Indonesian comfort women under the Japanese.
When not to call a spade, a spade?
When it is in Japanese I presume.
The Japanese prefer to name it as jugun ianfu (comfort women) and not as sei do rei (sex slaves).
Really now? As if it would make a difference to the truth? How shrewd - there is mitigation in dignified slavery, so to speak.
Here are several links pertaining to the issue laid (pun not intended) for discussion.
Initial State of Denial
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe denied Thursday that Japan's military had forced foreign women into sexual slavery during World War II, contradicting the Japanese government's longtime official position. etan
When Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told parliament earlier this month that he would not apologise for Japan's use of sex slaves during the Second World War, he again turned the spotlight on a large group of women who have become known as the "forgotten ones". breitbart
The Dutch Cared - for their own
The Dutch did the right thing - "Quod Judicium Humanitas"
So, the Netherlands knows how to demand for compensation.
HRH Queen Beatrix's "royal" Friesian cow mooed angrily:
IamIsaid! SHUT YOUR MOUTH!. And don't mix this with your earlier issue about whether the Dutch should compensate for their atrocities against the Indonesian natives. Bevatten!?
The Palace cook will make royal satay out of you for President SBY's birthday. :p
What about Indonesia?
The clever Indonesians and such diplomatic finesse too.
"Medical and Welfare fee assistance" bisa aja deh.
Indonesia refused compensation but received assistance for medical and welfare fees, Harada said. The fund also set up medical and welfare facilities in Indonesia.
More reading at China Daily.
Accounts from Indonesian women during the Japanese occupation who lived to tell.
I was born in Java, in the former Dutch East Indies (now known as Indonesia) in 1923 of a fourth generation Dutch colonial family. I grew up on a sugar plantation and had the most wonderful childhood. I was educated in Catholic schools and graduated from Franciscan Teacher's College in Semarang, Java.
The rest of her story at foreignaffairs.house.gov.
Mardiyem, 78, Despite her ill health, she continues to be one of the foremost proponents of the rights of the Indonesian women who were coerced into being sex slaves during the Japanese occupation from 1942 to 1945.
More of her story at the Jakarta Post.
These Indonesian heroines epitomise the words of Alexander Smith:
There is no ghost so difficult to lay as the ghost of an injury.
Salute for your bravery
Savaged by Jap brutality.
Neither born to plea
Nor born for that vile impurity.
Through pang and filthy hours
You saved other dear flowers.
Nary did they know
Your tearful gift or your muted woe.