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Most of the other popular books regarding Comfort Women unfortunately stoop to the level of David Irving's denialist rants, using pseudo intellectual methods, Argumentum ad Populum (attempting to build popular support rather than proving the allegation), appeals to emotion, genetic fallacy, and appeals to improper authority.
It is the last one, appeals to improper authority, that this book addresses so well. Throughout the evolution of the Comfort Women narrative, from the early 1990s when they were arguing they were not paid enough, to todays outright fabrication that 200,000 were kidnapped, we can see that rarely if ever do the denialist authors such as Hicks, Dudden, Yoshiaki, etc use documentation, or when they do, it is contextualized to such extremes as to obscure the actual facts.
The author of the Wartime Records, has apparently taken his U.S. Army experience (2 tours in Korea, 2 tours in Vietnam according to the biography, including being the U.S. commander for South Korean soldiers in Vietnam), and published all the documents that are omitted or obscured in many other books, leaving it for the reader to evaluate the facts.
This enables the reader to gather the information directly from U.S., U.K, Dutch, and other investigators at the time of the events. In addition, it directly debunks the denialists speil that there were no documents or that those documents proving the 200,000 kidnapped were destroyed. Quite the contrary as Lt. Col. (Ret) Miyamoto points out, there were many documents, the U.S. particularly investigated it at the time, and it was found that the prostitutes were just that: prostitutes under well paying contracts that were equivalent to contract workers in todays military.
Wartime Military Records on Comfort Women has done an excellent job of placing the known allied records together and highlighting the salient passages that directly address the contraversy. No student or teacher of history or current affairs should be without it. Sadly many reporters have discredited themselves by reporting on the Comfort Women issue without referring to and understanding these source documents.
Considering this issue as a racially and emotionally charged one gradually being promoted in American cities and effecting international relations between South Korea, the United States, and Japan, it is well worth the historians, Asian regional affairs, or just the curious reader to read and keep as a handy reference.
I hope that other series of wartime records will be published to use as valuable references for researchers, teachers, and students alike.
Franklyn Roosevelt claimed in Cairo Conference of 1943 that Japan has reduced Koreans to slaves. Foreign Minister of Japan from 1941 to 1945 was Togo Shigenori. Togo Shigenori was a Korean whose original Korean name was Pak Moo-dok. This fact alone completely debunks Franklyn Roosevelt's claim that Koreans were slaves in Japan. In the US, the position equivalent to Foreign Minister is Secretary of State. The first black to become Secretary of State was Collin Powel in 2001. Therefore, Japan's Freedom and Justice for All was 60 years ahead of US. Moreover, between 1920 and 1945, Japan Military had 6 Korean Lieutenant Generals and 3 Korean Major Generals. The first Korean Lieutenant Generals were Cho Tong-yun, Lee Byeong Moo, who were promoted to Lieutenant General on 1920 Apr 26. The first black Lieutenant General in US was Frank Emmanuel Petersen Jr. on 12 June 1986.
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