Wartime Military Records on Comfort Women: Information War against Korea, United States, and Japan (Archie Miyamoto) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2018/2/20
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The Japanese military is accused of abducting 200,000 women, mostly from Korea, and using them as sex slaves. WWII military records provide a completely different perspective. This is a compilation of primary source documents, mostly WWII military records of U.S., Allied, Dutch, Australian and Japanese reports and documents related to comfort women. It also includes and analysis of a diary of a Korean comfort station operator. It provides a true description of the comfort women system based on primary source documents. Archie Miyamoto is a retired U.S. Army infantry officer who spent 29 years on active duty. He served two combat tours in the Korean war and two tours in Vietnam. On his first tour in Vietnam, he commanded a helicopter gunship platoon and was wounded twice. On his second, he served as a U.S. liaison officer to the armored cavalry regiment of the Korean Tiger Division. He served two tours as a military advisor to the Chinese military on Taiwan. On his first tour he introduced helicopters into the Chinese Army, acquiring fifty helicopters from U.S. Army excess inventory. On his second tour in Taiwan, he was the joint operations training advisor to their Ministry of Defense. On his last overseas tour, he served as the joint defense planning coordinator between the armed forces of Japan and the U.S. On his first tour in Japan as lieutenant, he was a platoon leader in the famous 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team. He has also served in Germany. After retirement from the military spent over two years in the Middle East as a project manager for a U.S. firm. After returning to the U.S., he was asked to join a Japanese corporation in Los Angeles. A few years ago, he retired as its president/chairman, and remained in the capacity of a consultant until last year. He is now completely retired and resides in Los Angeles.
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The communists, socialists, and propagandists in Japan backed by North and South Korea, and possibly by China, made the best of WGIP implemented by US military, and kept Japan from protecting herself from enemies. Japan was unable to implement laws and a military power because of various propaganda fabricated by anti-Japan mobs. Japan still does not have laws to punish spies and anti-Japan activists even today.
As a result, Japan's media, such as influential TV networks and news papers, have been plagued by communist spies and anti-Japan activists in order to brainwash people in Japan and abroad. They have been successful and as a result, spies from North Korea have been freely entering into Japan, and stole sofisticated high-tech information and abducted people. North Korea even has a headquarters of its spy agency in Tokyo, and Japanese Governent cannot do away with it.
As a result, North Korea was able to develop missiles and nuclear bombs on its own, and may have a missile technology that would reach USA with nuclear warhead in a not so distant future.
Thanks to fact based good books like this one, as well as information available now through Internet, people in Japan and West have finally started understanding what is going on, and are no more deceived by fabricated stories created by communists and its allies.
It is quite important that the truth be spread around and people stop believing fake news created by fake media, so Japan could implement laws to prevent spies from entering the country so state-of-the-art technologies would not be leaked to such rogue regime as North Korea.
Most of the other popular books regarding Comfort Women unfortunately stoop to the level of David Irving's denialist rants, using pseudo intellectual methods, Argumentum ad Populum (attempting to build popular support rather than proving the allegation), appeals to emotion, genetic fallacy, and appeals to improper authority.
It is the last one, appeals to improper authority, that this book addresses so well. Throughout the evolution of the Comfort Women narrative, from the early 1990s when they were arguing they were not paid enough, to todays outright fabrication that 200,000 were kidnapped, we can see that rarely if ever do the denialist authors such as Hicks, Dudden, Yoshiaki, etc use documentation, or when they do, it is contextualized to such extremes as to obscure the actual facts.
The author of the Wartime Records, has apparently taken his U.S. Army experience (2 tours in Korea, 2 tours in Vietnam according to the biography, including being the U.S. commander for South Korean soldiers in Vietnam), and published all the documents that are omitted or obscured in many other books, leaving it for the reader to evaluate the facts.
This enables the reader to gather the information directly from U.S., U.K, Dutch, and other investigators at the time of the events. In addition, it directly debunks the denialists speil that there were no documents or that those documents proving the 200,000 kidnapped were destroyed. Quite the contrary as Lt. Col. (Ret) Miyamoto points out, there were many documents, the U.S. particularly investigated it at the time, and it was found that the prostitutes were just that: prostitutes under well paying contracts that were equivalent to contract workers in todays military.
Wartime Military Records on Comfort Women has done an excellent job of placing the known allied records together and highlighting the salient passages that directly address the contraversy. No student or teacher of history or current affairs should be without it. Sadly many reporters have discredited themselves by reporting on the Comfort Women issue without referring to and understanding these source documents.
Considering this issue as a racially and emotionally charged one gradually being promoted in American cities and effecting international relations between South Korea, the United States, and Japan, it is well worth the historians, Asian regional affairs, or just the curious reader to read and keep as a handy reference.
I hope that other series of wartime records will be published to use as valuable references for researchers, teachers, and students alike.
Franklyn Roosevelt claimed in Cairo Conference of 1943 that Japan has reduced Koreans to slaves. Foreign Minister of Japan from 1941 to 1945 was Togo Shigenori. Togo Shigenori was a Korean whose original Korean name was Pak Moo-dok. This fact alone completely debunks Franklyn Roosevelt's claim that Koreans were slaves in Japan. In the US, the position equivalent to Foreign Minister is Secretary of State. The first black to become Secretary of State was Collin Powel in 2001. Therefore, Japan's Freedom and Justice for All was 60 years ahead of US. Moreover, between 1920 and 1945, Japan Military had 6 Korean Lieutenant Generals and 3 Korean Major Generals. The first Korean Lieutenant Generals were Cho Tong-yun, Lee Byeong Moo, who were promoted to Lieutenant General on 1920 Apr 26. The first black Lieutenant General in US was Frank Emmanuel Petersen Jr. on 12 June 1986.