Japan's Ruling Party to Investigate Use of Sex Slaves During WW2

7 Mar 2007

Last week, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe commented that there was no concrete evidence that sex slaves used by the Japanese military during WW2 were abused. The notion fueled a new round of criticism from North and South Korea, China, and Taiwan, where most of the sex slaves were from. Today, 130 Members of Parliamentary from Abe's Liberal Democratic Party passed a resolution to hold a new inquiry to investigate the matter further. Unlike Abe, who stood by the 1993 apology issued by fomer Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono, some MPs of his party felt the apology was unfounded. "For the honour of the former Japanese military, we have to counter criticism which is based on a misunderstanding," said Nariaki Nakayama, a leading figure among the MPs who rejected the 1993 apology. These right-wing MPs felt this new inquiry will clear Japan of some of the crimes.

For more information, please see the following news articles:

BBC: Japan party probes sex slave use
Times of London: Japanese PM provokes fury over sex slaves
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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