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Last Sunday our fickle prime minister, Shinzo Abe, stated that he would stand by the 1993 apology for forcing Asian women to have sex with Japanese troops during World War II. This reader is terribly confused: Just three days earlier Abe had reiterated that there was no evidence of “coercion” by Japan’s wartime government in using women across Asia as sex slaves. Why would he stand by such an apology if he apparently believes that no wrong was ever done?

On Monday, Abe stated that he would make no further apology for Japan’s wartime sex slavery even as the U.S. Congress considered a resolution urging him to do so. Corporate Japan must be sweating bullets right now.

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