Ｋｏｒｅａｎａ 1991.1.10 by Masako HARA
Imperial Japanese Army in the Killing Feilds
during World War Ⅱ
I'm sure all of you have known the historical facts about Koreana, because I've given you some leaflets already.
The problems are that our goverment has still been trying to hide these facts, and it seems to me that Japanese will never try to look into this problem or appologize to Korean people.
Ｉ strongly urge our government to bring out our sin in the Diet and prepare compensation to those victims and their families ; moreover to take up this issue in highschool students' schoolbooks and tell them what we've done to people in Korea forever.
Ｉ myself have already received some disagreements with my opinion from Japanese people. Ｉ'm going to tell you.
1) During wars anybody can be brutal and cruel.
It's not only Koreana that are raped by soldiers.
My opinion ：
Yes, it happens everywhere, especially in war time. But who hunted them so widely from schools and factories and fields ?
Who organized them to that service and to send them to deaths ?
Ｉ know Japanese women were raped in colonies after the war. But we were the ones who invaded their countries first.
Why Japanese Army didn't hunt Japanese women at random to comfort our own Japanese soldiers ?
(There were some Japanese women who had been professionals.)
2) Ｉ don't think we should admit this fact because once we will applogize to Korea, a lot of money will have to be paid. The reason why Ｉ don't want to pay money is that this kind of money will never be received by people who really suffered. Big money are always taken by politicians and entrepreneurs.
My suggestions ：
Why don't they put “ Koreana Scholarship " in universities under the guidance of people who have been so sincere to care about Koreana ? We must pay some money to show our feelings to Korea.
By the way, many Korean People were forced to come to Japan during the war and to work as slaves in minings and so on. After the war some people couldn't go back to Korea.
There are about 680,000 Korean people in Japan, including Japanese-
born Korean now. And according to NHK television 35% of them are over the age of 65.
Believe it or not, all of those elderly people can't get pension at all. What do you think of this recent fact in Japan ? I'd like to know what makes us treat them so unfairly.
In my opinion, Japanese laws regarding pension should be revised immediately, unless we take responsibility for Koreana.
3) Look at Hiroshima and Nagasaki ! Has the United States paid any money to Japan or said an official apology to Japan? Koreanas are not only the victims of the war.
My opinion ：
Ｉ think receiving atomic bombs were horrible,too. In my point of view, these facts are well-known all over the globe and for 45 years official ceremonies have been held in places constantly.
Many people have been concerned and even in a foregin city like Toronto, where I lived for seven years, has a torch, which will never be extinguished in front of the City Hall so as to console the victims of the atomic bombs.
Ｈow many peole have known about Koreana all around the world ?
It is always so natural for us to be shut up if we are being sexually abused or molested ? Isn't it because we are just women ?