Thursday, December 30, 2010
Slavery of Aso’s Family-I
Under prodding pressure from Democratic Party, the ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare released documents in December 2008 showing that 300 Australian, British, and Dutch prisoners of war worked at a mine owned by Aso Mining during the last four months of the Second World War. Prime Minister Aso Taro claimed that he was only 4 or 5 years old at the time, meaning no responsibility (Japan Times). If anyone studied Japanese history and politics, no one should be surprise by the news. Since WWII the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has been notorious for manipulating and misrepresenting historical facts of the war as evidenced by its continuous denial of Japan’s wartime crimes (e.g., rape of Nanjing, Unit 731, comfort women, and labor slavery etc.) contrary to documents concrete historical evidence and detailed accounts of survivors. This is just more of the same.