Mr. Hashimoto is bad

middle-age American living in New Jersey near the Lincoln Tunnel «« Mr. Hashimoto is the mayor of Osaka, Japan, and he claims the comfort women of WWII were not a product of state effort, but evidence of state involvement in sexually slavery of Korean and Chinese women is abundant.  This is personal, because as an employee of Ajinomoto finishing the first half of my professional life after working with very bright scientists and engineers, Ajinomoto housed the brightest I’ve known.  These bright people denied evidence of state supported comfort women.  It still sickens me.  Emotion can trump intellect, but with such powerful intellect I predicted intellect would win, but I was naïve.  History must be understood and reconciled – not denied. »» about me 201-490-9659 Hana Miyajima contact us

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3 Responses to Mr. Hashimoto is bad

  1. texastoest says:

    Hear! Hear! Denying the truth is never productive. And, I don’t doubt political involvement in those affairs. It’s not an excuse to say that other countries did the same thing. Shame on anyone who had involvement in such policies. It’s probably even too late for a public apology (lame) to those women. Nothing can be done now. All we can do is be aware of such behavior, and never let it happen again.

    Another side of the story is that of the women who “furnished” those services. They should have been the ones who stood up in their own behalf, but WWII was during a time of widespread defamation of women anyway. “Standing up” might have caused them more grief than “lying down” and taking it. Thank you, Gloria, and your band of thieves who have worked tirelessly in the interest of women, and made those practices not only unpalatable, but illegal. We’ve come a long way, Babies.


  2. Tom Doody says:

    nice comment on a very not-nice subject, the crimes of WWII are legendary, but not fiction, grazie @texastoest


  3. texastoest says:

    Thank you, Tom. I agree with your statement about the crimes of WWII. I was born a year after the end of WWII, but given the carryover of behaviors, I had to endure the insults and disrespect of my grandfather, and not so much, though still present, disrespect of my father, a veteran of the conflict. So, I have a blush of the long-term effects of being a creature of convenience….or, oh, forced compliance to the desires of men/superiors. I can tell you that those women bore the results of their treatment to the grave. No forgiveness can smooth that over. Thank God, we are in the process of change so that future generations might not suffer those indignities.


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