One Young Man’s Atrocities
Posted by ritualground on March 24, 2007
In the wake of Japan’s official denial of its World War II atrocities against “comfort women,” the folks over at The Fighting 44s post the story of Yasuji Kaneko, a veteran of the Imperial Army who tells readers about his own rapes of Chinese and Korean women forced into sexual slavery:
“They cried out, but it didn’t matter to us whether the women lived or died,” Kaneko said in an interview at his Tokyo home. “We were the Emperor’s soldiers. Whether in military brothels or in the villages, we raped without reluctance.”
Japan’s forced prostitution of some 200,000 women in military brothels in the 1930s and ’40s has long constituted one of the most horrifying chapters of its wartime rampage across Asia. The top government spokesman was finally forced to acknowledge wrongdoing in 1993.
Now the government is questioning whether the apology was needed.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday publicly denied women were forced into the military brothels in conquered lands, boosting renewed efforts by rightwing politicians who claim the women involved were professional prostitutes rather than victims of abuse.