Source: Reuters – Fri, 24 May 2013 09:51 AM
* Osaka mayor: study needed to see if Japan abducted women
* Mayor: no plan to withdraw wartime brothel remarks (Adds comment from the mayor, Hashimoto)
By Yoshiyuki Osada
OSAKA, Japan, May 24 (Reuters) – Two elderly South Korean women forced to work in Japanese war-time military brothels cancelled a meeting on Friday with the mayor of the city of Osaka after he refused to withdraw remarks asserting the brothels were “necessary” at the time.
The mayor of Osaka, Toru Hashimoto, an outspoken populist who has often stirred controversy, sparked a storm of criticism at home and abroad when he said last week that the military brothels had been needed, and Japan has been unfairly singled out for wartime practices common among other militaries.
Victims of Japan’s war-time aggression, including many people in China and South Korea, are sensitive to what they see as any attempt by Japanese politicians to excuse Japanese abuses before and during the war.