Japan from the inside out

Ichigen koji (161)

Posted by ampontan on Tuesday, September 4, 2012

– A person who has something to say about everything

The report of the discovery of documents related to military involvement (in the comfort women) was on 10 January. Prime Minister Miyazawa’s visit to South Korea was on 16 January. The Kono Declaration was issued on 13 January. In other words, all of this took place during a single week.

Regardless of the content, it does not seem possible to say that the Kono Declaration (on the comfort women) resulted from careful deliberation after scrutinizing historical materials.

Thus, the government, which held that there was no government involvement in the comfort women, was taken by surprise just before the Miyazawa visit to South Korea and issued an ambiguous apology. Because they did not fully confirm the historical facts, people didn’t understand what it was they were apologizing for. After that, they tried very hard to bring some consistency to an inconsistent document.

– Kimura Kan, Kobe University professor

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