Please Join Us in Demanding a Fair Ruling from the Court:
On January 20, 2016, there will be a long-awaited court ruling on
the defamation suit filed by Yoshiaki Yoshimi, professor of history at Chuo
University, against Fumiki Sakurauchi, a former member of the House of
Representatives and the Japan Restoration Party.
Professor Yoshimi is a leading expert on the issue of Japanese “comfort
women” and is widely respected by his peers around the world for his
groundbreaking work. However, in spite of such achievements, he was publicly
disgraced by Sakurauchi, who stated in front of the Foreign Correspondents’
Club of Japan (FCCJ) that his work is a “fabrication,” and continued to make derogatory
comments in front of a court with no intention of withdrawing his remarks. Moreover,
Sakurauchi, the defendant, insisted that “the theory of equating ‘comfort women’
with sexual slaves is a fabrication,” and that “the part of Yoshimi’s work which
claims ‘comfort women’ were sexual slaves is completely a fabrication.”
The claim that the Japanese system of “comfort women” was not an
institution of sexual slavery ignores the history of violence and oppression
caused by the Japanese state and military, and inflicts further harm upon its
If Yoshimi does not win this case, not only will he be denied the
dignity that he deserves, but it will also deny dignity and honor to the victims
who have been hurt by the defendant’s statements.
Please lend us your support by signing this international petition demanding
a fail ruling from the court—a judgment that upholds justice and true history
for the world to see.
*Please access the petition from here:
International Petition Demanding a Fair
Ruling from the Court
To: Tokyo District Court, Collegiate
Section 1E of 33rd Civil Division
We, the citizens of Japan, and citizens of the world, demand that
the court arrive at a fair and just decision on the defamation suit filed by Yoshiaki
Yoshimi, professor of history at Chuo University, against Fumiki Sakurauchi, former
member of the House of Representatives and Japan Restoration Party—which will
receive a ruling on January 20, 2016 (CASE CLAIMING DAMAGES ETC. 2013 (wa) No.
The plaintiff, Professor Yoshimi, has done more than anyone to
uncover the reality of the history of Japanese “comfort women” through the careful
investigation of documents and testimonies. He thus brought rays of hope to the
victims and demonstrated Japan’s conscience to the world. However, the
defendant, Sakurauchi, made remarks asserting that the plaintiff’s work is a “fabrication”
and stated in court that “the part of Yoshimi’s work which claims ‘comfort
women’ were sexual slaves is completely a fabrication.”
Dismissing a scholar’s lifelong work and the conclusions resulting
from it as a “fabrication” is not only a serious act of defamation, but also an
outrageous attack on the societal value of scholarship in general.
The world’s eyes are upon Japan and its judiciary to see what kind
of ruling it will produce against the defendant, who has claimed as “fabrication”
the lifework of a world-renowned expert on the issue of “comfort women.”
We strongly plead the court to arrive at a fair ruling—a judgment
that upholds justice and true history for the world to see. Signature is here
요시미 요시아키 교수(일본 츄오대학교)님이 사쿠라우치 후미키 당시 일본유신회중의원의원을명예훼손으로 제소한 소송이 2016년 1월 20일, 드디어
요시미 교수님은일본군’위안부’ 문제 관련 분야의제일인자로서일본 뿐만아니라세계적으로신뢰받는연구자입니다. 그러한 사람의저서를 사쿠라우치 씨는 외국특파원협회기자회견에서 ‘날조’라고발언하였습니다. 이것은 명백히 요시미 교수님의명예를 훼손한 것입니다. 그럼에도불구하고발언을철회하기는커녕, 법정에서도 또 다른 명예훼손이라고 해야 할 발언을 되풀이했습니다. 또 피고측은 ‘위안부=성노예 설은 날조’라며,
요시미 교수님이저서 안에서 ‘위안부는성노예라고단정한부분은 날조’라고도주장하기시작했습니다.
일본군 ‘위안부’는성노예제도가아니라는주장은일본국가・군대가과거에 저지른 지배와폭력, 그역사를 외면하는것이며피해자를 다시 한번 모욕하는것입니다.
만약 이재판에서 패소한다면요시미 교수님의명예회복이 이루어질수없을뿐만아니라, 피고측의주장에의해다시한번 훼손된피해여성들의명예도회복할수없습니다.
도쿄지방재판소민사제 33부합의 1 E계귀중
요시미요시아키 교수(츄오대학교)가사쿠라우치 후미키 당시 일본유신회 중의원의원을명예훼손으로 제소한재판(헤세이 25년 (와) 제19679호손해배상 등청구사건)이 2016년 1월 20일,판결을 맞이하게 되었습니다. 이를 앞두고, 우리일본시민, 그리고세계시민은 법원이 공정하고정의로운판결을 내도록간절히요청합니다.
원고요시미요시아키 씨는 면밀한 자료조사와증언청취 등에의해일본군 ‘위안부’ 문제의실태해명에누구보다크게공헌하였으며, 세계에일본의양심을과시해왔습니다. 또
일본군’위안부’ 피해자들에게는 묻혀진 진실을 밝혀주는 희망의 빛으로서의 역할을 해 오셨습니다. 그런데피고는이원고의저서를 ‘날조’라고발언하고,또본 법정에서는원고가 “위안부는성노예라고단정한부분은날조”라고도 말했습니다.
연구자의연구업적을날조라공언하고,더욱이 그 업적의결론이라고도할 수 있는명제를날조라고지적하는행위는연구자에대한중대한명예훼손일뿐만아니라연구자의사회적존재자체를부정하는폭력입니다.
일본군‘위안부’문제와 관련한연구자로서국제적으로도명망높은원고의 바로 그 업적을 ‘날조’라고단정한피고에대해서일본의사법이어떤판단을내릴지 전 세계시민들도주목하고있습니다.