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U.S. describes 'comfort women' as Japan's systematic enslavement of women

WASHINGTON, March 24 (Yonhap) -- The United States has called the "comfort women program" Japan's systematic enslavement of women for sexual purposes, according to a U.S. government report. The description was included in a final report to the U.S. Congress by the Nazi War Crimes and Japanese Imperial Government Records Interagency Working Group in 2007.

Unresolved comfort women issue to isolate Japan: S. Korea foreign minister

South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung Se said Friday Japan will be further isolated from the international community if it keeps ignoring calls to resolve the issue of its wartime sexual enslavement of Korean women, according to Yonhap News Agency. "The Japanese government and its political leaders will further be isolated and keep aching," Yun was quoted as telling reporters.

Japan counters S. Korean criticism at U.N. over WWII sex slavery

Japan's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva on Thursday brushed aside South Korea's criticism over Tokyo's move to examine the testimonies of former Korean sex slaves who were forced to work at Japanese military brothels during World War II. "The government has never spoken of reviewing the Kono statement," Takashi Okada said at the U.N. Human Rights Council, referring to Japan's official apology in 1993 over wartime sex slavery, named after then Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono.

U.S. envoy to S. Korea urges Japan to address "comfort women" issue

The U.S. ambassador to South Korea on Thursday denounced Japan's sexual enslavement of Korean women during World War II as "a grave human rights violation" and called on the Japanese government to properly address the issue, according to Yonhap News Agency. "The 'comfort women' issue, or the sex slavery issue, is a grave human rights violation," Sung Kim was quoted as saying at a forum hosted by the Kwanhun Club, an association of senior journalists, in Seoul.

'Comfort women' could be asked to testify again: Japanese lawmaker

TOKYO, March 1 (Yonhap) -- Korean victims of the Japanese military's sexual enslavement during World War II could be asked to repeat their testimonies, a Japanese news report quoted a ranking Japanese lawmaker as saying Saturday, a remark that could be seen as another sign of Tokyo's unrepentant attitude over its wartime atrocities.

'Comfort women' could be asked to testify again: Japanese lawmaker

TOKYO, March 1 (Yonhap) -- Korean victims of the Japanese military's sexual enslavement during World War II could be asked to repeat their testimonies, a Japanese news report quoted a ranking Japanese lawmaker as saying Saturday, a remark that could be seen as another sign of Tokyo's unrepentant attitude over its wartime atrocities.

French general says no 'ethnic cleansing' in C. Africa

The head of France's peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic on Monday denied claims by rights groups of ethnic cleansing, but admitted Muslims are under "intense pressure". The impoverished country descended into chaos last March after a rebellion overthrew the government, sparking deadly violence between the Christian majority and Muslim minority that has uprooted a million people out of a population of 4.6 million.

Prosecution resumes probe on Japanese rock band for defaming sex slavery victims

SEOUL, Feb. 16 (Yonhap) -- South Korean prosecutors said Sunday they have resumed their investigation of a Japanese band accused of defaming victims of Japanese colonial-era sexual slavery.

Peacekeepers disarm militias in C. Africa capital

French and African peacekeepers on Saturday seized weapons from militia in the capital of the strife-torn Central African Republic, but failed to detained a wanted leader of the rogue groups. The international troops went house to house for about four hours in Bangui's Boy Rabe neighbourhood, the base of mostly Christian militias whose attacks have driven many minority Muslims from the city in recent weeks, sparking warnings of "ethnic cleansing".

China urges Japan to 'responsibly' resolve grievances over sex slaves

BEIJING, Feb. 12 (Yonhap) -- China pressed Japan Wednesday to "appropriately and responsibly" resolve long-standing grievances regarding women forced into sexual slavery by Japan's military during World War II. China's foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying made the comments when asked about remarks by former Japanese Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama, who called for Tokyo to resolve the issue during his visit to South Korea this week.
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