Sunday, March 25, 2007

Nakasone's WWII ' Rest & Recreation Centre '

An ex-PM of Japan Yasuhiro Nakasone (pix) was quoted earlier as 'denying setting up a military brothel staffed by sex slaves during World War II, despite writing a memoir that critics say shows he did so while in the navy'. All Japanese governments until the 1990s, denied any official involvement with the wartime brothels.

Japanese military's WWII sex slaves in its occupied territories which were officially advertised as 'Great East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere' and which spanned from the Korean Peninsula to China (including 'Manchuria' and 'Formosa'), the Philippines, Indonchina, Burma, Malaysia and Indonesia, are also euphemistically called 'comfort women' by rightwing Japanese. Now, the new foreign policy of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ideologically controversial administration is being publicised and promoted as an 'Arc of Freedom and Prosperity'.

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Blogger Monsterball said...

Hi James,
It was once said that just about every Japanese leader of the WWII generation had a skeleton in the closet. That was probably true of Nakasone as well.
The Allies just went after the most obvious and most seriously implicated war criminals and the rest got away scot-free.
It would otherwise have been very difficult to rebuild Japan as a nation after the war. They needed people who had the skills and experience in government. Practically nobody in Japan who had such ability was really "clean".

1:17 AM  
Blogger James Wong Wing-On said...

your observation leads us to the subject of the beginning of the Cold War in 1946-1948 when allies suddenly became enemies and enemies, allies.

2:05 AM  

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