A Japan-born Nikkei’s case for the ‘comfort women’ resolution in S.F.

I am in support of a resolution to set up a memorial to remember and honor the women in Asia and the Pacific Islands who endured the Japanese Military “Comfort Women” (Sexual Slavery) System from the mid-1930s through the end of World War II. A public hearing on this resolution, which was introduced to the […]

Proposed memorial in S.F. for sex slaves causes divided opinions

A proposal to create a memorial in San Francisco for the so-called “comfort women,” has created a controversy within the city’s Japanese American community following the resolution’s introduction to the city’s Board of Supervisors July 14. The resolution, sponsored by Supervisor Eric Mar of San Francisco’s District 1, urges San Francisco to establish a memorial […]

Abe upholds Japan’s past remorse over WWII, but no fresh apology

TOKYO — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe upheld Japan’s past apologies over its wartime actions as “unshakable” in a statement issued Aug. 14 to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, but stopped short of offering a fresh apology of his own. “The most important message to be conveyed by the statement […]

Resolution for ‘comfort women’ memorial in SF moves to committee

While the San Francisco Board of Supervisors at its July 21 full meeting moved a resolution in support of a “comfort women” memorial to committee, the public comment session had those on both sides of establishing a memorial to remember the victims of the Japanese military’s wartime sexual enslavement of women trying to espouse their […]

Japan Prime Minister Abe in historic speech vows to uphold past war statements

WASHINGTON — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in a landmark speech to the U.S. Congress on April 29, said he will stick to statements by his predecessors expressing “deep remorse” over Japan’s wartime behavior. Abe admitted that Japan’s actions “brought suffering to the peoples” in other Asian countries before and during World War II, but his […]

Yomiuri Shimbun prints apology for ‘inappropriate expressions’

The Japan News, an English-language daily published by The Yomiuri Shimbun, printed an apology Nov. 28 citing the use of “sex slave” in 97 articles between February of 1992 through January of 2013 for its reporting on issues of so-called “comfort women.” The Japan News, under its previous masthead as The Daily Yomiuri, used the […]

‘Comfort women’ were victims of sexual slavery: U.S. expert

WASHINGTON — Women who served in Japanese wartime military brothels can be viewed as victims of sexual slavery as they were recruited against their will, Mike Mochizuki, an associate professor at George Washington University, said in a recent interview with Kyodo News. The Japanese government has opposed labeling the so-called “comfort women” as “sex slaves” […]

Korean ‘comfort women’ speak in defense of memorial in California

LOS ANGELES — Two Korean women have offered statements about their wartime experiences of being forced to provide sex to Japanese soldiers, in support of the California city of Glendale which is fighting a lawsuit that seeks to remove a “comfort women” memorial in a city park. The Korean American Forum of California said July […]

Obama speaks on ‘comfort women,’ seeks better Japan-S. Korea ties

SEOUL — U.S. President Barack Obama broke his silence on a wartime history-related issue that has strained ties between Japan and South Korea at the end of his tour of the two U.S. allies in East Asia. Mentioning the pain of women who were forced to work at Japanese military brothels before and during World […]

Japan, South Korea remain apart over ‘comfort women’ issue

SEOUL (Kyodo) — Japan and South Korea failed to narrow differences during a meeting April 16 on the issue of Korean women forced to serve at brothels for the wartime Japanese military. “It was a very meaningful consultation in that we were able to deepen understanding on each other’s position and situation,” Junichi Ihara, director […]

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