controls the past
controls the future.
Who controls the present
controls the past."
- George Orwell
"The past is prophetic
in that it
asserts loudly that wars are poor chisels for carving
out peaceful tomorrows."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
Into Sexual Slavery
Abe Tries to Deny/Rewrite History
Truth and Apology
An Open Letter to:
Mr. Shinzo Abe
Prime Minister, Japan
Your recent negative response to the US Congressional Resolution urging
to formally and unequivocally admit responsibility over the “Comfort
issue, and offer apologies to the surviving victims of this hideous
humanity committed by Japan during the Pacific War was received with
outrage by the 1.2 million Korean Americans.
Your statement illuminates the mindset of the current right wing
leadership who tend to bury their heads in the sand and deny all the
doings by your country.
Mr. Abe, you may be part of the Japanese postwar generation, lacking
personal knowledge of these terrible crimes. However surely you must
there are still large numbers of Koreans alive and well in both South
Koreas, who remember vividly how many young Korean women were forcibly
taken from the streets and their homes by the Japanese authority to be
to Japan and then overseas, forced to serve as military prostitutes-
No euphemism referring to them as “Comfort Women” at brothels can
fact that they were forced to daily “service” Japanese soldiers and
that those who
resisted were bound, tortured and raped.
Mr. Abe, your assertion that those kidnapped women, numbering 200,000
Koreans but also some Chinese, Filipino, Thai and even Dutch were not
into servitude and that this crime was not committed by the Japanese
but rather by some civilian entities, makes us nauseous! It is
precisely this kind of
unrepentant, arrogant mentality that can and will abrogate Japan’s
and potential leadership role in the Asia.
Mr. Abe, we want you to remember also that these 200,000 young women,
degraded physically and mentally, were never repatriated by the Japanese
authority at the end of the war; rather they were left where they were,
Japanese soldiers and civilians were properly returned to their
Mr. Abe, many Korean Americans felt sympathy over the 17 Japanese
allegedly kidnapped by North Korean intelligence agents nearly fifteen
We felt the families should be compensated and a pledge should be made
North Korean government to punish the perpetrators in their government
However, Mr. Abe, in view of your arrogant posture with regard to the
Korean “Ex-Sex Slaves”, many of us no longer respond with misgivings
unfortunate fate of those 17 Japanese citizens!
Mr. Abe, on last February 13, the Six-Party Talks that had been going
the past three years have finally produced an agreement that would
lead to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and improved
between all the involved countries, including Japan and North Korea.
we are outraged to learn that the Japanese government is using the
kidnap issue to
stand between the Agreement and their participation in and cooperation
Finally, Mr. Abe, it is the prevalent perception of the 1.2 million
Americans that the countries of Northeast Asia in the past half century
a tremendous advancement in all areas of human endeavor; economy,
science, technology, politics, industry, and above all have developed a
of common destiny and partnership among its people. Furthermore, there
doubt in our minds at all that the country of Japan and its people have
essential role in this development. At this point in time however, it
is our great
concern that the attitude and direction espoused by you and current
Japan will gravely damage this perception and sense of common destiny
the people in this region.
As a Korean American Organization,
the KANCC expresses its deepest regret over the horrible Virginia Tech.
masssacre and offers sincere sympathy to the families of the victims.
if you do not know the past."
- Oriana Fallaci
not look back
unless it is to
useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting
dearly bought experience."
- George Washington