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    Alex80

    So what? Japan was never interested to be respected on the world stage in its history. It even shut down from world in feudal era.

    Indeed, Japan was forced to open itself by the "friendly" imperialist Americans, who threatened war on it if Japan had rejected. And today Perry is celebrated as a "friend" in Japan, even though he was a criminal imperialist. This is how the US and Japanese culture and whitewashed its history, also after WWII. The US always supported Japanese right and its revisionism because of the cold war.

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    NathalieB

    "In early afternoon on a Sunday in March, Makoto Sakurai was spewing words of hate over a loudspeaker in Tokyo's Shin-Okubo district, known as a Korea town. "Good afternoon, cockroaches in Shin-Okubo. We are demonstrators from All-Japan cleaning committee to expel insects that are noxious to society".

    This should be a criminal offense. The government's failure to act has already resulted in a poisonous environment where it is quite acceptable to throw the most evil bile at Korea and China in public discourse without fear of retribution. Why would you want to allow this? Where does it lead?

    Absoutely. What does anyone supose the Japanese authorities reaction would have been if a Chinese, Korean, or say one of US got up with a loudspeaker in Ginza and started spewing out racial hatred against the Japanese? How long would you give us? I would say 30 seconds to a minute tops before it was shut down. Freedom of speech is fine, but incitement of hatred and violence is a different thing. As tmarie rightly said, does anyone really need the difference explained to them?

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    nigelboy

    Good news. If Japan accepted it, it would be the third payment.

    With the recent review results of the Kono statement displayed to the Japanese pubic, it's no wonder that the Japanese government rejected it and rightfully so.

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    kaynide

    "How to eat for free, get free lodging and free entertainment " Shack up with some poor, old farmer who wants to pass on the family trade. It might not be the entertainment you were looking for, but there's a lot of fun to be had in small-town living and/or in farming :)

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    toshiko

    Apology by Japanese Govt. Why Suga went to JSDF Library after he yelled to a lawmaker he has a proof comfort woman existed in heating argument. Notice GIRL is mentioned. (not Woman) Also mentioned is sex slave.

    Three Korean women filed suit in Japan in December, 1991, around the time of the 50th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack, demanding compensation for forced prostitution. In 1992, documents which had been stored since 1958 when they were returned by United States troops and which indicated that the military had played a large role in operating what were euphemistically called "comfort stations" were found in the library of Japan's Self-Defense Agency. The Japanese Government admitted that the Japanese Army had forced tens of thousands of Korean women to have sex with Japanese soldiers during World War II. On January 14, 1992, Japanese Chief Government Spokesman Koichi Kato issued an official apology saying, "We cannot deny that the former Japanese army played a role" in abducting and detaining the "comfort girls," and "We would like to express our apologies and contrition". Three days later on January 17, 1992 at a dinner given by South Korean President Roh Tae Woo, the Japanese Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa told his host: "We Japanese should first and foremost recall the truth of that tragic period when Japanese actions inflicted suffering and sorrow upon your people. We should never forget our feelings of remorse over this. As Prime Minister of Japan, I would like to declare anew my remorse at these deeds and tender my apology to the people of the Republic of Korea." He apologized again the following day in a speech before South Korea's National Assembly On April 28, 1998, the Japanese court ruled that the Government must compensate the women and awarded them US$2,300 ($3,328 in 2014) each. In 2007, the surviving sex slaves wanted an apology from the Japanese government. Shinzō Abe, the prime minister at the time, stated on March 1, 2007, that there was no evidence that the Japanese government had kept sex slaves, even though the Japanese government had already admitted the use of coercion in 1993. On March 27 the Japanese parliament issued an official apology. On February 20, 2014, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said that the Japanese government may reconsider the study and the apology. However, Prime Minister Abe clarified on March 14, 2014 that he had no intention of renouncing or altering it.

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    JTDanMan

    Gawd. The anti-ZIonist crowd makes me sick. This is not about you. It's about Israel and Palestine. Your hatred of ZIonism is a hinderance to any possible resolution. Grow up and do something good for a change.

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    tinawatanabe

    let the boycott begin

    Yes, let's.

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    JTDanMan

    Jefflee

    Bingo. What is wrong with these people?

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    NathalieB

    I thought I had heard these translated before as killer bees - even though they are not strictly bees. Am I mistaken If so, what was the Japanese for kiler bee then? It is going to drive me crazy till I find out!

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    toshiko

    Japan will never be a great society or one widely respected on the world stage

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    So what? Japan was never interested to be respected on the world stage in its history. It even shut down from world in feudal era.

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    Alex80

    @Strangerland: You are admitting that the US should be punished for their criminal war in Iraq, and admitting that the UN can't do it because the US are...well, the US, the biggest superpower in the world. And do you call the UN "serious"? It's a joke! It's like they are a bunch of bullies.

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    marcelito

    " As long as you people are acting like this, less and less Japanese people will travel to and invest in your country, and PM Abe will only be more popular."

    Acting like what? Oh you mean, asking for justice. to right the wrongs committed and such....? Yeah Ok then, let the boycott begin.

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    Ken Kitsune

    How i wish South East Asian have Death Penalty for Drug lords too! I'm sure thousands and thousands of Chinese will be in line for execution!

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    Strangerland

    This only means they will never do anything against their most influencial members.

    How do you expect them to do something that is out of the realm of what they are able to do?

    And you call this organization "serious"?

    Yes.

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    umbrella

    Executed? good.

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    Alex80

    That doesn't make them ineffective as an organization, it just means that this is out of the realm of what they can do

    This only means they will never do anything against their most influencial members. And you call this organization "serious"?

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    Russell Leisenheimer

    the article doesn't mention the cgc rating which is a 9,0 [on their ten scale, although i'd add that they rarely rate above 9.8 even on recently published books]

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    Strangerland

    if the UN were a serious organization the US should pay for this HUGE HUMAN CRIME, but the UN did nothing.

    The problem here is that there isn't a world government, and there isn't world law. The UN is a forum for countries of the world to get together and discuss, sometimes agreeing to do things together in unison.

    I agree that the US should be condemned for the invasion of Iraq, but I'm not sure that the UN has ever been in the position to be able to do that. That doesn't make them ineffective as an organization, it just means that this is out of the realm of what they can do.

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    tinawatanabe

    Japan will never be a great society or one widely respected on the world stage.

    And your country will? As long as you people are acting like this, less and less Japanese people will travel to and invest in your country, and PM Abe will only be more popular.

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    HaraldBloodaxe

    illsayit: I've tried and tried but I just cannot see the point you are trying to make, beyond insulting other users. Is that it? Zionist slaughter of kids is acceptable because if we don't like it, we "have no idea"?

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    Alex80

    the US should pay for this HUGE HUMAN CRIME*

    HUGE CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY, I meant.

    I know my posts will get many thumbs down, because the truth hurts, uh? Shame on the West!

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    JoeBigs

    DisillusionedJul. 26, 2014 - 10:52PM JST However, these brothels were also present in Singapore, Taiwan and Indonesia.

    Asian Women Fund Indonesia

    http://www.awf.or.jp/e1/indonesia.html

    Asian Women Fund Taiwan

    http://www.awf.or.jp/e3/taiwan-01.html

    Can you provide some non bias links about the brothels run by Japan in Singapore? All I have found were that prostitution and brothels were already well established before the Japanese military took Singapore.

    DisillusionedJul. 26, 2014 - 10:52PM JST The main problem comes from the recent rhetoric being spouted by Japanese politicians, that are totally contradictory of each other. There are statements saying it never happened. There are other statements saying the women volunteered.

    Can you point out which politicians said that?

    DisillusionedJul. 26, 2014 - 10:52PM JST The point is, Japan DID enslave many thousands of women in many different countries to fill brothels for soldiers.

    Do you have proof to back up your claim or is this statement based on your opinion?

    Next question, did the Japanese run the UN brothels in Vietnam and Korea?

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    Alex80

    Only if you consider not actively stopping them as letting them. There was never UN backing for the invasion of Iraq, in fact the UN was about to vote against invasion, when the Americans decided to unilaterally invade.

    You are saying what I said. The Americans decided unilaterally Iraq invasions, if the UN were a serious organization the US should pay for this HUGE HUMAN CRIME, but the UN did nothing.

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    Strangerland

    The UN against their own rules, let the US attack against Iraq.

    Only if you consider not actively stopping them as letting them. There was never UN backing for the invasion of Iraq, in fact the UN was about to vote against invasion, when the Americans decided to unilaterally invade.

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    Strangerland

    How can we both reduce the debt AND keep taxes low as the T-partiers want? May I have a specific answer?

    Reduce the military.

    I like your ideas as well though.

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    letsberealistic

    Then hold the individual Japanese soldiers responsible. Make the soldiers still alive responsible for their "rapes" apologize then. Why does the government of Japan, which represents every Japanese citizen, owe them anything after over 70 years? Why weren't these "victims" voicing their pain back 70, 60, even 50 years ago. They were not the only victims in WWII, so why do they deserve special consideration. Sorry, Japan today owes them NOTHING. They got apologies and money already, it isn't Japan's fault the Korean government squandered it.

    Simply because the Japanese military and by extension government established and administered the whole comfort women institution. Did you miss those lesson in Japanese history class? And whether you believe that or not the rest the world does based on historical research and witnesses testament including Japanese officials and soldiers at the time and today.

    Only the apologists believe right-wind story of comfort women, just like nobody takes holocaust deniers seriously.

    • from a lover of Japan and it's people who wants Japan to do better.

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    Strangerland

    Where on earth did I complain about daycare?!?

    You were complaining about kindergarten here:

    What I see are mothers and kids waiting in the morning for the kindy bus and kids being trucked off to questionable kindies where the goal is for them to make as much money as possible while providng the cheapest quality.

    Care to comment as to why these ratios are as they are?

    1) Men are traditionally the bread-winners 2) Men often have more earning capability than their wives 3) Generally, women have more of an instinct to do the day-to-day care than men do.

    I have a chip on my shoulder because I have to pay into a system that constantly slams working mothers, offers them very little support - be it daycare, working hours or respect - while others get tax free benefits at the cost of the working poor.

    Well now we're getting to the heart of the matter. I actually agree with you to some degree on these points. I think the government should offer more support for working mothers. And for mothers that do want to work, it's ridiculous that the lion's share of their salary should have to go to cover childcare. But where I disagree is that there should not be incentives for mothers to work at home (aka tax-free benefits). It's better for the kids, which translates to better for society, when kids have a parent at home taking care of them.

    More so when families can afford the mom to be home and pay for many things working poor families cabt afford - like swimming, piano...

    This however I can't understand. Are you saying that they shouldn't send their kids to these activities? Are you saying that they should have to pay for the poor to also do these things? Are you saying these things should be provided free for those who can't afford it?

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    Alex80

    The UN against their own rules, let the US attack against Iraq. This is a big crime against humanity for which the US will never pay and will never apologize, even though they lied about weapons of mass destruction in that country in front of the whole world. Currently, in Gaza thousonds of people are dying, Ukraina is a mess. The UN is only making the interest of its main members and do nothing for peace there, because they don't care about peace. China and S. Korea playing the role of the eternal victim about something happened 70 years ago is more important than the current horrors that are happening with the complicity of western governments in other parts of the world. Japan is an easy target, China, S.Korea, the US, EU, have a huge interest in destroying its soft power and reputation, so they are supporting all this anti-Japanese propaganda about something that was already solved someway tons of years ago. All the European imperial powers (and the US as well) would deserve the same treatment that only Japan is receiving, if you want to be honest, because tons of wounds are still open and the victims were never properly compensated. But it's not happening. When the Greeks recently asked war compensation to Germany that never compensated them properly, while it is contribuing to destroy their economy by austerity, Germany rejected, like they always did, but the UN isn't asking to Germany to take its FULL RESPONSABILITY for its past atrocities towards the Greeks. Everyone with a bit of brain can see the double standard used by the UN. All this Japan bashing shows only one thing: humanity will never learn from history. If you stress a country this way, specially after it was hit by a huge catastrophe (Fukushima) and it's in a very vulnerable condition, that country will feel itself under attack, and nationalism will become always stronger. The truth is that everyone wants Japan become always more nationalist, so they can blame it. Superpowers know how the things work, actually it's not like they never learned from history, as I said earlier; they learned, and they are able to manipulate the things according to old strategies to get the results they want. Japanese tensions with China are very good news for American and German car manufacturers. Shame on the international community that is trying to take advantage of Japan weakness after Fukushima to undermine its already weak economy. This just because Japan is still an annoying competitor, being the third economic power. You can see the double standard also about whaling. Whaling in Norway is a huge business, but there's not a massive anti-Norway propaganda about whaling. Everyone considers Norway a model country.

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    toshiko

    @Disillusioned: After sifting through 30 odd posts I did not find one comment that was true to the issue. A lot if ranting and pointing fingers, but nothing that directly addresses this issue.

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    Sounds you did not read any of comments. They are writing their opinions. They are not lieing. I did not lie, either when I copied and pasted info.

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    genjuro

    Thanks for the link. I love that movie. A true classic.

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    Strangerland

    These drug mules have no choice in the matter.

    There is always a choice. They can refuse and face the consequences of their actions.

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    Strangerland

    Brothels set up by the military with 14 year olds. Kids that age are not old enough to consent, therefore it is rape, no matter which way you want to try to justify it. And since they were being raped, they were child sex slaves.

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    nishikat

    "but under this president we're paying way, way, way too much" How much percentage-wise did they go up since Bush? And where did taxes go up? For example, tobacco?

    How can we both reduce the debt AND keep taxes low as the T-partiers want? May I have a specific answer? I have a couple of ideas: Get out of the prison economy (finish the war on drugs). Gradually raise pension requirements for number of years needed to work and they need to increase their contributions.

    How can we rebuild America's highway infrastructure without raising gas tax? People are driving more gas efficient cars (or not driving at all) which is killing the highway trust fund. Less gas sales = less gas tax collected. Highway repair does not grow on trees. More tolls? Open more turnpikes and close the freeways? Any ideas without blaming Obama (again)?

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    tmarie

    Where on earth did I complain about daycare?!?

    Indeed stay at home dads do exist - never said they don't. Have you chatted to them about the sexism and comments they get? You think there are an equal amount of stay at home dads as there is mothers? Any idea what the ratio is in this country - heck in any country for that matter. Care to comment as to why these ratios are as they are?

    No, I have a chip on my shoulder because I have to pay into a system that constantly slams working mothers, offers them very little support - be it daycare, working hours or respect - while others get tax free benefits at the cost of the working poor. More so when families can afford the mom to be home and pay for many things working poor families cabt afford - like swimming, piano...

    I've not said women should work. What I've said is that men and women should be treated equally - be it if they want to work or stay home but we live in a society where many continue to push sexism and gender stereotypes onto those who don't follow the sexist gender roles.

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    BurakuminDes

    Fantastic news! Can't wait to visit - hopefully this summer.

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    commanteer

    When one gambles away all of one's money, and then borrows more money from gangsters, and loses it as well, then one must expect the consequences to be harsh.

    Yes. And by the laws of gangsters, you are absolutely correct. The question is, is gangster law something you want to live by?

    China can have the most draconian punishments possible, and it will do nothing to deter this sort of crime. These drug mules have no choice in the matter. If there were no gangsters, their gambling addiction would leave them destitute and probably homeless, without friends or family. Thanks to the yakuza who are willing to capitalize on their weaknesses, they end up in a Chinese prison with a Chinese bullet in their head. Who knows? Maybe that's the easy way out. But they have little choice once the yakuza have their claws in them,

    Sure they had a choice in the beginning. But the yakuza make sure they have no choices in the end.

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    nandakandamanda

    No fun for the Korean brothel owners then.

    I bet there'll be hopes for a big "30-Day" party.

    Until then they can get over the jet-lag and culture gap, perhaps.

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    virgo98

    Because it was institutionalized rape of child sex-slaves.

    Where is the evidence for such?

    When a lie is told, another lie is always required to cover it up. Taking children to the war zone is totally unlikely strategically, because they act as a heavy drag.

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    toshiko

    @jerseyboy: these statements sum up exactly why Japan will never be a great society or one widely respected on the world stage. Ecomonic power, yes. Moral leader, hell no. Because to Japan, moral leadership is something you do only if "obligated to do so" and, worse, it is perfectly acceptable for the PM to disparage the accounts of victims of the country's atrocities.

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    I did not know Japan ever wanted to be such a society you mentioned. Do you have any historical info?

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    nandakandamanda

    Aside from the politics, this is a disgusting act if true.

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    Disillusioned

    After sifting through 30 odd posts I did not find one comment that was true to the issue. A lot if ranting and pointing fingers, but nothing that directly addresses this issue. The point is, Japan DID enslave many thousands of women in many different countries to fill brothels for soldiers. Japan did make an apology and pay 'some' compensation to Korean and Philippine victims. However, these brothels were also present in Singapore, Taiwan and Indonesia. The main problem comes from the recent rhetoric being spouted by Japanese politicians, that are totally contradictory of each other. There are statements saying it never happened. There are other statements saying the women volunteered. There are other statements that justify it by stating that other countries did it too. There are other statements saying anything is acceptable during war (which Japan started). This is where Japan has failed. All they have to do is man-up, admit their wrong doings and move on. The more they downplay, justify and deny this issue the more crap they are gonna get for it. The UN is partially right, but their platform is wrong. They should be pushing for Japan to stop the BS and let all of Asia get over it.

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    Strangerland

    Thanks!

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    Strangerland

    Then hold the individual Japanese soldiers responsible. Make the soldiers still alive responsible for their "rapes" apologize then. Why does the government of Japan, which represents every Japanese citizen, owe them anything after over 70 years?

    Because it was institutionalized rape of child sex-slaves. If it were only individual soldiers it would be one thing, but they institutionalized it, and therefore it is government responsibility to atone for it.

    They got apologies and money already

    They have received neither official apology nor money.

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    Alex80

    @jerseyboy: I wonder which country can be a "moral leader". And don't speak about Germany, thanks. Nobody sees Germany as a moral leader in Europe, specially in South Europe. The US? Loooooool.

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    falseflagsteve

    @strangerland.

    Great post couldn't have put it better myself.

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    toshiko

    Wherever Abe goes, he gains Japan friendly countries.

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    kyushubill

    "The reality and truth is that these women were raped by the Japanese military, and have never received an official apology nor compensation from the government of Japan."

    Then hold the individual Japanese soldiers responsible. Make the soldiers still alive responsible for their "rapes" apologize then. Why does the government of Japan, which represents every Japanese citizen, owe them anything after over 70 years? Why weren't these "victims" voicing their pain back 70, 60, even 50 years ago. They were not the only victims in WWII, so why do they deserve special consideration. Sorry, Japan today owes them NOTHING.

    They got apologies and money already, it isn't Japan's fault the Korean government squandered it.

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    Gobshite

    If you study the assets held by Japanese politicians you won't find much held as bank deposits. They won't be the losers when it all goes pear shaped.

    Need a new 'under the bed tax' or 'I forgot about that multi-million yen loan' tax

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    Strangerland

    Why on earth "should" one parent be home?

    Because as much as possible, children should be raised by their own parents. Of course this is not financially viable for some families, but if it is, then it's the preferable situation.

    Society has never really had one parent home looking after the kids. Communities worked together and often kids were looking after kids.

    Were you not just complaining about daycare, because that's essentially what it is.

    It's not realistic for dads to be home here because women get paid crisp here

    For the most part, I agree. I wish I could be a stay at home dad. But there are three stay at home dads at our kindergarten. So they do exist.

    Trust me, I'm not out of touch at all.

    In my experience you are. You make blanket statements criticizing stay at home mothers for their motivations and their homes, but so much of what you say only applies to a small percentage of the mothers I've seen. You just come across as having a chip on your shoulder about women who place more priority on raising kids and keeping a household over working. And saying that women should have to work is just as sexist as saying that women should have to stay home.

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    jerseyboy

    Japan on Friday rejected a call by a U.N. watchdog to accept full blame for pressing Asian women into wartime sexual slavery in military brothels, saying it was not obligated to do so.

    But a tranche of the political right, including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, continue to cast doubt, claiming the brothels were staffed by professional prostitutes.

    Japan recently held a review of the issue which upheld the apology but asserted there was no evidence to corroborate the women’s testimony on sex slavery, sparking regional anger.

    IMHO these statements sum up exactly why Japan will never be a great society or one widely respected on the world stage. Ecomonic power, yes. Moral leader, hell no. Because to Japan, moral leadership is something you do only if "obligated to do so" and, worse, it is perfectly acceptable for the PM to disparage the accounts of victims of the country's atrocities. So glad I am no longer there.

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