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In her March 21 letter, “Is U.S. qualified to throw stones?,” Noriko Yoshimoto questions whether the “comfort women” issue is being used by the United States to put political pressure on Japan in an effort to pacify North Korea during current negotiations. She also (quite rightly) criticizes the U.S. mainstream media on its coverage of the Iraq war.

As to whether the U.S. is qualified to “poke its nose into a very sensitive, 60-year-old issue,” the answer is: probably not. But is the attitude of the Japanese mainstream media any more commendable than that of its American counterparts? How else can one explain the fact that the comfort women has been an issue for 60 years?

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