The Asian edition of Newsweek carried an article by Hideaki Kase on the pending U.S. resolution regarding comfort women. He is a nationalistic historian who has defended Japan's engagement in WWII and the kamikaze pilots (he also served as advisor to PM Fukuda and Nakasone).
I found his comment interesting: "Intoxicated by its unprecedented affluence, Japan was willing to ask forgiveness of its neighbors if this proved good for business." This then gives credibility to the accusations of Japanese insincerity in their apologies.
Kase then goes on to say, "The fact is that the brothels were commercial establishments. U.S. Army records explicitly declare that the comfort women were prostitutes, and found no instances of "kidnapping" by the Japanese authorities. It's also worth noting that some 40 percent of these women were of Japanese origin."
Were 40% of the women in these comfort stations Japanese? We've heard about the number of non-Japanese women taken but I don't think the articles we read mentioned the number of Japanese women, except that they were treated better.
In regards to the Rape of Nanking, "Many Japanese politicians have also come to believe that the Nanking Massacre was a fabrication of the Chinese, who are using it to pressure Japan into granting concessions in other areas."
Noting the rise of nationalism, Kase ends with saying that further apologies are unlikely and warns the U.S. from pushing Japan to do so. So, what do you guys think? Will U.S. politicians heed this warning or ignore it and push the resolution through?