Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Don't Let Comfort Women Be Forgotten

(This post is talking about rape. Tread carefully.)

Comfort Women Memorial in Palisades Park, New Jersey,
that Japanese officials have attempted to have removed.

If you have ever been here before you now I'm a fan of anime, Japanese animation. Yes it's a great creation from the Far East. However I don't want to pretend that everything is sunshine and rainbows there. In Japan's past is a series of extremely horrible crimes.

Are you familiar with the story of Comfort Women? For those who are not during World War II (roughly 1930 - 1945) Japanese military forces kidnapped approximately 200,000 Korean women and girls. What happened to these women and girls is probably one of the largest (in terms of victims) acts of sexual slavery to every occur. These women and girls were forced held against their will and used for the "comfort" of the Japanese military forces.

Like many nations that try to keep its skeletons in the closet Japan as a whole has selectively downplayed this atrocity over the past several decades. Such actions have included not officially acknowledging that it happened, refusing to pay the surviving women any compensation, and some extremists actively deny that it ever happened (much like Holocaust deniers).

With this happening several decades ago the majority of the survivors have already passed on and time is rapidly running out for the rest. Just to give you an idea:

Let's be generous and say we are talking about a girl that was 15 years old when she was kidnapped in 1945, at the end of the war. 2012-1945 = 67 years ago. That 15 year old girl would be 82 years old now.

I would not be surprised if Japanese officials are actually waiting for the last of the survivors to die in hopes that their stories, pain, and survival will die with them.

That should not be allowed to happen.