Kishida says he does not intend to revisit the apology from Japan’s “comfort women” in 1993

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Thursday he did not intend to revisit a 1993 statement that admitted the role of the Imperial Japanese Army in forcing “comfort women” to work in brothels at times. of war.

Comfort Women were forced or coerced into sexual slavery under a variety of circumstances, including kidnapping, deception, and poverty.

The statement Kishida referred to in Parliament was released by then Cabinet Secretary General Yohei Kono. He also apologized to the women, many of whom were from the Korean Peninsula.

The remarks by Kishida, who took office in October, came against the backdrop of strained relations between Japan and South Korea over war issues.

Kono’s statement said that the women “were recruited against their own will, through cajoling, coercion, etc. and “suffered immeasurable pain and incurable physical and psychological injuries”.

“Undeniably, this is an act, with the involvement of the military authorities of the time, which seriously damaged the honor and dignity of many women,” he said.

Kishida struck a deal with South Korea in 2015, when he was foreign minister, to “permanently and irreversibly” solve the comfort women problem, but South Korean President Moon Jae-in has since questioned the legitimacy of the agreement.

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