By Sergey Baranov
Apparently, a Japanese court has shown a different position in regards to ‘’operating within the boundaries of law’’ by sentencing two American servicemen to prison on rape charges while being on duty at a U.S. military base in Okinawa
‘’In 1993, the Japanese government released a statement acknowledging the “immeasurable pain and suffering” endured by thousands of women forced to have sex during World War II. It even vowed to include the comfort women issue in new junior high school textbooks for the first time’’ However, Toru Nashimoto, a Mayor of Osaka, recently told reporters during his weekly press conference that “anyone would understand” the role of “comfort women” when soldiers were risking their lives and needed “a rest.” He continued by saying that he told a U.S. military commander during a trip to a base on the island of Okinawa that the adult entertainment business in Japan should be “utilized more” by U.S. personnel. “I told him there are places that operate within the boundaries of the law which can be used for releasing sexual frustration, so they [the U.S. military] should fully utilize it or the marines won’t be able to control their aggressive sexual desires.” (1)
Apparently, a Japanese court has shown a different position in regards to ‘’operating within the boundaries of law’’ by sentencing two American servicemen to prison on rape charges while being on duty at a U.S. military base in Okinawa.( 2)
Historians have estimated that 200,000 women were forced to become sex slaves for Japan’s former Imperial Army, ‘’many of which were from Philippines, China and Korean peninsula, all occupied territories at the time.’’ While Toru Nashimoto thinks that forcing women into a sex slavery is necessary for helping the soldiers to ‘’rest’’ by gratifying their sexual desires during the war time, the rape victims who are now in their 80’s and 90’s are gathering together to demand justice. To be honest, I was not aware of this issue until this morning when I found an email in my mail box asking to sign a petition to help the war crime victims. (3)
I would probably give it a moment and sign it after reading, then archive it in my memory, if I wouldn’t get so outraged by Toru Nashimoto’s words, and I felt compelled to share few words on the subject. First of all I would like to say that I feel for all those women who were continuously beaten and raped by the Japanese soldiers. It is a crime against humanity which must be stopped by providing severe punishment and sentences of life in prison to anyone and anywhere committing these atrocities. Furthermore, besides the protecting of human rights, in this case women and children from sexual abuses, it would send a strong message to others, that predatory rape is not an incentive to go to war.
It would be more productive and respectful, if instead defending the rapists, Toru Nashimoto would use his time and his political position to influence the Government of Japan to finally halt the Fukushima nuclear disaster, which threatens his own people the most. Most likely his speech will spark wide outrage among Japanese people who as far as I can tell, are moral people, who should be seen as an example by some of the elements of their own government. Please sign the petition to support the victims.