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Are you tired of reading or hearing about the World War II sex slave issue?

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What a surprising question. I wonder what the purpose is in asking it? We don't generally hear this question posed about other newsworthy issues. "Are you tired of hearing about the economy?" "Are you tired of hearing about terrorism?" Doesn't happen. Though I suppose in this brave new world where "news" isn't informative journalism but is rather simply a vector for selling ad space that appeals to readers by confirming all their biases, we should expect this sort of thing more.

No, I'm not tired of it. In the same way I'm not tired of reading or hearing about anything that is newsworthy.

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"Are you tired of reading or hearing about the World War II sex slave issue?"

No. Because it is not history. It goes to the heart of what Japan is today.

What do you think happened to all those soldiers who lost the war because they were too busy raping innocent women and children?

They returned to Japan... :-(

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More tired of the right wingers perpetually whitewasing it.

What an obvious way to frame a question to get a desired answer btw.

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Yes, I have heard more than enough. Both governments agreed to end the issue once and for all last December and that should be an end to it, whether some disagree with it or not.

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I'm tired of Abe and the LDP's childish attempts to deny the Japanese atrocities committed up to the end of WWII.

That includes the Sex Slave issue.

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I'm tired of hearing about it, but fortunately the governments of Japan and SK have completed a permanent agreement that has put it to rest, so we should not be hearing about it ever again

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Yeah, tired or not, it is an issue. I can choose to ignore it, I suppose. In an attempt to dignify the question, I guess I am tired that, for whatever reason, it cannot be settled and confined to history texts, rather than news media.

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What I am tired of is Japan's denials, decades of insincerity, daft politicians sending the country downstream......

Just imagine where Japan could be if it had been honest, sincere wrt to WWII, sex slaves etc.

Then the issue would be history, to be remembered, the countries PAST!!! But alas its still here & Japan as insincere as ever, a recent deal that seems was very poorly worked out.

Sex slave issue is news because Japan keeps making it news, to its own long term detriment & I am tired of the damage Japan does to itself & for no good reason anywhere in sight, THATS what I am tired of!!

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What I'm tired of is the response..."What sex slave issue" from my Japanese counterparts! The willful ignorance about a very important part of one's country's history (modern history at that) is appalling.

I'm tired of hearing that sex slaves from Korea are "liars," while sex slaves from the Philippines are..."liars," and those from Malaysia, Singapore, China, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, Taiwan, Hong Kong and even from Australia and the Netherlands are..."liars."

Someone's lying here, all right, but it's not these women. Unfortunately, this country's youth is all the more ignorant for the whitewashing history being rammed down their gullible throats by their very own countrymen, aka The Revisionist Right.

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Only could make the entire conflict of WWII all about ME, ME, ME!

Everyone had it rough. Japan had it rough and nearly starved to death. Move the hell on.

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yes, why must this generation which has done nothing wrong continue to pay for the sins of the previous generation, who ostensibly already been punished? the previous generation is for the most part dead and gone. the only reason by it keeps getting dragged up is for political purposes or cause they want money which they can't get in court, even after japan has given millions in donations and aid to the countries it invaded, that their governments have not used that money for the benefit of the victims is their problem. furthermore its not really clear that all were forced to be sex slaves, prostitution is after all the worlds oldest profession.

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No. No. No. With Japanese politicians saying things like: they were professional "prostitutes" or the were "necessary" at that time, only further incriminates Japan's wartime past.

Comments and attitudes like these clearly illustrates the japanese are not sincere in an apology.

Plus they keep visiting Yasukuni Shrine. They complain about comfort women statues. They even send "scholars" abroad in an attempt to persuade historians of any wrongdoing.

Some Japanese even say the, "Nanjing Masacre" never even occurred.

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Words to WC626: It's true, Japan army killed Chinese in Nanjing during WW2,but it wasn't Nanjing Masacre.

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fdsJAN. 27, 2016 - 01:42PM JST yes, why must this generation which has done nothing wrong continue to pay for the sins of the previous generation, who ostensibly already been punished?

"Nothing wrong"? You don't think denying that a war crime happened, making up excuses to justify it, or apologizing for it out of one side of your mouth while making donations or giving support to museums that deny or excuse it out of the other is doing something wrong?

Let's be honest, what the Imperial Japanese Army did in Asia was a war crime. So to participate in covering up the crime after the fact is to abet the crime.

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Everyone had it rough. Japan had it rough and nearly starved to death. Move the hell on.

BS! Japan made it "rough" on MANY MANY millions of people, hell they killed 20-30million! And meanwhile deaths of Japanese were between 3-4million & yeah Japanese had it rough, due to their OWN govt & IJA!! The blame for what happened to Japan RESTS on Japan!

Overall Japan got off VERY easy for WWII!! And they have the nerve to lie & deny going on 70+yrs now.....but yeah we should just move on..........WT...

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BNlightenedJAN. 27, 2016 - 01:10PM JST

I'm tired of hearing that sex slaves from Korea are "liars,"

And why do their testimonies change all the time? Remember prostitution was legal then and is legal now in most countries in Europe.

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Yes, 70 years of whining is enough

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@ch3cho:

remember prostitution was legal then.

Pretty ceertain rape wasn't.

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What I am tired about is the constant denial of the issue by the Japanese government! I am tired to see the inability of a heartfelt, honest admittance of this horrible crime. Japan should learn from Germany who stood and still stands up to their war crimes without trying to hide...

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Yes...

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YES!!!

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It is not my place or the publics to decide this question, only the 2 parties involved.

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More than anything, I'm tired of the denials, obfusucations, and evasions of the Japanese government.

Everyone had it rough. Japan had it rough and nearly starved to death.

And um, how did all this start?

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Yes. (By the way, do all us 'yes' voters matter to what JT will carry as 'news'???)

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Tired of reading or hearing about the World War II sex slave issue?

How can we be tired of it? Its only been a few months since it been "sex slave". Before that, it was always, 'comfort women."

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@dcog9065

I'm tired of hearing about it, but fortunately the governments of Japan and SK have completed a permanent agreement that has put it to rest, so we should not be hearing about it ever again

I really wish that was the case but pieces of paper have often had more importance and power attached to them than they actually have. As long as politicians see it as a way of beating the Japanese over the head, and for as long as certain Japanese politicians ignore history and continue to antagonise people, this topic will never truly go away.

Unfortunately.

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Yeah. Let's move on other sex slaves' issues, during and after Korean War, in Vietnam War

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are you tired of "reporting" on it?

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Yes and no.

I'm tired of reading articles and comments focusing solely on who should apologize to whom.

I'm not so tired of reading factual accounts of what actually happened. Sadly, there are few articles about that.

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Several people have referred to the 'two parties', but what about the women from the Philippines, China, Holland, Indonesia, Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan, East Timor, etc.? When do they get their apologies?

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No, absolutely not. To have that kind of attitude towards criminal wartime events which had a terrible impact on so many people - several of whom are still alive - would be an appalling attitude of apathy, and make it easier for history to repeat itself. This is really a strange question. Would you consider asking it about the Hiroshima/Nagasaki bombings?

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albaleoJAN. 28, 2016 - 10:35AM JST

I'm not so tired of reading factual accounts of what actually happened. Sadly, there are few articles about that.

One risks criminal prosecution, if s/he publishes factual account of ianfu in Korea, just like Pak Yuha.

The censorship on ianfu is prevalent in the US, too. http://www.amazon.com/The-Comfort-Women-Postcolonial-Sexuality/dp/0226767779/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top?ie=UTF8

"The comfort women", C. Sarah Soh, page 292, note 8, (note to page 244)

I should like to indicate my concern with the culture war of political correctness being waged anonymously by some academics in the United States who self-righteously engage in politically motivated censorship on controversial issues.

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peter payne:

Only could make the entire conflict of WWII all about ME, ME, ME!

Everyone had it rough. Japan had it rough and nearly starved to death. Move the hell on

Yeah, well, I'm sure some people are also sick and tired of hearing about those who died in the atomic bomb attacks and those who were kidnapped and taken to North Korea. Or are we only supposed to think about THEM, THEM, THEM?!

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Book review of C Sarah Soh's "The Comfort Women" by University of Chicago Book Press.

http://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/C/bo6008209.html

Finally, Soh examines the array of factors— from South Korean nationalist politics to the aims of the international women’s human rights movement—that have contributed to the incomplete view of the tragedy that still dominates today.

An incomplete view, indeed, still dominates today.

Pukey2JAN. 28, 2016 - 05:01PM JST

those who were kidnapped and taken to North Korea.

North Korea admitted that they kidnapped Koreans and Japanese, but has not yet returned all of the people so kidnapped. The case is not closed yet.

On the other hand, ianfu issue was irrevocably closed in 1965 or in 2015 depending on your interpretation.

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I'm just tired. I think I'll take a nap.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Yes! Hearsay and rumors and people trying to milk the Japanese populace for more of their tax money is old.

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I'm afraid I'm tired of reading or hearing about that. Although poeple who was in that era experienced many things including cruelty fact and these impact was tremandous, the population of them apparently are decreasing with time. This means there will no pople to talk their real experiences. I'm still able to hear their experience, however, I can't completely sypathize with their experiences beause I actually didn't have the same experiences. I think that we have some limit to understand or sympathize because humans can finally share only the same experiences to understand each other. Of course, sex slave should't happen for years to come, however, I don't think that there would be no change, to say matters worse, people might become to hate to hear of see these war related issues even if they are continually broadcasted in the mass media. I think that the importance is that each of us should not bring these topics anyting and everything on the media but keep in mind that sex slave is never applied because it is evil deed and inhumane.

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