National / Politics Mar 14, 2014

Abe: Kono sex slave apology stands

Japan will not retract its 1993 apology for forcing women into sexual slavery in military brothels during the war, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says in an attempt to ease tensions with South Korea.

Editorials Mar 7, 2014

Don't reopen old wounds

If the Abe administration tries to weaken or scrap the 1993 "Kono statement," the perception is likely to strengthen in the international community that it is bent on whitewashing Japan's wartime behavior and, even today, lacks respect for the honor and dignity of women.

Abe risks much with sex slave issue

National / History Feb 15, 2013

Abe risks much with sex slave issue

Among the components that make up the conservative agenda advocated by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, one stands out for its potential to inflame international relations: a review of Japan's official stance on the forced recruitment of Asian and European women and girls into wartime ...