July 14, 2007

Sex slaves controversy

Conservative Japanese politicians, scholars and journalists plan to write to U.S. lawmakers urging them to revoke a resolution calling on Tokyo to apologize for forcing women to serve as sex slaves during World War Two. Arguing that there were no sex slaves and that the women were prostitutes, the group said they were "surprised and shocked" when the U.S. House of Representatives' International Committee passed the non-binding resolution last month. The House committee's chairman has criticized attempts by conservative Japanese politicians to deny official involvement, including a Washington Post advertisement by lawmakers in June stating that the women had worked as licensed prostitutes. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe caused an uproar in March when he said there was no proof that the government or the military had forced thousands of women, mostly Asians, into sexual servitude.

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