Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he feels the Comfort Women’s pain, but he doesn’t feel they should be a political or diplomatic problem:
Facing questions from an opposition lawmaker Thursday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe refused to comment on the government’s position on wartime sex slaves, but he did say he feels “heart-breaking pain” when he thinks of how their human rights were violated.
“In this sense, I’m no different than all of the prime ministers of the past. I don’t think this issue should be made into a political or diplomatic problem,” Abe told a Lower House session, answering questions from Japanese Communist Party chief Kazuo Shii about the “comfort women” issue.
“In history, there have been many wars and the human rights of women have been violated. It’s necessary to make the 21st century a century without human right violations,” he said.
So true. I mean, really, who among us hasn’t overseen a massive military-run human trafficking and sexual slavery racket?
When asked about the Kono Statement, Abe passed, saying, “The Kono statement was expressed by Chief Cabinet Secretary Kono. So I, as prime minister, would like to refrain from commenting further… I believe it’s appropriate for the (current) chief Cabinet secretary to deal with the issue.”
And you wonder why people doubt the sincerity of Japanese apologies?