Basis for sex slave apology scrutinized

Feb 20, 2014

Basis for sex slave apology scrutinized

In a move sure to further exacerbate the already strained Japan-South Korea relations, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has said the Abe government will consider re-examining a 20-year-old study that led to a landmark apology over Japan’s wartime system of forced sexual servitude. Suga, ...

'Comfort women' running out of time

Feb 13, 2014

'Comfort women' running out of time

by Foster Klug

A single picture captures the regret, shame and rage that Kim Gun-ja has harbored through most of her 89 years. Dressed in a long white wedding gown, she carries a bouquet of red flowers and stares at the camera, her deep wrinkles obscured by ...

Seoul lauds envoy’s sex slave stance

Feb 9, 2014

Seoul lauds envoy’s sex slave stance

Japan’s ambassador to South Korea has made comments taken as a step forward on the issue of South Korean women who were forced to provide sex for Japanese soldiers before and during World War II, according to a recent report by a South Korean ...

Jan 23, 2014

South Korea urged to move ties forward

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida on Wednesday stressed his hopes for moving Tokyo’s relations with Seoul forward in a meeting with South Korean Second Vice Foreign Minister Cho Tae-yul. According to the Foreign Ministry, Kishida described Japan’s relations with South Korea as “important to Japan” ...

Book seeks to educate about an ugly legacy

Nov 27, 2013

Book seeks to educate about an ugly legacy

by Keiji Hirano

A Tokyo museum has published a book about wartime sex slaves aimed at enhancing public awareness following a series of remarks by politicians demonstrating their ignorance over the “comfort women” issue. The book is based on a 2007 exhibition at the Women’s Active Museum ...

Nov 5, 2013

Japan stands by 'aggression' portion of 1995 war apology

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Tuesday that the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stands by the 1995 statement on Japan’s wartime conduct, including the statement that refers to Tokyo’s “aggression,” apparently to allay concerns in China and South Korea. During a session of ...