"U.S. newspaper ad to urge Abe to apologize for wartime sexual slavery"
This is an amazingly well financed information operations designed to split Japan from important allies such as the United States. The widespread sexual slavery narrative is a gigantic lie.
Others have said the USA did the same in Iraq and Afghanistan -- I was there. It was a lie. Our troops did not do this thing.
There was a rape and murder south of Baghdad. The Soldiers were caught and went to prison. We should have executed them. That was a singular event and the murdering soldiers tried to hide it from other Soldiers. Our own Soldiers would have crushed other American soldiers for doing this. The US military did not do this in Iraq and Afghanistan. (I use capital S for good Soldiers, and small s for those who should be in prison.)
There may also have been rapes at Abu Ghraib, but any stories of widespread rapes are lies. I spent about 4 years in Iraq and Afghanistan and not a single Iraqi or Afghan every complained to me about this. I would have published any credible allegations. No media who were there reported this, and literally thousands of journalists reported on those wars. But that does not stop people from claiming this is true!
Likewise there were no contemporary reports from media that Japanese kidnapped and raped 200,000 women in World War II. These allegations were made in the 70s and 80s and took off with great steam in the 90s when the Chinese went industrial with their information war against Japan. Remember that the war ended in 1945, but it was not until the early 1980s that the allegations really began.
How can someone kidnap and rape 200,000 women and not leave millions of witnesses, with headlines around the world?
Remember that we were firebombing and using atomic weapons on Japan. The USA did everything possible to destroy any trace that the Japanese were actually human. Our own war department made films that made Japanese look like rats. Surely we would have heaped mountains of blame on Japanese for kidnapping and raping 200,000 women. But we did not. Because it never happened.
Exhaustive searches of US archives -- such as outlined in the 2007 IWG report to Congress that I spoke about in Tokyo -- have turned up nothing. The Dutch found some credible information that about 19 women actually were taken as sex slaves in Indonesia. This happened to some others in Philippines, but the Japanese Soldiers were caught and punished, and Japan apologized and made compensation. These were abuses of the system, not a system of abuses.
Yes, yes, the Bataan Death March actually happened. I was just over in Bataan just a couple months ago on research. Nobody denies this or that we did similar on the Trail of Tears. And no person with much knowledge of US history denies that we committed genocide against Native Americans. But that does not mean that 200,000 women were kidnapped and raped by Japanese, or that US troops raped their way across Iraq and Afghanistan.
It is all part of a big information war. The funny thing is, they could be more effective with their information war if they just stuck to real atrocities and did not make up whole-cloth lies. And nobody commits atrocities more than Chinese. Chinese are the worlds atrocity-meister. Even Nazis cannot keep up with Chinese when it comes to genocide. Japanese never have committed genocide. Chinese, Germans, Americans, Russians, and many other surely have, but the Japanese have never committed a genocide.
The ianfu (comfort women) system was real. Everyone knows this and it is well documented and continues today around the world, including here in Chiang Mai, Thailand, just down the road from my office. Nobody has ever denied this and nobody is ashamed of it. They are prostitutes doing their thing and that is that.
And the comfort women of World War II, including those who serviced Americans in Honolulu, etc., were making a lot of money.