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'Comfort women' exhibition should be reopened, Aichi governor says

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Such conditions include mitigating risks of attack and threats on organizers by phone calls and fax, improving the setup and explanations of the exhibited items, and banning visitors from taking photos and spreading them through social media.

Well, I guess it will never be opened, as there is ZERO chance in hell of the organizers being able to meet these requirements!

Just an attempt to be PC here!

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Better not to do so to prevent violence-unfortunate but necessary.

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its presence could give the false impression that Japan has accepted South Korea's claim the women were forcibly taken by the Japanese military.

A false impression? The women 'were' forcibly taken by the Japanese military. There is nothing 'false' about it. It's pretty easy to understand South Korea's contempt of Japan when you have all these idiot Japanese politicians spouting lies and denying the events of the Japanese colonial rule. It is high time for Japan to accept its history of war atrocities before history repeats itself.

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Kawamura has argued the comfort women statue should not be displayed at a publicly funded event as its presence could give the false impression that Japan has accepted South Korea's claim the women were forcibly taken by the Japanese military.

LIES!

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AFTER Freedom of Expression - the title of the exhibition couldn't possibly more appropriate.

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its presence could give the false impression that Japan has accepted South Korea's claim the women were forcibly taken by the Japanese military.

So they openly admit they don't recognize Comfort Women to be sexual slaves. Then what are they apologizing for? They pretend to apologize for something they vehemently deny, then get angry at the Koreans for not accepting their apologies.

It's amazing how they think they can have their cake and eat it too. Reminds me of another island nation with the same mindset.

There is a cultural difference here too. In Japan, the process matters more than content. I've been told many times before "You always apologize first, then ask why". For them, just apologizing, or pretending to apologize is more important than actually meaning it or resolving the conflict. They expect the conflict to be resolved just by pretending to have apologized, even if they keep denying what they are supposedly apologizing for.

There is also a reluctance in Japan to apologize honestly because it's seen as an admission of defeat and admission of inferiority. You can see this attitude on all levels of society. I still remember when there was a scandal between the governor of Okinawa and Abe. Abe used a word that caused an outrage in Okinawa, and the governor asked Abe to apologize. In response, instead of apologizing, Abe said "if you're asking me to stop using that word again, well, i don't need to use it anyway". A typical Japanese attitude. It would take a cultural change in Japan for Koreans to get their recognition and apology.

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Let this thing rest and just do away with it altogether is best.

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So the sex slaves weren't forced? Did two atomic bombs drop accidently? Or is victimhood a one-way street?

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@ I love coffee et al

How many times must Japan apologize, and how many times and how much do they need to compensate? It's over, but some won't let this issue die because keeping it alive helps keep them in power.

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apologies by Japanese officials ain't worth beans they're a stupid ephemeral gesture

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Common sense prevailing. FINALLY!!

Let this thing rest and just do away with it altogether is best.

Would you make the same claim for holocaust memorials?

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Why must Japanese politicians continue to deny and downplay the actions of the imperial army during the colonial rule of Asia last century? That Kawamura’s statement is absolute malarkey! A false impression? Japan will never have any allies in Asia because the chose to ignore the true events of history.

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Reference knowledge

The model of the comfort woman statue is not a comfort woman.

https://ameblo.jp/kujirin2014/entry-12239175447.html

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It just takes one guy to rise above the noise and see the greater issue. Shutting down any form of expression is a road that should never be chosen. No matter how ridiculous the narratives are on both ends of this spectrum the only way forward is to at least find the intellectual courage and will to sort through the hyperbole and talk. Even if South Korea has gone extreme, Japan should show them they can handle different perspectives. Well done Governor.

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Not all of the comfort women were Koreans.

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Good on the Governor... seems like a rational person who will leave it to the public to look into it and gain a little perspective.

Them you have the mayor...

”...could give the false impression that Japan has accepted South Korea's claim the women were forcibly taken by the Japanese military.”

god forbid the people know know the truth or even have the ability to question the propaganda men like him force in them. What a despicable man.

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They should place a bucket of sand next to the statue, then the denial people have somewhere to put their head, everyone happy.

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People frquently wonder why Korea hasn't forgiven and embraced Japan, citing the numerous apologies offered. Claims of South Koreans being 'brainwashed' is a popular claim here on JT.

But dig a little deeper and there are long lists of Japanese leaders who've sought to deny and whitewash history:

Kawamura has argued the comfort women statue should not be displayed at a publicly funded event as its presence could give the false impression that Japan has accepted South Korea's claim the women were forcibly taken by the Japanese military.

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I am all for the comfort woman exhibition but sk needs to stop demanding money by using this past event as their righteous reason for it because it is not. Their current short coming has nothing to do with Japan.

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Nothing to do with Japan? It wasn't others, mass raping Koreans, Philippines, Burmese, Dutch, Australian, Indonesian, Chinese and more. It was soldiers of the JIA. Who were brainwashed to view others as subhuman. And Suprisingly the off spring of these beasts now are LDP politicians who want to distance themselves from their family crimes while building their political career on their family pedigree. And denying any wrong doing. The irony is the actions of the JIA were subhuman and indefensible.

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