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May 20 2015


Welcome to Japan!

Reposted byanti-nuclearvautee

September 14 2014


May 27 2013


Japan’s right-wing politician says sexual slavery is a necessary evil.

AP (May 27 2013) via Yahoo! News:

  • ... [Toru Hashimoto, Osaka Mayor and the co-head of the Japan Restoration Party, had] said that Japan's wartime practice of forcing women from across Asia but mostly from South Korea and China to work in front-line brothels was necessary to maintain discipline and provide relaxation for soldiers. He didn't apologize for those comments Monday, and insisted that Japan's wartime government did not systematically force girls and women into prostitution. "If only Japan is blamed because of the widely held view that the state authority of Japan was intentionally involved in the abduction and trafficking of women, I will have to inform you that this view is incorrect," he said.

  • Hashimoto also urged the government to clarify Japan's landmark apology in a 1993 statement by then-Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono, and clearly state that Japan's government did not systematically force women into prostitution for its wartime military. ...He said the murkiness of the Kono statement has contributed to longstanding disputes between Japan and South Korea. ‘We should bring an end to irrational debate.’

  • ... [In Hashimoto's view] armed forces of nations around the world "seem to have needed women" in past wars and also violated women's human rights during wartime. Singling out Japan was wrong, as this issue also existed in the armed forces of the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and the former Soviet Union during World War II, he alleged, without elaborating.

May 17 2013

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