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Open Thread #247: The Normal Weekend Edition

Getting warm. Drink plenty of fluids.

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  • hamel

    And the first shall be last.

  • http://rjkoehler.com Robert Koehler

    Et tu, Hamel?

  • http://gypsyscholarship.blogspot.com/ jefferyhodges

    First BRO! Official first.

    Jeffery Hodges

    * * *

  • hamel

    Jeffrey, you may have the real honor. I choose not to play by the rules!

  • hamel

    Actually, I just wanted to share the abstract of this really interesting scientific article that I was reading this morning:

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21834723

  • http://dok.do/4aVK41 Year of the Dragon

    Getting warm. Drink plenty of fluids.

    Yes, Sir! I have had two beers for breakfast already.

  • Q

    * Obama hyung, Daebak! So his presidential strategy could be summed up in three words, sex, drug, and immigration — legalization of same sex union, weed, and illegal immigration:

    Administration officials said low-priority cases likely to be shelved include individuals brought to the US as children by their parents, undocumented spouses of US military personnel, and immigrants who have no criminal record.. [...] Those who qualify for relief can apply for permission to work in the United States and will probably receive it.”

    http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/blogs/brandywine-to-broad/item/25238-obama-plan-for-illegal-immigrants-want-a-job-come-on-down

    * Ex-Soros Adviser Fujimaki Says Japan to Probably Default by 2017. Korea’s neighbor might get more humble. (Actually, S. Korea’s economy is not unstalbe too similar risky finantial structure with Spain):

    “Japan is likely to default before Europe does, which could be in the next five years

    “There’s no way out of Japan’s crisis,” Fujimaki said. “The only option left for Japan is either default or print money into hyper-inflation.”

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-06-15/ex-soros-adviser-fujimaki-says-japan-to-probably-default-by-2017.html

  • Q

    S. Korean economy is unstable too.

  • http://rjkoehler.com Robert Koehler

    Must be Prostitution Week at the conservative dailies:

    http://news.donga.com/Society/3/03/20120616/47050522/1

    Apparently a court ordered the Ramada Seoul’s guest room to be closed for two months due to a 2009 prostitution bust, but its basement room salon is still going strong.

  • r.rac

    any hint on when the rainy season will start? Man I miss the KMA giving their erstwhile predictions.

    Not that I mind this weather but it sure is getting awfully dry, cant remember the last time we had a significant rain, whats it now like 6 weeks or so.

  • http://dok.do/4aVK41 Year of the Dragon

    probably September.. It usually rains the most around Chuseok!

    Chinese done it again – forced a 7 month old lady to have an abortion.

    The lady was actually entitled to have more than one child, because she is a farmer living on a farm with her farmer husband, but she couldn’t afford to pay the bribes required by the officials..

    http://dok.do/hlvYMv

    Then this stupid Chinese lady decided to abort her 5 month old fetus herself, because her husband has cancer and will die –

    http://dok.do/JSEjiV

    Heartless China!

  • http://dok.do/4aVK41 Year of the Dragon

    sorry – [forced a 7 month old lady]

    should have been

    [forced a lady who was 7 months pregnant]

  • RolyPoly

    Q,
    Most Japanese debts are held by the Japanese. This is the main difference between Japan and Europe.

    Patriotic Japanese would forgive the government debt and lower the payment. Heck, they may even give money away to keep the government solvent.

    The Chinese and the Japanese are too nationalistic. A war is necessary to bring them into “we are a village” concept.

    Koreans says they are “willing to die for the country” but sending their kids to foreign country when they have to serve in the military. Like VietNam before it fell.

    More of weasel than the Chinese and the Japanese. Maybe smarter than them. Survivalists?

  • R. Elgin

    Very recently, I and some close friends have had more friends, who are not too close, come to us, asking for loans. This is unprecedented and, in the words of one other friend, is an ominous sign of just how badly the economy is going here. My friend observed that if the people are coming to them now – who they are not that close to – then this means that they have already asked their closer relatives and friends for loans.

    My financial predictions will be proven true no matter how much “Wangkon” huffs and puffs his sources, who have a vested interest in covering these problems up.

    Per #9, this is why I look a lot longer at Korean men nowadays and wonder just where to place them. I should maintain my stone face at the same time, naturally.

  • http://bcarr.com Brendon Carr

    This restaurant is so intimate and cozy, now that so many unemployed Americans can’t afford to eat here!

    Yes, the private sector is indeed doing fine.

  • Seth Gecko

    The Marmot’s Hole was awesome this week! Every time I checked it out, there were new posts. Keep up the good work!

  • r.rac

    Uh Brendon, last time I looked the private sector is sitting on like $3 trillion in cash, a record, profits are at record highs, stock market has virtually recovered all its 2008 losses, productivity is at record levels.

    yeah keep feeding us that fix noise bullshit

    face it you cant accept a black man as president and none of your tea partier friends have either thats the problem

  • keith

    The global economy seems to be in a terrible mess. Anyone who doesn’t think so probably thinks this is normal. I’m doing OK at the moment, but it doesn’t mean I have no idea that some people in the world are doing very well and others are in a terrible state.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=VFIJo3A5Sdc

    This is the reality of Mitt (Magic Underpants) Romney and his cretinous followers. Anyone who is a mor(m)on, is by definition, unfit to be POTUS. I think he’d have difficulty in a real job.

    I hope US citizens vote sensibly in the election later on in the year. Obama hasn’t been a great pres, but in voting it is usually a case of choosing the lesser of two evils.

  • dokdoforever

    Who is the girl in that video: Is she Romney Girl?

  • RolyPoly

    Brendon Carr,

    So Republicans do something about the economy? Your comment sounds like a Lesbian saying “there is no cute guy in this bar”.

    As if she is going to do something if she meets a guy.

  • RolyPoly

    But I hope Romney to win. I am a democrat for Romney.

    We need a change! (Didn’t somebody said this four years ago? I don’t remember).

    Anyway, I hope the former high-finance-wizard-who-made-tons-of-money-no-one-knows-how-he-did to win. Maybe he has tight connection with Free Mason.

    He may start “stimulus”. We cannot wait for Obeme. He is impotent.

  • RolyPoly

    Keith,

    I can imagine a bunch of Korean Adjussis salvating (literally) over this girl while drinking tons of Soju.

    “The most beautiful woman” they have seen in their lives.

  • dogbertt
  • dogbertt

    My financial predictions will be proven true no matter how much “Wangkon” huffs and puffs his sources, who have a vested interest in covering these problems up.

    OK, I’ll bite. What are your top three financial predictions and what is the time frame in which you expect them to occur?

  • hamel

    The article that I linked to above (#5) could be stumbled across by Googling

    Korean woman mouth squid sperm

    but that is not how I found it.

  • John from Daejeon

    A peek inside Korea (that’s what the North Koreans call North Korea) from Richard Engel. It doesn’t look like the military and elite are suffering at all even though a severe lack of food is very evident, but I guess it helps to have China as a big brother.

  • Q

    * Tokyo had a real massive demonstration on June 15th. The news was, for some reason, not reported in major Japanese media, and the NYT and BBC did not either. Only Reuter reported:

    …But the decision risks a backlash from a public deeply concerned about nuclear safety. As many as 10,000 demonstrators gathered outside Noda’s office on Friday night amid a heavy police presence to denounce the restarts, urging the premier to step down and shouting “Lives matter more than the economy.”

    [...] Activists have collected more than 7.5 million signatures on a petition urging an end to atomic power. Protesters have poured into the street almost daily over the past week.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/16/us-japan-nuclear-idUSBRE85F02720120616

    Videos: http://kingo999.blog.fc2.com/blog-entry-715.html

    That, I would call, is a voice of democracy. I hope suppressed voice of people could be also erupted in Beijing and Pyongyang too.

  • http://bcarr.com Brendon Carr

    President Obama’s executive-order DREAM Act announcement would be impeachment fodder if he were white. Congress rejected the law authorizing what he wants to do, so the President determines to rule by diktat. However, since the Democrats have gone all-in on the shibboleth that opposition to his policies can only be motivated by racism, and therefore all opposition is illegitimate, the Senate can be counted upon to acquit Obama in the case of a trial.

    As the summer goes along, and it becomes increasingly obvious that the President is meat at the dish, one may expect a torrent of socialist fantasies to be announced by executive order. Obama’s gonna let his freak flag fly!

  • Arghaeri

    Getting warm. Drink plenty of fluids.

    I thought I was now safe from AFKN’s splendid safey warnings.

  • http://pawikoreapics.blogspot.com/ pawikirogii 石鵝

    its backdoor amnesty. mark my words, in twenty years, 20 million more mexicans will be demanding their ‘rights’.

  • http://koreanlanguagenotes.blogspot.com/ gbevers

    The video A4 posted in another thread on “Sex, Lies, and Comfort Women” is impressive, whatever you may think of the content. It seems the Japanese are starting to fight back against Korean attacks with more sophistication and in multiple languages. Have Koreans awakened a peaceful nation and filled it with a terrible resolve?

    “Endangered Japan (Book 2): Sex, Lies, and Comfort Women”

  • Q

    Yuki Tanaka’s research “Japan’s Comfort Women (Asia’s Transformations)” has a chapter The organizational structure of the comfort women system:

    In order to clarify who was responsible for organizing the exploitation of women on such an unprecenteded scale, its is necessary to analyze how the comfort women system became a general policy of the Japanese Imperrial forces, and how this policy was implemented by military leaders.

    At this time, however, it is quite difficult to conduct thorough reasearch on this issue, mainly due to restrictions on access to relevant documentstion:

    * Firstly, many official military documents are still classified and not open for public inspection — for example, several thousand volumes of Gyomu Nisshi (Records of Military Plans and Operations) and Jagun Nisshi (Field Diaries) housed in the Research Library of the Japanese Defence Agency.

    * Secondly, all documents prepared by the Japanese Police during the Asia-Pacific War are still closed.

    * Thirdly, it is believed that many relevant documents were prepared by the Ministry of Home Affairs adn the Ministry of Colonial Affairs, both of which had major responsibilities for colonial Korea and Taiwan. (From 1942, the Ministry of Home Affairs replaced the Ministry of Colonial Affairs in charge of administration of Taiwanese affairs.) However, none of these official records has so far been released.

    * Finally, it is also believed that Japanese government ministries — the Ministry of Labor, the Ministry of Public Welfare and the Ministry of Justice — still retain considerable numbers of relevant documents, but these are not accessible to researchers. The fact that there is no Freedom of Information Act in Japan makes it difficult to change the present research condition.

    In addition, many people whe were directly involved in setting up and implementing the comfort women system are still alive, but they remain silent on this issue.

    Therefore, the following analysis is based upon the limited number of official documents that have so far been discovered. A few documents as well as some testimonies are available, and these detail actual military instructions or orders to set up comfort stations (as detailed earlier) Let us look at these records more closely in order to clarify from whom such orders originated, and who was responsible for implementing the scheme.

    * In March 1932, the Shanghai Expeditionary Army under the command of General Shirakawa Yoshinori set up comfort stations in Shanghai. General Okamura Yasuji (the Deputy Chief of Staff), and Lieutenant-General Okabe Naozaburo (another senior staff officer of this Army) instructed their junior officer Lieutenant-Colonel Nagami Toshinori, to take charge of this task.(Okabe Naozaburo, op. cit., p.23; Inaba Maso, op. cit., p.302.) It seems very unlikely that the Army commander, General Shirakwa, was unaware of the fact that such instructions were issued by top-ranking officers of his own army. Shirakawa was the Minister of War between 1927 and 1929. In 1944, Okamura became the general commander of the China Expeditionary Army, the highest position within the entire Japanese forces stationed in China. Okabe was promoted to commander of the North China Area Army in the same year. Nagami later became the commander of the 55th Division.

    * In December 1937, the Central China Area Army issued an instruction to each contingent force to set up comfort stations. The commander of this Army was General Matsui Iwane, and the Chief of Staff was Major-General Tsukada Osamu.

    On receiving this instruction, Iinuma Mamoru (Chief of Staff of the Shanghai forces) ordered members of the 2nd Section of the Staff Office to draw up a plan. His junior staff officer, Liutenant-Colonel Cho Isamu, was responsible for implementing the plan. The commander of the 10th Army was Lieutenant-General Yanagawa Heisuke. This Army also set up comfort stations under the instruction of the Central China Area Army Headquarters. A staff officer of the 10th Army, Leiutenant-Colonel Terada Maso, set up a comfort stations staffed with Chinese women. He used the kempeitati to procure there women. (Nakin Jiken Chosa Kenkyu Kai ed., op. cit., pp. 211, 220, and 280.)

    After the war, General Matui was tried at the Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal. He was accused of responsibilities for the Nanjing Massacre. It can be said that he was also responsible for the comfort women operations, as the commander of the Central China Area Army which issued an instruction to set up such facilities. Cho later became the Chief of Staff of the 32nd Army, and Terada was elevated to the position of head of the Armament Department in the Imperial Headqurters. The 10th Army commander, Yanagawa, later served as Minister of Home Affairs in Prince Knoe’s cabinet in 1941.

    * In June 1938, Lieutenant-General Okabe Naozaburo (then Chie of Staff of the North China Area Army) issued and instruction to each unit to set up comfor stations to serve several hundred soldiers in this army. ( JIS, Document No. 42, pp. 209-210) The commander of these forces was General Terauchi Hisaichi. Terauchi was the Minister of War in the previous two years.

    * The commander of the Kwantung Army was Lieutenant-General Umezu Yoshijiro, and the Chief of Staff was Lieutenant-General Yoshimoto Teiichi. It has been reported that in about 1941, the Kwangtung Army planned to mobilize 20,000 Korea women and requested assistance from the Government-General (i.e. the colonial government) of Korea. As a resutl, about 8,000 Korean women were reported to have been sent to northeast China (i.e. Manchuguo). Although no official documentation has been unearthed to prove such conduct, a number of testimoies refer to this operation, including one by a former staff officer of the Kangtung Army, Lieutenant-Colonel Hara Zenshiro. (Senda Kako, op. cit., pp. 103-105) It implicates many bureaucrats of the Gevernment-General of Korea in procuring a large number of Korean women, and therefore the Governor-General, General Minami Jiro, was also responsible. Minami served as the Minister of War for a short period in 1931.

    It is clear from these examples that seinor staff officers of each army issued orders to establish comfort stations, and that staff officers of subordinate units made a plan and put it into operation. All were undoubtedly elite army officers. As commanders of each army, they had distinguished careers. Some of them were cabinet members of the Japanese government. In short, the comfort women system was created and developed as a well-planned policy by a group of top Japanese military leaders.

    During the Asia-Pacific War, the Japanese Imperial forces stationed five armies overseas. There armies were under the supervision of the Minister of War and the Chief of the General Staff, who were subordinate to the Grand Marshal (i.e. the Emperor). (For details of the organizational structure of the Japanese Imperial forces, see US War Department, Handbook on Japanese Military Forcers (Presidio Press, California, 1991) Chapter III).

    Each army engaged in warfare at the Emperor;s orders. The Chief of the General Staff advised the Emperor in planning war strategies. The ultimate right of command over each army lay in the hands of the Emperor. However, in reality, the Chief of the General Staff was responsible for war strategies and military operations, and the Minister of War was responsible for military administration. As far as matters related to comfor women are concerned, the staff section of each army was responsible for dealing with them, and if necessary, the Ministry of War issued instructions to each army’s headquarters. (Yoshimi Yoshiaki, “Gun Ianfu Seido no Shiki Merei Ketd” in Yoshimi and Hayashi eds., op. cit, Chapter 2, pp.15-28).

    In the Ministry of War, there was no particular section designated to administer the comfort women system. The relevant Bureau would give instructions to each army as the occasion demanded. For example, the Mlitary Administration Bureau gave instructions on military discipline and troop morale in relation to comfort women and comfort statsion, while the Medical Bureau was responsible for advice on matter related to VD prevention and sanitary affairs.

    As already briefly mentioned, there were basically two different “recruiting” methods. The first method involved local civilians in the occupied territories. In these cases, staff officers attached to army divisions, brigades or regiments, together with members of the kempeitai, requested local leaders to supply certain numbers of young women. (The kempeitai in the occupied territories were under the control of the commander of each army.) As a result, a large number of women who were not prostitutes appear to have been forced to render sexual sevice to the Japanese troops. This point is proven by the following extract from the diary of a medical officer, Yamaguchi Tokio, who was assigned to conduct VD examinations of some selected local Chinese girls in a village near Dongshi (Hubei province):

    At the first VD check-up, one girl was too shy to take off her trousers for the examination of her sexual organ. My interperter and the head of the local security council yelled at her, to force her to take them off. When I made her lie on the bed and started examining, she frantically scratched at my hands. When I saw her face, I realized she was crying. Later I was told that she kep crying for a while, even after she left the examination room. The next girl also behaved the same way. I felt I would like to cry, too… I wonder whether these girls unwillingly came to see me because local leaders talked them into complying for the sake of the village’s peace… This kind of work does not suit me, and I cannont get rid of the thought that this is a violation of humanity.

    (11August 1940)

    (Mizobe Kazuto ed., Doku San Ni: Mohitotsu no Senso (private publication, 1983) p. 58.

    Another method was that each army headquarters selected its own recruiting agents (i.e. brothel owners or labor brokers). They were then sent to Korea, Taiwan, and Japan to secure comfort women. These Japanese and Korea brothel owners/labor brokers, with support from the Kempeitai and the police forces in those countries, searched for and “recruited” suitable women. Frome various testimonies, including those of formenr Korea comfort women, there is no doubt that many of these labor brokers used dubious methods, including deceoption, initmidation, violence, and in extreme cases, even kidnapping. Its seems clear from diaries and individual testimonies that the Governments-General of Korea and Taiwan made their kempeitai and police force available for this purpose. Although no official documentation has so far been discovered in relation to the activities of the kempeitai and police in this field in Korea and Taiwan, it seems that government officials well understood the nature of the work that these women would be engaged in. It seems likely that they also knew the methods used for such “recruitment.”

    We do, however, possess important official documentation concerning key aspects of the comfort women program. One document prepared by the Ministry of War is an instruction entitled “Matters related to the recruitment female and other employees for military comfort stations,” which was issued on March 4, 1938 to the Chief of Staff of the North China Area Army and Central China Area Army. It ststes:

    In recruiting female and other emplyees from Japan for the establishement of comfort stations in the place where the China Incident occurred, some deliberately make and illicit claim that they have permissions from the military authorities, thus damaging the Army’s reputation and causing misunderstanding among the general population. Some others are causing social problems by trying to recruit [women] illegally through the mediation of war correspondents, visiting entertainers and the like Due to the selection of unsuitable recruiting agents, some have been arrested and investigated by the police because of theri [dubious] methods of recruitment and kidnapping. Thus, great care is necessary in selecting suitable agents. In future, when recruiting those [women], each Army must tighten control [of the selection procudure] by carefully selecting appropriate agents. Inactual recruitmen, each Army must work in closer cooperation with local Kempeitai or police authorities, thus maintaining the Army’s dignity and avoiding social problems. The above is issued as letter of proxy. (JIS, Document No. 6, pp. 105-107)

    This letter was drafted by the staff of the Military Administration Bureau and issued under the name of Colonel Fushibuchi Senichi. It was approved by the then Vice-Minister of War, Umezu Yoshijiro. It is important to note that this instruction was issued as “a letter of proxy,” which means that it was also approved by the Minister of War, Sugiyama Hajime. In other words, top army leaders in the Ministry of War closely monitored the procurement of women in Japan by the North China Area Army and the Central China Area Army. This was intended to control the use of “agents” of questionable character in order to prevent potentially explosive abuses, while santioning the basic comfort women system. While apprehensive about the methods of procurement, they made no attempt to stop their armies from operating comfort stations.

    On the contrary, the following document endorses the fact that the Ministry of War promoted the comfort women scheme as an effective method to maintain military discipline and prevent VD. The document called “Measures for enhancing military discipline based upon experiences in the China Incident” was distributed as “educational material” to all army units from the Ministry of War on September 19, 1940. It states in part:

    [Since the Sino-Japanese War started], despite brilliant achievemets in war, our soldiers have committed various crimes such as looting, rape, arson, murder of prisoners, and the like which are contrary to the essence of the principles of the Imperial Army. It is therefore regrettable that such conduct had created a sense of aversion both within and outside Japan, thus making it difficult to attain the object of our holy war… Having observed the circumstances in which crimes and misconduct were committed, it is recognized that many of them occurred immediately after combat activities… In the battle zone, it is necessary to make efforts to create a good environment, to pay considerable attention to the facilities for amenities, and to eas and control rough and low feelings from the troops… In particular, the psychological effects that the soldiers receive at comfort stations are most immediate and profound, and therefore it is believed that the enhancenment of troop morale, maintenance of discipline, and prevention of crimes and VD are dependent on successful supervision of these [comfort stations].

    (Ibid., Document No. 28, pp. 164-172)

    According to Mr. Shikauchi Nobutaka, who was trained to become a paymaster at the Military Paymasters School in 1939, cadets were taught how to establish and manage military brothels. Incidentally, during the Pacific War Shikauchi was seconded from the Material Section in the Ordnance Bureaus of the Ministry of War to the Kokusai Gomu Kogyo (International Rubber Industry) Corporation, in order to supervise the production of confoms for military use. The Army Accounts Department and the Supply Headquarters were responsible for sending condoms to forces stationed overseas, and officials ensured a ready supply. In 1942, for example, 32.1 million condoms were sent to units stationed outside Japan. (For details of statistical data on condoms used by the Japanese Imperial forces during the Asia-Pacific War, see Hayashi Hirofumi, “Rikugun Ianjo Kanri no Ichi Sokumen: Eisei Sakku no Kofu Shiryo o Tegakari ni” in Kikan Senso Skinin Kenkyu, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 12-19).

    There is no doubt that the Ministry of War was directly involved in transporting comfor women to war zones, since it was impossible to use any Japanese military ships without its permission. The operation of army ships was controlled by the Army Section of the Imperial Headquarters under the authority of the Commissary General. (This position was usually held concurrently by the Vice-Chief of the General Staff.) The Army Section of the Imperial Headquarters was staffed by the senior bureaucrats of the Ministry of War. From various available documents and testimony it is clear that comfort women were transported by army cargo ships from Japan and Korea to many places in the Asia-Pacific region. In cases where Korea women were sent to China from Korea, the Kyogi Railway in Korea and Southern Manchurian Railway in Manchuria were used Both railwas lines were owned by Japanese companies. In China, local railways controlled by the Japanese Army were used for this purpse. In places where railway service was not available, army trucks were provided. In some special cases, women were even flown by army planes to the front lines. (Yoshimi Yoshiaki, “Gun Ianfu Sedo no Shiki Meirei Keito” in Yoshimi and Hayashi eds., op. cit. pp. 24-25).

    However, the Mistry of War needed the co-operation of other governmental organizations, such as the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Governments-General of Korea and Taiwan, in order to facilitate the procurement and transportation of comfort women.

    For example, on February 23, 1938, Tomita Kenji (Chief of the Police Bureau of the Ministry of Home Affairs) issued and instruction to the governor of each Prefecture in Japan, entitled “Regarding the treatment of female travellers to China.” In this document, he ordered that only prostitutes over the age of 21 should be permitted to travel to northern and central China. It could be interpreted that such instructions, allowing only the travel of professional Japanese prostitutes to China, was issued as a countermeasure to prevent illegal trafficking of women. (Such illegal trafficking was against the International Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Women and Children of 1921, to which Japan became a signatory.) However, the fact that no such instructions were issued in Korea or Taiwan indicated that the Japanese government had no intention of suppressing illegal trafficking of Korean and Taiwanese women for military prostitution. It seems that officials believed this international law was not applicable to Japan’s colonies.

    Testimonies by former comfort women also indicate that police in Korea and Taiwan were involved in various ways in the the procurement of comfort women. For example, Mun P’ilgi, a Korean woman from Chisu District, South Kyongsang, testified that a local policeman called Tanaka was with a Korea labor broker when she and other women were “recuited.” Another Korea women, Mun Okchu from Taegu city, said when she was arrested by two members of the kempeitai for no particular reason, a Korean policeman accompanied them. She was then sent to northeast China to become a comfort woman.

    In both Korea and Taiwan, police forces were under the control of teh Bureau of Police Affairs of the Government -General (i.e. the colonial government). No official documents regarding the involvement of the police of these colonies in procuring comfort women have been discovered so far. However, each police station under the control of the Bureaus of Police Affarirs was responsible for issuing passports. It was illegal for the police to issue a passport toa local woman knowing that she was being forcibly recruited as a comfort woman. If they did so unwittingly, then this should be condemed as “neglect of duty.” It is most unlikely that the police in both colonies were unaware of forcible recruitment of comfort women, for it was standard prctise for them to throughly investigate each traveler’s age, occupation, family background, career, native language, and the purpose and intended period of travel before issuing a passport. Police should not have issued a passport unless the travel had a legitimate purpose.

    [...] After the outbreak of the Pacific War in December 1941, the Ministry of War, on its own initiative, started implementing various policies to promote the establishment of comfort stations and to control the transportation of comfort women in the Asia-Pacific region. Until then, as we have seen, the Ministry of War played a somewhat secondary role in establishing the comfort women system, and the primary responsible body was each army headquarters.

    Indeed, the Ministry of War’s plan to set up comfort stations in future war zones was already under way several months before the attack on Pearl Harbor. For example in mid-1941, a Medical Officer, Major Fukuda Masuo, was assigned to secretly conduct a field study in the Dutch East Indies (i.e. Indonesia). After returning to Japan, he submitted his report to the Ministry of War on July 26, 1941, recommending the establishment of comfort stations in Indonesia immediately after the Japanese occupation commenced. He also recommended a “request” be sent to each village chief in occupied territory to provide local women to work at these stations. There is little doubt that “request” in this case meant “order.” Major Fukuda believed such arrangements would be necessary in order to avoid rape of local civilians by Japanese troops, as well as to prevent the spread of VD among the forces.

    In January 1942, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Togo Shigenori, instructed his staff that comfort women should be issued with military travel documents and that they would no longer require a passport for overseas travel. In other words, the movement of comfort women was not controlled by the Ministry of War, and thus the Ministry of Foreign Affairs lost its administrative power as far as controlling the travel of comfort women was concerned.

    For more reading, you could buy the book: http://www.amazon.com/Japans-Comfort-Women-Asias-Transformations/dp/0415194016

  • http://pawikoreapics.blogspot.com/ pawikirogii 石鵝

    i’d like to introduce a certain blog to the wider audience here at the mormot’s hole. it’s seems to be maintained by three or four trailer park types. while they ignore their own racist tripe, these miserable creeps cry racism, and spend a good deal of time denigrating korean men. TAKE THAT, MR KIM! reminds me of a chinese saying i made up: a pig from peoria is still a pig. perhaps they live with the bottle. ripple, anyone?

    http://www.expathell.com/

    you think ‘lousy korea’ was bad? btw, these punks think so highly of themselves, you can’t post a comment there unless you’re invited. can you imagine that? these people must be from the cream of trailer park high society.

    quotable quotes:

    ‘How exactly are the black African and Arab slavers, who had been enslaving other black Africans for centuries before the Western Europeans showed up, any less culpable than those European late-comers to the crime?’ sperwer, poster and spokesman for steroids.

    ‘it is a pity that they are trash.’ lord pawi

  • Railwaycharm

    @9 Marmot just out of curiosity, which Ramada Seoul?

  • Arghaeri

    Pawi,

    1) what had the “quotable quote” got to do with the site you link to, when in fact it was posted here.

    2) Why is it you’re completely unable to answer the question which any student of history, except a racist with blinkers on like you, would consider a reasonable one.

  • http://rjkoehler.com Robert Koehler

    The video A4 posted in another thread on “Sex, Lies, and Comfort Women” is impressive, whatever you may think of the content. It seems the Japanese are starting to fight back against Korean attacks with more sophistication and in multiple languages. Have Koreans awakened a peaceful nation and filled it with a terrible resolve?

    “Endangered Japan (Book 2): Sex, Lies, and Comfort Women”

    Just made the mistake of watching the video. Jesus, what a bunch of fucking cretins.

  • αβγδε

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    Low crotch/harem/MCHammer pants are becoming fashionable lately. Really is. I like them and own a pair.

    But you know what would really rock for men’s fashion? Floral “ahjeoma” pants.

    That would be BOSS.

    Where can I get one online?

    This is a serious inquiry. I want to buy a pair. This fashion trend is going to be ignited by me.

  • hamel

    The video A4 posted in another thread on “Sex, Lies, and Comfort Women” is impressive, whatever you may think of the content.

    What do you think of the content, Mr. Bevers?

  • http://rjkoehler.com Robert Koehler

    But you know what would really rock for men’s fashion? Floral “ahjeoma” pants.

    That would be BOSS.

    Where can I get one online?

    Great, momppae… Imperial Japan’s contribution to rural Korean fashion.

    But since you asked:

    http://search.gmarket.co.kr/search.aspx?keyword=%B8%F6%BB%BE&jaehuid=200002002

  • αβγδε

    RIP Rodney King?

    Any way you slice it, Rodney King was beat down by cops who were hideously abusing their powers as cops and I for one would like to see cops who don’t know their boundaries served the same injustice at least once in their lives. But King benefited, ultimately, from that incident. And the acquittal of the cops that lead to the LA Riots is a black (no pun) point in American history.

    On the one hand, it’s tragic those riots occurred and lead to so many deaths on that day. On the other hand, riots would have been quickly forgotten and the voices of anyone genuinely aggieved by the systemic ? social injustice as it pertain to race in America would have gone mute just as quick without the violence. It’s a mixed bag. But I haven’t thought much about it, quite frankly. I’d welcome to contrarary viewpoints.

    I do know that among all the people killed or shot, a lot of them were black. Some were white. Some were hispanic. 2 were Asian, and among those two, I believe, only one was Korean — presumed shot and killed by another Korean in a gun shootout that happened between two groups of Koreans protecting their territory, a big mix up.

    Today is a time to commemorate.

  • αβγδε
  • αβγδε

    I’m not sure if I can buy from gmarket. And 몸뺴바지 or romanized equivalent yields no google or ebay shopping results. So I just ebay searched “floral harem pants” and have gotten plentiful results.

    I find some stuff that I like that are less ajeomma and more Aladdin but they will do.

  • Railwaycharm

    αβγδε Is this some kind of joke? The guy was a thug who was so high multiple tasers could not subdue him. He was driving recklessly and putting a lot of lives on the line. I am glad he choked on the pool water we all, wait, most of us paid for. The planet is better off.

  • αβγδε

    Well, I don’t mourn his death. That ought to be clear enough from the “?” mark. But even if all the cops were black and there was no grand race issue underlying the incident and aftermath, whether warranted or not, I’d prefer- demand- that cops understand their boundaries at all times.

    So, I’m not talking about King or it’s not King and his death that matter to me. I’m talking about the Riots, its circumstances and significance.

  • αβγδε

    Sorry. Bad grammar. “Warranted or not” refers to the question of whether King’s beating was motivated by race.

  • http://bcarr.com Brendon Carr

    The guy was a thug who was so high multiple tasers could not subdue him. He was driving recklessly and putting a lot of lives on the line. I am glad he choked on the pool water we all, wait, most of us paid for. The planet is better off.

    That’s not very charitable at all. Rodney King was so high that night that multiple tasers couldn’t subdue him, sure, but that was 20 years ago. Yes, he had a dozen other relatively minor scrapes with the law since that night. However, he had a severe drinking problem, and it’s hard to tell whether King’s petty criminality was tied to his drinking (looks that way, if you check the citations), or the drinking was tied to the beating (seems plausible to me), or what. He was an unfortunate man who should have had a better life. I’m not glad he choked on the pool water; he didn’t even make it to 50!

  • hamel

    Brendon, you ARE feeling charitable today!

  • RolyPoly

    Rodney King incident shows that more Asian cops, more Asian judges, more Asian politicians and more Asian everything is needed.

    As long as one race dominates, you can never be sure if race was the motive, for anything that happens in the US.

    When everyday even Asians, including moi, suffers racial remarks and racial disdain, I am siding with Black Bros on this one.

    Racism is alive and well in the US.

  • http://pawikoreapics.blogspot.com/ pawikirogii 石鵝

    it’s surprising how similar we think, counselor. well said.

  • http://bcarr.com Brendon Carr

    Rodney King taught us something after all — we can all get along.

  • gbnhj

    Just as Rodney King was hardly a morally uprightous individual before the beating he received that night, so too was he not simply a scoundrel through all those altercations afterward. A drug and alcohol addict both before and after the beating, the video broadcast and trial thrust him into the limelight – a place few addicts care to be.

    I saw him in all his appearances on ‘Celebrity Rehab’ and ‘Sober House’, and despite its obvious heavy-handed editing, it’s clear that King sincerely hoped to find some measure of peace. As was mentioned in the New York Times article reporting his death, he fished, alone, whenever he could.

    Really, he is so similar to addicts I know. The horrible things he did – the criminality, the physical abusiveness – seem so separate from the person you meet, or the guy you grew up with. Addiction leads to the destruction of an individual’s moral code, and yet, years later, it’s clear that the ‘moral person’ is still there after seperation from the drug and its effects.

    I feel sorry for him, as I do for any addict, even though he clearly did bad things, and even though he may not care for or about my feelings.

  • jeep44

    @23: How come they didn’t mention Woody Allen in that article?

  • http://bcarr.com Brendon Carr

    I saw those shows too. King seemed kind of sweet, actually, although it’s clear he had a tendency to become rowdy when under the influence, which, according to his long rap sheet and sincere confessions to Dr. Drew, was much of the time. One just wonders whether if he had not been made the “famous” Rodney King that one terrible night, he might have found a little more balance.

  • Railwaycharm

    I do feel badly about the innocent Korean-Americans who got hurt in the riots. I have more charity for the poor bastard who was pulled out of his truck and hit on the head with a brick. You guys need your collective moral compasses re-calibrated.

  • http://bcarr.com Brendon Carr

    Did Rodney King call for the riots? Did he do anything to encourage the riots? I feel sorry for Reginald Denny too, but blame Tom Bradley for what happened to him.

  • Railwaycharm

    I also blame the media for not showing the entire video and not portraying the truth.

  • slim

    From a 6/18 Reuters report:

    During the riots, which left over 50 people dead and caused more than $1 billion in property damage, King famously appealed for calm in a televised appearance in which he asked rhetorically, “Can we all get along?”
    The case helped bring new attention to the issue of racial profiling by law enforcement and was a catalyst for far-reaching reforms in the Los Angeles Police Department.
    King, who long struggled with drug and alcohol abuse, financial difficulties and legal problems, had seemed to be moving on with his life and recently published a memoir titled “The Riot Within: My Journey from Rebellion to Redemption.”

  • http://koreanlanguagenotes.blogspot.com/ gbevers

    Slim wrote (#57):

    King, who long struggled with drug and alcohol abuse, financial difficulties and legal problems, had seemed to be moving on with his life and recently published a memoir titled “The Riot Within: My Journey from Rebellion to Redemption.”

    He went out on a high note. Not a bad thing.

  • http://koreanlanguagenotes.blogspot.com/ gbevers

    Brendon,

    Have you ever considered being a senior advisor to President Obama?

    David Plouffe on Fox News

  • slim
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  • http://www.xanga.com/wangkon936 WangKon936

    Q,

    You cut and paste a lot of crap sometimes, but that find of “Japan’s Comfort Women” by Yuki Tanaka was solid gold. It seems very fair and balanced too.

    For anyone who cares, you can read large swaths of it on Google Books:

    http://tinyurl.com/bpy8nrf

  • http://www.xanga.com/wangkon936 WangKon936

    Rob at # 9,

    Again. Prostitution and room salons are different things. Prostitution is just straight-up sex. Room salons is drinking, fondling, young, but grown women treating you with more respect than you possibily can deserve. Occasional kissing, tittie squeezing, etc. Sex is under the table if you are a good customer, but not all room salons have this. It’s case by case. Also, sometimes it’s free if the gal likes you.

  • paulhewson

    I just finished watching the Monday night editions of Colbert Report and Jon Stewart.

    Colbert’s guest was Brendon’s favorite economist Paul Krugman.

    And Stewart talked about how some woman said “vagina” in Michigan at an abortion hearing and was subsequently barred. Reminded me of the Big Lebowski.

    Anyways, the reason I blog this is that Stewart’s guest was Parmy Olsen who wrote a book called “We Are Anonymous” which talks about a lot of interesting things such as anonimity, on-line culture, trolling, false identies, manipulating people’s perceptions………blogging…..check it out.

    http://www.thedailyshow.com/full-episodes/mon-june-18-2012-parmy-olson

  • YangachiBastardo

    Have Koreans awakened a peaceful nation and filled it with a terrible resolve?

    Indeed, a real nation of warriors

  • paulhewson
  • DLBarch

    For the “not exactly in Korea officially” crowd, ya’ll will be glad to hear that Monocle’s annual list of quality of life cities has visa-renewal-friendly Fukuoka at No. 12.

    http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/bac56fbe-b617-11e1-a511-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1xwnyivTb

    Sorry, Seoul didn’t, ahem, make the list.

    I am happy to say that I’ve been to all of these cities save Hamburg, and sure enough, they’re all pretty civilized.

    As for Fukuoka, I’ve often considered that town a bit underrated. It certainly has a better cultural scene than Seoul, which says a lot….for both places.

    DLB

  • http://koreanlanguagenotes.blogspot.com/ gbevers

    NBC again gets caught deceptively editing a video.

    “NBC edits Romney rally speech to portray candidate as out of touch”

  • http://vmphotography.com.au hoju_saram

    This video is interesting. HT to another commentator.

  • http://vmphotography.com.au hoju_saram

    As for Fukuoka, I’ve often considered that town a bit underrated. It certainly has a better cultural scene than Seoul, which says a lot….for both places.

    A lovely little city. I was amazed at how friendly people were.

  • slim

    Hong Kong has no business on that list. Air quality alone rules it out, IMO

  • http://koreanlanguagenotes.blogspot.com/ gbevers

    Hoju wrote (#69):

    As for Fukuoka, I’ve often considered that town a bit underrated. It certainly has a better cultural scene than Seoul, which says a lot….for both places.

    A lovely little city. I was amazed at how friendly people were.

    I had a similar experience. It is a very relaxing city with a nice beach and other nice places to hang out. I also liked the fact that so many people rode bicycles there. People in Seoul seemed much more rushed.

  • Jieun K

    As a new election cycle progresses, a statistician talks about voting (in the U.S.) in an interview:

    Why does this happen, people swinging on issues together, at a national level?

    The ideological playing field is already laid out, so it varies. . . . Once the politicization has happened, once the issue has gone through that phase, then everybody tends to move together.

    You can even think about it in terms of attitudes to Obama. . . . The interesting thing is that a lot of Democrats say they don’t like Obama because they feel he’s not so liberal, he’s selling out, whereas a lot of Republicans don’t like Obama because they feel he’s an ideologue. . . . Even though it seems like they’re having opposite reactions, in reality it’s just the same reaction that’s being rationalized. [...]

    Read more.

  • hamel

    I think we can all agree that Fukuoka is a great city. I have only been there twice in 12 years, but it is a place I definitely want to go back to. With all the cycling, and a canal running through the center, it has an almost -dare I say it – Dutch feel to it.

    Although I would ask DLB to back up his assertion that it has a better cultural scene than Seoul.

  • DLBarch

    Hamel,

    OK, fair enough. With the caveat that my last visit to Fukuoka was in 2008, I’d lead with the following:

    For high-brow fair, Fukuoka’s art and music scene are culturally richer and more diverse than Seoul’s. The Fukuoka Art Museum and Fukuoka Asian Art Museum have better collections than you will find in any of Seoul’s museums. (And since we’re on the subject, both Korea’s National Museum and, especially, the Leeum Gallery are truly heart-breakers that deserve to be so much better than they are!) I’d also add that Fukuoka’s small gallery and alternative art scene is much better than Seoul’s.

    On the music front, Fukuoka’s classical and jazz music scene is much more extensive than is Seoul’s, especially given the relative size of the two cities (though KBS admittedly has the better symphony). I’d also have to say that, frankly, Fukuoka’s music venues are better, and one is far more likely to see a major concert tour stop off in Fukuoka than in Seoul, which is pretty incredible (though this appears to be changing.)

    For daily quality of life, it’s also Fukuoka, hands down. Cleaner city, clearer air, bike friendly, people friendly, traffic friendly, some great local sights, and let’s not forget some pretty damn nice beaches!

    Finally, for the middle/lowbrow, two words: “Softbank Hawks.”

    ‘Nuff said.

    DLB

    P.S. I will grant you that if one just wants to get laid, Seoul has it all over Fukuoka, but I said “better culture scene,” not “better place to get hammered and wake up with a stranger.”

  • http://www.xanga.com/wangkon936 WangKon936

    Well, well. Looks like Egypt has their own version of wheelchair drama:

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/20/us-egypt-election-idUSBRE85G01U20120620