US slams Japan mayor’s ‘comfort women’ remarks


In this May 13, 2013, photo, Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto answers reporters’ questions at the Osaka city office in Osaka, western Japan. Osaka’s outspoken mayor has said the system in which Asian women were forced to become wartime prostitutes before and during World War II was necessary to “maintain discipline” in the Japanese military. AP PHOTO/KYODO NEWS

WASHINGTON—The United States on Thursday denounced as “outrageous” comments by an outspoken Japanese mayor who said “comfort women” forced to provide sex during World War II were a military necessity.

Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto, whose comments have triggered an outcry, offered Thursday to meet former wartime sex slaves to apologize for their suffering. But he again insisted that Japanese soldiers were not the only forces who had brutalized women.

“Mayor Hashimoto’s comments were outrageous and offensive,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters.

“As the United States has stated previously, what happened in that era to these women who were trafficked for sexual purposes is deplorable and clearly a grave human rights violation of enormous proportions.”

Washington again sent its “sincere and deep sympathy to the victims, and we hope that Japan will continue to work with its neighbors to address this and other issues arising from the past,” Psaki added.

Up to 200,000 “comfort women” from Korea, China, the Philippines and elsewhere were forcibly drafted into brothels catering to the Japanese military during WWII, according to many mainstream historians.

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  • Joe

    This only goes to show how lowly they look upon and treat their own women, They have even mastered the art of comforting as Geisha girls, as if they were born only to please their men. I wonder how he would react, if his own mother, sisters, and daughters were treated as comfort women of foreign aggressors.

    • upupperclassman

      Good question. Since his brain is damaged, Hashimoto may even clap his hands to show approval.

  • UNcertified

    This is the Japan which PH is proud to be an ally.

    • rock_steady

      No. this is just one person who voiced his opinion. This has nothing to do with Japanese policy.

      • UNcertified

        You are not from Japan, are you ?

  • UNcertified

    shame to those who want to rearm Japan.

  • $18209031

    Pinos of the new generation must know what the Japos did to your lolos and lolas during WW2. The bad part is , the present govt is trying to sleep with these Japo criminal descendants today. They are calling for Japland to rearm and counterbalance against China. This is how ugaling makapili shines at its best. Backstabbing kayumangmangs can be friend and can be enemy at the flick of a mouse.

  • pierre

    Certainly this osaka mayor inadvertently exposed the true agenda of PM S. Abe’s right wing government platform. Only when Japan fully accept their responsibilities of their WW2 role and crimes against its neighbor and humanity will the stain of their guilt be expunged and forever forgiven. If they continue to dodge their responsibilities and justify their actions during the war such as this justification for their comfort women policies, their annual pilgrimage and worship of their Class A War Criminals at their shinto shrine, and other egregious actions, the people of the aggrieved nations will continue to be vigilant and be suspicious of their intentions especially with the recent announcement by S. Abe of his intention to amend their post war constitution.


    DAPAT dito kay Hashimoto ay ilagay sa Manila City Jail para matikman nya yong mahapding dinanas ng mga babaeng kabayan natin sa kamay ng mga hudas na na ja pok…..walang vaseline!

  • riza888

    It’s true that not only Japanese but also Nazis and many soldiers engaged in wars, committed war crimes against women. But nobody else but some Japanese inlcuding Hashimoto say and support that more provision of prostitutes, comfort women, or sex slaves for soldiers is needed. Why? It’s because the others know how it is wrong and embarassing to have such a barbarian idea and to say it out loud. That’s the real difference between Japan and other countries who used to do wars. Hashimoto and his supporters’ problem is that they are not even aware of the embarrassment in such sexist idea insulting all victimes of war crimes then and now.

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