In 1983, a Japanese writer, Seiji Yoshida, published a
book entitled "My War Crime - Forcing
Transportation of the Koreans." It was an
alleged confession that he had "transported about
205 Korean women forcibly under the command of the
Japanese military to make them comfort women for Japanese
soldiers." Later, The Asahi Shimbun, an
anti-Japanese newspaper in Japan, took up this greatly
and spread the stories of the "comfort women."
This was the start of the so-called "comfort women."
Before that, there had been no such a story. There was
none from Korea, and none from Japan. Yoshida's story was
the start of everything. Later, it became clear that
Yoshida's story had been all lie. Yoshida himself
admitted it. He fabricated the story to earn money.
Book Translated into Korean
In 1989, Yoshida's book was translated into Korean.
However, at Jeju island of Korea where Yoshida said to
have moved the women forcibly, there were Korean people
who doubted it. The Jeju Newspaper inquired it and put an
article that Yoshida's story had been a lie. A Japanese
historian, Ikuhiko Hata, also visited and inquired at
Jeju island, and proved that Yoshida's story had been a
The Jeju Newspaper (Aug. 14, 1989) concluded that
there was no evidence nor testimony of
Japanese Army forcefully kidnapped girls.
After that, in front of
these facts Yoshida himself confessed that he had lied.
He did not apologize, but took a "so-what"
"It gives you no profit to write the truth in a book.
Newspapers also do the same thing, don't they?"
Yoshida was a communist sympathizer. The main strategy of
the Japanese Communist Party is to spread the idea that
Japan was a very bad country. They think it would help
them make Japan a communist country. Under that purpose,
they don't think it is bad to make up lies.
However, there still are people who believe the story of
"forcibly-moved comfort women."
It is a fact that there were comfort women for the
Japanese military in battle fields. The fact is that the
comfort women were doing a business to earn money from
their free will. There were also Korean traders for the
business to mediate between the military and women. The
Korean tradesmen sometimes forcibly moved women to make
them comfort women for the military. There were even
women who earned 10 times money of a university graduate
or 100 times of a soldier. They could build house in
their homeland after 2-3 years of the job. I read many
testimonies of those comfort women. They all said that
they had done the job because they could have made much
But after the Korean translation of Yoshida's book was
published, suddenly appeared in Korea were the women who
said, "I was forcibly moved to become a comfort
woman for Japanese soldiers. The Japanese government,
There was no such a woman before that though, they
suddenly appeared at TV news and appealed the "oppression"
of the Japanese military, crying with tears. I saw a
Korean woman who said, " I am evidence of the
oppression of the Japanese militaty!" Her face was
projected largely on the TV screen. Among knowledgeable
persons, she was a famous woman as changing testimonies
In 1993, the Japanese government had actual hearings from
16 ex-comfort women and inquired other 10 ex-comfort
women. Among these 26, there were 8 who testified to have
been forcibly moved. But 2 of these had inconsistency in
their testimonies and could not be trusted. And other 4
were judged by a Korean group also to be difficult to
inquire because of the inconsistency. The rest 2 were the
women who worked merely at red-light district, not at
battle field. There were only comfort women working to
Government's Bad Correspondence
If the story ended here, it would have been better. But
the Japanese government's correspondence after that was
not good. The Japanese politicians so easily apologized
to the Korean government to calm them down.
Before that, the Korean government offered, "We
would not require the compensation of money. So, please
make that there were the forced transportations."
The Japanese politicians said, "We did not find any
evidence of the forced transportations; however, for the
sake of the Korean government, let us make on this
occasion that there were the forced transportations."
That was how the Japanese government did the impolitic
apologizing interview. Later, world people started to
look at Japan as a country which had committed big sex
A Japanese politician who had been in charge of making
the draft of the apologizing interview, later said,
"We had an agreement with the Korean government that
with this interview, both of us would make past issues
all settled and would intend for the future. But seeing
that today's Korean government is saying about
compensation for the past, I am really disappointed."
The same thing can be said to the Japan-Republic of
Korea Basic Relations Treaty concluded in 1965.
Japan and Korea agreed that with this treaty, all past
issues had been settled and that Korea would not require
any compensation for the past anymore. But Korean
presidents after that has ever required compensation from
Japan repeatedly, as if they don't know the treaty.
of Korea's Annexation to Japan
Where did this Korean nature come from? It came from
At the beginning of the 20th century, Yi Dinasty Korea
was in the state of bankruptcy. Russia was aiming to take
Korea. If Korea became a part of Russia, the next target
was Japan. So, Japan annexed Korea in 1910 to make it a
strong country not being invaded by Russia. The
annexation was done with the agreements of the great
world powers in those days. In Korea were also the powers
to push on with the annexation.
Japan made schools, factories, hospitals, and all the
other institutions in Korea to modernize and rebuild it.
Korea, which was said to be one of the poorest countries
in the world, became much modernized in a short time.
Japan poured huge money and manpower into Korea. Seoul,
which was said to be one of the uncleanest cities of the
world, became a modernized clean city.
The Korean public had not been able to read and write,
but they became able to read and write. The Hangul script
became the letters of the Korean public in the period of
the Japanese rule on Korea. At schools, Korean pupils and
Japanese pupils learned together, under Korean and
At companies, Korean and Japanese people worked together,
sometimes Japanese men working under Korean superiors.
There were even high-rank Korean officers in the Japanese
military, using their Korean names. A Korean writer, Seon-hwa
Oh, interviewed with Korean people and Japanese people
who had actually lived in Korea in the time of the
Japanese annexation (1910-1945), and published a book in
Japan. These people all testified that the Japanese and
Koreans had "worked together" generally "friendly"
to make Korea a strong modernized country.
At the time of the annexation, Japan liberated all Korean
slaves and made all of them equal people. Before that, 43
percent of the Koreans had been slaves and treated as the
same as beasts.
Korean slaves. Japan
liberated them and made all people equal.
Japan released them and
made all people equal. The slaves appreciated Japan. But
there were people who felt bitter about it. Yangban, who
were prerogative government officials, hated it. One of
the Yangban officials was Syngman Rhee, who later became
the first president of Korea.
Korea's Anti-Japanese Policy Began
In 1945, Japan was beaten at the Pacific War and left
Korea. Instead, the one who came to Korea was Syngman
Rhee. The USA brought him back from Hawaii to Korea, and
made him the first president of Korea. Rhee was a Korean
independence activist and was in Hawaii.
Rhee had experienced the stay in Korea in the time of the
annexation to Japan for only one and a half years,
because after being suspected as a terrorist at the
attempted assassination of the Japanese director of
Govenor-General of Korea, he escaped to the USA. Rhee was
a violent anti-Japanese person. Why did the USA make him
the first president? According to a book of Wansup Kim, a
Korean writer, published in Japan, the USA in those days
thought that it was a wise policy to make a hostile
relationship between Korea and Japan to suppress Japan.
President Rhee banished all pro-Japanese people from all
official posts and schools, and began violent anti-Japanese
education at every school, teaching that Japan took many
good things of Korea and Japan was a terrible country. He
also gave financial support to anti-Japanese activists,
even when they are giving false testimonies. Every anti-Japanese
policy was born in his reign. There was no freedom to
tell the truth. Any pro-Japanese persons could not live
in Korea. Anti-Japanese was the only way to live in Korea.
Even Jeong-hui Pak, the 5-9th president of Korea, made
anti-Japanese education thorough. Today's president Geun-Hye
Pak(2013-), a daughter of Jeong-hui Pak, also grew up in
this education. She believes that Japan did very bad
things to Korea in the annexation time, and does many
anti-Japanese speeches and actions from the beginning of
her presidency. This is a result of that twisted
education of Korea.
We are sad that the Koreans still can't get out of this
false historical viewpoint. Anti-Japanese education is
not good for the Koreans and Korean future. It is a pre-modernized
aspect of Korea. If they continue it, they would lose the
blessings of God. We need to pray that Korea may notice
it, and become a true modernized country.