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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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