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Yoshiaki Yoshimi, Professor of Modern Japanese History, Chuo University
Yoshiaki Yoshimi, a ...
Yoshiaki Yoshimi, a Chuo University historian and a respected expert in the topic, said the 529 documents he and other historians have compiled since 1993 contain proof the Japanese military and the government were directly involved in setting up and recruiting the girls and women from around Asia, often by deception and kidnapping.
More than one-third of the documents came from Japanese Defense Ministry archives.
Dozens were obtained from foreign militaries and governments, including U.S., China and Taiwan, and the Netherlands - a former colonizer of Indonesia.
A document recently discovered in a Justice Ministry archive showed a cover-up by a military police official using the military budget, Yoshimi
said the women were clearly forcibly taken away and placed under slave-like conditions at the brothels. (Sunnex)
Tea Shack@eat-rice.com » News Clips | Japanese Researchers Rebut Premierâ€™s Denials on Sex Slavery
"I don't think it can start denying the ruling now," said another group member, Yoshiaki Yoshimi, a professor of history at Chuo University.
It must end diplomacy on the ...
It must end diplomacy on the issue and, in effect, end campaigning on behalf of the women, who - says Yoshiaki Yoshimi, a Japanese historian who unearthed much of the documentation on the brothel system - were not consulted over the agreement.
"It makes me sad because nobody has taken real responsibility for what happened," he says.
Issues : Reparations (www.newsaic.com)
Within weeks, original wartime documents confirming the military's involvement in the conscription of comfort women resurfaced publicly (Professor Yoshimi Yoshiaki of Chuo University had reviewed such documents in the course of his academic research and then retrieved them in light of the lawsuit).Japan's prime minister Miyazawa Kiichi then publicly expressed his personal regret first in Japan and then in an address to the South Korean president in January 1992.
Sources: Yoshimi Yoshiaki
, Comfort Women: Sexual slavery in the Japanese military during World War II (translated by Suzanne O'Brien, Columbia University Press