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

Shinzo Abe gives an assurance on "comfort women". Photo: AFP

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said yesterday his government would not, after all, revise a landmark 1993 apology for wartime sexual slavery, and said he was "deeply pained" by the suffering of women drawn into military brothels during the second world war.

Friday, 14 March, 2014, 10:14pm 3 comments

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

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (centre) is led by a Shinto priest during his controversial visit to the Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo on December 26. Photo: Reuters

The conservative Japanese daily the Yomiuri Shimbun has accused China of dragging Japan into a media "cold war" and trying to alienate it from the international community.

14 Mar 2014 - 10:14pm 8 comments

Japanese politicians say Korean ‘comfort women’ claims fabricated

Korean women pay respects at the Glendale statue. Photo: AFP

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 military prostitution during the second world war.

26 Feb 2014 - 8:42am 1 comment

Caroline Kennedy snubs NHK over governor’s nationalist comments

Caroline Kennedy

The US embassy in Tokyo was keeping silent after a report said Ambassador Caroline Kennedy had declined to be interviewed by Japan's national broadcaster because of controversial comments about the second world war by a member of the corporation's board of governors.

18 Feb 2014 - 6:45am 3 comments

War sex slavery unspeakably bad, says former Japanese PM Tomiichi Murayama

Portraits of "comfort women" at a Toechon museum. Photo: AP

Japan had committed "indescribable wrongdoings" by forcing women from South Korea and elsewhere to serve as sex slaves to its wartime troops, former prime minister Tomiichi Murayama said yesterday.

12 Feb 2014 - 11:58pm 2 comments

Japanese nationalists in war of words over 'comfort women'

Shintaro Ishihara (left) and Toru Hashimoto, two leading figures in the nationalist Japan Restoration Party. Photo: AFP

Two of Japan's fiercest nationalist politicians are at loggerheads over the issue of comfort women, with Shintaro Ishihara emerging as an unlikely defender of the wartime sex slaves.

21 Jun 2013 - 1:13am 4 comments

'Comfort women' deserve proper apology from Japan

Toru Hashimoto, mayor of Osaka. Photo: MCT

Loose-lipped politicians are a problem for any government. Japan seems particularly bedevilled by them. Rising political star Toru Hashimoto has been especially insensitive, his recent comments on comfort women heightening regional outrage and prompting criticism in Europe and North America. 

3 Jun 2013 - 2:32am

Outspoken Toru Hashimoto may have to quit as Japan Restoration Party leader

Illustration: Craig Stephens

Rumours have constantly swirled around the life of Toru Hashimoto, the colourful mayor of Osaka and the founder of the nationalist Nippon Ishin no Kai, or the Japan Restoration Party (JRP).

2 Jun 2013 - 7:36am

Japanese minister rejects 'comfort women' remark

 Itsunori Onodera, Minister of Defense of Japan speaks at the International Institute for Strategic Studies 12th Asia Security Summit in central Singapore. Photo: EPA

Japan's defence minister yesterday disowned remarks by an outspoken mayor who said "comfort women" forced to provide sex during the second world war were a military necessity.

2 Jun 2013 - 7:34am 1 comment

Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto sorry for insulting US in prostitute row

Toru Hashimoto speaks at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Tokyo. Photo: EPA

An outspoken Japanese politician apologised yesterday for saying US troops should patronise prostitutes as a way to reduce rapes, but defended another remark about Japan's use of sex slaves during the second world war.

28 May 2013 - 2:42am 3 comments

Korean 'comfort women' refuse to meet Osaka mayor

Bang Chung-Ja, co-chair of the Korean Council for Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery, hands over a protest petition to an Osaka City Hall official. Photo: Reuters

A Japanese politician on Friday apologised to women forcibly drafted into military brothels during the second world war after his comments about them being a military necessity sparked outrage.

25 May 2013 - 1:46am 1 comment

Sex slave storm Osaka mayor accuses South Korea of hypocrisy

A South Korean protester uses a knife to tear a portrait of Japanese Mayor of Osaka Toru Hashimoto during a rally against Japan in front of the Japanese ambassador's residence in Seoul, South Korea, on Tuesday. Photo: AP

Toru Hashimoto, the nationalist mayor of Osaka, is defying public opinion at home and abroad to remain on the attack on the issue of "comfort women" sex slaves. Nearly a week after he ignited a storm of protest by saying comfort women were "necessary" to maintain wartime discipline, Hashimoto has now accused South Korea of hypocrisy.

22 May 2013 - 2:39am

Osaka mayor says South Korean troops guilty of sex abuse

A South Korean protester uses a knife to tear a portrait of Japanese Mayor of Osaka Toru Hashimoto during a rally against Japan in front of the Japanese ambassador's residence in Seoul, South Korea, on Tuesday. Photo: AP

South Korean soldiers were guilty of abusing women in wartime, a Japanese mayor said in comments reported on Tuesday, days after he provoked a storm by labelling second world war sex slaves a military necessity.

21 May 2013 - 4:14pm 1 comment

Polls show majority of Japanese disagree with Osaka mayor on comfort women

Osaka mayor and Japan Restoration Party co-leader Toru Hashimoto on Friday. Photo: AFP

A large majority of Japanese people disagree with a high-profile politician who said women forced to provide sex during the second world war were a military necessity, polls issued on Monday said.

20 May 2013 - 4:57pm 1 comment

Maverick Japanese mayor confuses prostitution with sex slavery

Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto, right, a founder and co-leader of the Japan Restoration Party, speaks to journalists in Osaka, Japan. Photo: AP

The right-wing revisionism of Japan's ruling party, stacked to the decks with organisation men who are either progeny of former war criminals and war profiteers, or unduly inspired by the warriors interred at the Yasukuni Shrine, is worrisome enough, but even independents are marching to the militant drumbeat.

20 May 2013 - 1:52am