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Käthe Kollwitz
"A woman who has lost her husband"
Owned by PHILIA MUSEUM(Japan)

"The fourth main topic of the war is women who
have lost their husbands during the war. This
woman is pregnant. She is like a stone,
only her face and hands are white but the rest of her is black."
from Wakakuwa Midori " Käthe Kollwitz "
published by Saiki-sha
PHILIA MUSEUM will have an exhibition of 
Käthe Kollwitz from 29 Oct/2000


Center for Research and Documentation on Japan's War Responsibility(JWRC)

Chronicle of JWRC Activities

Contents of "The Report on Japan's War Responsibility"

Recommendation by Prof. John Dower & Prof. Mark Selden



Friday, March 7, 2014

2:00-4:00 pm


House of Representatives Diet Members Building #1

First Floor International Conference Room

(Passes will be distributed that day starting at 1:30 pm in the lobby)



 Professor Yoshiaki YOSHIMI, Chuo University, Department of History will discuss NHK Chairman Katsuto MOMII’s comments on the Comfort Women

 Professor Hiroshi HAYASHI, Kanto Gakuin University, Department of History will discuss new documentation indicating coercion in recruiting and retaining Comfort Women

Ms. Rumiko NISHINO, Co-Representative, Violence Against Women in War Research Action Center, Tokyo will discuss the government’s inquiry into the “verification” of the

testimony of the 16 Comfort Women



 There has been an acceleration of efforts to delegitimize the Kono Statement. Last fall, the Sankei Shimbun leaked the confidential testimonies of 16 Korean former “Comfort Women” that had been used to support the 1993 Kono Statement. On January 1, 2014, the Sankei followed by reporting that Kono Statement was prepared in concert with the Korean government. Later that month, the new chairman of NHK Katsuto MOMII brushed off the Comfort Women as a common phenomenon among world militaries. The Japan Restoration Party (JRP) quickly requested former deputy chief cabinet secretary Nobuo ISHIHARA to testify to the Lower House Budget Affairs Committee regarding the background to the Kono Statement. In his mid-February testimony Ishihara said “An investigation to prove the factual background of the testimony of the former comfort women was never carried out.” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide SUGA quickly responded that the Government would create a committee to examine “the verification” of their testimony.

 It is clear that the ruling and opposition parties are collaborating with the nation’s public broadcasting system to gut and shelve this one Japanese apology to the women swept up in Imperial Japan’s military Comfort Women system. They want to deny the facts that Imperial Japan’s armed forces and government were involved. They want to discredit the witnesses and ignore the documentation. They are trying to destroy the legitimacy of the Kono Statement and the dignity of the victims.

 In an era that recognizes the scourge of sexual violence against women in conflict, the Government of Japan should be strengthening not rescinding its apology to Imperial Japan’s military sex slaves. Japan should be taking the lead in combating rape, not rationalizing its propagation. Japan should be confronting not only its past, but also its contemporary responsibilities.


Japanese Military “Comfort Women” Website Production Committee

Center for Research and Documentation on Japan’s War Responsibility

Violence Against Women in War Research Action Center (VAWWRAC)


Recommendations from the International Symposium on settling the issue of the ‘Comfort Women’ through negotiation between Japan and the ROK
24 September, 2012

What makes the Japanese Government’s apology to “comfort women” unequivocal?
31 July 2007

Reference Materials of the Press Conference on Japanese military sexual slavery ("comfort women"), 17 April 2007  at  The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan

In Japan, a Historian Stands by Proof of Wartime Sex Slavery   YOSHIAKI YOSHIMI   10 April, 2007

Appeal on the issue of Japan ’s military “comfort women”
23 February, 2007

Postwar Compensation Cases  in Japan

International Scholars' Appeal Concerning the 2002-Edition Japanese History Textbooks (Inaugurated on July 10, 2001)

Information Concerning New History Textbook (Kanji Nishio et al. Atarashii Rekishi Kyokasho, certified by the Japanese Ministry of Education and Science on March 30, 2001, and published by Fusosha)  

Permanent Exhibit on Japan's Aggression (temporarily closed)

War Crimes Japan ignores: The issue of "Comfort women"

Court Cases, Citizen Groups, and the Unresolved Issues of War: Updates and Brief Commentary



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