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South Korean former comfort women Kim Bok-Dong (L) and Gil Won-Ok (R), who were forced to serve as sex slaves for Japanese troops during World War II, sit under a yellow umbrella during a press conference outside the Japanese embassy in Seoul on June 23, 2015

Japan Officially Denies WWII-Era 'Comfort Women' Practice

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Japan has officially denied the forced nature of the World War II-era "comfort women" phenomenon involving Asian women becoming sex slaves for Japanese soldiers, South Korean media said Sunday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — With the exact number of women involved in the practice still a subject of debate, most of the women were taken from countries occupied by Japan between 1932 and 1945, mainly Korea, China and the Philippines. Young women from occupied territories were recruited via abduction of deceit, according to testimonies.

"The government of Japan has conducted a full-scale fact-finding study on the comfort women issue since the early 1990s when the issue started to be taken up as a political issue between Japan and the Republic of Korea…Forceful taking away of comfort women by the military and government authorities could not be confirmed in any of the documents," the Japanese government's statement, submitted to the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), said, Yonhap news agency reported.

The statement comes despite the late 2015 settlement between Japan and South Korea of the "comfort women" dispute. Japan issued an apology and agreed to pay over $8 million in reparation to victims of the practice still alive, while South Korea pledged to close the issue in a final and irreversible manner.

The recent statement, coming in reply to a CEDAW request ahead of its 63 meeting in March, appears to backtrack on Japan's apology, citing researched documents and individual testimonies including "comfort station" managers, former military staff and the the Korean Council for former Korean comfort women, the report said.

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  • Porkbelly Porkerpig
    Meanwhile the US gov't still officially denies that the Moon Landings were faked in July 1969.
  • cast235
    So they all expose themselves and are liars? No woman wants to pose as X slave , unless is real MAD about it..
    FACE it.
  • art
    If Japanese leaders did not assume a special right for military men in occupied lands, they would have reacted differently to the now regular American service men's rape reports of Japanese school girls in Okinawa.
  • Lee
    ’Reality control’, they called it: in Newspeak, ’doublethink’
    To know and not to know, to
    be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions
    which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory
    and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic,
    to repudiate morality while laying claim to it, to believe
    that democracy was impossible and that the Party was the
    guardian of democracy, to forget whatever it was necessary
    to forget, then to draw it back into memory again at the
    moment when it was needed, and then promptly to forget
    it again: and above all, to apply the same process to the process itself. That was the ultimate subtlety: consciously to
    induce unconsciousness, and then, once again, to become
    unconscious of the act of hypnosis you had just performed.
    Even to understand the word ‘doublethink’ involved the
    use of doublethink
    - 1984 - By George Orwell
  • Jet fuel can't melt steel beams
    But facts are here so..You won't deny it endlessly Japan..
  • On top of all this they want "their" so-called territory back from Russia. Japan is a barbaric cult of savages who have still not accepted their WWII defeat as the defeated. Still embarking on the same old road of militarism and denials. provocations

    The USA could not be more happier, after all they (Bush Family included, etc.) helped finance Hitler's Germany build back up to start wars to serve the USA Zionist Cult interests. Germany has been rebuilt again to cause trouble, as they did helping Roman Catholic Croatia (and Moslems in Bosnia) during the Yugoslavia Bosnia wars against the Serbs. The cycle continues.

    Japan is a barbaric cult of savages who have still not accepted their WWII defeat, as the defeated. Still embarking on the same old road of militarism, provocations and denials.

    The same can be said of any other former Axis now safeguarded as a Pro Western Ally. Japan considers itself as a country of honor yet they are still filled with shame.

    Failure to lawfully execute the entire family linage of this Japanese false god emperor. Are amongst the many mistakes of this so-called WWII unconditional surrender. Had Japan truly been brought to justice, to include fully demilitarized. We would not be seeing such outrageous Japanese behavior today. WWII was fought for nothing and at great loss, since we are still compelled to fight it all over again, ignoring the lessons, at great loss with no real and clear victory in sight, yet.
    ____________

    *** Free Viktor Bout and All Pro-Russians, tortured, missing, murdered and or falsely imprisoned, in USA and NATO Secret Prison Axis, Account For All, Remember and Lawfully Avenge All Forevermore.***
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