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New York Times accepts Japan's request to correct editorial on Abe

The New York Times has accepted the Japanese government's request for correcting its editorial earlier this month on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's view on history, the Foreign Ministry said Wednesday. The daily admitted March 5 in its online edition that the March 2 editorial "incorrectly stated" Abe's government may invalidate Japan's 1993 apology over Korean women forced to serve in military brothels during World War II. It came in response to Japan's protest, the ministry's press secretary, Kuni Sato, said at a press conference.

U.S. lauds Japan for sticking with "comfort women" statement

The United States on Monday welcomed the Japanese government's decision to stick by a 1993 statement that said Japan's wartime military were involved in operating brothels where women were forced to work. Jen Psaki, a State Department spokeswoman, said the decision by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government to uphold the statement on so-called "comfort women" is "a positive step" toward improving ties between Japan and its neighbors, including South Korea.

Japan says no plan to revise wartime sex-slave apology

Japan has no plan to revise a landmark 1993 apology over wartime sex slavery, the government's top spokesman said Monday, despite a controversial review of the statement which has sparked a backlash at home and abroad. The landmark apology, known as the Kono statement, acknowledged official complicity in the coercion of women from across Asia into a system of wartime brothels, an issue that draws particular resentment in neighbouring South Korea.

Japan says no plan to revise wartime sex-slave apology

Japan has no plan to revise a landmark 1993 apology over wartime sex slavery, the government's top spokesman said Monday, despite a controversial review of the statement which has sparked a backlash at home and abroad. The landmark apology, known as the Kono statement, acknowledged official complicity in the coercion of women from across Asia into a system of wartime brothels, an issue that draws particular resentment in neighbouring South Korea.

Japan says no plan to revise wartime sex-slave apology

Japan has no plan to revise a landmark 1993 apology over wartime sex slavery, the government's top spokesman said Monday, despite a controversial review of the statement which has sparked a backlash at home and abroad. The landmark apology, known as the Kono statement, acknowledged official complicity in the coercion of women from across Asia into a system of wartime brothels, an issue that draws particular resentment in neighbouring South Korea.

Campaign begins for Osaka mayoral race, Hashimoto seeks re-election

Official campaigning began Sunday for an election to choose the next mayor of Osaka City, with Toru Hashimoto seeking reelection and a fresh mandate for his signature policy of overhauling local administration, while major political parties have distanced themselves from the election. Hashimoto, 44, surprised voters last month when he announced his resignation as Osaka mayor in the middle of his four-year term so that he can prove he has public support for his goal of creating an Osaka metropolitan government.

Abe promises Japanese support for US in Ukraine crisis

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday assured President Barack Obama that Tokyo would back US efforts to address the Ukraine crisis after Washington lined up sanctions on Russia, an official said. The pair held telephone talks in which Obama "explained the stance of the US government in the Ukraine situation", Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, the government's top spokesman, told reporters in Tokyo. "Prime Minister Abe told (Obama) that Japan will support President Obama's efforts and hopes for quick progress in the Ukraine situation," Suga added.

Japan to counter S. Korean criticism at U.N. over wartime brothels

The government said Thursday Japan will counter South Korea's criticism at the United Nations over Tokyo's move to examine the testimonies of former Korean sex slaves forced to work at Japanese military brothels during World War II. Tokyo also said compensation over the wartime sex slavery has been already settled under a 1965 accord between Japan and South Korea, apparently rejecting a call from a senior U.S. diplomat for the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to deal with the issue appropriately.

Asia needs NATO-style alliance against China: LDP lawmaker

Japan should aim to create a multilateral security alliance in Asia similar to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to counterbalance China's military buildup, a senior ruling party lawmaker said Thursday. Shigeru Ishiba, secretary general of the Liberal Democratic Party, also said in a speech to fellow lawmakers that Japan should remove its self-imposed ban on the right to collective self-defense, saying he is on the same page as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe regarding that "long-cherished wish."

Japan cannot win "comfort women" argument: ex-U.S. official

A former top U.S. government official urged Japan on Tuesday to be aware of its slim chance of winning arguments over the issue of "comfort women" who were forced into wartime Japanese military brothels. "You cannot win this argument...because Japan for the most part is seen as a nation that supports human freedom and human rights across the globe," Richard Armitage, former deputy secretary of state, said in a speech in Washington. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe "is also talking about the empowerment of women," Armitage said.
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