What Would Duterte Gov’t Do With Manila’s Comfort Woman Statue?

  Despite a Japanese official expressing to President Rodrigo Duterte her disappointment in the sudden construction of a comfort woman statue in Manila, the Philippine chief executive will not act on it himself, his spokesman said.   In a press briefing on Thursday, January 11th, a Filipina journalist asked Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque about Duterte’s […]

Foreign Ministry Didn’t Know: Chinese Hand Seen in Comfort Women Statue in Manila

  The approximately three-kilometer Roxas Boulevard promenade along Manila Bay in the Philippines is well-known to residents of Manila for the bronze statues of popular actresses and former presidents lining it.   To this row of statues has now been added one person with no discernible identity. She is supposed to represent a comfort woman […]

Editorial: Japan Should Call for Removal of the Comfort Women Statue in the US

  San Francisco’s Mayor Edwin Mah Lee has accepted the donation of a comfort women statue erected in the city by Chinese-American community groups.   The comfort women statue, which distorts historical facts and condemns Japan, has become public property. This act amounts to abetting anti-Japanese propaganda, and cannot be condoned. It should be revoked […]

South Korean President Looks to Missile-Playing Pyongyang to Jointly Probe Japan On WWII Labor Issue

The city buses in Seoul started carrying plastic replicas of the “comfort women” statues   On August 15th, as part of the National Liberation Day ceremony commemorating the 72nd anniversary of the liberation of the Korean peninsula from Japanese control, President Moon Jae-in touched upon the issue of conscripted laborers, saying “the suffering continues of […]

200,000 South Korean Wartime Sex Slaves is ‘Fake News,’ says Historian; An Interview with Dr. Ikuhiko Hata

Japan said Monday, April 3, it would send its ambassador back to South Korea after a diplomatic row prompted his recall in January. A comfort women statue had been erected outside the Japanese consulate in Busan in late 2016—the latest in unlawful statues built across the Japanese embassy and other public buildings in South Korea. […]