We recently noticed Himawari Japan mentioned, in current Korean and Chinese newspaper articles, as the main Japanese group opposing the erection of the Comfort Women monument proposed by Korean high school students in Fort Lee.
We were particularly intrigued by the newspaper article in the Record China dated September 12, 2017. It states that the Fort Lee Korean students are saying “Japanese students have been given the wrong knowledge of history, so erecting the monument is a good way to educate them.”
This kind of attitude is inappropriate and unacceptable. While they can have their own interpretation of history, they should not try to impose it on others by claiming that their version of history is correct and other versions are wrong. This proves that the proposed monument is inappropriate, based on the attitude of these students. The local council should not be acting as a judge and jury over the historical interpretation of issues by siding with one party’s version.
By the way, we are fully aware of why the Korean students talk and think this way. We know that the students do not intend to be rude or arrogant. They simply believe what is written in Korean textbooks and what their teachers tell them. It is widely known outside South Korea that Korean history textbooks are filled with what they would have wanted history to be, rather than objective facts.
According to Prof. Tetsuo Arima of Waseda University in Tokyo, Korean textbooks claim that Korea declared war against Japan in 1941 and fought the war along with the Allied Forces (Americans, British and others), defeated Japan, and regained independence. Needless to say, this is completely incorrect and not historical.
During WWII, Korea was a part of annexed Japan and Koreans were legally Japanese citizens until 1945. At the end of the war, Korea was not able to be independent and the Allied Forces did not grant South Korea its independence until 1948. There was a small resistance group called the “Korean Liberation Army,” under the command of the Chinese Military Council, but they never engaged in battle. It was supposed to be an armed force of the “Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea,” but such a government was never recognized by any country, including China. This is why Korea’s request to join the San Francisco Peace Treaty as a victor nation was flatly rejected by John Foster Dulles. Put simply, Korea never fought against Japan; it was a part of Japan.
Official records show that, during the annexation era, hundreds of thousands of Korean men applied to join the Japanese Imperial Army well before the conscription took place in September 1944. Joining the Japanese Imperial Army was highly competitive. This means that many Korans were serving in the Japanese Imperial Army up until the end of the war in 1945, and were using the Comfort Woman System. Korean soldiers tended to be violent towards POWs, so many were court-martialed and executed (as Japanese soldiers) after the war. These are the historical facts. Now, Koreans are pretending to have forgotten about their collaboration, including the fact that Korean comfort women were mostly recruited by Korean pimps. (Korean women were approximately 30-40% of all the comfort women; many comfort women were Japanese.)
Himawari Japan is no more than a group of concerned Japanese residents. We are not meant to argue over historical facts concerning Japan and Korea in The United States. We do not ask any local government of the USA to support our views. By the same token, we ask all local governments of the USA not to support the views of other groups, especially when the subject matter is unrelated to the USA. We firmly believe that local governments should concentrate on nurturing harmony in the local community and stay away from any disputes over historical matters, especially those that are creating divisions in the community.
President, Himawari Japan