Channel Sakura

Channel Sakura or Japanese Culture Channel Sakura (日本文化チャンネル桜) is a conservative television production company and internet station founded in 2004 to “restore traditional Japanese culture and Japanese national soul.” President and Director Satoru Mizushima founded Channel Sakura along with Shiro Takahashi, Yoshiko Matsuura, and others.

Current and former personalities for Channel Sakura include, in addition to Mizushima, Miki Otaka, Mio Sugita, Kohyu Nishimura, Shigeharu Aoyama, Koichi Sugiyama, Genki Fujii, Yoshiko Matsuura, and others.

Comfort Women Denier Activities at the United Nations

This page links to the activities of right-wing Japanese comfort women deniers at the United Nations.

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Comfort Women Denier Activities in the United States

This page links to the activities of Japanese comfort women deniers in the United States.

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Comfort Women Issue: From Misunderstandings to Solution

“Comfort Women Issue: From Misunderstandings to Solution (慰安婦問題 誤解から解決に向けて)” is the title of a 2016 booklet published in both English and Japanese by Nadeshiko Action authored by Yumiko Yamamoto and Kiyoshi Hosoya and translated (badly) by Kiyoshi Hosoya and Sharon Isac.

The booklet starts with a revisionist overview of Japanese history which claims that “Japan is classless society. We have no history of slavery. We have very little sense of discrimination. We treat people at disadvantage with compassion and warmth, as did the Japanese military during WWII.” It reproduces the same old denier arguments that have been thoroughly debunked decades ago.

Hosoya and Yamamoto have been distributing copies of this booklet at the UN Commission on the Status of Women NGO Parallel Events (2016) and elsewhere.

CW Solution Booklet

Comfort Women Memorial in Glendale

In July 2014, City of Glendale, California enacted a “peace memorial” dedicated to the victims and survivors of Japanese military comfort women system in the City’s Central Park. Since then, Japanese right-wing nationalists have protested the memorial, even filing lawsuits against the city (see Gingery et al. v. City of Glendale) to seek its removal.

The memorial was endorsed by a coalition of Asian American groups, including Korean American Forum of California, Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress, and the local (San Fernando Valley) chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League. A group made up of local Japanese residents and first-generation Japanese immigrants (often referred to as “shin issei” or “new first generation”) led by Koichi Mera opposed it.

Since the establishment of the memorial, Japanese right-wing media such as Channel Sakura claimed that the statue led to the rampant bullying and hate crimes against Japanese children in Glendale and surrounding areas. The claim has been thoroughly debunked by local authorities, schools, national media, and Japanese American groups.

Glendale Comfort Women Statue

Committee for Historical Facts

Committee for Historical Facts (歴史事実委員会) is the group behind paid advertisements The Facts (2007) and Yes, we remember the facts. (2012) that deny the history of comfort women. It appears to be closely connected to the Society for Dissemination of Historical Fact, but it is unclear whether or not it is the same entity.

Committee members at the time of the 2007 ad were:

Committee members at the time of the 2012 ad were: