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2017-11-19 16:59
Lamentably, Japan has again snubbed an important call to reflect on the forced and systematic prostitution of tens of thousands of Korean and Chinese women for its soldiers during its colonial occupation.

The Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council Friday recommended Tokyo apologize to the former comfort women and offer them compensation.

The Japanese government showed no signs of accepting the recommendations, claiming these were the work by “only a few countries and regions” and pointing out the 2015 Korea-Japan agreement did what’s so far left undone.

Yoshifumi Okamura, Japan's ambassador in charge of human rights, argued Japan demonstrated to the world its leadership in the protection of women’s rights.

Japan’s position is, to say the least, ludicrous, since it subjected countless women to gang rape, and is paying a token sum of money to the last remaining survivors and trying to make itself a paragon protector of women’s rights. The comfort women agreement was government-led without the full participation of the victims.

Japan’s ulterior purpose is about engaging in a race against time to see the last among the 33 surviving former sex slaves die so as to force a collective case of amnesia on the world.

Therefore, it is not just the duty of Korea and China, the accusers in this nonbinding recommendation by the U.N. working group, but that of the rest of the world not to forget the wrongs Japan did against these women.

This is not enough, though. Japan is suspected of having used its influence to thwart the listing of evidential materials about its criminal acts against the comfort women as world heritage with UNESCO. Corroborating this suspicion is that after the rejection Tokyo is now moving to pay its dues that had been withheld.

It is time for the world to ask itself whether Japan is a conscientious state that is qualified to represent the will of the world and join the veto-wielding five-member Permanent Security Council despite war atrocities it committed and the persistent and unconscionable effort to whitewash them. The answer should be a resounding no, until it clears worries it may resort to this criminal practice again.

 

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