Resolutely oppose China’s “historical war” using women.
Mizuka Sugita (former member of the House of Representatives) & Keiko Kawazoe (non-fiction writer)
Song Mei Ling, Iris Chang, Kumaraswamy ……. Japan has been unfairly labeled by the machinations of women in the US and China. We, as being the same women, can no longer remain silent!
Ms. Keiko Kawazoe, a non-fiction writer who is well versed in Chinese society before the Tiananmen Square incident (June 1989), and Ms. Mizuchika Sugita, a former member of the House of Representatives who went to the United Nations and boldly cut through the lies about the comfort women issue. Rekishi Sen” wa Onna no Tatakai” (“History Battle” is a Woman’s Battle), a thorough discussion on how Japan should face the “history battle” by two conservative women pundits, mixing their experiences and observations in the world, has been released by PHP Institute.
In this article, I would like to introduce some excerpts from the book on “China’s Battle for History.
The Anti-Japanese War Memorial Hall opened on August 15, the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
Kawazoe: Since the 1990s, when Jiang Zemin, the don of the Shanghai clique, was president of China, China has established “anti-Japanese bases” in the country, which it calls “model bases for patriotic education. In the U.S., it is working to spread false historical facts such as the Nanking Massacre and comfort women, and to pursue responsibility for the war.
Currently, the city of San Francisco, California, is the main overseas base of his activities. Based in San Francisco, I have covered a wide area of California, published articles in books and magazines, and continued to make regular observations. And then, in August 2015, the situation that I had feared, or rather, that I knew would happen, was reported.
Sugita: You mean the Anti-Japanese War Memorial Museum in San Francisco’s Chinatown?
Kawazoe: That’s right. The Anti-Japanese War Memorial Museum, the first of its kind outside China, opened on August 15, the 70th anniversary of the end of the war. It is called the Overseas Anti-Japanese War Memorial Museum in Chinese, and its founder and honorary director is Florence Fang, a female businesswoman and social activist in the United States.
The first overseas memorial to the Anti-Japanese War in Chinatown, San Francisco, California, U.S., August 15, 2015.
The greeting on the A4 brochure, written in both Chinese and English, reads, “During World War II, about 6 million Jews were massacred by Nazi Germany, and there are 167 Jewish memorials and monuments around the world. On the other hand, more than 35 million Chinese were exterminated by Japanese militarism, but there is not a single memorial abroad. This makes it impossible for the world to understand this tragic history.
Sugita: 35 million people from China alone! It’s an impossible number.
Kawazoe: “Is that the number of casualties from Chinese people killing each other? I asked. There is nothing realistic about the exhibition panels in the “Exhibition Corner” starting from the Rohgou Bridge Incident (July 7, 1937), but the museum plans to expand the floor to the basement in the future, and the pamphlet says, “The legacy of war still exists in various parts of the world. The museum also has an extensive collection of actual Japanese language materials. The pamphlet even calls on the museum to provide the materials.
The museum held an opening ceremony on the streets of Chinatown to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, which I took as a declaration of war for a new “historical war.
Sugita: I agree with you. A new “historical war” has just begun. When I visited Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, I heard that there are plans to set up an exhibit of comfort women at the Jewish Holocaust Memorial Museum and Museum. The idea is to impress upon the public that the Japanese invasion, the forced recruiting of comfort women, and sexual slavery are terrible war crimes, comparable to the Jewish Holocaust.
Congressman Mike Honda, a third-generation Japanese American, is among those involved in the Anti-Japanese War Memorial Museum, isn’t he?
Kawazoe: I thought I was going to lose him soon, but he is a persistent old man. Other people involved in the founding of the Anti-Japanese War Memorial Museum include Hau Bancun, a ROC army general born in 1919 who fled to Taiwan after the war, and the chairman of the Flying Tiger Historical Organization. Hau’s son, Hau Lung-bin, is a member of Taiwan’s political elite, having served as mayor of Taipei and vice chairman of the Chinese Nationalist Party.
Although his name is not mentioned, it seems that the superstar Ms. Chen Xiangmei, or Anna Chen Shennaught in English, was also involved. He is also described as “Honorary Chairman of the Overseas Anti-Japanese Memorial Museum.
She was the wife of General Claire L. Shennaught, who commanded the Flying Tigers, a volunteer force of U.S. Air Force soldiers who supported the Chinese Nationalist government in its war against the Japanese in the 1930s. She is already over 90 years old, but I was able to see a close up of her and Ms. Li Bangqin, the founder of the Flying Tigers.
In my view, Ms. Chen Xiangmei is the number one lobbyist who has worked hard both in front and behind the scenes to build relations between the U.S. and China in the postwar era, or to put it more politely, between the Republican and Democratic parties in the U.S., the Chinese Nationalist Party in the Republic of China, and the Chinese Communist Party in the People’s Republic of China.
Her mother’s side of the family is Liao Zhongkai, a close associate of Sun Yat-sen. She is also connected to his son, Liao Chengzhi, who was in charge of the overseas Chinese operations in the Communist government.
China’s political maneuvering is very skillful in using women!
Sugita: The Anti-Japanese War Memorial Museum is the building where the San Francisco branch of the World Federation for the Protection of the Historical Facts of the Anti-Japanese War was located, right?
Kawazoe Yes, that’s right. The headquarters of the World Federation for the Protection of the Historical Facts of the Anti-Japanese War is located in Cupertino, California, but the building where the San Francisco branch was located was renovated and reopened as the Anti-Japanese War Memorial Museum. The owner of the building is Ms. Fang Li Bangqin.
The English name of the World Anti-Japanese Federation, which was established around 1994, is Global Alliance for Preserving the History of WWII in Asia, which is quite different from its Chinese name!
Sugita: I heard about the difference between the Chinese name and the English name from a Japanese resident in the United States when I visited there. He said that most Americans don’t understand that the purpose of the Chinese name is to bash Japan, because the Chinese name includes the word “anti-Japanese” but the English name does not.
Kawazoe: That’s really clever, or rather, a lie that is easy for us Japanese to understand (laughs). I have read that the World Anti-Japanese Federation was formed by a group of Chinese, Korean, and Japanese organizations around 30 years old from all over the world, mainly from the U.S., Canada, and Hong Kong. The purpose of the formation was to “get the Japanese government to formally apologize,” “get the Japanese people and all other victims in Asia to pay compensation,” and “correct the errors in Japanese history textbooks, and arouse international public opinion in the U.S., China, Japan and other countries to increase criticism of past Japanese aggression in order to prevent Japan from committing another unjust act of aggression.
In 2005, he collected tens of millions of signatures worldwide against Japan’s bid to become a permanent member of the UN Security Council, and in September 2012, he led an anti-Japanese demonstration in San Francisco to protest the Japanese government’s nationalization of the Senkaku Islands.
The grave of Chinese-American journalist Iris Chang atop a hill in Los Altos, near San Francisco, California. Beloved wife, mother, writer, historian, and human rights activist. That is what is inscribed on her tombstone.
Sugita: Iris Chang was also a member of the World Anti-Japanese Federation, but she passed away at a young age, didn’t she?
Kawazoe: Officially, her death was a suicide. But there are still some people who think that it was murder. In addition, at the Anti-Japanese War Memorial Museum in San Francisco, there is an exhibit of Iris Chang’s footprints and her books, but it is located on the mezzanine floor, open the door marked “Private,” and go up the stairs. That’s right.
Sugita: I guess they’ve already had their fill.
Kawazoe: I guess that means I’m used up and done with. It is important to note that Iris Chang was not only a Chinese-American, but also a young talented woman with a graduate degree. Chinese political manipulation is very skillful in the use of women. Beautiful women with a high degree of appeal are recruited and manipulated to be in the right place at the right time. I think that Ms. Zhang wore the Chinese dress not out of her own will but because someone told her to. It’s more like an acting outfit.
If a veteran scholar or historical writer had published The Rape of Nanking, it would not have been on the New York Times bestseller list for ten weeks, no matter how fake the book was.
I think “girl power” is the key to get the maximum sympathy from American society, like “Chinese women had a terrible time with the Japanese army.
Sugita: I see! As I have been working on the comfort women issue, I am often told that it is better for women to take charge of this issue. I have always had the image that men are the strongest and women are the weakest when it comes to sexual issues, and I have gradually realized that the people who spread this image are using it in a clever way, but the perspective of “women’s power” is novel. The United Nations, too, is a leftist women’s world, which is where I am struggling!
Kawazoe: Women will continue to appear as key persons in key places and at key times! This is going to be the crux of our “women’s dialogue” rather than our “women’s meetings”.
I feel that Japanese men, especially when examining Chinese politics and military history, don’t really understand what wives, mistresses, and women were doing, or rather, their perspective is missing. Like the honey traps of today, Chinese society has always been a society in which women play a very active role, both in the front and the back.
As for the Anti-Japanese War Memorial Museum, as I mentioned earlier, there is a woman businesswoman and social activist in the U.S., Li Bangqin ……, who is now well over 80 years old, but she had her younger days and has been a key person in the anti-Japanese activities in San Francisco for many years.