Terumi Imamura

Terumi Imamura (今村照美) is a migrant from Sasebo, Japan to Los Angeles and a comfort woman denier. She has been in the leadership position at True Japan Network, a denier organization of Japanese people in the greater Los Angeles area. She spoke out against the proposal to enact a comfort women memorial in San Francisco at the Board of Supervisors meeting in summer 2015 (along with Koichi Mera, Yoshi Taguchi, and Mariko Okada-Collins) and facilitated a denier panel at the UN Commission on the Status of Women Parallel Events (2016) featuring Mio Sugita, Koichi Mera, and Kiyoshi Hosoya.

Tetsuhide Yamaoka

Tetsuhide Yamaoka (山岡鉄秀), real name Hideyuki Okuda (also goes by “Hardi Odaka”), is the president of Australia-Japan Community Network, even though he actually live in Japan. In addition to leading AJCN’s effort to prevent the establishment of comfort women memorials in Australia, Yamaoka frequently contributes to conservative publications in Japan and speaks to the supporters of revisionists’ lawsuits against Asahi Shimbun newspaper.

In 2017 Yamaoka became a fellow at the Institute of Moralogy, one of the core organizations comprising Japan Conference. He is also the author of “日本よ、もう謝るな! 歴史問題は事実に踏み込まずには解決しない” (2017) which he translates to “Make Apologies History: Letting the Facts Be Out Guide.”

Texas Night in NYC (2015)

Texas Night in NYC (2015) is a series of two Japanese-language panels held on March 9 and 12, 2015 in New York City. It was officially sponsored by New York Seiron-no Kai, Japan Mahoroba Support Agency, Society to Promote Correct Historical Views (Happy Science), and Rompa Project, but in New York the event was billed as a Happy Science event.

Speakers for March 9th:

  • Tony Marano (a.k.a. Texas Daddy)
  • Shiro Takahashi, eduction scholar
  • Yumiko Yamamoto, Nadeshiko Action
  • Norimasa Suzuki (鈴木規正), New York Seiron-no Kai
  • Mitsuhiko Fujii, Rompa Project
  • Fujiki Shunichi, Texas Daddy Japan Secretariat
  • Kiminobu Kimura (moderator), Happy Science, Society to Promote Correct Historical Views

Speakers for March 12th:

  • Mitsuhiko Fujii
  • Kiminobu Kimura
  • Kaoli Koyasu, Japan Mahoroba Support Agency
  • Norimasa Suzuki

The first panel was cancelled by the original venue, Japanese American Association of New York, after the association found out Yamamoto’s history in violent racist group Zaitokukai. The event was moved to an Italian restaurant nearby, where protesters gathered outside.

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Texas Night in NYC (2016)

Texas Night in NYC (2016) is a comfort women denier event held on March 23, 2016 at the St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral in New York City. This is the second consecutive year a “Texas Night” event is held in New York, after Texas Night in NYC (2015).

Speakers are:

  • Tony Marano (Texas Daddy)
  • Yumiko Yamamoto (Nadeshiko Action)
  • Shunichi Fujiki (Texas Daddy Japan Secretariat)
  • Mitsuhiko Fujii (Rompa Project)
  • Norimasa Suzuki (New York Seiron-no Kai)

Sponsors include:

  • Alliance for Truth about Comfort Women
  • Texas Daddy Japan Secretariat
  • New York Seiron-no Kai
  • Japan Mahoroba Support Agency

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The Facts (2007)

“The Facts” is a paid advertisement published in the June 14, 2007 issue of The Washington Post by a group of Japanese conservatives calling themselves the Committee for Historical Facts in an attempt to dissuade the U.S. House of Representatives from adapting H.Res.121, a resolution urging Japan to “formally acknowledge, apologize, and accept historical responsibility in a clear and unequivocal manner for its Imperial Armed Forces’ coercion of young women into sexual slavery.”

Co-signed by dozens of political and public leaders in Japan, the ad is often said to have accelerated the passage of the house resolution by giving credence to the notion that Japan had not fully accepted historical responsibility, rather than preventing it. Nonetheless, the group published a similar ad, Yes, we remember the facts. (2012) five years later.

The ad features five “facts” regarding comfort women, which are the same old denier talking points debunked long ago.

Committee for Historical Facts is made up of:

  • Taro Yayama (屋山太郎), political commentator
  • Yoshiko Sakurai (櫻井よしこ), journalist
  • Nobuaki Hanaoka (花岡信昭), political commentator
  • Koichi Sugiyama (すぎやまこういち), musician
  • Kohyu Nishimura (西村幸祐), journalist

Below is the list of endorsements for the ad.

From Liberal Democratic Party:

  • Kazuo Aichi (愛知和男)
  • Masaaki Akaike (赤池誠章)
  • Tomomi Inada (稲田朋美)
  • Taku Etoh (江藤拓)
  • Takashi Otsuka (大塚高司)
  • Hideaki Okabe (岡部英明)
  • Yuichi Ogawa (小川友一)
  • Cyube Kagita (鍵田忠兵衛)
  • Yoshitami Kameoka (亀岡偉民)
  • Minoru Kihara (木原稔)
  • Tsukasa Kobiki (木挽司)
  • Manabu Sakai (坂井学)
  • Yoshinobu Shimamura (島村宜伸)
  • Motoshi Sugita (杉田元司)
  • Keisuke Suzuki (鈴木馨祐)
  • Kentarou Sonoura (薗浦健太郎)
  • Masaaki Taira (平将明)
  • Touru Toida (戸井田徹)
  • Touru Doi (土井亨)
  • Masaki Doi (土井真樹)
  • Katsuko Nishimoto (西本勝子)
  • Jun Hayashi (林潤)
  • Yoshihisa Furukawa (古川禎久)
  • Fumiaki Matsumoto (松本文明)
  • Youhei Matsumoto (松本洋平)
  • Youji Mutoh (武藤容治)
  • Tomohiro Yamamoto (山本朋広)
  • Atsushi Watanabe (渡部篤)
  • Yoshio Nakagawa (中川義雄)

From Democratic Party of Japan:

  • Kenko Matsuki (松木謙公)
  • Hirofumi Ryu (笠浩史)
  • Yoshio Maki (牧義夫)
  • Izumi Yoshida (吉田泉)
  • Takashi Kawamura (河村たかし)
  • Takashi Ishizeki (石関貴史)
  • Kenta Izumi (泉健太)
  • Hideo Jinpu (神風英男)
  • Kenji Tamura (田村謙治)
  • Eiichirou Washio (鷲尾英一郎)
  • Keirou Kitagami (北神圭朗)
  • Jin Matsubara (松原仁)
  • Sinpei Matsushita (松下新平)

Independents:

  • Shingo Nishimura (西村眞悟)
  • Takeo Hiranuma (平沼赳夫)

Professors:

  • Hayaru Fukuda (福田逸)
  • Kohichi Endoh (遠藤浩一)
  • Masahiro Miyazaki (宮崎正弘)
  • Shudo Higashinakano (東中野修道)
  • Kazuhiro Araki (荒木和博)
  • Youichi Shimada (島田洋一)
  • Tsutomu Nishioka (西岡力)
  • Nobukatsu Fujioka (藤岡信勝)

Political Commentators:

  • Hideaki Kase (加瀬英明)
  • Kanji Nishio (西尾幹二)
  • Kouichirou Tomioka (富岡幸一郎)
  • Hisahiko Okazaki (岡崎久彦)

Journalists:

  • Shigeharu Aoyama (青山繁晴)
  • Hiromichi Moteki (茂木弘道)

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Tomomi Inada

Tomomi Inada (稲田朋美) is a right-wing member of the parliament and the Minister of Defense under Abe administration (2016-). As a lawyer, Inada represented the families of Japanese soldiers executed as war criminals involved in Nanking atrocities against newspapers that reported the war crime. She was recruited by Shinzo Abe, then the acting secretary general of the Liberal Democratic Party, to run for the House of Representatives after Abe heard Inada give a talk on the topic at the headquarters of the party.

Recognized as among the most hard-line nationalists when it comes to the issue of Japan’s past, Inada signed on to both The Facts (2007) and Yes, we remember the facts. (2012), opinion ads published in U.S. media to dispute historical orthodoxy on comfort women. Her appointment to Defense Minister by Abe led to a widespread concern about the further militarization of Japan.

Interestingly, Inada is surprisingly pro-LGBT, having proposed a legislation to combat discrimination against the LGBT community. In 2016, Inada claimed that LGBT groups in San Francisco supported Japanese Consulate’s campaign to prevent the establishment of a comfort women memorial in the city as a reason to support LGBT rights, but there is no evidence that any LGBT group took a position on the issue, let alone an opposition to the memorial. On the contrary, prominent Asian American LGBT leaders endorsed the memorial along with other Asian American community members.

Inada is a member of the parliamentary Japan Conference caucus.