Ex-PM Murayama says no need to re-examine 1993 statement on sex slavery

TOKYO — Former Japanese Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama said Feb. 27 it is not necessary to re-examine a 1993 statement on wartime sex slavery in the wake of recent moves by the current government to do so. “There is no meaning in finding fault in or scrutinizing the statement any further,” Murayama, who was Japan’s […]

KOREAN SEX SLAVES: ‘Comfort women’ monument campaign gains momentum

LOS ANGELES — The successful campaign to install a monument in Glendale, Calif. honoring World War II-era “comfort women” signals that Korean Americans and other activists, energized by their victory, will continue to pressure the Japanese government to acknowledge its wartime atrocities. The monument pays tribute to thousands of young women from Korea and other […]

Unveiling of ‘comfort women’ memorial in Glendale, Calif.

GLENDALE, Calif. — Hundreds of people gathered at Glendale Central Park near Los Angeles on July 30 to witness the unveiling of the first “comfort women” memorial on public property on the U.S. West Coast. Supporters, Glendale city officials and other community members attended the event on the sixth anniversary of the passage of Resolution […]

S.F. Board of Supervisors condemns Hashimoto’s remarks about WWII brothels

OSAKA  (Kyodo) — The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has adopted a resolution condemning Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto’s remarks about Japan’s wartime system of military brothels, Osaka city officials said June 24 . Hashimoto, who co-heads the Japan Restoration Party, has come under fire for the remarks claiming the wartime brothels were “necessary” for soldiers. […]

Japanese American lawmaker Honda visits N.J. ‘comfort woman’ memorial

PALISADES PARK, New Jersey (Kyodo) — Japanese American Congressman Mike Honda visited a New Jersey memorial June 7 that honors women forced into sexual slavery for the Japanese military during World War II. “The ‘comfort woman’ issue is a shameful thing,” the California politician said. “It’s a shameful thing and it should be put in […]

JCCCNC statement regarding the mayor of Osaka’s recent comments regarding the justification of supporting ‘comfort women’ during World War II

May 16, 2013 Responding to the recent comments of Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto, the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) has released the following statement. As a Japanese American nonprofit organization founded by members of a community who have suffered the effects of racism and discrimination and who by acts of prejudice […]

Osaka mayor draws local criticism for ‘comfort women’ comments

Following his recent comments on the so-called “comfort women,” Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto received criticism from community members in Osaka’s sister city of San Francisco and the rest of the Bay Area. On May 13 Hashimoto said that women forced into sexual slavery during World War II to serve the Japanese military were deemed “necessary […]

Hashimoto clarifies remarks on ‘comfort women’ after flak

OSAKA (Kyodo) — Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto on May 15 sought to clarify his remarks on a system to recruit women into sexual servitude for Japan’s soldiers during World War II, saying he personally does not condone the scheme. Two days after he made controversial remarks that the so-called comfort women were “necessary to maintain […]

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