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A "friend of comfort women" is an agent for North Korea

Prosecutors arrested Shigetake Ogata, former director general of the Public Security Intelligence Agency, and two others on June 28 on suspicion of fraud in connection with the transfer of the ownership of the headquarter of North Korea in Japan.

Ogata's counterpart of negotiation, Koken Tsuchiya, is a lawyer for the headquarter of North Korea. Once he was the Director of Japan Federation of Bar Associations and known as the chief of the Group to Demand the State Compensation for the Comfort Women. He used to say that abduction of Japanese people by North Korea was a frame up of the right-wings. He is a typical "friend of comfort women".

Asian Americans Call for Japanese Apology

Bay City News Wire reports:

A group of Asian Americans were calling on the community and elected officials today to help lobby the Japanese government into an apology for the forced prostitution it forced on Asian women before and during World War II.

Members of the Global Alliance for Preserving the History of World War II in Asia, the Chinese Americans for Democracy in Taiwan and others met in a Chinese restaurant today to encourage support for House Resolution 121, introduced by Rep. Mike Honda (D-San Jose).

Some group members said that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) and Congressman Tom Lantos (D-San Mateo/San Francisco) have been giving them the runaround, according to Ignatius Ding, Executive Vice President of the Global Alliance for Preserving the History of World War II in Asia.

Members of the group, several of whom are donors to the Democratic and Republican parties, expressed concern that they are used for fundraising purposes but when it comes to action they are le…

Get facts straight on comfort women

The Yomiuri Shimbun Editorial

The U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee has adopted a resolution demanding an apology from Japan over the so-called comfort women. But the resolution was based on an erroneous perception of the facts.

The Japanese government should try to unravel the U.S. side's misinterpretation of history in order to remove a source of future trouble, while in the meantime working to block passage of the resolution by the full House of Representatives.

The resolution calls for the government to accept historical responsibility and apologize for "its Imperial Armed Forces' coercion of young women into sexual slavery." It describes "the comfort women system" as "one of the largest cases of human trafficking in the 20th century."

The resolution was made without verifying the facts and smacks of cheap rhetoric. It makes us doubt the intelligence of U.S. lawmakers.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed "sympathy from th…

"Sex Slave" Resolution passed by a Committee

According to AP, A congressional panel on Tuesday endorsed overwhelmingly a resolution urging Japan to apologize formally for coercing thousands of women to work as sex slaves for its World War II military. The 39-2 approval by the Foreign Affairs Committee allows the measure to be considered by the full House. A large crowd of supporters applauded and cheered after the lawmakers' vote.

Many Japanese politicians, historians, and commentators are infuriated at the resolution that includes many factual errors. For example, the description "gang rape, forced abortions, humiliation, and sexual violence resulting in mutilation, death, or eventual suicide in one of the largest cases of human trafficking in the 20th century" is grounded in no historical facts. While they don't tell the number of the "human trafficking", how can they declare it is the largest one in the 20th century?

It's a shame for the U.S. Congress to say such a nonsense. And it's sad that…