Seiji Yoshida was a Japanese woman who published a book entitled, “My War Crime- Forcing Transportation of the Korean.” in 1983.
The book was about his confessions that he ” transported 205 Korean women forcibly to make them comfort Japanese soldiers under the command of the Japanese Military.
Asahi Shimbun a local anti-Japanese newspaper took up the stories and spread the news about the “comfort women.” That was how the story of the “Comfort Women” got into the mainstream. Initially, there were no stories from neither Korea nor Japan.
Later on, it emerged that Yoshida’s story was a big lie. Her main aim to publish the story was to make money out of it. He admitted everything was a lie.
But things didn’t stop there.
In 1989, Korean translated Yoshida’s book into their language. At the Island of Jeju where Korean people lived, they doubted the story.
The Jeju newspaper did an investigation about Yoshida’s claim and wrote a story claiming that it was a lie.
Teju newspaper was not the only one that did the investigation. A Japanese historian by the name Ikohiko Harta also proved the fact that Yoshida’s story was a fat lie.
When Yoshida was asked why he lied, she never apologizes but stated that “so-what.” Then she said, “it gives no profit to write the truth in a book. Newspaper do the same thing every day, don’t they”.
The main reason Yoshida did that was that she was a Japanese communist and she did it to portray Japan as a communist country. Most communist countries love to describe themselves as evil. For that reason, she didn’t think that it was wrong to tell a lie.
One fact that remains clear is:
There were comfort women who served at the pleasure of the Japanese Military. Their main aim was to do business and earn money.
Likewise, there were also Korean traders who played a role of mediation between military and women.