Brace yourself for another round he-said-she-said as KJ (South Korea and Japan) slug it out in the political arena over the war crimes and comfort women issue. Round one saw Japanese feign ignorance and turn a blind eye on the sex-slaves issue saying there is no documentary evidence on it. So much so that Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and other senior officials are kind of retracting on the Kono statement.
In case you forgot, the Kono statement refers to the apology tendered by the erstwhile Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono, who addressed the forced sex slavery issue. This apology and acknowledgment was one of the key ingredients in making KJ ties much better. However the cat-and-mouse game has started once again. South Korea wants yet another apology and compensation package for the comfort women.
Japan says that it has fulfilled all its obligations regarding the 1910-45 colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula and war atrocities. South Korea counter claims by accusing Japan of turning a blind eye towards history and now Japan says there is no documentary evidence for the comfort women, hence no further apology or compensation is required.
KJ, stop for a minute, take a step back and see what you are doing…South Korea, you are using real life people, mostly in their eighties to gain political mileage out of an issue and Japan, you are shirking responsibility. Bottom line is that in the loud roars from the two countries, actual people are being used and trampled and honestly, neither K or J are seriously taking this into consideration. Those women could have been anyone’s mother, sister, and daughter….think about it!
[Via Korea Herald]