Comfort women? No, they are prostitutes
I guess you already know what "comfort women" means; sexually abused women by Japanese military according to activists from Korea. Of course this is an alleged issue. Let me discuss the truth hidden behind this condemning from a perspective of a typical Japanese who once regret it already in 1980s and changed one's mind these years after a lot of personal investigation on the so-called "comfort women".
(1)Are these testimonies really reliable?
If testimonies have absolute reliability, I have another testimony from a Japanese side. When a Japanese lady was washing vegitables in the river, two Korean comfort women passed by her and laughed, "why can you do such a dirty work while you are beautiful? Why don't you look at us dressed with these beautiful outfits and change your mind? You are going to lead a happy life like us!"
(2) What about Korean?
Why don't Korean regret their own history of world-class prostitute industry? Not only US soldiers but Korean residents took advantage of comfort women along 동두천〔東豆川〕tongduch'ŏn in the Korean war. Depriving of women from their family and sell them as merchandise, that's their history.
(3)Comfort women pimps were mostly Korean
The problem of so-called "comfort women" (Ianpu) was severely discussed in Japan since 1980s. As a representive of Japanese government, Kono made a statement and apologized in 1993 for their physicological loss as comfort women. He was pursuaded by a number of protesters at that time, and said "they had to work as comfort women at that time and Japanese soldiers used that system." Since this statement was announced, a lot of research has been implemented. As the truth have been unraveled, however, people's interest has been lost due to small involvement by Japanese military. It turned out that Korean comfort women were torn apart from their family by Korean traders (for details go to (2)). It's their own karma. Kono lately admitted that he made a decision with only testimonies he heard at an interview with former comfort women. No evidence in literature was found after then although it turns out critical discripancies were found in their tenstimonies. The term "involvement of military" is very tricky. Japanese military at that time prepared facilities to house comfort women and have doctors see them to prevent them from VD (see (2) for details). If somebody forcefully dragged their hands into the salons, it's Korean public dealers. Of course there were a lot of applications to become comfort women on account of extraordinary sallery. They ought to have been paid that much since they provided their body far away from their home town.
Anyway, foreign newspapers typically know few about the lowdown of the disputed issue. Onishi Norimitsu at New York Times should investigate it more and present solid evidences if accusing Japan's response. Otherwise people are now gossiping about you, suspecting you may be zainichi(Korean).
For those who still doublt about me, I'll cite a material. Please confer:
Report No. 49: Japanese POW Interrogation on Prostitution.
UNITED STATES OFFICE OF WAR INFORMATION
This investigation clarifies the definition of so-called "comfort women".
A "comfort girl" is nothing more than a prostitute or "professional camp follower" attached to the Japanese Army for the benefit of the soldiers.
(4)There's no freedom of speech in Korea
(Sep.6 2004 from Chosun Ilbo)
Professor Yi (李栄薫) at Seoul National University, apologized to the comfort women for sating "they were prostitutes" after avalanche of criticisms. Totalitarianization doesn't allow academia to make a free speech. Note that there are lots more scholars who were criticized because of their interpretations in favor of Japanese rule before 1945.
(5)What about their current disaster in North Korea?
The culture of "comfort women" can be seen in North Korea, too. They are collected from all over the country and used as sex slaves to satisfy insatiable sexual appetite of Kim Jong Il. Working as sex slaves and serve to him is taught as honorable. Condemning Japanese is thus effective to avert other's attention onto their own countries and overshadowing their own current discrepancy.