Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has refused to apologise again for his country for forcing woman to act as sex slaves for the Imperial army during World War 2. Abe addressed the issue as the US House of Representatives looks likely to adopt a a resolution demanding an apology.
As many as 200,000 Asian women mostly from Korea and China were made to provide sex for Japan’s soldiers at battlefield brothels. Many victims say they were kidnapped and forced into sexual slavery. In 1992 historians uncovered documents that showed Japanese military authorities had a direct role in working with contractors to procure so-called “comfort woman.”
As a result Japan acknowledged the wrongdoing in 1993. South Korea’s foreign ministry issued a statement saying Abe’s denial of coercion was regrettable and cast doubt on the sincerity of Japan’s previous apology. The Japanese courts have already rejected compensation claims brought by a group of Koreans who suffered at the hands of the Japanese military in the sex camps.