• Kyodo


A book written by a man who provided controversial accounts about wartime “comfort women” was vandalized last month at a library in the city of Fukuoka, sources said Thursday.

The library has suspended public access to the 1983 book by Seiji Yoshida, who wrote about women on the South Korean island of Jeju being forcibly taken to Japanese military brothels during the war

Words and lines were scrawled on nine pages, including six pages where the word “traitor” was written after Yoshida’s name.

The Asahi Shimbun recently retracted stories about Yoshida’s accounts after admitting they turned out to be false.

A library patron reported the vandalism when returning the book on Oct. 16.

After the book is repaired, it will only be accessible by request at the city’s main library and will not be loaned out.

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