'Comfort women' distortion stirs indignation
China expressed indignation and strongly condemned the act of a Japanese cabinet member who once again made utterly shameless comments on the "comfort women" issue, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Liu Jianchao said in Beijing on July 12.
Nakayama said in a recent public address in Fukuok that he is very moved and excited by the E-mail message from a female Japanese studying in Canada. The E-mail says "the victimized women in Asia should be proud of being comfort women." He said the message is a rare and "encouraging" comment to him.
According to Nakayama, part of the e-mail message asks, "I wonder why people
create words that have a bad image and make a fuss as if it was a bad
"The Japanese government should be held responsible to keep the acts and comments of relevant persons within certain bounds of discipline," Liu said.
Liu said the act of forcing women to become "comfort women" was one of the serious crimes that militarist Japan committed against the people of all victimized countries, including China, in the World War II. This historical fact cannot be denied by any persons, Liu said.
Nakayama had repeatedly made such comments on the issue of "comfort women". He said in a public address in June that there were originally no such words as "comfort women," so it was good that the "incorrect" description was removed from school textbooks.
In November 2004, Nakayama said it was very pleasing to see the self-abusing description of "comfort women" disappearing from history textbooks in Japan.
"Comfort women" is a euphemism used in Japan to describe women forced into sex slaves by the Imperial Japanese Army in Japan's invasion in its Asian neighbors before and during the World War II.
This year marked the 60th anniversary of the victory of world anti-Fascist war. Liu said the Japanese side should face squarely, with an honest attitude, its aggressive past and have profound retrospection on it. Japan should properly handle all the issues left over by history, including the issue of "comfort women."
And in South Korea, the South Korean government on Tuesday slammed
Japanese education minister Nariaki Nakayama over his renewed remarks on the
issue of "comfort women," in which he said the word did not even exist during
World War II.
"We have no choice but to question his qualification as a politician as well as his views on history and awareness of human rights," he added.