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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.

Saturday, 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

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