Japan PM says government will cooperate with WWII 'comfort women' probe Mike Rosen-Molina at 12:42 PM ET
[JURIST] Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe [BBC profile; official website, in Japanese] said his government will fully cooperate with an investigation by ruling Liberal Democratic party lawmakers into allegations that the Japanese military forced women into prostitution [JURIST report] in army-operated brothels during World War II. Despite widespread evidence to the contrary, Japanese politicians have repeatedly denied the use of so-called "comfort women" [Amnesty International report] to provide sexual services to Japanese soldiers during Japan's WWII occupations of countries like China, Korea, and the Philippines, although in 1993 Japanese leaders issued an apology [text] in 1993 for government involvement in the scandal. That apology was never ratified by the Japanese parliament.
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