Target: Katsuto Momii
Goal: Demand the resignation of newscaster Katsuto Momii, who recently defended sexual slavery in Japan
The new head of Japan’s NHK broadcast company, Katsuto Momii, made some deplorable comments about sex slaves, particularly ‘comfort women’ who were enslaved during World War II. Momii has yet to apologize for his comments, but outrage is already pouring in from news outlets and human rights groups, condemning the man for his defense of sex slavery.
Katsuto Momii was appointed to his position by the Prime Minister, but he is a business man with no history of broadcasting experience. NHK is a publicly funded broadcast, and is known to be neutral on political issues, but in Momii’s first press conference he made very controversial and political comments. Momii said that ‘comfort women’ could be found in any nation at times of war, including Germany and France. He also described the international anger as ‘puzzling,’ but such comments are only adding to tensions with Japan’s other neighbors.
An estimated 200,000 women were forced to work in Japan’s military brothels. Most of these women were Korean, but some Chinese, Philippines and Indonesian women were also conscripted. It is understandable that there would be international outrage over Momii’s comments, since Japan took in prisoners and made them sex slaves. Justice still has not been served to these women, many of whom are living with ill health, poverty, shame, and isolation. Some have already passed away without seeing justice.
Any nation that subjects women to sex slavery is violating human rights, and such actions should never be defended or considered acceptable. It is obvious that Momii has no experience with the broadcasting business, as he has demonstrated very little tact with his comments. Sign this petition and demand this man immediately resign from his position.
Dear Katsuto Momii,
I have been made aware of the comments you made about sex slavery, and quite frankly I am appalled. I cannot believe you are defending such actions, or that you find the backlash you are receiving to be puzzling. I hope you realize that during World War II, Japan forced 200,000 women from several different countries to become prostitutes. They were forced to run brothels and ‘comfort’ military men when they came home. I hope you realize that forcing such women into this humiliating act was robbing them of their human rights.
I find your comments to be very stupid and tactless. The women who worked at these brothels are not from Japan, and your comments are only adding to tensions with other countries. You have no experience as a broadcaster and that has become blatantly obvious. You are working for a broadcast company that is known to be neutral, and yet you are spouting political comments. I demand that you resign at once from your position and apologize profusely to the women you have wronged.
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