China lobby pushed the Honda resolution

According to the Sankei Shimbun (in Japanese), in the press conference after the resolution, Rep. Honda expressed great thanks to the China lobby "World Association to Remember the Anti-Japanese War"(世界抗日戦争史実維護連合会), which has proposed, sponsored, and even wrote the resolution since 2001.

The Association collected 42 million signature to block Japan to be the permanent member on the United Nations Security Council in 2005. It was assumed that it is influenced and sponsored by the Chinese government. So there might have Chinese government's political will to hurt Japan's reputation in the U.S.

Comments

E L Cavell said…
This is amusing too. The Chinese in any form had almost nothing to do with the resolution.

The Global Alliance is tiny group of loud-mouthed, self-promoting do-nothing men. If you notice the photos of Honda and 121 supporters there nearly all women in the pictures--Korean, Filipino, and Western. Honda was careful only to recognize them as giving him some awareness while he was in the California legislature, NOT Congress.

The 121 resolution was supported by a broad American grass roots coalition of human rights, women's rights, and Asian Americans.

The Comfort Woman issue has been subject to legislation over the past 10 years in Congress. You have clearly done some very shoddy research into this. Indeed, the first time Comfort Women was mentioned in Congress it was by one of the most conservative of Republican congressmen.

You folks are not too good at the facts.
E L Cavell said…
I also urge you to see how the US law defines trafficking in persons: “sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age; or ... the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.”

The United Nations defines human trafficking as the “recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud or deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation includes, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery, servitude, or the removal of organs.”

These are the definitions of coercion you simply do not understand.

Throughout the entire Comfort Women issue you have been misinformed about both the history of Comfort Women and of international law. Your defense consists of sophist arguments based on an unsophisticated analysis of selected facts. The real intent of your efforts is to dispute the testimonies of the Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal and thus the results of the San Francisco Peace Treaty. You have little understanding of consequences and what it means to be a proud Japanese in the 21st Century. And specific to the Comfort Women issue is an intense misogyny. Sixty years of peace and prosperity somehow do not make you happy.
Ikeda, Nobuo said…
Before posting such ridiculous comment, read the entry carefully. I never said there was no coercion or human trafficking. It was the private agent that coerced them, not the Army.

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