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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.

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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.

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The columnist honors the anniversary of women's suffrage by recognizing those who have done their worst to turn back the clock on women's rights.

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During World War II, the Japanese army enslaved and raped 100,000 to 200,000 young women. By denying this atrocity, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and others have brought shame back to Japan.

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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.

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