真相箱 真相はこうだ "Now it can be told" (Truth Box): Voice of Japan via Tweeting
mainly focuses on the Japanese tweets which non-Japanese individuals may find interesting.
Twitter becomes a wonderfully effective tool only if you understand what’s tweeted.
the House of Representatives Budget Committee held on Feb. 20, 2014, Yamada
Hiroshi (The Japan Restoration Party) questioned Ishihara Nobuo, the then
Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary deeply involved with the production of Kono
statement since ROK claims that the Japanese Armed Forces abducted more than
200,000 women and girls for the use of sexual slavery. Ishihara testified with
the Kono statement.
January, 1992, Japan PM Miyazawa met ROK pres. Roh Tae Woo for improving
Japan-Korea relations from the future oriented perspectives. However,
unexpectedly some women who claimed to be the war time comfort women
interrupted the summit, thereby inevitably making Roh Tae Woo request PM
Miyazawa to look into the issue of “comfort women” that had already been raised
by a group of “self-claimed comfort women”.
July, 1992, the then Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato issued his statement: No
evidence was confirmed to support the ROK claim that Japan forced them into
prostitution, with which ROK was not satisfied.
December, 1992, Kono took over Kato’s post and continued to investigate the
issue as ROK demanded Japan to do so, citing a reason of pacifying the angry
Korean people. Again, no evidence was found to substantiate the ROK claim.
However, among 16 Korean comfort women (selected by ROK), some claimed to have
been forcibly recruited and/or to have been tricked into prostitution. (Note:
Some worked in Kumamoto, Shimonoseki, Osaka, etc. where no comfort stations
existed. Names, ages, addresses of some comfort women who claim to have been
forced into prostitution were not clear.)
Kono statement was produced and announced with no post factum corroborating
investigation conducted on the claims made by the former comfort women.
ROK had intensified its criticism of Japan over “so-called comfort women”, ignoring
Japan’s good intentions.
drafting process of Kono statement, the language was compared and coordinated
with the ROK side (until ROK found satisfied with), which had been kept
confidential to public eyes until June 20, 2014 when the report on “Details of
Exchanges Between Japan and ROK Regarding the Comfort Women Issue was released.
On June 20, despite Japan’s protest, ROK conducted live-fire drill near
Takeshima (now illegally occupied by ROK), Japan, possibly for trying to stop
Japan from disclosing the report compiled by the study team on “Drafting
Process of Kono Statement”.