The number of comfort women from Korea:
It is often claimed by Korean organizations that 200,000 Korean women were abducted by the Japanese military. But, “(T) he number two hundred thousand is demographically impossible, and two supported statistical figures as follows: In 1940, the Korean female population (the Korean Japanese population) in the Korean peninsula was 12,060,097 (estimated: including Japanese in Korea). After the end of the war in 1950, it was 15,367,779. This number was computed after the Japanese settlers had returned to Japan. The Koreans were not reduced by World War II. There were very few victims of the war.
The female population by age group is shown in the picture below. Two red arrows indicate young women aged –twenty to thirty years old in 1940 (thirty to forty years old in 1950) and their children’s generation (assumed total fertility rate was 2.0). The two points in “real;” and hypothetical” female generations certify that there are no changes in the two generations, which means that two hundred thousand young women most certainly did not disappear from the Korean peninsula.
The other supported fact was that Korean men were too hotheaded and too courageous to ignore any abduction of young girls. From October to November 1929, a trifling quarrel happened between a Japanese boy and a Korean senior high schoolgirl, which became a disturbance in the areas of Gwangju-do, the Gwangju Incident. If there were an abduction of even a single young girl in the peninsula, the area or all of Korea might be in a riot situation. Korean double standards? Would Korean men be too timid to stop mass abductions of screaming virgins or of their own sisters or cousins if there were mass abductions by the Japanese military?” (p.41-43)
The remuneration received by comfort women:
“Because of work on the battlefields, they received high remuneration. A Korean comfort women, Ms. Mun Oku-chu (Passbook Name: Japanese Name, Tamie Fumihara) was one of the plaintiffs claiming compensation in a court in December 1991 and was able to amass a significant amount of money as a comfort woman. Her passbook showed the process of the quick accumulation of her wealth.
She deposited a total of 25,442 yen over a period of two years and three months, from June 1943 to September 1945. Her actual income must have been more. At that time , a house could be purchased for 5,000 yen in Tokyo, which means that her yearly income was high enough to buy two houses in Tokyo at that time. (p.44-45)
The Objective behind the human rights issue:
The issue is not for women’s rights as proven in this book. The issue is also a diplomatic and security struggle among countries in East Asia, with the party on one side trying to drive a wedge and the other party trying to prevent it. While there are government-to-government diplomatic struggles, there are government-to-private ones, such as the new installation of the comfort women statue in front of the Japanese Consulate General in Busan at the end of 2016.The statue was promoted by Chong Dae Hyup, and the government of Korea did nothing because the executive branch of the government would lose its govern ability, so the government of Japan recalled the ambassador to the ROK to urge the South Koreans to remove the statue. (p. 81-82)