Yet again, Japan has campaigned to erase its wartime history into the classroom by demanding that a US publisher remove what they deemed to be “inaccurate” descriptions of tense of thousands of women who were forced to work as sex slaves before and during the war. It aims to delete texts and depictions of women from textbooks used in high schools. “Comfort women” is a euphemism that is commonly used for sex in Japan, even Japanese comfort women.
They had reportedly removed this part of the history from three social studies and politics textbooks. Because of this many Japanese protesters rallied against the Shinzo Abe government. According to Larry Niksch, Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, “He is trying to have it both ways. He says things that encourage the history revisionists, but he also makes statements that put some distance between himself and the revisionists.” What only remains is photos of these comfort women being thrust upon us via the media. This is the power of the photograph. Protesters in Japan display portraits of women who were sex slaves during the second world war. and every time you look at these photos, you see in these women’s eyes a story of abuse that only speaks of a desperation that wants to be recognized and finally acknowledged by the very government that had restricted and stripped them of a normal life. All this can be gleaned just by looking at a photograph. This is why photography plays a very important role in preserving the history of truth, and its people.
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