The Post would not give a Holocaust denier credence for a bogus claim that Nazis never mass-murdered Jews. So why consider newsworthy the attacks by Japanese revisionists on the integrity of American historians and publishers for revealing Japan’s war crimes in textbooks? The March 18 news article “Professors in Japan fight book’s details of WWII sex slaves” gave the propagandists a free ride to further cover up Japan’s monstrous past and helped them again injure the victims of a sexual slavery system.
Japan’s systemic abuse of women in World War II camps euphemistically known as “comfort stations” was one of the most heinous war crimes of the 20th century. It was thoroughly investigated and documented by the United Nations, international scholars and historians.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his cronies cite a lack of evidence of their government’s involvement in the “comfort women” system. They should read former Japanese prime minister Yasuhiro Nakasone’s memoir. He, as a young navy lieutenant, procured women through the military acquisition process in 1942, which “mitigated the mood” of his troops.
Ignatius Y. Ding, San Carlos, Calif.
The writer is executive vice president of the Global Alliance for Preserving the History of WWII in Asia.