers. However, it was later discovered that these so-called memories of abuse held by the victimized women were often imprinted by their counselors and lawyers. By the same token, the reliability of the testimonials of former comfort women under the above-mentioned social pressure is highly questionable. Also, is it ethically appropriate to force women who have lived through hard lives to relive their past in public like this?
Prostitutes were not always looked down upon in Japan. Yoshiwara, the most prestigious red-light district during the Edo period (more than 150 years ago), was a very colorful place. It was a must-see for travelers, including females, visiting Edo (today’s Tokyo). People went to Yoshiwara even if they had no intention of visiting any prostitutes there. Travelers used to drop by a printing and publishing merchant called Tsutaya located just to the right of the Yoshiwara Tamon gate where they would buy offprint portraits of dayu (top prostitutes) as souvenirs. Today those cheap prints are displayed at the Boston and Metropolitan art museums as priceless “Ukiyo-e of beautiful women”. Prostitution had a place in Japanese culture, and the women who worked as prostitutes were actually often seen as cultural celebrities.
In addition, wealthy samurai and merchants adopted prostitutes as concubines by paying off their debts for them. There is a famous classical play called “Koya-Takao”. It is a story of a poor dyer and a prostitute who wait for the end of her contract and then happily get married. It is something like a happy-end version of Lady of the Camellias. Similarly, there was a sense of comradeship between comfort women and soldiers as cited in “Comfort Women of Empire” written by South Korean scholar Park Yuha. It was not uncommon for comfort women to get married to Japanese soldiers after the men were discharged from military service.
There is a famous case study in psychology involving a horse called Hans. Clever Hans, as he was also known, was praised for being able to calculate numbers. But what was really happening was that “clever Hans” was picking cards with the right answers written on them by reading the subtle gestures communicated to Hans by his trainer. This is a lesson always mentioned in sociology classrooms: “Even animals can read subtle nuances. So, extreme care is required to conduct research on humans.” We are all susceptible to cues and narratives. One is forced to ask, did the Asahi report on the stories of the comfort women, or are the so-called comfort women simply re-reporting what was originally set down in the Asahi?
While responsible citizens and governments are always interested in telling the truth, communist nations like the Soviet Union, North Korea, and China have badly abused the “clever Hans” effect. The scene is all too familiar. An accused person in a communist country comes before a “people’s court” and tearfully confess crimes she or he never committed. POWs completely brainwashed come home as communists. The US and Japan suffered a lot from such acts conducted against them. Today, many cult religions also make use of such a method. Susceptibly to suggestion can easily be twisted for nefarious ends.
Speaking of communist countries, it is a known fact that South Korean activist group Chong Dae Hyup and the Japanese Social Democratic Party are deeply connected to North Korea. It is impossible to assume that they do not know about such a method, or that they would hesitate to use it. Behind the so-called comfort women lurk some powerful organizations and ideologies which are hell-bent on destroying whatever is left of freedom and democracy in East Asia.
The former comfort women who lived through hardship were smart enough to understand what was really going on. The narrative of “forcible recruitment of comfort women” was created in the context of the attempted hijacking of East Asia—present, past, and future—currently underway in the People’s Republic of China. The Communist Party in Beijing and the Kim Dynasty in North Korea want to drive a wedge between Japan and the US.
The citizens and councilors of San Francisco should not be twisted around the little fingers of those who abuse “political correctness” with politically-driven lies. Justice is its own telos. The endless replaying of the comfort women saga brings justice to nobody, while steadily advancing the cause of perhaps the two most unjust regimes on the planet.