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 statueThe 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.