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Japanese right-wingers dismiss Philippine troop fears

PUBLISHED : Friday, 22 November, 2013, 3:14pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 23 November, 2013, 1:12am

A right-wing historical group has criticised former "comfort women" in the Philippines who expressed fear at the sight of Japanese troops providing aid in their town as being the work of "professional accusers".

Hiromichi Moteki, secretary general of the Society for the Dissemination of Historical Fact, also dismissed newly discovered documents that purportedly prove that the Japanese military was behind the systematic organisation of brothels for troops in occupied countries.

The society claims any women who provided sex for the troops were mere prostitutes earning a living and has consistently disputed suggestions that the military rounded up women in occupied areas and forced them into sexual slavery.

In an interview with Kyodo News, Richilda Extremadura, executive director of the Lila Pilipina support group for former "comfort women", said there were some who still viewed Japanese troops as a threat.

"It's ridiculous," said Moteki. "These women are always saying the same thing, they accuse Japan without any evidence at all. They are professional accusers and I do not believe them.

"There were some cases, but these were personal crimes against local women," Moteki told the South China Morning Post. "It was not done so brutally as the women say [by the military]," he added.

Moteki's denial comes after a professor of modern Japanese history, Hirofumi Hayashi, uncovered documents from six trials carried out by the Dutch colonial government in what is now Indonesia and by Nationalist courts in China after the second world war.

The indictment for one of the cases, heard in Nanjing , accused a lieutenant general in the Imperial Japanese Army of rape and the abduction of women. The indictment said the officer "searched out girls with violence and made them provide physical comfort".

The officer protested his innocence, claiming that officers from a different unit had carried out the crimes. The court found him guilty.

In general, though, survivors of Typhoon Haiyan welcomed the return of Japanese troops yesterday.

Eulalia Macaya, 74, said she remembered being terrified by Japanese troops as a little girl.

"We were hiding in holes dug under the floor of our homes," she recalled. "We were so afraid."

But Macaya said she was very pleased the former occupier was back.

"I don't hold any grudges any more. There's no more bad blood between us," she said.

Additional reporting by Agence France-Presse

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caractacus
This "Society for the Dissemination of Historical Fact" is as offensive as racism gets, but its hatred and bigotry should not be transferred to the Japanese relief workers.
shuike

The Philipinos keep forgetting that the Japanese invaded & occupied their country for 5 BRUTAL years where they not only savaged the land but raped the women – some of these so called Comfort Women are still alive today uncompensated & without an apology. The Americans is even worst having colonised their country for more than 50 years leaving it morally & economically destitute – the “Sick Man” of ASEAN. Throughout history, China have NEVER invaded nor harmed the Philippines. Yet the Philipinos choose to side with their colonizers & invaders to confront China - who only have a DISPUTE with the Philippines on some islands on which China has as LEGITIMATE a claim to it as the next country. But such is the power of western propaganda (including the SCMP) where they can make you see black as white. Wake up my Philipnos friends before you lose your whole country & not some islands.
jiawang@adb.org
There are books and extensive records about the mass rape of German women by the brave and victorious Soviet (Russian) soldiers, yet one only hears about the Japanese soldiers.
caractacus
Untrue, there is plenty of literature documenting the brutal savagery of Russian troops in which no German female between 8 and 80 was safe from rape. They behaved in the same uncivilised, barbaric fashion as the Germans had done in Eastern Europe and Russia.
A Hong Konger
This focus on obscure Japanese right wing groups is getting rather tiresome. Right-wing groups around the world spout off all sorts of inane nonsense, but why does the SCMP seems to have some sort of pathological obsession with Japanese right wing groups? Perhaps the editor is unaware that the SCMP is not the People's Daily and the second world war has been over for sometime. More to the point right-wing groups have no traction in pacifist Japan and if people who were there can put it to bed, why can't the SCMP?
What concerns me more are mainland nationalist groups that, I suspect, would prefer to see HK be a more obedient part of China. This is more of concern to me than narrow minds quibbling over past atrocities that are the domain of historians.
karenhwong@me.com
It sounds very Orwellian.
 
 
 
 
 

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