Kenji Maekawa used to be Asahi shimbun correspondent who stationed in Seoul.
Maekawa "When I was in Kawasaki branch around 1980, I received a call from a man who wanted to talk about wartime mobilization , it was Yoshida."
"Yoshida said his job during WWII was to take Korean laborers coercively but he said nothing about comfort women."
"I was writing about Korean civilian workers for the military on the regional paper at the time. I interviewed many of them. I've never heard things like what Yoshida said."
"When I asked him where he took them to, he wasn't able to answer."
"In those days, Koreans wanted to go to Japan to make money but Japan limited migration from Korea.
Wartime mobilization would be a chance for them."
- After Asahi's comfort women coverage based on Yoshida statement.
"I went to Seoul and interviewed many old people about comfort women taken coercively but nobody heard of such a rumor."
"One guy said that would cause riots if it really happened."
*Gwangju Student Independence Movement*
On October 30, 1929, Japanese students in the train station in Naju
harassed a few Korean female students. This incident was the initial
cause of anti-Japanese demonstrations in various high schools in Gwangju.
"There was no necessity to kidnap women for prostitution. Brothels were everywhere, pimps were everywhere, and parents to sell their daughters were common just like Japan in those days."