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29. Japan's prime minister denies responsibility for wartime brothels
TOKYO: A denial by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that the Japanese military had forced foreign women into sexual slavery during World War II is a clear sign that the government is preparing to reject a 1993 government statement that acknowledged the military's role in setting up brothels and forcing, either directly or indirectly, women into sexual slavery...

...Abe, whose approval ratings have been plummeting over a series of scandals and perceived weak leadership, seemed to side with this group. A nationalist who long led efforts to revise wartime history, Abe softened his tone after becoming prime minister last autumn. In fact, he at first said that he recognized the validity of the declaration, angering his conservative base...

...Historians believe that some 200,000 women Koreans, Chinese, Taiwanese and Filipinos, as well as Japanese, Dutch and other European women served in Japanese military brothels. For decades, Japan denied that its military had been involved, calling the brothels private enterprises and the women prostitutes.

But in 1992, a Japanese historian, Yoshiaki Yoshimi, outraged by government denials, went to the Defense Agency's library and unearthed, after two days of searching, documents revealing military involvement in establishing brothels...

...At the same time, many former sex slaves have stepped forward with their stories in recent years. Three testified in the U.S. Congress recently, saying that Japanese soldiers had kidnapped them and forced them to have sex with dozens of soldiers a day.

One of the two Korean women who testified before the U.S. Congress, Lee Yong Soo, spoke in Tokyo on Friday. "Japan says there was no force involved, that there were no comfort women they say all sorts of things," Lee said. "But as a victim who was forcibly taken, as someone who lived through those events, I'm a living witness."

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  -(AP) Japan's Abe: No Proof of WWII Sex Slaves Eugene  Mar-01-07 11:58 AM   #0 
  - This Japanese PM won't last long, either  lebkuchen   Mar-01-07 12:03 PM   #1 
  - I'm not up to date on all the facts  maddezmom   Mar-01-07 12:03 PM   #2 
  - why? because he says so?  SemperEadem   Mar-01-07 12:04 PM   #3 
  - Yes, and also because  lebkuchen   Mar-01-07 01:04 PM   #15 
  - Nations that don't own up to their past sins are at risk for engaging in them again in the future  brentspeak   Mar-01-07 12:05 PM   #4 
  - Or America's in Vietnam  youngdem   Mar-01-07 02:11 PM   #21 
  - Comforting to know we're not the only country run by a heartless moron.  Phredicles   Mar-01-07 12:06 PM   #5 
  - It Never Has Before, Why Should Now Be Any Different?  Demeter   Mar-01-07 12:27 PM   #11 
  - The ones that survived, anyways  Canuckistanian   Mar-01-07 10:00 PM   #26 
  - The hell with them -- and blessing upon the so-called "Comfort Women"  LostinVA   Mar-01-07 12:09 PM   #6 
  - Just as we Americans...  heliarc   Mar-01-07 12:28 PM   #12 
  - Yes and it goes on today in 21st Century America some 50,000 women and kids each year  Shallah   Mar-01-07 08:27 PM   #25 
  - They behaved like subhumanoid types  saigon68   Mar-01-07 12:35 PM   #14 
  - GOOGLE THE BUMS.....Results 1,660,000 for JAPANESE SEX TOURS.  YEBBA   Mar-01-07 12:16 PM   #8 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Mar-01-07 12:20 PM   #10 
  - I'm not sure that your characterization is fair  heliarc   Mar-02-07 12:58 PM   #35 
  - Oh, did the last sex slave finally die recently?  krispos42   Mar-01-07 12:18 PM   #9 
  - it's true - during and right after the war there were articles/photos,  donsu   Mar-01-07 12:35 PM   #13 
  - The Great Rewrite Strategy  genie_weenie   Mar-01-07 01:18 PM   #16 
  - I think America  otherlander   Mar-02-07 10:34 PM   #41 
  - One Word Suffices:  endarkenment   Mar-01-07 01:19 PM   #17 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Mar-01-07 01:37 PM   #19 
     - And a little closer...  MrPrax   Mar-01-07 08:15 PM   #24 
  - Somehow I suspect that this is not a case of his being an ...  damntexdem   Mar-01-07 01:25 PM   #18 
  - *spews water on screen*  pc1971   Mar-01-07 01:45 PM   #20 
     - That's like saying he's as smart as a box of rocks....  pokercat999   Mar-01-07 03:46 PM   #22 
     - How smart is he compared to Blair? Or Howard? Or Harper? Or Berlusconi?  BestCenter   Mar-01-07 04:42 PM   #23 
     - The governer of Tokyo was already a fascist asshole...  Nabeshin   Mar-01-07 11:28 PM   #27 
     - Under a parliamentary system, you don't vote for the Prime Minister  Lydia Leftcoast   Mar-02-07 05:59 PM   #38 
  - No proof......  scot   Mar-02-07 12:29 AM   #28 
  - Japan's prime minister denies responsibility for wartime brothels  greyhound1966   Mar-02-07 10:32 AM   #29 
  - I neglected to comment on this yesterday but I'll just say...  Kagemusha   Mar-02-07 10:32 AM   #30 
  - I'm wondering just how prevalent this move to "scrub history" is in Japan?  greyhound1966   Mar-02-07 10:32 AM   #32 
  - Yes and no.  Kagemusha   Mar-02-07 07:15 PM   #40 
  - in the words of my esteemed grandmother:  pc1971   Mar-02-07 10:32 AM   #33 
     - what kind of voting machines do the Japanese use?  donsu   Mar-02-07 01:28 PM   #36 
        - Who needs voting machines when you have gerrymandering?  Lydia Leftcoast   Mar-02-07 06:09 PM   #39 
  - That guy needs a visit from Poppy  Turbineguy   Mar-02-07 10:32 AM   #31 
  - AP: Growing Chorus Slams War-Brothel Remarks  Eugene   Mar-02-07 10:43 AM   #34 
  - Sure, and the Imperial Japanese Army didn't destroy Nanking, either  Barrett808   Mar-02-07 05:38 PM   #37 

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