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Organizers of an art exhibition in Tokyo featuring a statue symbolizing "comfort women" who worked in Japan's wartime military brothels

Who were forced to work in Japan’s wartime military brothels.

Gotta love the reporting from Kyodo.

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Why does the article not mention the fact it was Uyoku who were trying to disrupt the event?

Why were the police not there arresting Uyoku members who were disturbing the peace and intimidating members of the public?!

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letsberealisticToday 07:22 am JST

Why does the article not mention the fact it was Uyoku who were trying to disrupt the event?

We all know the answer to that.

Why were the police not there arresting Uyoku members who were disturbing the peace and intimidating members of the public?!

We all know the answer to that.

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I for one am tired of reading "comfort women", they were slaves!

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Alfie NoakesToday  07:49 am JST

letsberealisticToday 07:22 am JST

Why does the article not mention the fact it was Uyoku who were trying to disrupt the event?

We all know the answer to that.

Why were the police not there arresting Uyoku members who were disturbing the peace and intimidating members of the public?!

We all know the answer to that.

Excessive projection.

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Excessive projection.

Come on, Kyodo is literally the mouthpiece of the Japanese government and has been since 1936 when it was founded. Reading a Kyodo article is like trying to complete a jigsaw puzzle with half the pieces missing.

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"The organizers were initially set to hold the event in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward, but changed the site earlier this month after the protestors gathered in vehicles near the original venue and denounced the "anti-Japan" exhibition through loudspeakers."

How is it ani-Japan?

It's more like anti-slavery or anti-sex trafficking or anti-bad manners toward others kind of a thing.

No one see's this as anti - Japan but the Japanese.

These statues to me just says do not do this kind of a thing ever again.

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The right wing came out in force to protest and everyone got scared, typical Japan! LOL

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Uyoku -take the trash out.

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And Japan expects neighbors to move on when they can’t even move on from the truth.

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Get over it crybabies and move on !!..

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I for one am tired of reading "comfort women", they were slaves!

Exactly. Sex slaves. Absolute sick of these euphemisms like comfort women, delivery health and compensated dating. Call a spade a spade.

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I tried to see this in Nagoya 2 years ago but didn't get there in time!

Are there 3 comfort woman statues? I know there is one in Berlin and one in Korea...is this one different or the same?

I think there should be a campaign to mass produce these and drop them at various parts all over the world!

But. disappointing that this article makes no mention of the artist's name! The creator of this statue is completely forgotten...

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Alfie NoakesToday  08:18 am JST

Excessive projection.

Come on, Kyodo is literally the mouthpiece of the Japanese government and has been since 1936 when it was founded. Reading a Kyodo article is like trying to complete a jigsaw puzzle with half the pieces missing.

I agree. By 'excessive projection' I meant you are projecting your understanding of these questions onto 'we all' but some may not so why not write the answers you think everyone knows for the sake of conversation?

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Why were the police not there arresting Uyoku members who were disturbing the peace and intimidating members of the public?!

Freedom of fabrication exhibition is also disturbing the peace and annoying the public.

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Who were forced to work in Japan’s wartime military brothels.

Gotta love the reporting from Kyodo.

The SCAP shamelessly ordered and forced local women to serve (sexually) American servicemen under the occupied Japan after the war. Not to mention assaults against women were rampant yet unreported, uncharged.

Gotta love the reporting from CNN! :)

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It's within the range of free speech for both sides. It's rather relieved that none of activists have all of a sudden "disappeared" from the scenes (and "reappeared" in jail, apologizing under duress). Glad to know that none has been poisoned or grounded amid flight.

I for one am tired of reading "comfort women", they were slaves!

The term is used a result of convenience and compromise. Study credible historical accounts and you will see how much they are diverse even conflicting regarding those women's backgrounds and experiences.

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Cowards and oppressors.

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@Michael MachidaToday 08:21 am JST

These statues to me just says do not do this kind of a thing ever again.

There is a very high correlation between the makers of these statues and those who want Japan to give money to Koreans. From this, we can objectively identify these people as pro-Korean and anti-Japan, since they want an outcome where Japan is poorer and Korea is richer.

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How is it ani-Japan? 

It's more like anti-slavery or anti-sex trafficking or anti-bad manners toward others kind of a thing. 

No one see's this as anti - Japan but the Japanese.

These statues to me just says do not do this kind of a thing ever again.

They would be anti-slavery if South Korea wasn’t only interested in using the comfort women to spread anti-Japan propaganda. If Korea actually cared about the comfort women, they wouldn’t have embezzled the money Japan gave to them.

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The same system still exists, only it goes by different names and is run by a different cast of characters. And it is an international system not unique to Japan. Some countries are blatant in their exploitation of human trafficking.

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Who gets to decide whether an exhibition about anything is held or not. Certainly not by a limited number of the public. You don't agree then don't go.

I think this exhibition was being held by ticket only. Limited numbers.

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From this, we can objectively identify these people as pro-Korean and anti-Japan, since they want an outcome where Japan is poorer and Korea is richer.

Japan's inept government is already doing a wonderful job of making Japan poorer while Korea is becoming richer. Only ultranationalist right wingers and supporters of history negationism make such black and white arguments. Any effort by someone to shed light on the forced sexual slavery of Korean women will be shut down, because in the minds of untranationalists they will always be pro-North Korean communists.

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OMG just get over it Japan. Everyone already knows you forced 50,000-200,000 woman to be sex slaves and raped thousands more. Then murdered between 3,000,000 and 10,000,000 innocent civilians.

Cats out of the bag. Focus on hiding today's problems.

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It's time for South Koreans and ethnic Koreans overseas to move on and shed light on real sexual slaves

who served South Korea/US/UN troops and then move further on to shed light on what the heck you have done in Vietnam. People are not that stupid to believe your fabricated narratives any longer.

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Whether we agree or don’t agree with anything, whether it’s an exhibition or for example the Olympics, we must allow free speech in the form of protests. However if those protests or demonstrations are designed to intimidate or promote fear to those involved, the authorities should take action.

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Kazuaki Shimazaki

There is a very high correlation between the makers of these statues and those who want Japan to give money to Koreans. From this, we can objectively identify these people as pro-Korean and anti-Japan, since they want an outcome where Japan is poorer and Korea is richer.

And you're satisfied with that logic?

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The exhibition drew public attention as it shed light on historical issues as well as the issue of freedom of expression versus censorship.

*protestors show up with a counter narrative"

"We believe that obstruction of the event constitutes a crime of intimidation and interference with business, and we are considering legal action."

Ironic much?

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However if those protests or demonstrations are designed to intimidate or promote fear to those involved, the authorities should take action.

This is flawed logic as both sides will always claim the moral high ground. In your scenario (assuming the protest is peaceful) who gets to decide what forms of demonstration are "designed to intimidate or promote fear"?

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The SCAP shamelessly ordered and forced local women to serve (sexually) American servicemen under the occupied Japan after the war. Not to mention assaults against women were rampant yet unreported, uncharged.

...citation please.

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I see the apologists are out in force, down-voting most people, and basically being in denial of what happened to these sex trafficking victims.

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Hans

"They would be anti-slavery if South Korea wasn’t only interested in using the comfort women to spread anti-Japan propaganda." Let's see you document this.

On top of this, do you agree there were comfort women who were non-Japanese and turned into prostitutes unwillingly with out pay?

" If Korea actually cared about the comfort women, they wouldn’t have embezzled the money Japan gave to them.' Can you document this. Remember you cannot site a particular case and then make a generalization.

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"I see the apologists are out in force, down-voting most people, and basically being in denial of what happened to these sex trafficking victims." They are well-organized we aren't. Fortunately, quality does not necessarily equal quantity.

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*"We believe that obstruction of the event constitutes a crime of intimidation and interference with business, and we are considering legal action."*

Ironic much?

 

Yeah. It is so ironic that these are business for them. Not art nor freedom of expression, if you know how much Mr and Mrs Kim, the creators of this statue are making money out of this statue and the other one, war time labor statue ( which motif is based on a photo of a Japanese, proven by South Korean court recently). These things are all fakes. I am telling you.   

 

 I see the apologists are out in force, down-voting most people, and basically being in denial of what happened to these sex trafficking victims.

 

By fellow Koreans just like SEX SLAVES victimized by fellow Koreans for Korean/US/UN troops

 

On top of this, do you agree there were comfort women who were non-Japanese and turned into prostitutes unwillingly with out pay?

 

Mixing up each different crimes on or near battle fields to conclude as if Koreans were through the same experience IS your and your ilk’s usual practice.   

 

 " If Korea actually cared about the comfort women, they wouldn’t have embezzled the money Japan gave to them.' Can you document this. Remember you cannot site a particular case and then make a generalization.

 

South Korean delegates did exactly know what comfort women( Ianfu) means and DID. During 14 years of negotiation to reach to the 1965 treaty, they DID refer to Comfort women but NOT as SEX SLAVES, only for their unpaid wages. Of course. They are the ones who used the comfort women to comfort South Korean/US/UN troops. You can read up all the documents about official dialogues during these 14 years

 

They are well-organized we aren't. Fortunately, quality does not necessarily equal quantity.

 

Ignorance is not quality. Intentional deception is guilt

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Get over it crybabies and move on !!..

Please keep this in mind in August.

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Even small kids would ask you " then why there are so many Korean women sued South Korean government and US government for abusing them through 1945 up until recently?????"

Anyone who can answer and differentiate between comfort women for IJA and for SK/US/UN, please enlighten us all.

Silence is not a proper response.

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Pukey2Today  02:23 pm JST

I see the apologists are out in force, down-voting most people, and basically being in denial of what happened to these sex trafficking victims.

Worth repeating.

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Host country of Olympics 2020 where discrimination is rampant at society is very intolerance to press freedom or freedom of expression.

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Pukey2Today  02:23 pm JST

I see the apologists are out in force, down-voting most people, and basically being in denial of what happened to these sex trafficking victims.

Worth repeating a second time.

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I see the apologists are out in force, down-voting most people, and basically being in denial of what happened to these sex trafficking victims.

 

By fellow Koreans just like SEX SLAVES victimized by fellow Koreans for Korean/US/UN troops

This worth repeating more

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Pukey2June 25  02:23 pm JST

I see the apologists are out in force, down-voting most people, and basically being in denial of what happened to these sex trafficking victims.

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The more you don't want people to know about it, the more people will know more about it.

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An exhibition featuring a controversial 'comfort women' statue barred from the Osaka venue.

arts festival has had its permission to use a prefecture-run venue rescinded.

"The move by the venue's managers, dated June 25, came amid sustained opposition since organizers announced mid-June they would host the event. The managers reportedly judged that the safety of people using the facility could not be guaranteed, and after they consulted with the Osaka Prefectural Government, it approved their decision."

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