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The Comfort Women Fraud Settlement Organization’s kickoff interview...



The Comfort Women Fraud Settlement Organization’s kickoff interview to demand an end to the “30-year

Comfort Women Fraud Drama” of the Korean Council


30 years have passed since the Korean Council for Justice and Remembrance for the Issues of Military Sexual Slavery by Japan started “Wednesday rallies” in front of the Japanese Embassy in Korea. In the meantime, a coalition group, the “Comfort Women Fraud Settlement Organization” formed by researchers and citizens who share the will to convey the reality of the comfort women fraud and pursue only the historical facts, held a joint press interview to commemorate its establishment in front of the Japanese Embassy on January 26, 2022. The Settlement Organization urged the Korean Council to immediately halt its 30-year comfort women fraud drama.

In the interview from 12:30 p.m., the Settlement Organization composed of several groups, such as “Media Watch,” said, “January 8th marks the 30th anniversary of the start of the Korean Council’s ‘Wednesday rallies’ here in front of the Japanese Embassy,” and spoke critically of the fact that the Korean Council had decided to continue the rallies for another 30 years.

They said, “The Korean Council’s comfort women movement must be discontinued right now because so-called ‘Japanese military sexual slavery victims’ do not exist, who are the reason for the existence ofsuch movement.” Additionally, they emphasized that Clause 1 of Article 2 of the “Act on Livelihood Stability and Memorial Services, etc. for Sexual Slavery Victims for the Japanese Imperial Army” defined the victims as “those who were forcibly mobilized by Imperial Japan, sexually abused, and obliged to live as comfort women,” but the Korean women at the time were not subject to mobilization by a public authority of Imperial Japan and there were no such cases, either.

They continued, “Comfort women were ‘working-women’ who made contracts with managers of comfort stations and received predetermined wages to offer sexual service,” saying further, “We demand the Korean Council identify the women who were officially mobilized by a public duty of Imperial Japan if any among 240 livelihood-protection registrants in the Korean Ministry of Gender Equality and Family.”

And they said, “The essential problem of the comfort women issues was poverty. Mostly, poor parents pushed their daughters to work as comfort women in exchange for a few advances, or otherwise, the daughters sacrificed themselves for their families. Therefore, the truth is that there was no forced mobilization by the Japanese military,” and criticized that the Comfort Woman Statue was nothing but a symbol of lies and hatred to distort the reality of comfort women, foment conflicts and confrontations, and instill hostility toward Japan. Moreover, they claimed that what the Korean Council had been doing for the past 30 years was only erecting the statues based on a fabricated image and swindling the Koreans and the world every Wednesday.


They said assertively, “The Korean Council’s 30-year comfort women movement is an international fraud drama deceiving both the South Koreans and the world by putting poor elders at the forefront,” and added, “Among them were many active sympathizers, such as Kim Hak-soon, Lee Yong-soo, Kim Bok-dong, and Gil Won-ok. But, most were poor women who were only taken advantage of or passively participated in this drama.”

Furthermore, the Settlement Organization pointed out that the “comfort women fraud” had raised frictions and confrontations among Korean people, disrupted the relationship between South Korea and Japan, and made the Republic of Korea internationally notorious as “a liar,” and said emphatically, “All these would have caused our nation tangible and intangible damages amounting to hundreds of trillions of won if converted to money.” After then, they strongly requested once again the Korean Council should immediately halt its 30-year comfort women fraud drama.


The following is the full text of a public statement issued by the Settlement Organization on this day:


[The public statement]


“The Comfort Women Fraud Settlement Organization” demands an end to the Korean Council’s 30-year comfort women fraud drama!


January 8th marks the 30th anniversary of the start of the Korean Council’s “Wednesday rallies” here in front of the Japanese Embassy. One generation was replaced by another, the Korean Council changed its name, and the former site of the Embassy building torn down for rebuilding has been only overgrown with weeds without a new building. Throughout the last generation, the Korean Council has been holding a rally every Wednesday by mobilizing lots of people. At its previous rally, they decided to continue the rallies under the slogan of “Like first time again” for another 30 years. However, the Korean Council’s comfort women movement must be discontinued right away.

First of all, this is because no so-called “Japanese military sexual slavery victims” exist, who are the excuse for such movement. In Clause 1 of Article 2 of the “Act on Livelihood Stability and Memorial Services, etc. for Sexual Slavery Victims for the Japanese Imperial Army,” the Japanese military sexual slavery victims are defined as “those who were forcibly mobilized by the Japanese Imperial Army, sexually abused, and obliged to live as comfort women.” At that time, however, Korean women were not subject to mobilization by a public authority or the official duty of Imperial Japan. There were no such cases, either. This was because comfort women were “working-women” who made contracts with managers of comfort stations and received predetermined wages to offer sexual service. Thus, we demand that the Korean Council identify the women who were officially mobilized by a public duty of Imperial Japan if any among 240 livelihood-stability registrants in the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family.

And so-called “Statue of Peace” distorts the reality of the comfort women and is just a tool to fuel anti-Japan feelings. The sculptors, a married couple, said the statue was based on the image of a Korean girl 13 to 15 years old forcibly taken away to work as a sexual slave, being modeled after their 11-year-old daughter. However, girls 17 or under were not allowed to become comfort women. Her roughly-cut hairstyle makes us imagine her having been separated alive from her family by the Japanese military, which is also a fabricated image.

The essential problem of comfort women issues was poverty. Mostly, poor parents pushed their daughters to work as comfort women in exchange for a few advances, or otherwise, the daughters sacrificed themselves for their families. Therefore, the truth is that there was no compulsory mobilization by the Japanese military. The Comfort Woman Statue is only a symbol of lies and hatred to distort the reality of comfort women, foment conflicts and confrontations, and instill hostility toward Japan in Korean people. Thus, what the Korean Council has been doing these 30 years is only to erect the Comfort Woman Statues based on a fabricated image, to gather around the statue every Wednesday, and deceive the Koreans and the world.

Especially, they instilled false historical facts into growing children, developed hatred inside them, and trampled on the human rights of unhappy women by revealing their past under the pretext of “conveyance of the truth.” And they also used arbitrarily various kinds of violence disguised as legal to muzzle experts who were stating the historical facts, causing them unspeakable insult and pain.

We can say definitely that the Korean Council’s 30-year comfort women movement is an international fraud drama that has deceived the South Koreans as well as the world by putting a poor elder at the forefront. Among them were many active sympathizers, such as Kim Hak-soon, Lee Yong-soo, Kim Bok-dong, and Gil Won-ok. However, most were poor women who were only taken advantage of or passively participated in this drama.

The Korean Council’s comfort women fraud has raised frictions and confrontations among the public, disrupted the relation between Korea and Japan, and made the Republic of Korea internationally notorious as “a liar.” All these would have caused the Republic of Korea lots of tangible and intangible damages amounting to hundreds of trillions of won if converted to money.

Another 30-year comfort women fraud drama of the Korean Council must not be repeated. The researchers pursuing only the historic facts and the citizens sharing the same will gathered and established the “Comfort Women Fraud Settlement Organization” to convey the reality of comfort women fraud and eradicate it.

And, today, we announce the launching of our activities and demand as follows:


1. Discontinue the Wednesday rallies, venues of false propaganda and incitement!

2. Remove the Comfort Woman Statues, symbols of lies and hatred!

3. Dismantle the Korean Council, a group of comfort women fraud drama!

4. Abolish the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family, a hotbed of the comfort women fraud drama!


 

January 26, 2022

Comfort Women Fraud Settlement Organization

https://www.mediawatch.kr/news/article.html?no=255840

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