Pyongyang, February 22 (KCNA) -- Ri Hye Yong, a researcher at the Human Rights Division of the DPRK Institute of International Studies, Thursday issued an article titled "Japan Can Never Evade Responsibility for Crime of Sexual Slavery".
The following is the full text of the article:
When people come up with the words "sex slavery", they call to mind a country, called Japan.
That is because Japan is the most despicable and audacious country in
the world, which in the first half of the last century forced hundreds
of thousands of women from Korea and several other countries into the
humiliating sex slavery and neither felt the slightest remorse nor
reflected on its past for over a century.
Nevertheless, Japan recently keeps harping on "championing women's
empowerment" deceitfully in the international arenas including the UN.
What is worse, it impudently seeks to cover up its past crime by paying a
trivial sum of money.
Sex Slavery, A-Class State Crime against Humanity Committed by Japan
Japan is distorting the fact, claiming that the sex slavery started
after the outbreak of the Sino-Japanese War in 1937. But it began with
Japan's "dispatch of its troops to Siberia".
The Japanese soldiers, dispatched to Siberia in August 1918 for
imperialist armed intervention against the Soviet Russia, raped the
Russian women at random everywhere they passed. As a result, over 12 000
of the 73 000 soldiers, the number equivalent to the troops of a whole
division, caught venereal disease, and the casualties far outnumbered
those killed in action. This was a huge blow to "the Imperial Japanese
It was the sex slavery that the Japanese military, in panic, contrived
on the plea of "preventing the spread of venereal disease and offence of
military discipline and whipping up war fanaticism and preserving the
fighting power of the army" after that.
As can be seen above, the sex slavery was the crime of organized and
massive abuse of women's right, perpetrated by the Japanese government
and military from its contrivance to the execution as a state policy.
There are some materials testifying to the fact; a document entitled
"the matter of recruitment of the staff needed to operate the military
'comfort stations'", drawn up on March 4, 1938 in the Legal Affairs
Section of Japanese Ministry of War, and set with the seals of the Army
Chief of the General Staff at that time, Hiroshi Imamura, and the then
Director of the Legal Affairs Bureau, Umez; a document on issuing "the
Emperor's Edict No. 300" in March 1942, referring to the reorganization
of the structure of the Ministry of War for the work related with the
operation of the military "comfort stations"; the wartime telegraph
dated March 12, 1942, wired by the former commander of the Japanese
military unit stationed in Taiwan to the then Japanese Prime Minister,
Tojo, to request the supplement of managers needed to control sex
In the whole period of the aggressive war, the Japanese government set
the goal of providing one sex slave for 29 Japanese soldiers and
mobilized the state authorities including the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs, the Ministry of the Interior and the "Government-General in
Korea", and particularly granted the military authority to organize and
execute the plan.
As a result, in the 1920s "comfort stations" were set up in many places
of Korea including the present Ranam District, Chongjin City, North
Hamgyong Province and Changwon City, South Kyongsang Province. In March
1932 just after the Manchurian Incident, a Japanese military "comfort
station" was established for the first time in Shanghai of China, on the
order of Okamura, the then chief of Staff of the Shanghai Expeditionary
With the war becoming protracted and occupation zones expanding,
hundreds of military "comfort stations" were set up in over 10 countries
in Asia and Oceania, and hundreds of thousands of women, mainly on the
Korean peninsula, fell prey to massive sex slave hunt by the Japanese
authorities, and were abducted to those "comfort stations".
At an interview held in February 1992, Seiji Yoshida, one of those
involved in the sex slave hunt, said: "To put it flatly, 'comfort women'
were not recruited, but were taken by force. None of them volunteered."
The American newspaper The International New York Times, dated November
15, 2014, reported that in 1942, a lieutenant in Japan's Imperial Navy
had organized a military "comfort station" at Balikpapan on the island
of Borneo (the present Kalimantan), and mitigated the mood of his troops
so well that he had been highly praised by the military authorities,
and that he was just the later prime minister of Japan, Yasuhiro
In general, the severest crime against women is sexual abuse. However,
at that time, the king, the prime minister, the military and even the
police of Japan ran amuck to institutionalize sexual assault and
gang-rape, instead of punishing such crimes. On top of that, one of the
executors of sex slavery was elected as prime minister later. Hence
Japan deserves to be branded as one and the only violator of women's
The sex enslavement enforced by Japan was, to all intents and purposes, a
part of Japan's policy of obliterating the Korean nation. Among all the
countries, nations and women that suffered from Japan's sex
enslavement, the most extreme and miserable victims of it were none
other than Korean women, trampled mercilessly by the Japanese
imperialists for 40-odd years.
Enforcing wicked fascist laws like "the National Mobilization Law"(1938)
and "the Women's Volunteer Corps Service Ordinance"(1944), Japan
mobilized its executive agencies including provincial, county and
sub-county offices at the lowest echelon as sub-station, all under the
"Government-General in Korea", as well as police stations and even
military police and the army to the sex slave hunting. They hunted women
on their way, in fields, at wells, sleeping at home at midnight, going
to or from school, and even mothers-to-be and women in maternity at
The captives in Korea numbered at least 200 000, ranging from innocent girls aged 12 or 13 to married women under their forties.
In this regard, at "the 3rd International Forum on Peace of Asia and
Role of Women" held in Pyongyang, Sumiko Shimizu, a Japanese woman,
said: "The issue of 'camp-following comfort women' is the most vicious
act by the Japanese imperialists against the Korean people, a violation
of their sexual morality and human rights, destruction of their life and
humanity, and a part of the policy of obliterating against the Korean
nation. It was an international crime brutally committed in an organized
way by the Japanese army and government."
Even after committing the unprecedented crime against humanity, beyond
one's imagination, Japan made desperate efforts to keep the crime buried
into oblivion of the history forever.
Before and after Japan's defeat in World War Ⅱ, the sex slaves were
registered as "assistant nurses" and official records and other relevant
documents were all burned on the order of the military and the
vice-minister of the Interior. What was worse, Japan committed another
state crime of slaughtering the sex slaves, clamoring that "the
bloodline of the enemy country must be cut."
However, its crime can be neither kept in secret nor erased in history.
After World WarⅡ, the International Military Tribunal for the Far East
officially branded the sex slavery by the Japanese military as a war
crime, and the military tribunal, which was established in Hague, the
Netherlands in 1948 found 12 officers of the Japanese army guilty and
sentenced some of them to death.
The above-mentioned facts clearly prove that the sex slavery is the
A-class anti-humanity state crime unique to Japan, contrived by the
militarist ruling circles to satisfy the sexual appetite of their
soldiers and whip up their morale with sex slaves, particularly a direct
result of Japan's colonial rule over Korea and its policy of
obliterating the Korean nation.
Japan's Sinister Intention to Evade Its State Responsibility for Crime of Sex Slavery
Japan is bent on refusing to recognize its legal and moral state responsibility for the sex slavery.
Entering the 1980s, the facts of the crime of sex slavery, which had
been kept in darkness for over half a century after Japan's defeat in
World War Ⅱ, began to be revealed by the historical documents and
testimonies of a large number of victims. In this situation, in August
1993, the then chief cabinet secretary, Kono, issued a statement of
"asking pardon", as the recruitment of "comfort women" had been
conducted by private dealers at the request of the military, mainly in a
coercive manner and sometimes with the involvement of public servants.
The point of the statement was that, as the recruitment was mainly done
by individual civilians by means of force and some officials were
involved by mistake, it was proper to say "sorry", not "apology".
Furthermore, the Japanese government recently moves to deny its heinous
sex slavery crimes entirely, casting aside even a "pardon" and insisting
that "any warring country recruited 'comfort women'" and that "the
prostitutes volunteered for money".
It not only removed the words such as "camp-following comfort women" and
"forceful abduction" from the history textbooks for its high schools,
but also insisted on revision of other countries' history textbooks,
saying that the textbooks contained materials "conflicted with the
Last year, in opposition to the discussion at the UNESCO on inscribing
the sex slavery-related documents on the Memory of the World Register,
it threatened and blackmailed the international organization, saying
that it would suspend paying its share of contribution to it and it
would withdraw from it.
This is a reflection of the way of thinking of the "economic animal" that it can resolve everything with money.
Then, why does Japan so desperately try to evade its state
responsibility for its bloody, crime-ridden history? Is it because of
the inborn character of the insular nation that hates self-reflection
upon its wrongdoings? Nay, that explanation is not enough.
Underlying it is its intention to repeat its history of aggression and
crime by training not only the rising generations but also all its
citizens in the spirit of revanchism and militarism.
On January 14, 2018, one of the Japanese newspapers reported that in the
nation-wide opinion poll 83 per cent of the Japanese citizens
"supported" Abe's reckless remark that he would not make an iota of
concession in connection with the behind-the-scene "agreement" between
him and Park Geun Hye's "government" of south Korea on the sex slavery.
The trustworthiness of the opinion poll is doubtful, but if it is true
by any chance, the moral despicability of the Japanese citizens are
quite shocking as they have not a bit of shamefulness and guilty
conscience about their preceding generations' crime of mentally and
physically violating hundreds of thousands of women from countries under
their colonial rule.
The former German president, Richard von Weizsacker said:
One who has no will to correct his mistakes of the past fails to
understand where he is today and why he is in that place. He who ignores
his past repeats his past any time.
Herein lies the dangerous nature of Japan that insists on denying its bloody, crime-ridden history.
For that reason, the international community vehemently denounces the
Abe government for making frantic efforts to repeat Japan's crime-woven
past by turning Japanese citizens into brutes in human skin again.
In August 2014, the UN Committee on Elimination of Racial Discrimination
(CERD) demanded that the Japanese government make full reparation to
the victims of sex slavery and bring a trial against those who were
involved in it. And in May 2017, the UN Human Rights Council issued a
report condemning the Japanese government for passing through national
examination the history textbooks that distort the crime of sex slavery.
Statues of girls and memorials to sex slaves have been set up one after
another in Germany, Singapore, Canada and other countries and parts of
the world. Given fierce international outcry over Japan's heinous
violation of women's human rights, even the United States is unwilling
to take its junior ally's side.
However strongly it advocates "women's human rights" and whatever
cunning tricks it employs, Japan cannot cover up its past crimes for the
sex slavery--the A-class state-sponsored crime against humanity that
has left an indelible mark in mankind's history.
The more Japan tries to conceal its crimes, the greater the punishment
will be. Crimes against humanity have no statute of limitations.
If Japan refuses to reflect honestly on the nation's wrongful past and
make a sincere apology for its past crime, it will continue to be
subjected to strong international condemnation and it cannot evade the
responsibility for the disgraceful crime of sex slavery. -0-