The statement about comfort women of Mr. Hashimoto, Osaka City mayor, receive bashing from common. Everybody seems dislike his this opinion. But I partly agree to his opinion. I think the system of comfort women is bad and sad thing. But it was true the system removed soldiers' sexually frustration so that saved many people especially women from soldiers' attacks and rapes. What we must do is studying the these fact and deciding that we never do the same thing again. And we must decide that we never allow a war.
When I think about these things, I remembered my posting to the SSS-TADOKU bord. I posted it at 2004 APR 16 just after reading "JOJO'S STORY"(CER2). It is following:
I just finished reading "Jojo's Story" ofCER2.It's a story of war.The story begin the scene that a small country village is emptied by soldiers.It say, "they are dead. My mother, my father, my sister, my brother. My family. ・・・My mother had no clothes on. I've never seen my mother without clothes.・・My sister's dead on the floor. There was blood on her leg. I pull down her skirt."
When I read these sentences, I remembered the story that I heard at last summer.I heard this on a TV. One old man, about 80, told his story on the world war 2 without showing his face.He was a soldier of Japan army, And had been fought against foreign countries at China. The war last long time. The soldiers were very tired. Also they were very hungry at food and women. Then lower level soldiers sometimes attacked small villages for those. He said, "One day, we attacked one house at small village. There were one old father and mother and young daughter. We started taking off the daughter's clothes as usual. The father of her asked us let go her with tears and bowed on ground. But we ignored him and had raped his daughter. After we finished we killed them. Because we were afraid they talk to our boss about this." He also said, "Almost soldiers were doing same without reasons. We should be crazy. But no way at those time." At last he said that he never tell this fact to his family. But also he felt he must tell this others for records.
Is this a old story? NO! The same things are going on at somewhere in the world. I read it on Newsweek at last autumn that the same things had been happened at Chechen(sorry I'm not sure the name of place yet) by Russian soldiers. And maybe now somewhere.
Dose wars make them bad? And are these soldiers bad?I'm not sure. But I'm sure that a war is bad.And we must see this fact or ignore this?
You ca read the beginning of this story at Amazon.
I was surprised a book for children choose this serious subject and expression. People may be think everybody even a child must know everything in England. Why people want hide these fact from children in Japan? I think children or student must know these things and think and discuss.