The reason more and more Japanese get rightish after they become adolescent, as far as I can tell, is due to flood of books or internet. On the contrary, those who only watch TVs tend to have an opposite historical perspective.
Here's a case in point on the issue of "comfort women" or "sex slaves" alledgedly accused by South Korea. They have been condemning Japan for Japanese military forcing Korean women to have sex with soldiers during WWII. Abe made an objection in March 2007 with support of silent majority of Japan, stating "no coercing them into sexual conducts". Why is he so confident? How have Japanese been getting a "wrong" idea of justifying its atrocities? Were those comfort women really prostitutes? I'll show one of the most influential books written by Kobayashi Yoshinori, who is known to be a right-winger. Actually it's a comic book, which by the way you may guess was very influential. I cut two pages out of his book on the description of the "prostitutes" he calls, so please enjoy it with my translation.
I learned a valuable lesson from him this time. The prosecutors against Japanese government is stunningly hiding those facts:1) The pimps were Korean.
2) Japanese military brought whorehouses under control to protect human rights of comfort women from pimps.
, which I have never heard from the accusing side. Why don't we take them into consideration and discuss this matter again?
The auther, Kobayashi, asked, for an insight, a note, 武漢兵站 (Bukan Heitan), written by an assistant manager of one of the controversial facilities. Wnen the assistant manager was dispatched to Wuhan (a city of central china), he found pimps who entered the castle and were coercing Korean women into sex slaves with no payment(↓).
He brought the pimps under control and made them pay to the Korean women so they can pay back as Japanese pimps did to Japanese comfort women. Those Korean women had debt of 6~7 thousand yen on average. Therefore, he set the payment to 4~500 yen a month, which would allow them to be released in one and a half year at the most. He also instruct the pimps to let the women work if they want even after their debt is gone so they can earn profit before going back to their hometown. (↓)
Kobayashi, the glassed rightist points out that the engagement by Japanese military was to improve human rights of those women who used to be literally "sex slaves"(↓).
Kobayashi secondly picked another private note, Kankou Ianjo(漢口慰安所), which describes various episodes about what was going on in the same city, Wuhàn. The command center of logistics the auther worked at not only kept the facility under control but also protected those "comfort women" from undue exploitation by pimps. He founds several brutal cases made by Korean pimps. When they collected Korean women from poor villagers, they didn't make any documented contract for those women. In other words, they freely used the women and threw them away as a slave. This means the women never get to have chance to go back, but they didn't seem to be aware of the fact. The doctor Fujisawa, the author of the note, ordered the pimps to create due bills for them and made a system in which the women can be free as soon as they pay it back. (↓)
A comfort women, who was named Keiko as her professional name, was very popular and made 30,000 yen at once. This amout corresponds to $400,000 nowadays. Her dream was to earn 50,000 and run a restaurant in her hometown, Keijo (Old name for Seoul). "What an admirable woman," said Chief Ikeda, and he handed her a testimonial.(↓)
The thirty fourth Division landed on Wuhan in 1939. Suddenly the busy days have come for those women and they started to earn a lot with the soldiers lined up. (↓)
When soldiers were about to take off their shoes, women urge them to come soon, "Don't take off your equipment and come on now." (↓)
So, the soldiers walk on their knees and do it anyhow with their shoes and leather leggings on.(↓)
The ball was in women's court. Soldiers typically squeeze out their little savings.(↓)
The women worked hard saving time for cleansing their virgina. When the doctor checked them, their labia were swallen. He ordered them to take a rest for three days, but the women ...(↓)
But the women started to protest against him instead of being relieved! Their logic was as follows: "Recently we were leading pretty dull days with few customers. Now that we are finally having a perfect chance to earn a lot with a big division passing this city, we have to earn as much as possible. It's very cruel to force us to overlook this opportunity."
The rule defines the fee as 1 yen for thirty minutes, but the women changed the rule: they kick the customers out with 2 and a half yen for 10 to 15 minutes. (↓)
Kobayashi now questions, "so, the true story was like this, and how can you conclude that rapes were going on or they were slaves?"(↓)
It's just universal. There are women to earn money and horny men to buy women.(↓)
"Those soldiers should be blamed anyway, those Japanese soldiers!" Such people yelling like this are typically military segregationists. They just don't like whatever Japanese military do. I (Kobayashi) hate "leftists" who hate Japan, government, and military, even though those "leftists" are Japanese. They are pleased when regarding Japan as evil. I hate it.
So, what do you think?