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This site gets much traffic from all around the world, from people searching for news from Iraq, making it an ideal place to host stories from deployed forces in harm’s way.  In my travels I’ve met many budding writers who are now wearing boots and carrying rifles, and I found their stories so compelling that I want the world to see.

Japanese Scholars’ Reply to the American Scholars’ Comfort Women Statement: In search of a constructive dialogue based upon facts

August 6, 2015

On May 5th, 2015, one hundred and eighty-seven American-based researchers of Japan issued a statement on the comfort women issue titled, “Open letter in support of historians in Japan” (hereafter, “American scholars’ statement”). It is our understanding that, subsequently, the number of signers increased to some four hundred and sixty people. In response to the challenge proposed by the American scholars’ statement, we Japanese scholars respond with the following views.

<1> Complete agreement that events should be viewed in their historical context, and weighed carefully in the balance

We were struck by this passage from the American scholars’ statement:



“[…] we believe that only careful weighing and contextual evaluation of every trace of the past can produce a just history. Such work must resist national and gender bias, and be free from government manipulation, censorship, and private intimidation.”



We are sympathetic to this suggestion, which we believe to be an important, fundamental principle of historical research. It is cause for celebration that researchers in both Japan and the United States are in agreement on this point.

That we are attempting a response here is due to our having detected, in the American scholars’ statement, a willingness to deal constructively with historical facts that has previously been lacking in American debate on the comfort women issue.

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Ability, Not Disability: The Newest ICS Production Centre Develops Skills

Article by SNV

17 July 2015

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This week, construction was completed on the new Improved Cook Stoves (ICS) production facilities at the Lao Disabled Women’s Development Centre, located just outside the Vientiane city limits.  This partnership is part of the ADB’s Harnessing Climate Change Mitigation Initiatives to Benefit Women project, funded by the Nordic Development Fund (NDF).  The collaboration between these organisations will provide more skills and income-generating activities for disabled women in Laos, as well as expanding the market for Improved Cook Stoves in the country.

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The Origins of the US Army's Korean Comfort Women

By Choi Kilsung,
Professor at University of East -Asia, Professor Emeritus at Hiroshima University
(2)  The Korean War As I Experienced It

July 6, 2015

Mr. Michael Yon

In this Chapter, the author vividly illustrates memories of what he experienced at the age of ten during the Korean War.

The arrival of the UN Army  In summer of 1951, fighter planes came to attack the Chinese army which occupied the village the author lived and then UN army entered the village. Villagers welcomed its tall, smartly dressed soldiers. They waved at them as they passed by. Soldiers liberally distributed chocolates, candy drops, and cookies to the villagers. Villagers liked them more and more with each passing day.

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A Counter Response and Proposal to the "Open Letter” written by 187 Historians

June 12, 2015

A Counter Response and Proposal to the "Open Letter” written by 187 Historians
By Fujioka Nobukatsu, Visiting Professor, Takushoku University

To the 187 historians who jointly signed the Open Letter,

On May 5, the “Open Letter in Support of Historians in Japan” was released and rapidly circulated around the world. This Letter was signed by 187 historians and researchers mainly in the field of Japan studies from the United States and western countries. The Open Letter accused the Japan’s military comfort women system before and during World War II. The Letter was a thinly veiled demand for an apology from the Prime Minister of Japan.

Note: As of the end of May, the number of signatures had grown to around 460, but out of respect for the original signatories I will only address the first 187.

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SDHF Newsletter No.96 THE TAIWANESE ARE NOT HAN CHINESE

THE TAIWANESE ARE NOT HAN CHINESE

Lin Jianliang, Ph.D. in Medicine
Editor, Voice of Taiwan

June 3, 2015

Mr. Michael Yon

Many people think that the Taiwanese belong to the same ethnic group as the mainland Chinese. Not only ordinary people, but also scholars and researchers studying Taiwan labor under this false impression. They believe what they’ve heard, i.e., that 2% of the Taiwanese population are aborigines, 13% are natives of the mainland who fled to Taiwan with Chiang Kai-Shek in 1949 (and their descendants), and the remaining 85% are natives of the mainland who arrived in Taiwan prior to World War II. Therefore, they reach the conclusion that 98% of Taiwanese are Han Chinese.

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