Nye and Armitage misunderstand the "comfort women"

The Asahi Shimbun quotes Joseph Nye's comment that seems to support them.
Joseph Nye, a former U.S. assistant secretary of defense, warned that any move by Tokyo to revise the 1993 Kono statement of apology to former “comfort women” will only undermine Japan’s national interests.

The Harvard University professor, who is well-versed in issues related to Japan, told a symposium in Tokyo on Oct. 30 that the government’s questioning of details of the statement would give countries such as China and South Korea an opportunity to condemn Japan.
Who is "moving" to revise the Kono Statement? Nobody in the Abe administration moves. Cabinet Chief Suga said it was incorrect that Kono had commented "there was military coercion" (kyosei renkou) in the press conference. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs demanded the United Nations to delete the quotation of Yoshida in the Coomaraswamy Report.

Nobuyuki Sugiura, the managing editor of the Asahi acknowledged that there was no military coercion in the press conference on September 11. Since everybody agrees that there was no military coercion, there is no need to revise the Kono Statement. Only the Asahi should unequivocally retract all the articles about military coercion and apologize to the world.
Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, who also attended the symposium, echoed Nye’s sentiments. Armitage compared the comfort women issue with the history of hardships facing blacks in the United States, saying America will continue to apologize for their unfair treatment.
Armitage mistakes comfort women for black slaves. It was the worst kind of slavery that "coerced" 15 millions of blacks from Africa. The United States Consitution protected the ownership of slaves. They should apologize it forever. In contrast, prostitutes in Japan were sold by their parents for some years of training. After the training, they were free to exit the brothels. Japanese government never protected the ownership of human beings.

Comfort women were not "sex slaves" but common prostitutes recruited by private agents. Although they became prostitutes against their will, the reason was not military enforcement but poverty.


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