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Editorial: Comfort women statue aimed at fanning anti-Japan campaigns

  • November 26, 2017
  • , Sankei , p. 2
  • JMH Translation

San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee accepted the donation of a comfort women statue erected by a private organization affiliated with Chinese and other ethnic groups in the U.S.  

 

The statue, which lambastes Japan by distorting the history, was made public property. The act is tantamount to joining anti-Japanese campaigns and is inexcusable. It must be removed immediately.

 

Osaka Mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura stated that “our relationship of trust has been collapsed” and announced the severance of Osaka’s sister-city ties with San Francisco. How can we build the friendship with the party who embraced the statue derogating Japan?

 

The opinion that it is better off not to rock the boat is not accepted in the international community. We must lodge a protest against unreasonable criticisms and demand they be retracted. Otherwise, the dignity of Japan and the Japanese people will be undermined.

 

The “comfort women issue” is not based on history. Why is it being brought up for attention more than 70 years after the end of World War II? We must give serious thoughts to this. The details of a private organization affiliated with Chinese and other ethnicities remain to be seen, but what is apparent is an adverse impact caused by anti-Japanese campaigns.

 

The statue of three women standing hand in hand is allegedly symbolizing comfort women from China, South Korea and the Philippines. Its behind-the-scene attempt is to pit the three countries against Japan. The fact that it was endorsed by one of the biggest cities in the U.S. will also have a profound impact. This could spark anti-Japanese campaigns across the U.S.

 

Japan is aligned with the U.S. in advocating freedom, rule of law and democracy to stop North Korea’s nuclear armament and China’s maritime hegemony. Forging cooperation with the Philippines and other nations will also become critical to this initiative.

 

Anti-Japanese campaigns will dilute Japan’s bonds with the U.S. and other nations. The statue issue not only concerns Osaka but also concerns the entire Japan. At a press conference, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga noted that “it is extremely regrettable and we will make every effort to prevent a similar incident from happening again.” The government should keep lodging a protest until San Francisco removes the statue.  The South Korean assembly adopted a resolution that designates Aug. 14 as a day to commemorate the comfort women. The Japanese parliament must clearly exhibit its protest against these anti-Japanese campaigns. (Abridged)

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