Japanese mayor sparks outrage with sex-slave remarks


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I like the cut of this guy's jib.

Japanese mayor sparks outrage with sex-slave remarks

Reuters – 1 hr 58 mins ago

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TOKYO (Reuters) - China expressed outrage on Tuesday over remarks by the mayor of the Japanese city of Osaka who said Japan's system of military brothels during World War Two was "necessary", as the Japanese government sought to distance itself from the comments.

Asian victims of Japan's war-time aggression, including many people in China and South Korea, are sensitive to what they see as any attempt by Japanese politicians to excuse Japanese abuses before and during the war.

Osaka mayor Toru Hashimoto is an outspoken populist who has often stirred controversy.

"Anyone can understand that the system of comfort women was necessary to provide respite for high-strung, rough and tumble crowd of men risking their lives under a storm of bullets," Hashimoto told reporters on Monday.

"At the time, it was a necessary system to maintain military discipline."

Historians estimate that as many as 200,000 so-called comfort women were forced into sexual slavery in the Imperial Japanese Army's brothels before and during World War Two.

China, where bitter memories of Japan's wartime aggression run deep, denounced the remarks.

"The forced recruitment of comfort women was a serious crime of Japanese militarism at the time of World War Two. This is an affront to human dignity and a major human rights problem," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said.

"We express shock and strong indignation toward the Japanese politicians who have made public an open challenge to human conscience and historical justice," Hong told a news conference.

"How Japan faces up to the past will decide its future. Asian neighbors and international society are waiting to see what choice Japan will make."

South Korea also denounced the Japanese politician's comments and had demanded an apology, South Korean media reported.


Japan's government has recently sought to tone down remarks over wartime history by its own members - including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe - that have further frayed ties with China and South Korea, already tense due to territorial feuds.

Last month, tension mounted after three Japanese cabinet ministers visited Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine for war dead and then Abe cast doubt on whether his government agreed with a landmark 1995 apology by Japan for its wartime actions.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga declined direct comment on Hashimoto's remarks.

Hashimoto is a former lawyer and co-leader of the small Japan Restoration Party, with which Abe has eyed cooperation to push conservative policies such as revising the pacifist, post-war constitution.

But Suga said: "The government's stance is, as we have said before, that we feel great heartache when we think about the indescribable suffering of those who experienced this."

He added that Abe's cabinet held the same view on the matter as previous Japanese governments.

In a 1993 statement by then Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono, Japan admitted military involvement in forcing Asian and other women into sexual slavery at wartime brothels and apologized for that.

Some conservative Japanese politicians, however, argue there is no conclusive proof of direct military involvement.

(Reporting by Linda Sieg, Kiyoshi Takenaka and Chris Meyers in Tokyo and Megha Rajagopalan in Beijing)


In response, Japanese politicians said: "Don't look at us. It was those silly Kansai."


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This guy is 100% correct. When a man is risking his life for the glorious Empire, is it really that much to ask for a woman to spread her legs for him?

Konstantin K

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They have mayors in Japan? I thought the people were governed on the local level by a combination of yakuza bosses and samurai.


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Better sex slaves than an army of silly geese.

Norm Stansfield

"How Japan faces up to the past will decide its future. Asian neighbors and international society are waiting to see what choice Japan will make."
Japan's stance is pretty clear. Maybe the Chinese Foreign Ministry should start paying more attention to Japan's government than some local mayor.

And, in the meantime, Reuters should probably stop publicizing China's temper tantrums over the fact that Japan is a free nation where anyone can say whatever the fuck they want.
Who cares what the yellows did/do to each other? Let the Aussies worry about that shit.


Tounge puncher of fart boxes
They are mostly outraged his sex slave didn't have a bunch of octopuses in her puses. He brought Great shame on their sexual identities.


Wackbag Staff
They have mayors in Japan? I thought the people were governed on the local level by a combination of yakuza bosses and samurai.
Well yeah but like it used to be here back in what I call "the day" with the mob no one talks about it.


I'm Biv Dick Black, the Over Poster.
This guy is a hoot.

Japanese politician apologizes for sex comment
Associated PressBy MARI YAMAGUCHI and MALCOLM FOSTER | Associated Press – 1 hr 27 mins ago

TOKYO (AP) — An outspoken Japanese politician apologized Monday for saying U.S. troops should patronize adult entertainment businesses as a way to reduce sex crimes, but defended another inflammatory remark about Japan's use of sex slaves before and during World War II.

Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto, co-leader of an emerging nationalist party, said his remarks two weeks ago rose from a "sense of crisis" about cases of sexual assaults by U.S. military personnel on Japanese civilians in Okinawa, where a large number of U.S. troops are based under a bilateral security treaty.

Hashimoto also said he had not tried to condone a system of so-called comfort women, but meant to say military authorities at the time, not only in Japan but in many other countries, considered it necessary.

He denied any intention to avoid Japan's responsibility over its wartime actions, adding he wanted to shed light on sex offenses in the battlefield and encourage open debate on the problem today.

"I understand that my remark could be construed as an insult to the U.S. forces and to the American people" and was inappropriate, he told a news conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo. "I retract this remark and express an apology."

Hashimoto, a lawyer and former TV personality, created an uproar with comments to journalists two weeks ago about Japan's modern and wartime sexual services, which he said were misquoted. The comments added to recent anger in neighboring countries that suffered from Japan's wartime aggression and have complained about the lack of atonement for the atrocities.

Hashimoto said then that the practice of using women from across Asia to work in front-line brothels before and during World War II was necessary to maintain discipline and provide relaxation for soldiers. He added that on a recent visit to the southern island of Okinawa, he suggested to the U.S. commander there that his troops "make better use" of the legal sex industry "to control the sexual energy of those tough guys."

On Monday, Hashimoto called the use of comfort women an "inexcusable act that violated the dignity and human rights of the women, in which large numbers of Korean and Japanese were included." He did not mention women from other countries, such as China, the Philippines and Indonesia, where many teenagers had been forced into sex slavery.

He said Japan must express deep remorse and apologize to the women. He repeatedly denied any intention to whitewash Japan's wartime responsibility.

But he didn't apologize for those comments about Japan's unresolved wartime action, and insisted that the country's wartime government did not systematically force girls and women into prostitution.

Historians say up to 200,000 women, mainly from the Korean Peninsula and China, were forced to provide sex for Japanese soldiers in military brothels. While some other World War II armies had military brothels, Japan is the only country accused of such widespread, organized sexual slavery.

"If only Japan is blamed because of the widely held view that the state authority of Japan was intentionally involved in the abduction and trafficking of women, I will have to inform you that this view is incorrect," he said.

Hashimoto urged the government to clarify or revise Japan's landmark apology in a 1993 statement by then-Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono to clearly state that Japan did not systematically force women into prostitution for its wartime military.

The Kono apology acknowledged the military's involvement, both direct and indirect, in the forced recruitment of the women.

Hashimoto said the apology does not say whether the operation was run under "a state will" and that such murkiness has largely contributed to longstanding disputes between Japan and South Korea over the issue. He raised doubts of accounts by some of the women who have come forward as victims of Japan's sexual slavery as reliable evidence of coercion.

Before taking office in December, Abe had advocated revising the Kono apology, but now says he stands by it.

Hashimoto said he was quoted out of context saying he believed that the use the system was necessary. He said he was trying to say that armed forces around the world "seem to have needed women" in past wars and had violated women's human rights during wartime.

Singling out Japan was wrong, as this issue also existed in the armed forces of the United States, Britain, France, Germany and the former Soviet Union during World War II, he alleged, without elaborating.

"Based on the premise that Japan must remorsefully face its past offenses and must never justify the offenses, I intended to argue that other nations in the world must not attempt to conclude the matter by blaming only Japan and by associating Japan alone with the simple phrase of 'sex slaves' or 'sex slavery,'" Hashimoto said in a statement to journalists.

Hashimoto, 43, has become well-known in recent years for his outspokenness. Last year, he formed the Japan Restoration Party with former Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara, a strident nationalist. It is now an opposition party in the parliament.
Notice he aporogized for his remarks against US soldiers and not what he said about Japan's own past. Sounds like he was pressured into it.

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This is an affront to human dignity and a major human rights problem," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said.
Chinese hypocrisy alert.