Japan Refuses Sex Slave Apology

5 Mar 2007

Noting that there is no concrete evidence that sex slaves used by the Japanese military during WW2 were abused, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the government will not issue another apology. Together with a number of conservative scholars, Abe also represents a small group of people who believe there is "no evidence to prove there was coercion" in the employment of prostitutes on the part of the Japanese government. Abe's comments is fueling a new wave of criticism from South Korea, China, and Taiwan, where most of the sex slaves were from.

The Japanese government issued an official apology in 1993 to acknowledge the Japanese military set up and ran brothels during WW2. The government is also giving out compensations compensations, which started in 1995.

For more information, please see the following news articles:

BBC: Abe questions sex slave "coercion"
BBC: Sex slave denial angers S Korea
Boston Globe: Sex-slave debate revives in Japan

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