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PacNet #18 – ‘Holier Than Thou’? Comfort Women Apology Should Be Primarily About the Treatment of Women

Tokyo and Washington are both in the thick of “comfort women” politics. To some Japanese, Prime Minister Abe Shinzo is a hero, a leader who is man enough to stand up for Japan by refusing to engage in what some Diet members have called a “masochistic view of history.” Despite his recent (somewhat forced) apology, Abe has publicly challenged the global charge that the Japanese imperial government (and military) had a sure hand in creating and maintaining the comfort women system during World War II.