To destroy a people, obliterate their understanding of history. Either Japanese media executives haven’t read “1984,” or they’ve failed to get George Orwell’s point.

The Yomiuri, Japan’s biggest-circulation daily newspaper, last week formally apologized for describing as “sex slaves” the many thousands of Asian women trafficked to Japanese military brothels before and during World War II. The move came after liberal rival Asahi withdrew a series of articles on the forcible rounding-up of Korean “comfort women.”

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