It turns out America hasn’t cornered the market on reprehensible politicians. The mayor of Osaka, Japan’s third-largest city, just said the 200,000 female slaves who were forced to have sex with Japanese soldiers during World War II were part of a “necessary” system.
Japan’s unpopular prime minister, Shinzo Abe, abruptly announced on Wednesday that he is stepping down. While Abe’s resignation sounds like it should be welcome news, given his lack of public and official support, it looks like even his exit strategy has caused controversy.
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is dabbling in revisionist history. Despite the historical evidence, and a 1993 apology by a government official, Abe now denies any Japanese military involvement in forcing thousands of women into brothels throughout Asia in the 1930s and ‘40s.