Mitsunobu Ichiro SJ (Director, Jesuit Social Center)
Every Wednesday for the past 20 years the former “military comfort women” of the Japanese army during the Second World War have conducted protests in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, totaling now 1,000. Having decided not to put aside and forget the bitterness of the elder harumoni, they demand sincere replies to the victims from both Japanese and Korean governments. However, the Japanese government disregards their pleas, taking it for granted that the whole issue has already been resolved.
Even in Japan, North Korean high schools have been deprived of their gratuity status regarding school fees. On the other hand, grants provided over the years have been cut or discontinued by the governors of Tokyo and Osaka. Again, the harassment and bashing of people with North Korean citizenship are unpardonable.
Japan is asked to make just apologies and compensation for the damages done up till now, so that those who have received inhuman treatment may recover their human dignity. If politicians and educators confront such issues and act accordingly, Japanese society as a whole will profit. Above all, I hope that a clear historical vision can be provided.
List of Books in Japanese
Minimum knowledge about Japan-Korea History by Nakazato Akira (Kobunken, 2002)
A Non-Tourist Tour of Seoul by Sato Daisuke (Kobunken, 2002)
Overcoming Civilization and Barbarism ― Our Manifesto of Peace, Human Rights and an Historical View of East Asia by Sosun and Maeda Akira (Kamakawa Publications, 2011)
Metahistory of Controversies with Regard to the History of East Asia by Komori Yoichi and others (Aoyumi-sha, 2008)
Questioning the 100 years since the Annexation of Korea by Komori Yoichi and others (Iwanami Shoten, 2011)