Tag - sex-slaves



Sep 29, 2014
Condemnation attributed to 'utter nonsense'
Were 'comfort women' sex slaves for Japanese soldiers in World War II? If you recognize that prostitution is largely a form of physical bondage, they were. But forcibly rounding up women for the work would be a different matter. Recently the testimony of a man who claimed to have helped with the roundups was judged to be false, after causing Japan consternation for three decades.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Sep 20, 2014
Park receives letter from Abe asking for summit
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe asked South Korean President Park Geun-hye for a summit meeting in a letter handed over on Friday, seeking a breakthrough in bilateral ties frozen by disagreements over Japan's wartime past, including the "comfort women" issue.
JAPAN / Media
Sep 6, 2014
Asahi Shimbun apologizes for balking at columnist's 'comfort women' commentary
The Asahi Shimbun issued an apology Saturday for initially refusing to publish its monthly column by journalist Akira Ikegami, who had chosen to comment on the daily's review of its 1980s-1990s reports on the "comfort women" issue.
Jun 25, 2014
Stop undermining Kono statement
A government panel has reported that some parts of the 1993 statement by then Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono concerning the "comfort women" at Japan's wartime frontline brothels were the product of diplomatic negotiations between Tokyo and Seoul. Still, the panel's findings do not change the basic...
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 15, 2014
Tokyo compiled '93 'comfort women' apology on its own: South Korea
A South Korean Foreign Ministry official said Sunday that Tokyo acted on its own in acknowledging that the Imperial Japanese military coerced Asian and other women to work in brothels before and during World War II.
JAPAN / History
May 24, 2014
'Comfort women' memorial set to be unveiled in metro Washington
A monument to the women who were forced to work in Japan's wartime military brothels will be unveiled in a Washington suburb this week, local authorities involved in the project confirmed.
Japan Times
May 17, 2014
Commemorating national trauma in South Korea
Memorials suggest neighbor has no inclination to forgive or forget colonial rule, a past Japan downplays
JAPAN / Politics
May 15, 2014
S. Korea, Japan talk sex slaves, forced labor
Senior officials from Japan and South Korea met Thursday in Tokyo as part of efforts to improve bilateral relations strained by historical issues related to Japan's 1910 to 1945 rule of the Korean Peninsula and a territorial dispute over islets in the Sea of Japan, which Seoul calls the East Sea.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 27, 2014
China releases trove of Japanese sex slave records
China has released previously confidential Japanese wartime documents, including some about "comfort women" forced to serve in military brothels during World War II, state media reported.
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 13, 2014
Japan, South Korea to hold high-level talks on Wednesday
Director general-level talks are scheduled to pave the way for an Abe-Park summit and to discuss issues that include Japan's wartime sexual enslavement of Korean women.
Mar 23, 2014
Abe aide calls for new statement on wartime sex slavery
A special advisor to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe suggests issuing a new political statement on wartime sex slavery, saying “it would not be strange if new findings emerge.”
Japan Times
Mar 23, 2014
Imperial Japanese military paid Bali residents to hush up wartime sex slavery
The Japanese military used money to cover up its secret sex slave brothels on Bali during the war, a document dug up at the National Archives of Japan says.
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 18, 2014
Seoul restates call for Japan to take 'specific actions' to enable summit
South Korea on Tuesday renewed calls for Japan to take "specific actions" to set the mood for a summit between their leaders.
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 4, 2014
Nationalists press Abe to revisit Kono apology
Right-wing lawmakers are leaning harder on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to re-evaluate the government's 1993 apology for the enslavement of women to serve as prostitutes for Japan's wartime forces, in the face of international criticism against such an effort.
Japan Times
Feb 27, 2014
'Comfort women' statues spur debate
In the northern Los Angeles suburb of Glendale, population 192,000, sits a public park with a simple statue that has become a lightning rod in the brewing political storm among the United States, Japan and South Korea over the past few months.
Feb 27, 2014
60 out of 207 South Korean sex slaves took atonement pay
Only about 30 percent of former South Korean wartime sex slaves have accepted atonement money from a private Japanese fund, the fund's former executive director said Thursday, revealing the exact number of beneficiaries.
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 19, 2014
Park thanks U.S. lawmaker in Seoul for support over sex slavery issue
South Korean President Park Geun-hye thanked a senior U.S. congressman for his support in Seoul's efforts to resolve the issue of Korean women who were forced to work at Japanese military brothels during the war.
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 4, 2014
U.S. lawmakers call on Kerry to press for sex slave apology
Three U.S. lawmakers have called on Secretary of State John Kerry to press Japan to apologize to the women, mostly from Asia, forcibly recruited to provide sex to Japanese soldiers during World War II.
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 28, 2014
Abe in Diet mum on storm over NHK boss' 'comfort women' stance
Seeking to avoid a political minefield, Prime Minister Shinu00adzo Abe declines to comment on NHK Chairman Kau00adtsuto Momii's recent explosive remark on wartime sexual servitude.
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 23, 2014
South Korea urged to move ties forward
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida on Wednesday stressed his hopes for moving Tokyo's relations with Seoul forward in a meeting with South Korean Second Vice Foreign Minister Cho Tae-yul.


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