Japan, S. Korea strike landmark deal on ‘comfort women’

SEOUL — Japan and South Korea on Dec. 28 struck a landmark deal to “finally and irreversibly” resolve the protracted dispute over Korean women who were procured for Japan’s wartime military brothels. As part of the deal, Japan will contribute 1 billion yen ($8.4 million) from its state budget in a foundation South Korea will […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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