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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese politicians say Korean ‘comfort women’ claims fabricated

    Posted Feb 25th 2014, 10:38pm by Julian Ryall

    ... Julian Ryall in Tokyo Statue-protest politicians urge review of apology for forced prostitution Comfort women claims 'fabricated' A group of Japanese politicians who visited California to protest about a statue in honour of Asian "comfort women" have joined the movement demanding the government reconsider the apology made in 1993 to the victims of forced ...

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    Japan’s 1993 apology for sex slavery won’t be revised, Shinzo Abe says

    Posted Mar 14th 2014, 10:14pm by AFP

    ... for wartime sexual slavery, and said he was "deeply pained" by the suffering of women drawn into military brothels during the second world war. Abe has faced criticism for his government's plan to review what is known as the Kono statement, which acknowledged official complicity in the coercion of military sex slaves. Respected historians say up to 200,000 women, mostly from ...

  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Beijing criticised for dragging Japan into a media ‘cold war’

    Posted Mar 14th 2014, 03:31pm

    ... victory on Wednesday, with The New York Times correcting an editorial it ran on March 2 which was critical of Abe’s plans to withdraw an apology to women forced into sexual slavery ...

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    Caroline Kennedy snubs NHK over governor’s nationalist comments

    Posted Feb 17th 2014, 10:58pm by Julian Ryall

    ... the Japanese government's position on the sovereignty of islands that both Tokyo and Beijing claim at a press conference last month. Momii also said the issue of "comfort women" forced into sexual slavery for the Imperial Japanese Army during the early decades of the last century was "puzzling". "[The issue of] comfort women is bad by the morals of today, ...

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    Japanese military displays a softer side as Shinzo Abe seeks to boost its role

    Posted Apr 14th 2014, 10:35pm by AFP

    ... and doing pull-ups. And a three-times-a-year, match-making event with ground, air and maritime officers drew a record 1,427 applications from single women last month, more than 10 for every ...

  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan’s ex-PM says comfort women apology review not in country’s interests

    Posted Feb 27th 2014, 05:17pm by Agence France-Presse

    ... the government said it would re-examine the matter. Tomiichi Murayama said moves by Shinzo Abe’s administration to reopen the issue of so-called “comfort women” would achieve nothing more than offending Koreans. “It is no mistake that the Japanese military needed comfort women stations and the government was involved in establishing them,” said Murayama, who as prime minister issued a general ...

  7. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan considers revision of comfort women apology

    Posted Feb 24th 2014, 03:58pm by Agence France-Presse

    ... in South Korea and beyond. Evidence given by “comfort women”- those forced to work in military brothels- that forms the basis of the 1993 Kono Statement, is to be re-examined, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Monday. “The testimonies of comfort women were taken on the premise of their being closed-door sessions. The government will consider whether there can be a revision ...

  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Head of Japanese broadcaster NHK puzzled by fuss over 'comfort women'

    Posted Jan 26th 2014, 04:36pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Tokyo Head of broadcaster NHK said country's use of wartime ‘comfort women' a 'fact of those times' Brothel remarks likely to add to regional tensions Japan ... apologetic tone. The issue of "comfort women", as those forced to work in the wartime brothels are euphemistically known in Japan, is a flashpoint in Japan's relationship with Asian ...

  9. News - Asia - JAPAN

    South Korea, Japan and the US to hold summit in The Hague next week

    Posted Mar 21st 2014, 05:17pm by Reuters

    ... linked to Japan's 1910-45 colonial rule, its wartime use of women in military brothels, and a territorial dispute over islands. Recent surveys have shown that the Japanese leader is more ... remorse for wartime abuses, particularly the use of sex slaves, known as "comfort women". Japanese politicians express exasperation at the repeated requests for contrition, pointing ...

  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Accusations over wartime sex slaves a total lie, say Japanese nationalists

    Posted Mar 04th 2014, 03:21am by Reuters

    ... women forced to serve in wartime brothels, insisting accounts that tens of thousands of women were forcibly recruited were a "total lie". Noriaki Nakayama, a lawmaker from the nationalist Japan Restoration Party, which Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government looks to for support, dismissed any notion of large-scale forced recruitment of women. "The things Korea ...




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