ThirdTerm wrote:Imperial Japan occupied northern China and Korea and anti-Japanese sentiments were prevalent in the colonial era to the extent that Japanese schoolchildren were routinely attacked by Chinese mobs. The Japanese community as a whole was terrorised by Chinese patriots, which was the main reason why Japan was dragged into the civil war in China. China and Korea keep bringing up wartime issues to settle their colonial grievances, which is similar to African-Americans' general attitudes towards white Americans. On the one hand, African-Americans demand slavery reparations for the coerced and uncompensated labour their ancestors performed over centuries. On the other hand, Korean pressure groups are putting pressure on the Japanese government to financially compensate for the wartime comfort system. Comfort women are often described as "sex slaves" because a left-wing Japanese historian invented the term in the 1990s but Professor Yoshimi, who is often cited by Western historians, recently backpedalled on his sex slave claims, arguing that the comfort system cannot be equated with slavery if comfort women were voluntary participants.
Can you elaborate on Japanese participation in the Chinese Civil War?
I have no knowledge of this, and so it'd be interesting to hear more about it.
I agree to the extent that there is a lot of 'politics' involved in the constant struggle between Japan, China, the two Koreas, Taiwan. For instance, there isn't usually the same level of angst about the islands north of Japan which are held by Russia (except for in some circles) as there are about the islands which are disputed with China, Taiwan, and the Koreas (although Japan in fact has a much stronger claim to the so-called 'Northern Territories').
I certainly do not agree with you on the 'comfort women' aspect though.
It is well documented--to my satisfaction--that such a system did exist. The governor of Okinawa even made a claim a couple years ago that they should institute a system of prostitution for US soldiers stationed there, to reduce the number of sex crimes committed by US military members stationed on that island. The logic he used was almost identical to the logic underlying the 'comfort women' system.
I've seen a documentary in which women subjected to the 'comfort women' system were interviewed. Included was a Dutch women who was living in Indonesia (a former Dutch colony) when it was conquered by Japan, and who spoke perfect English. There were also numerous other women interviewed (it was a documentary in Japanese narration and Japanese subtitles--I can read Japanese passably).
The women were essentially prostitutes, but they were forced into prostitution. They lived in brothels, but they had no choice but to be there. They were, therefore, sex slaves.
I don't know what your point or agenda is, but a lot of what you have to say here is nonsense, frankly speaking.