Tuesday, 27 Mar, 2007 Politics

Japan's uncertain guilt for sex slavery during World War II


The apology on Japan's contribution to forced women prostitution, made by Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, was not convincing enough to acknowledge their responsibility.

Earlier this month Shinzo Abe disapproved Japan's implication into the women's sex slavery during the World War II and that caused negative response all over the world.

More than 200,000 women from Korea and China were exploited for sexual service in military-run brothels.

The Prime Minister of Japan made him clear and the right-wing policy makers that stand up for him put their efforts in revision of landmark apology that was made in 1993. They defend a standpoint in which Asian women were paid for prostitution and that was their free will to do so, thus denying the involvement of the Japanese military authorities.

US House of Representatives reacted with indignation at Japan's apology to make it official and fully admit the fact of sex slavery.

The debates in US media touched upon the matter of Japanese people, kidnapped by South Korea agents, that evoked Japan's own involvement in kidnapping cases. Abe has opposed that the kidnapping issue and sex slavery are not two of a king issues and cannot be compared.

There was no official statement for government compensation to the victims of sex slavery. All that was provided to those who were forced into prostitution during the World War II were some private payments made by government. Japanese women refuse to accept such compensation and insist on official apology and compensation.

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