Monday, March 19, 2007

No evidence of force

This BBC article written last Friday mentions the Japanese government's response to a question from opposition lawmaker Kiyomi Tsujimoto regarding the comfort women. I don't think it was Abe himself since the article quotes it as the "Japanese government," so I'm not sure what or who that term refers to.

But the Japanese government statement said it "had not come across anything recorded in the materials it has found that directly shows so-called "coercion" on the part of the military or constituted authorities". So this is in addition to Abe's previous comment two weeks ago saying there was no coercion. Of course, this has set off the Koreans and Chinese again. Surprise surprise. It will be interesting to observe what happens next as tensions escalate over this matter. The political cartoon Jaime posted is pretty much the sentiment of most Koreans right now (and I'm sure the Chinese agree as well).

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