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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.

Sunday, 2 June, 2013, 7:34am 1 comment

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

Osaka mayor hits back at US in row over war sex slaves

Osaka Mayor and Japan Restoration Party co-leader Toru Hashimoto leaves a press conference at Osaka city hall. Photo: AFP

Osaka’s abrasive mayor on Friday hit back at US criticism of his remarks on wartime sex slavery, claiming American troops abused Japanese women during their seven-year occupation.

18 May 2013 - 5:13am 12 comments

Osaka mayor to apologise to former wartime 'comfort women'

Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto. Photo: AP

The maverick mayor of Osaka will meet former wartime sex slaves, reports said yesterday after he pledged to apologise to them, although insisting that Japan's soldiers were not unique in brutalising women.

17 May 2013 - 1:46am

Japan government distances itself from 'comfort women' comment

Toru Hashimoto. Photo: AP

The Japanese government on Tuesday distanced itself from comments by a prominent politician that the so-called “comfort women” of second world war served a “necessary” role by keeping troops in check.

15 May 2013 - 1:35am 13 comments