Big Picture behind the Comfort Women (statue) issue and characters

Article on Cheers March,2017 issue

Big Picture behind the Comfort Women (statue) issue and characters

As you all know, recently there has been a big movement between Japan and South Korea over the issue of Comfort Women (statue), such as Japanese Ambassador in Korea and the Consulate-General of Japan in Busan were recalled to Japan more than a month, and currency swap negotiations were suspended. The diplomatic relationship between Japan and Korea is getting cooler and cooler.
As we introduced in the previous issue of Cheers, an anonymous death threat e-mail was sent to AJCN by a person living in South Korea. AJCN reported this case to the Local Police. The Local Police was astonished by the contents of the information submitted by AJCN reported the matter to the upper organization and shall be handled by Federal Police as an international & political issue.
Various characters appeared from February 2014 when the anti-Japanese group opened a rally meeting about Comfort Women (statue) issue until now. AJCN grasped the figures of the organizations behind them and their purpose, and confirmed the existence of a "Big Picture" drawn by the Chinese Communist Party behind the issue. In this article, I will explain about those main characters and organizations

1. First movement for erecting the Comfort Women statue 

(The proposal for erection is rejected by Strathfield City Council on August 11, 2015)
The organization that submitted a proposal to erect a Comfort Women statue in the square in front of Strathfield Station is an anti-Japanese organization called KACA.
(The Korean Committee of United Austral Korean-Chinese Alliance against Japanese War Crimes)
In September 2014 issue of the Journal of the Korean Society of Sydney (KSSA), KACA posted a declaration called “The Eight Objectives”. It was totally political and it stated that KACA would work for the interest of Korea and China. At the time of Prime Minister Abe 's visit to Australia in July 2014, KACA disseminated an open letter accusing Japan to parliamentarians, state councils, and the media and demonstrated in front of the National Assembly in Canberra. Mr. Sang Ok, city council and Deputy Mayor of Strathfield at that time was its leader. In 2015 he was replaced by Mr. Luke Song, former chairman of KSSA(Korean Society of Sydney, Australia). Mr. Luke Song continued writing extreme hate comments on KSSA’s website regarding the Abe cabinet and the Japanese Australian residents while he was the chairman of KSSA. Speaking in boxing, anti-Japanese Korean group was the fighting glove, and the fist inside the glove was the Chinese Communist Party(CCP). A Comfort Woman statue called “Three Sisters“ was designed by a Chinese designer, and the production cost was planned to be born by the CCP.

2. Second movement for erecting the Comfort Women statue 

The trigger for starting the second campaign for erecting a comfort women statue was the agreement made between Japan and Korea on the Comfort Women issue on December 28, 2015.
Anti-Japan political group named “Chong Dae Hyup” deeply related to North Korea opposed this governmental agreement and started a Wednesday demonstration from January 2016. In response to this movement, FCWA (Friends of Comfort Women in Australia) and Project Group Sysochu (Peace Statue Establishing Committee in Sydney) were formed. Project Group Sysochu is a project based organization. As those members are duplicated, there really is one organization. This includes members belonging to existing organizations such as KACA,The Korean Cultural Center Inc. and KSSA. There are about 30 active members and most of them are in their 20’s and 30’s. Their purpose is to destroy the Japan-ROK agreement, and request Japanese government to pay reparation to ex-Comfort Women and accept legal responsibilities. The preparatory work to erect the statue was sponsored and carried out under the direction of Chong Dae Hyup. I explain a little more about the people concerned who appeared in the unveiling ceremony held on August 6, 2016. 

1) Chong Dae Hyup and its leader, Ms. Yun Mi-Hyang
The main player who brought the statue to the Uniting Church in Ashfield was a political group that was closely related to North Korea, called Chong Dae Hyup.  At the initiative of Chong Dae Hyup, the campaign activities were carried out by young Koreans holding working holiday visa and student visa who were deeply affected by anti-Japan education vigorously taking place in South Korea. Below are members of FCWA who met with the chairperson, Yoon Mi-Hyang at the headquarters office of Chong Dae Hyup in Seoul in June 2016.

About thirty statues have already been produced, and it seems that they will be spread all over the world from now on and all the cost is funded by Chong Dae Hyup. Chong Dae Hyup provided the statue on the ground of the Uniting Church as well.

In the inscription next to the statue, it is clearly stated that the sponsors are Chong Dae Hyup, Seongnam city and voluntary Korean residents in Australia. Now, continuing political activities to overthrow the President Park administration and establish the government supporting North Korea’s Kim dynasty regime, Chong Dae Hyup is working to build Comfort Women statues not only in Korea, but also over the world. Yun Mi-Hyang was attending the unveiling ceremony on August 6. Her relatives and many members of Chong Dae Hyup have been arrested in South Korea due to spy charges.

2) Lee Jae-Myung
Lee Jae-Myung who runs for Korea's next presidential election, is nicknamed "Korean Trump” in South Korea from his extreme remarks such as calling Japan a military enemy state. He is Mayor of Seongnam in the south of Seoul. Seongnam city is one of sponsors of the Comfort Women Statue on the church ground. At the unveiling ceremony, Lee Jae-Myung insulted the former Japanese Emperor by calling him “Hirohito” and condemned him as a war criminal. Then he stressed that the erection of the statue was a political issue and related to the pride of the state. 

Mun Jein is also a keen supporter of North Korea’s Kim dynasty regime. But Lee Jae-Myung is much more politically a left wing person. Since all candidates in the presidential election race have declared that they will abandon the Japan-Korea agreement and renegotiate with Japanese government. If this happens, the relationship between Japan and Korea will become the worst in history. If the next Korean president is significantly pro-North Korea, unification under the federal system with North Korea will be considered. If the US led by Mr Trump does not strongly control the movement of South Korea,
South Korea is likely to run toward unification with North Korea under the guidance of China. It is a matter of time before being swallowed by North Korea and making South Korea a communist country. Once South Korea falls under the communist regime, many Koreans already accustomed to democracy will escape overseas. Wealthier people will go to Canada, the United States and Australia, and the poor will become refugees to rush to Japan crossing the Sea of Japan by boats. At that time the Japanese national defense line will be off the coast of Tsushima and Japan must consider how to handle many Korean refugees.

3) Rev Bill Cews
He is a responsible minister of the Uniting Church in Ashfield and representative of Exodus
Foundation, charity organization. He is the main player in the Comfort Women statue erection disturbance.

He is extremely aggressive and declared that he built a Comfort Women statue in his church land in order to make the perpetrators apologize in public as he was outraged when he heard Strathfield council had rejected the proposal about the statue.
He did not answer even when AJCN explained to him that Korean government ran its own Comfort Women system during the Korean War and the Vietnam War.  Furthermore, Korean troops raped and slaughtered a large number of Vietnamese women. We asked him how he is going to deal with these facts. He accused only Japan and the Japanese as perpetrators in public places. Since the Uniting Church in Australia and Rev. Crews do not respond to our concern at all, AJCN had no choice but lodged a complaint to the Human Rights Commission. In response to our complaint Rev. Crews told the media, “I just find it outrageous ... bring it on. If I change the location of the statue, it will just put it in a more prominent place.”  His words are so aggressive as opposed to the Christian belief he teaches. He does not pay any homage to the fact that more than 70% of Strathfield citizens opposed to erect the Comfort Woman statue in the survey conducted by the city completely ignoring actual problems in the community such as division, bullying, discrimination, and illegal prostitution of Korean nationals.  He does not hear any concerns expressed by many people around him including believers in the church.
The Uniting Church in Australia paid the compensation of 2 million dollars to victims of sexual abuse by its clergies in 2013, but Rev. Crews seems to be blind to this fact.

Comfort Woman Statue – After all insult and aggression

Press Release

12 January 2017 

Comfort Woman Statue – After all insult and aggression 

Everybody would know by now what happened in Busan, South Korea.  Another comfort woman statue was erected right in front of the Japanese Consulate by Korean activists despite the governmental agreement to settle this matter and move on and despite the fact that the majority of former comfort women supported the agreement and already received compensation. Japan has made efforts to settle the matter many times in the past. Whoever is in power in the Korean government each time made promises that they would never bring the matter up again only to break the promise over and over again.

Whatever justifications are given by those Korean activists and the South Korean Government, the reality is that the statue is always followed by insults and aggression towards Japanese.

It is not peaceful commemoration. The South Korean Government does not bother with its obligations under the governmental agreement and they are even asking the Japanese Government to resolve the matter with the activists directly rather than enforce their own laws.  We are still surprised that they are breaching the agreement after receiving the reparation money and giving it to most of the former comfort women.  

Their aggression does not stop here.  Lee Jaemyung, mayor of a city near Seoul called Seongnam who is nicknamed as Korean Trump is accusing President Pak of spying for Japan and publicly stating that he considers Japan is a military foe.  We know that he came all the way to Sydney for the unveiling ceremony of the comfort woman statue now sitting in the car park of the Uniting   Church and accused the Japanese Emperor of being a “War Criminal”.

Mr Lee Jae-myung in Sydney considers Japan as South Korea’s immediate Military Foe.

Enough is enough.  We don’t want this kind of thing imported into our local community in Australia.  It is known that those activists in Sydney and Busan are controlled by Chon Dea Hyup which is officially recognized by the South Korean Government as a North Korean connected agency.  Their purpose is to break the governmental agreement and cause animosity as much as possible and so they don't listen to our concerns.

We are concerned about the extremely offensive behaviours always associated with the statue.  We firmly believe that all  migrants should accept Australian values once they decide to migrate here and that includes living in harmony with people from other countries, even countries who were once at war.  

This is absolutely not a peaceful commemoration of all the women who suffered in war as well as women suffering from domestic violence as Rev Crews insists.  As shown in Busan, the comfort woman statues have a political purpose, and they foment antiJapanese sentiment amongst local Korean communities with a very negative impact on us.

Meanwhile AJCN received a threatening email from a person living in South Korea who wants to kill us in the most cruel way and see us dying begging for life.  We are reporting this matter to police.

Tetsuhide Yamaoka
Australia-Japan Community Network

Andrew Bolt’s article about AJCN

Press Release
28 December 2016

Andrew Bolt’s article about AJCN

Articles in the Sun Herald (December 15, 2016/ Title: Now Japanese use our race law against a war memorial) and The Australian newspapers (December 19,2016 / Title: ’Comfort Women’ row shows absurdity of 18C) which attack the section 18C complaint brought by AJCN, miss the point. This has nothing to do with the great monuments to peace and remembrance of Australia's war dead, which Australian war memorials are.  It has nothing to do with debates between Koreans and Japanese about their wartime history.

Japanese Australians are feeling intimidated and humiliated by the display of the comfort women statue, as it singles Japanese out as perpetrators of shameful conduct towards women in wartime, of all the peoples who call Australia home.  This has been done deliberately.  We know this from the wording of the plaque accompanying the statue and the public statements made by Rev Crews before the media spotlight has fallen on the case.  He said he did it to make "the perpetrators" - being the Japanese – apologise in a video posted over the internet in April. He also said he did it out of a sense of outrage about the decision of Strathfield Council not to permit the exhibition of the statue at the public place, on similar grounds to our present complaint.  The statue was never exhibited in a good faith.

Naturally Japanese in Australia are offended and insulted by being singled out, alone amongst the people of the world, as perpetrators of sexual violence towards women during wartime.

We have been expressing our concerns to the Uniting Church since June. Rev Crews now says the statue is to help us all contemplate the lamentable scourge of sexual violence towards women in all wars, and even those women suffering domestic violence in today’s society.  So we have said to Rev Crews of the Uniting Church - make the message universal on the accompanying plaque, to match your own words as to what you say it commemorates. In its present form, it is causing fear in Japanese people based on their race.

We think the Uniting Church did not realise how comfort women statues abroad have been used as focal points for the racial abuse of Japanese people today, or to educate young people to hate Japanese people although we explained with many examples of those cases really happening.  We are very aware of that and we are doing everything we can to stop such practices being imported here. This past experience naturally makes us wary about the true motivations of those who imported the statue to Australia, and vigilant to protect ourselves from similar abuse here.

We have great hopes for the conciliation process at the HRC that the leadership of the Uniting Church will work with us to find a compromise. Let us all remember the female victims of war; there is no need to treat us Japanese living in Australia differently as we do so.

Tetsuhide Yamaoka
Australia-Japan Community Network

Australia: Korean Puppets are stalking Japanese

Mr. Michael Yon, a prominent journalist and familiar with the Comfort Women issue, posted an article on Facebook.

He traveled  around the world to investigate the issue of Comfort Women and plans to release the book regarding to this issue soon.  He visited also Australia last year, meeting with government officials and AJCN members.
Hence he is very knowledgeable about the Comfort Women issue in Australia as well. As a result of his survey, he realized there are
Chinese government and Chinese Communist Party behind the Comfort Women issue and Koreans are only puppets in a big picture drawn by Chinese Communists Party

It is said that Chinese Communists Party uses Comfort Women issue as a political tool utilizing the hatred sentiment of Koreans against Japan, and that the ultimate objective of China is the division of US,Japan, Australia, Southeast Asian democratic countries, and democratic countries in Far East.

Australia: Korean Puppets are stalking Japanese

For over two years now, I have written about the Comfort Women scam. There are many aspects to the scam. At the very highest level, there is China trying to make Koreans, Americans, and Japanese mistrust and fight each other. It is working on Koreans. 

Long story short, the Chinese puppet masters in Beijing deeply understand the Korean psyche. They realize that Koreans carry something called blood libel, or blood hate. 

First one must understand something about hatred. Hatred is a compound emotion consisting of two primary emotions. Those two emotions are ANGER and DISGUST. (There are seven primary emotions – as in primary colors, all the rest of the emotions are based on a mixture of the first seven.)

So, as a writer, if I want a reader to hate someone, first I must evoke disgust, and then anger (or the inverse), and nature will take it from there. It’s that simple.

Disgust normally has a very short half-life. We might be extremely disgusted by something today, and over it just hours or maybe days later. 

Anger can have a longer half-life, but still anger normally dissipates quickly. I have at times felt a serious flash of anger, but within a minute it is under control, and within just a couple minutes can literally be gone. 

For instance, both Clinton and Trump disgust me, but I have never been angry with them, so I have no hatred for them.

Hatred is extremely powerful, and persistent. 

The half-life can be in the generations, or even centuries. This is where blood hate arrives. If two men deeply hate each other, they might teach their children to hate the other family. Now we have a hate-tornado going that ripples through the ages.

Some cultures hang onto and nurture hatred. We see that with Black Lives Madness in the USA. 

We see it often with Koreans, and many sorts of Arabs (Arab being difficult to define). Scottish are famous for feuds. English less so – English are good at letting things go. 

Japanese as a people have a magical way of not carrying hatred or blood feuds, otherwise they would be blowing us up all around the world.

The Middle East is a cauldron of so many blood feuds that nobody is smart enough to track them all.

The Chinese realize that Korean culture nurtures blood feuds. Look at North and South Korea. They would love to nuke each other if they could get away with it. (Not that ROK has nukes.) 

So the Chinese puppet masters manipulate the Koreans and fan that hatred.

Earlier this year, I was in Nanjing researching this topic. I visited the massacre museum. That museum is a masterpiece of hate-building. It is incredible. 

If by the time you leave that museum, you do not hate Japanese, you have no soul. (Unless you are someone who realizes what is going on.) 

Conversely, I was also at the Flying Tigers Museum in Kunming. If by the time a person leaves the Flying Tigers Museum, if she does not love or at least feel warm for Americans, she has no heart. 

The Flying Tigers Museum makes our elders look so great that I was almost embarrassed. I could not have designed a better piece of pro-American propaganda. And this is in China, now. Then the Flying Tigers rugby team invited me to see them play! In China! Incredible, but I digress.

So, the Chinese are playing the natural fault lines. This is unconventional warfare 101. 

Others have spent much effort doing the same with us in America, trying to make whites and blacks hate each other. (It works for some, but not for most of us.)

I also flew to Australia researching this. I was told by an Australian government official that many Koreans want nothing to do with this fight. They either like Japanese, are neutral, or he also said some Koreans are big into prostitution in Australia and do not want the bright light.

I have spoken with many Japanese mothers. They are concerned that Korean students will go to violence. 

Some violence already is occurring, such as recent bombing and arson attacks in Japan. Some Koreans were just arrested for this, I think less than a week ago.

But now, when Japanese have to push back, this plays into the hands of the hate machine. 

Outsiders who do not realize what is happening often say, “Look at those dirty Japanese! Why don’t they apologize!” (They have apologized, many times, many years ago, and sometimes they apologize for things they did not do.)

So that is it in a nutshell. I could go on with 500 pages of detail and supporting documents and interviews, but in a nutshell the Chinese puppet masters are playing emotional Koreans as useful idiots.

Press release from a good Japanese organization in Australia. I spent much time with them. They are good people just trying to raise their kids:

Why do Korean children bully Japanese children?

Press Release

19 December 2016

Why do Korean children bully Japanese children?

Some journalists asked me if I would agree that the comfort woman statue itself could cause no harm.   Unfortunately the innocent looking girl is designed to be the symbol of Korean anti-Japan sentiment.  Her extremely young appearance is to suggest that such a young child was used as a sex slave by the Japanese military.  Korean teachers take their young students to the statue and teach them their version of the history.

As a result of the anti-Japan education, not only in South Korea but also in other countries, young Korean children grow up believing the comfort woman abduction story, and their anti-Japan behaviour is often encouraged and praised by their teachers and parents as you can see in this picture taken at a train station in South Korea.

Here is another example of such children. They created a YouTube movie which includes a scene of a Japanese soldier, acted by a Korean student, killing a comfort woman, acted by another Korean student, by stabbing followed by a close shot of a hand with pouring blood.

Sydney Lee (리나), Jino Chung (진오), Simone Willets (앵두), Noah Wise (다현), Sebastian Chai (세비), Devin Dunnigan (데빈)

This kind of story is no longer believed in Japan as the Asahi Newspaper, which disseminated the fabricated abduction story originally, admitted it was a fictitious story created by a con man called Seiji Yoshida.   But the story remains in Korean children's mind due to the anti-Japan education prevailing in Korean societies and they instinctively spit at Japanese counterparts and demand them to apologize.   Now Japanese people have begun experiencing similar bullying and intimidation in Australia since the comfort women statue became an issue here and this is what the local mothers are worried about.

This is the fundamental difference between ANZAC monuments and comfort woman statues.   Australian children learning history are never taught to hate former enemy countries and their descendants.  Unfortunately this is not the case with the comfort women statues, and so we are forced to defend our families from this kind of racial intimidation as best we can.

Accordingly it is impossible for us to consider the comfort woman statue as a statue that symbolises all women who suffered in war as Rev Crews insists.  The statue is never free from the intention and the motivation of the people who created and erected it.  The plaques that accompany the statue clearly accuse only the Japanese during World War II and there is no mention of the suffering of any other people forced into prostitution during wars, including for example comfort women during the Korean War and Vietnamese War under the South Korean government’s own military prostitution programme.  It is always important to learn from the past but we have to teach our children to positively construct the future as well.

This is not about dispute over historical facts.  Everyone can have his/her own view.  Yet we must refrain from threatening and adversely affecting other ethnic communities.  There are many cross cultural families in Australia. They are all worried about the safety of their children.

We would like the Uniting Church to rewrite the plaques according to what Rev Crews says himself and house the statue somewhere inside, more private and discreet to minimize the risk of adversely affecting the local communities.  Korean people can visit the statue commemorating women suffered in war in peace without offensive demonstrations.  This is rather a simple and reasonable request.

If you wish to further investigate this issue, please read the articles below:

“Comfort women articles by scholars “

Tetsuhide Yamaoka


Australia-Japan Community Network

Comfort Woman Statue causing racial bullying to Japanese children

Media Release

15 December 2016 

Comfort Woman Statue causing racial bullying to Japanese children 

We release this statement to further clarify our position on this matter.

We received a couple of emails accusing us of using the 18C to challenge the historical facts and whitewash atrocities.  We restate the following.

War ended a long time ago.  Everything was legally settled and we moved on.  Everybody can have own views and interpretation over historical events.  We should be sensitive towards any traumas people carry on.  However we must make sure our local communities are kept in harmony.  We should refrain from using history to achieve political goals.  We stress again that young children are far more susceptible to racial hatred.

We hear from worried and distressed parents especially from North America where such statues were already erected and political demonstrations continuously take place.

Typical cases:

Korean children surround a Japanese child and force him/her to apologize.
Korean children spit at Japanese children and/or spit over lunch boxes of Japanese children.
Korean children tell Japanese children “Japanese are evil race.”

Those Korean children think it is OK to do so watching what their parents say and do.

One case from Strathfield, NSW in 2015.

A Korean boy told his Japanese best friend “Let’s stay friends no matter what adults say and do.”

Another case in Sydney CBD

A Japanese mother visited a Korean own Japanese restaurant in Sydney CBD. Her half Australian daughter was served a boiling water in a cup with a straw.  As she burnt her throat and started crying the mother asked workers at the restaurant to give her water but she was ignored for a long time and she had to push very hard.

We must not allow this to happen in our local communities and we explained this in detail to the Uniting Church asking their cooperation but they did nothing merely saying “The statue is not targeting the Japanese.”  Such an attitude is totally irresponsible and we consider it culpable being a religious organization supposed to work for everyone’s welfare.

Accordingly we are forced to take a formal action.  It is a basic instinct of parents to protect their children.  AJCN is committed to support them.  We can always talk about historical interpretations but that is a separate matter.  Hence 18C is considered relevant in this case.  Please also refer to the attached bullying cases reported by a Japanese scholar who visited local Japanese parents in North America.

Best regards
Tetsuhide Yamaoka
Australia-Japan Community Network

About the Comfort Woman Statue

Media Release
14 December 2016

About the Comfort Woman Statue

As ABC reported AJCN has lodged a complaint against Uniting Church Australia at Human Right Commission.

Completely apart from interpretation of historical facts we have a numerous number of reasons to believe this statue has been promoted as a political tool causing unnecessary animosity and division to local communities. For this reason, Strathfield Council unanimously declined the Korean proposal in 2015 as more than 70% of residents voted No to the statue. More recently, Friedburg in Germany declined the similar proposal having realised that the statue is used as a political tool to put pressure on the Japanese government.
This kind of statues have been erected all over the world, and demonstrations taking place beside the statues are clearly political, racial and often violent. We consider this is a huge intimidation to the Japanese nationals. Please see the photos below for your references. What further concerns us is the fact that those specific Korean people promoting the statue are trying to break the governmental mutual agreement proposed by both Japanese and the South Korean governments. This agreement is implemented with the aim to provide assistance to the families of deceased comfort women and surviving comfort women, and Australian government officially announced that they also support this agreement as well. We hardly understand why we cannot let the two governments settle and build a better relationship for the future. This statue is a clear symbol with the intention of disregarding the governmental agreement.

Mr Abe beheaded beside the statue. Photography taken in South Korea

One of the ceremonies held in the U.S. to promote the “comfort women” statue.
Another point is that, we realised young children are naturally susceptible to racial hatred. We are deeply shocked by the fact that small children in South Korea are educated that Japan is an evil at a very young age in their Anti-Japan education system. The following photos are showing drawings by young Korean children which were displayed at a subway station outside Seoul.

We are frightened to see this kind of hatred has been publically displayed at the place of train station.


 These are placards held up by Korean and Chinese supporters at Strathfield extraordinary council meeting on 11th August 2015. These placards clearly indicate that this issue is far beyond peaceful, but strongly political.

Because of the factors described above, the comfort woman statue has never been a peaceful monument. It can easily trigger racial hatred and provoke discrimination especially amongst young children and student. In 2014, parents who are concerned with particular bullying and hatred their children experienced have sent a letter to Prime Minister Abe asking for a help. This happened in North America and we can easily assume this can happen in Australia, and this is the reason we have been objecting to the erection of statue since 2014. We must avoid it by all means.

In last 6 months we have been explaining these in detail to Rev Bill Crews and the Uniting Church at numerous occasions, however, so far our concerns have been flatly ignored. Hence we are forced to take a more formal action.

What Rev Crews publicly stated also hightens our fear. In a video Korean group submitted online, he appeared and said that he wants to erect the statue facing the public roads to make “perpetrators apologise.” We believe there are no perpetrators in Ashfield in regards to this issue and we are deeply shocked by being called “perpetrators”.

Later Rev Crews changed his words and stated in public that this statue was “representing not only comfort women but also all the women suffered in war, and even those women suffering domestic violence in today’s society.” We see this as an extremely deceptive and misleading act because the plaques attached to the statue are specifically blaming only Japan. This is clearly a form of racial discrimination by singling out the Japanese race.

The comfort woman issue and suffering of women in war is a universal issue that we should all seriously consider about it. However, it does not make sense if today’s mothers and children are subjected to racial hatred and discrimination because of such statue to honor women. Please let us say that we are only working for local parents who have been sensing tension and animosity since this matter was raised by the Korean group in 2014. We respect freedom of speech and thoughts, but we are also committed to protect our children and also maintain our local community harmony. This is the only thing what we are pursuing.

We would like the statue to be kept somewhere private and discreet so that people who are interested can visit but still we can minimise the risk of causing unnecessary harm to the local community which we should value the most. This should be a fair request.

Our message to fellow Australians is;
The world is increasing complex and turbulent. Our challenge is how to avoid importing foreign conflicts into Australia. For that purpose, the key is we put our community harmony first, not last.

I hope this media release help you understand where we stand. Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions.

Best regards
Tetsuhide Yamaoka
Australia-Japan Community Network