Comfort women

Discussion in 'War Against Japan' started by David Layne, Feb 15, 2007.

  1. papiermache

    papiermache Well-Known Member

    The Financial Times for 21/22 March 2015, called FT Weekend, had a long article starting on page 24 in the Magazine or Colour Supplement by Lucy Hornby, the FT’s China correspondent, entitled: “ Still Fighting.”

    Ms Hornby met a former Chinese “comfort woman” . Such individuals “ were reviled in their villages or exiled to labour camps after the communists gained power.”

    A current historian in Shanghai, Su Zhiliang, and his wife, Chen Lifei, founded the " Research Center for Chinese Comfort Women at Shanghai Normal University."

    “ The centre collects testimonials and funnels donations to elderly comfort women. Nowadays, it also pays for funerals.”
  2. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

  3. Brian Smith

    Brian Smith Junior Member

    So a political solution to a human issue, all seems far too little far too late as is the unfortunate case with so many of these issues. No guarantee the remaining ladies involved will every see or benefit from the money being paid.

    Let us hope Japan does see this as a reason to now sweep this issue under the carpet.

    South Korea needs to be transparent in where this money goes.


    (Owen thank you - never could read a compass)
  4. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    are they getting money too? ;)
  5. papiermache

    papiermache Well-Known Member

    The BBC report includes the following: " Japan has apologised and will pay 1bn yen ($8.3m, £5.6m) - the amount South Korea asked for - to fund victims."

    Estimated 200,000 women originally suffered in the manner outlined by the report, many of them Korean.

    If they were still alive that would be £28 each at current monetary values.

    Under the terms of the 1951 San Francisco Peace Treaty the sums paid to individuals in the UK were £76 10s each for military prisoners and £43 each for civilian internees.

    On 7 November 2000 the UK Government [SIZE=11pt] announced that it ( not Japan ) would make an [/SIZE][SIZE=11pt]ex gratia [/SIZE][SIZE=11pt]payment of £10,000 to former prisoners of war and other detainees of Japan. [/SIZE]

    It was estimated that up to 16,700 people might be eligible for the money, and that the total cost might amount to £167m.
  6. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member Patron

    I'm glad to say that my Nan received the money organised by Mr. Blair in November 2000. A little late one might say, as she had to bring up two children under 5 years old from 1943 onwards, with no assistance from anyone except occasionally from her family in County Durham.
  7. topsmith

    topsmith New Member

    Unfortunately it seems like ISIS is taking a page from Japanese history.
  8. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

  9. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member Patron

    Thanks, I totally agree Dave55. There is a lot more to be found on line, in regards to this sad and tragic topic. Especially since the BBC report on the subject aired back in late 2015.

    Here is one example:
  10. Richard G

    Richard G Junior Member

    OP, typically Japanese though. They just can't accept that mistakes are made and should be addressed or even mentioned. Look at the modern recall history of Japanese cars and seat belts in particular.
  11. Bernhart

    Bernhart Member

    My Aunt was one of the Dutch women who lived in one of these camps. Never really talked about it, but did say she worked the hospital, and saw many people die.
  12. hoolig

    hoolig Member WW2 Veteran

    Comfort Women, always happens during war time

    Comfort Women were necessary how true, more so during war time
  13. Biggles Prime

    Biggles Prime Junior Member

    The above is the expression one expects from an intellectual coward or a Japanese. Contrive to cast the odium so widely and spread it so thinly that the victim is as responsible as the perpetrator for the horrors inflicted.

    You feel it protects you from having to defend a position or opinion.

    As a WW2 veteran you might be expected especially to be more sympathetic toward the victims given the tenor and mood of the posts here. The clumsy careless way you have expressed your idea suggests that CWs were necessary without war as well.

    Knowing as we do how the Japanese treated "inferior" peoples under their control you exhibit a sad lack of empathy for civilian victims of war. If you see your observation as a statement revealing of the brutal reality of war then agreeing with the comments of the Mayor of Osaka, Toru Hashimoto, might not have been the best way of expressing your feelings.
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  14. LRusso216

    LRusso216 Member

    Since the Japanese kidnapped Korean women (whom they regarded as "inferior") and forced them to become comfort women, I find your statement puzzling, to say the least. Do women provide "favors" to men during wartime? Sure. But it was willing, if necessary, behavior. Comfort women, in Japanese eyes, was little more than sexual slavery.
  15. hoolig

    hoolig Member WW2 Veteran

    Reference your post to me, to start with I am English
    I don't give a toss what you think about my post it's my opinion
    My salutations to you
    And up your Duck Funnel

    Please could a Mod please delete my three extra posts. must have a sticky finger
  16. hoolig

    hoolig Member WW2 Veteran

    Thank you

    Duck Funnel should read

    I am not Japanese, you will have too accept me as an Intellectual coward
  17. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Bert , Try to keep your reply seperate from the quoted post , it confuses things. I'll try & edit your last post.
  18. hoolig

    hoolig Member WW2 Veteran

    Hi Owen
    Your confused what about me ?
  19. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Just makes things easier for other members if you keep your reply outside of the quoted post.
    Otherwise it just looks like you've quoted a post & not replied.
    If it looks like that, I'll just remove it from view .
  20. hoolig

    hoolig Member WW2 Veteran

    I will make every effort to comply

    The British had the right idea during war time
    They had the Ats, Wrens and the Waafs to look after the Service men

    Mods please delete my mistake

    I only have this problem on this Forum, I think it is best not to post

    Thank you Mods

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