A Speech of Dr. Kanji Nisho, professor emeritus of The University of Electro-Communications, at The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan

He expressed his serious concern about a resolution passed in the US Congress on July 30, 2007 that condemned Japanese people who were suspected to have exploited the “comfort women” system of forced military prostitution by the Government of Japan, considered unprecedented in its cruelty and magnitude, including gang rape, forced abortions, humiliation, and sexual violence resulting in mutilation, death or eventual suicide in one of the largest cases of human trafficking in the 20th century (excerpt from the resolution). He also told the audience that this kind of resolution and the similar ones passed in the Senate of the City of New York and the Congress of the State of New Jersey are intolerable libels.

He talked about comfort women as follows; “There existed comfort women who had to unfortunately sell their sex due to poverty or other reasons. However, Japan as a state has never used its physical force to force a woman to sell the sex. Moreover, the story that almost 200 thousands of women were carried on trucks near to the battlefield is a preposterous one and no one could have found the evidence. If such incidents had happened in Korea, many rebellions should have happened. Eighty percent of policemen in Korea were Korean compatriots. The first false story has grown and built up combined with the misleading explanation made by the Japanese Government, and in the result this misunderstanding has caused wide repercussions. I would like ask the US Congress and Senate to reinvestigate closely this matter and to rescind the resolution.”

He also criticized US and others as follows; “First of all, the United States and any other countries are not entitled to disgrace Japanese people in relation to war and sex. Mr. Eiichi Isomura, who was ex-professor of The Tokyo Metropolitan University, also the president of Toyo University, and was the head of Shibuya Ward around the end of the World War II, got called by an officer of GHQ who ordered him to make up women for the soldiers of the occupation forces and finally he constructed a facility called recreation center. That time was such days when the people suffered from shortage of foods and a woman sold her body even for a sheet of chocolate.
When the “comfort women” got become an international topic, Mr. Isomura told with repentance that he had to confess his deep sense of shame in his deed to have driven women into a circumstance where they had to make sex with American soldiers. (The Sankei Sept. 17, 1994)”

He quoted a Mr. Miura’s story; “Mr. Syumon Miura, the president of The Japan Art Academy known as a moderate solid man, wrote “As far as a question about army and sex is concerned, I hope that newspapers write the fact that the American Army mobilized its military police and the Japanese policemen to close a certain part of a street and carried out medical checks for sexual disease of all the women in the street where other woman than a prostitute was involved. Rapes were also happened.”
Almost all such incidents were shrouded in darkness. (The Sankei Aug. 2, 1996)”

He also talked about himself; “A scene that a Japanese comfort woman called “panpan” or “only” in a showy dress and makeup walked under a GI’s arm was engraved in my mind’s eye in my boyhood as if it were yesterday. The number of such Japanese comfort women for American GIs reached about 200 thousand.”

He also quoted a story from a magazine; “In a vulgar magazine named Liberal posted a private paper telling a story of a young woman who had been taken to a special brothel. She was robbed of her virginity on the first day, and forced to sex with at least fifteen GIs a day who had just come back from the battlefront. She became unable to stand up and finally her facial appearance was changed and looked like another person.”

The following is a quote from the same magazine; “Yells, laughs and sobs of women were heard from every door. Some women got ill or became insane in a few months. Such scenes were the epitome of what had happened in Japan for several months. (Excerpt from the November 1954 edition)”

He would require the American society and the Christian communities who are accusing Japanese people to find what their fathers and brothers were doing in Japan. And he said “You should be ashamed”.

The following is his comment on the compensation; “The Japanese government should claim compensation to the US counterpart. Japan should not pay any compensation for the comfort women if the Japanese government has no intention to claim the same. Reciprocity, equality and fairness should be the basic rules in the international relationship.”

He talked about his suspect as follows; “The US wants to keep the image of Japan as a country of atrocious and inhumane people in order to justify its use of atomic bombs on Japan and of massed air raids against Tokyo and other cities.”

He also gave a comment about the recent incidents in the US; “Several resolutions that passed in the federal, states’, counties’ and cities’ congresses and/or senates are annoying and irritating the conservatives of Japan (I am one of them) who are used to be pro-American cooperating the US anti-communism policy after the World War II. There is a risk that Japanese people who are falsely charged, hurt, smoldering, the frustration being internally accumulated, will be finally pushed towards anti-America.”

He also talked about his observation as follows; “The worst thing is to exaggeratedly describe the “comfort women” issue in order to adjudicate Japan on the same basis as that for Germany that was governed by Nazi and committed the Holocaust.”

He brought and introduced to the audience copies of the front cover and the contents page of an important German document titled Prostitution, Homosexuality and self-destruction – Problems in German sanitary guideline, 1939-1945 Franz Seidler. He said that it scientifically reported the actual situations in Germany that carried out a complete state operated prostitution system, and abduction and detention of women.

He also explained; Racial matter was one of the difficult things to deal with in relation to prostitution under the Nazi governed Germany. He continued; “If a German officer or a cadreman of Nazi has sex with a Jewish woman, he will be executed. The west and the east European areas are different each other in every aspect. The state-regulated prostitution was used in Netherland and Norway, on the other hand there was no such system in the east European and the Russian area. So the German commanders at the front made up girls almost forcibly for prostitution.”

He continued his observation as follows; “Comfort women in German army have not come to an issue due to the fact that other crimes committed by them were so huge and vicious that they covered the comfort women issue. The tragedy of victims in the “army and prostitution”, the oldest profession across the world cannot be treated in parallel with the Nazi’s crimes in terms of cruelty of criminal tools used by Nazi such as killing factories, sterilization operations, euthanasia etc.”

He gave his final keen observation; “It is so silly, laughingly funny to make noise exaggeratedly over the “comfort women” issue of Japan in order to assume the war of Japan as same as that of Germany and to treat Japan that has never done the Holocaust as badly as Germany. Republic of Korea participated in the Vietnam War and left 7,000 to 20 thousands of fatherless children.”

The following is a tragic but lofty story, at least for Japanese people, he told; “There was an episode in the wartime that a Japanese army corps that had been driven into the front in Yunnan of China passed over the Korean comfort women to the American army corps telling the women to survive. On the other hand the Japanese comfort women chose death for honor with the soldiers. Japanese soldiers were fighting with the spirit of samurai (Bushidou).”



  1. 奥さま UP、有難う御座います。

  2. > Bruxellesさま


  3. なでしこアクション 代表山本です。



  4. 高校で英語を教えている者です。
    慰安婦の問題が河野談話により妙な取り返しのつかない展開となり、国際的にありもしない事実を捏造され、先人が汚名を着せられているのをどうしたものかと憂慮していたところ、情理伴った反論を外国の記者達に対して明確に主張をされ、本当に頼もしく思いました。また、YouTube で通訳付きの会見を拝見して、ぜひ英訳も欲しいと思っていましたので、タイムリーに出して頂いて有難うございます。生徒に読ませると同時に、アメリカから来ているALTにも読ませたいと思います。

  5. 「日本女性」さんが、1998年の時点で、留学中に「ミスパールハーバー」「レイプオブナンキン」というあだ名をつけられどれ程悔しく辛い思いをされたか、日本男児として胸が痛みます。小生よりも外務省や政治家こそ、在外同朋の無念を知り、その無為無策を恥じるべきでしょう。








    1. この問題は証明責任の問題に帰着する。たとえば李明博のような大統領の立場にあるものが発言する度に、「ではその日本政府による強制のあったことを証明せよ」と要求する。土台かれらに証明は不可能であり、元慰安婦と称する者の証言の信憑性も暴く。彼らの挙げる証拠は徹底的に厳しく吟味する。韓国などの挙げる証拠が出鱈目であることを丹念に証明していく作業が必要である。立証責任は彼らの側にあるが、日本側の証明のないことの証明はある程度可能。

    2. 不心得者が旧軍のなかに居たとしてもそれは個人的犯罪に過ぎずいつの時代でも戦場では起きるものであること。例外的事象を一般化する狡猾さも暴く。

    3. 米国には証明責任が問題の核心であること、韓国などの主張が誇大妄想、捏造であること、同調する前に事実検証をする責任のあることを強調する。

    4. 戦勝国の優位を濫用していつまでも日本を道徳的におとしめ、外交上のテクニックとすることは卑怯な行為であることを主張する。勝った者が負けた者にいつまでも汚名を着せつづけることの狡さに気付かせる。

    5. 右翼や超国家主義者ゆえにこのことを論じるのではないことを教える。真実を真摯に追究する姿勢を共有する者同士の議論に持ち込む。







    もし1905年の日本海海戦でロシアのバルチック艦隊が日本の連合艦隊に勝利していたならば日本はロシアの植民地になっていたのである。当時の国際社会は東アジアのロシアによる支配よりも日本の支配を望んでいた。 日英同盟のもとで日本は英国のインド支配を、英国は日本の満州支配を、互いに認め合い、米国も1941年のハル・ノートの発行まではそれを支持していたのである。











    “Almost all contemporary Japanese are now sick, frustrated, tired of and angry at Rep. Michael Honda and other Congressmen’s attempt to sponsor and enact H. Res. 121. We were much disappointed to learn that U.S. Congress was led by the politician who has been financially aided by the special organization antagonizing Japan. They insist on keeping the subject of Japanese past militarism as a high profile items after more than 60 years has passed away since the end of WW II. Apparently triple items including “Nanjing Massacre”, “Official Visit to Yasukuni Shrine” and “Comfort Woman” are diplomatic cards for North & South Korea and communist China towards Japan. There has been also strong resentment to Japan among a part of those nationals with respect to Japanese colonization in Korea and Manchuria in 1920’s and 1940’s. There is no other excellent theme than these three for them to take eternal diplomatic advantage over Japan by preaching Japan of moral. However, they should recall that, in the days of Imperialism, to be Great Powers, UK, U.S., Imperial Japan, Russia, France, Germany and Italy which defeated other countries in a war, are required to occupy and control week region and countries as its colonies. Japan would have been colonized by Russia if Baltic Fleet triumphed over Japanese Combined Feet in 1905. World preferred at that time Japanese occupation of East Asia to Russia’s. Under the Japanese-Anglo Alliance, Japan acknowledged the British occupation of India and Britain acknowledged the Japanese control over Manchuria, which was supported by U. S. until the issuance of Hull Note in 1941. If Chinese and Korean people can share this right perception of modern history or these simple historical facts, they will cease to have such resentment as will deteriorate true and eternal friendship with Japan. Reasonable person will never evaluate the past by the present values.
    I would recommend the Subcommittee on Foreign Affairs in Japanese Parliament to express the sense of Diet of Japan, that the Government of U.S. should formally acknowledge, apologize, and accept political responsibility in a clear and unequivocal manner for its Congress’s ridiculous resolution made on June 26, 2007 because;
    1) With no jurisdiction over Japanese government, H. Res. 121 infringed the sovereignty of Japan,
    2) They made H. Res. 121 based on the fabricated story and lie without verifying its reliability or without confirming the evidence, scientific and historical facts.
    3) By H. Res. 121, U.S. has supported and amplified the conspiracy of those anti-Japanese people who deliberately and relentlessly have been trying to undermine Japan’s reputation and integrity of Japanese people by means of political propaganda. 
    4) H. Res. 121 betrayed US’s best policy to make Japan as a reliable partner of U.S. in Asia as Britain is in Europe, and was disloyal to Japan who showed its willingness to stand with U.S. in Iraq, while much of the rest of the world balked. It was totally ignored that, in East Asia, Japan most broadly shares U.S. values, democracy and freedom. It has damaged the Japan-U.S. bond and decreased its usefulness.  .
    “When Reason shall have stripped the mask from misrepresentation, then, Justice holding evenly her scales will require much of past censure and praise to change places. (Dr. Radhabinod Pal)”
    American Congressmen have never been so silly when they tell friendly foreign government how to apologize and how to educate current and future generations of friendly foreign country. To our disappointment too, Japanese government has been traditionally silent and was not so aggressive in informing the truth towards western world, but strong voice always control ignorant people. Pursuit and investigation of truth should be first priority. We also expect someone in U.S. with common sense and wisdom will bring closure to this whole subject promptly.”


  6. >なでしこアクション代表山本優美子さま

    > 藤 寛明さま

    >勇間 眞次郎 さま


  7. 日本女子です。アメリカもですが。自治体が危ないこと、とりかえしがきかない状態であることに、絶望感・危機感・恐怖でうつ状態でした。






  8. どうしてこうまで執拗に軍隊娼婦をすりかえ宣伝するのかと思います。我々も無視するのではなく世界に発言し発信すべきです。米国の意図は先の大戦を正当化するために、黙認していると思います。

  9. >日本女子さま





  10. あなたの様な考え方は同じ日本人として恥ずかしい。第二次大戦後の政治的戦後処理の対応をかつての西ドイツと日本と比較して研究してみたらどうかね。もっと勉強して下さい。


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