The Comfort Women and Japan’s War on Truth

NYT published an article by Mindy Kotler, the director of an leftist NPO. NYT cautiously avoids restating their version of "historical truth". Because, without Yoshida, there is no hard evidence of "sexual slavery" by the Japanese Army.
The scholarly community had long determined that Mr. Yoshida’s claims were fictitious, but Mr. Abe seized on this retraction by The Asahi to denounce the “baseless, slanderous claims” of sexual slavery, in an attempt to negate the entire voluminous and compelling history of comfort women. In October, Mr. Abe directed his government to “step up a strategic campaign of international opinion so that Japan can receive a fair appraisal based on matters of objective fact.”

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H. Oppen said…
Seiji Yoshida was a Japanese novelist and member of the Stalinist Japanese Communist Party.

He wrote "My war crimes", which is the origin of a dispute over comfort women 30 years after World War II; he admitted it was fictional in an interview with Shūkan Shinchō on May 29, 1996.[3] Later, his fictional work was used by George Hicks in his "The Comfort Women: Japan's Brutal Regime of Enforced Prostitution in the Second World War".

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seiji_Yoshida

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