South Korean protesters hold up signs during a weekly anti-Japanese demonstration supporting “comfort women”, who served as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during second world war, in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul this month. The Japan Times said on Friday that it would no longer use the term ‘comfort women’. Photo: AFP

Fury as ‘comfort women’ and ‘forced labour’ definitions are changed by The Japan Times, amid concern that it is bowing to rightwing pressure over country’s WWII history

  • The paper says not all comfort women were sex slaves, and not all Korean workers forced into labour – sparking anger among staff and readers
  • The move comes amid concern over rightwing pressure to change perceptions of Japan’s actions in the second world war
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South Korean protesters hold up signs during a weekly anti-Japanese demonstration supporting “comfort women”, who served as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during second world war, in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul this month. The Japan Times said on Friday that it would no longer use the term ‘comfort women’. Photo: AFP
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