The issue of “Comfort Women” is again in the news; however, this time it’s not Korea or China (or some other country) demanding Japan apologize again, or more sincerely apologize.
This time, led by polling results from the Sankei Shinbun (a right-wing newspaper in Japan) that stated 59% of respondents believe Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei KONO’s 1993 Apology to Comfort Women should be amended, the Japanese are considering it.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide SUGA stated the revision should be considered because “[t]he testimonies of comfort women were taken on the premise of their being closed-door sessions. The government will consider whether there can be a revision while preserving the confidence in which they were given”; specifically because even former deputy chief cabinet secretary, Nobuo ISHIHARA confirmed Japan was unable to conduct verification of the testimony of the Comfort Women interviewed.
Mr ISHIHARA further stated that the 1993 apology was intended to smooth over relations with Korea; however, the issue of Comfort Women seems to be more of a sticking point than an item that has been overcome.
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(Picture from http://www.gekiyaku.com/archives/28626554.html — possibly inferring these girls were “Comfort Women”)
For the record, I disagree with the term “Comfort Women”; I feel it’s mistranslated from the Japanese word.