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Japan Eyes Response to Foreign Criticism of Abe's Sex Slavery Remarks
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Japan is considering publishing counterarguments and taking other measures in response to international criticism of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's recent remarks on wartime sex slaves, with the top government spokesman accusing foreign media on Thursday of misinterpreting the remarks.

"It is our understanding that reports on the prime minister's remarks were not based on appropriate interpretation," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuhisa Shiozaki said in reference to the furor sparked by Abe's denial of military involvement in the coercion of foreign women into sexual servitude before and during World War II.

"We are considering an appropriate response, including publishing rebuttals of media reports and commentaries overseas that are not based on facts or are based on misinterpretations," Shiozaki told a news conference when asked to comment on a New York Times editorial dated Tuesday that criticized Abe's "'efforts to contort the truth."

However, the spokesman reiterated that the Abe administration stands by a 1993 government statement that acknowledged and apologized for the forced recruitment of the so-called "comfort women."

In Washington, Japanese Ambassador to the United States Ryozo Kato held a news conference at the embassy on Wednesday and accused some U.S. media of making reports that were not based on "objective facts."

Kato said the Japanese government is doing its utmost to convey its position to the United States, where a nonbinding resolution demanding Japan's apology on the sex slavery issue is pending in Congress. (Kyodo)






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