Japanese Scholar Refutes Tokyo's Denial of Sexual Slavery

Write : 2016-02-20 12:57:00 Update : 2016-02-20 16:05:51

Japanese Scholar Refutes Tokyo's Denial of Sexual Slavery

A Japanese expert on Tokyo's wartime sex slavery has slammed the Japanese government's claim that there was no evidence Japanese troops forcibly recruited foreign women as sex slaves.

Chuo University Professor Yoshiaki Yoshimi, who is regarded as a trailblazer in the research of the issue inside Japan, wrote a piece in the March edition of the Japanese magazine "Sekai."

In his article titled "The Seoul-Tokyo agreement goes against a true resolution," the professor criticized the Shinzo Abe administration's denial of the wartime crime.

He said the claim about no evidence is a lie because investigation documents by the Justice Ministry regarding an incident of forced recruitment of those women by the then Japanese military and authorities were clearly submitted to the Tokyo government.

The referred incident took place in 1944 when Japanese troops detained Dutch women near Semarang on the Indonesian island of Java and forced them to engage in sexual servitude.

The professor also remarked on Prime Minister Abe's argument that the women were not sex slaves. He said the women were deprived of freedom and had to sexually serve the Japanese soldiers.

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