Friday, June 7, 2013

US Rep. Urges Japan to Apologize for Wartime Sex Slavery

US Rep. Urges Japan to Apologize for Wartime Sex Slavery
A U.S. lawmaker has urged Japan to apologize for its wartime sex slavery.

U.S. Rep. Michael Honda on Friday paid tribute at the country's first memorial for victims of Japan's wartime sex slavery in Palisades Park, New Jersey.

Honda said an important part of world history is being whitewashed and forgotten, targeting recent controversial remarks by some Japanese politicians on wartime sex slavery and other wrongdoings.

The lawmaker pointed out that during World War Two Japan took away and ruined almost 200-thousand young ladies’ lives.

He then called on Tokyo to resume responsibility over the issue, saying that reconciliation is something the current generation should rightfully be calling for in order to promote the growth of a peaceful global society.

Honda had introduced a resolution that called for the Japanese government’s apology to the victims, euphemistically called “comfort women.” The resolution was passed in the House in 2007.

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