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Abduction Was Japan’s State Policy

In the past century Japan committed A-class crimes against the Korean nation and other peoples in Asia, but it has not yet settled the liquidation of its crime-woven history.

Abduction was its state policy, a hideous crime which remains as one of pending issues.

The historical facts in the 20th century prove it.

During its military occupation of Korea (1905-1945), Japan made it its policy to abduct and draft forcibly the Korean people and put it in force organizationally on a nationwide scale.

Sexual slavery was a typical hideous crime. After the Siberian war of aggression, Japan, based on an abnormal military logic that it is necessary to satisfy the carnal desire of soldiers in order to maintain the combat efficiency of the army, decided to establish a sexual slavery and openly kidnapped or forcibly drafted Korean women from the 1920s.

According to a Japanese publication, its government and military authorities formulated a plan for supplying one sexual slave to 29 soldiers and, to this end, adopted a variety of laws and documents such as the “regulations of comfort station”.

Japan’s criminal acts were clearly evidenced by the wartime telegraph sent to Prime Minister Tojo by the commander of its troops stationed in Taiwan in March 1942, in which the latter asked the former to send 50 comfort women to Brunei from the army headquarters in the southern region.

The Japanese imperialists made surprise raids on farmhouses at midnight to abduct Korean women, and took away by force those working on paddy fields, passing by the streets and washing at the well on trucks. They kidnapped or forcibly drafted not only young girls of about 20 but also nursing mothers and even brides-to-be, whose number amounted to over 200,000.

Japan’s policy of abduction and forcible drafting was not confined to women.

As they encountered depletion of human resources caused by their escalated expansion of war of aggression, the Japanese imperialists concocted and proclaimed such evil laws as the “nationwide general mobilization law”, “personal service drafting law”, “revised personal service drafting law” and “law on drafting middle-aged men” and kidnapped or forcibly drafted the Korean people.

Japanese books record that Koreans escaped one after another from the drafting as it assumed a forcible character. From 1938 after the outbreak of the Sino-Japanese war the Japanese imperialists drafted over 8.4 million Koreans to force them to do slave labour or to serve the Japanese army and the “patriotic corps”.

All these facts clearly show that Japan set abduction and forcible drafting as its state policy and that its government and military authorities and their subordinate units were enlisted in carrying it out.

The crime of kidnap committed by Japan historically against the Korean people still remains etched in their minds as an unhealed bruise.

Far from making compensation for its crime-ridden past, Japan has insulted the victims of sexual slavery and is hell-bent on an attempt to distort history. These days, it is making desperate efforts to turn it into a military giant and militarize it at any cost by stepping up the revision of its constitution.

But, its last-ditch efforts will lead Japan to self-destruction.

Categories: History, Japan

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