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Cabinet: Japan accepts historical verdict on "comfort women" issue
www.chinaview.cn 2007-04-21 00:36:30
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    TOKYO, April 20 (Xinhua) -- The Japanese government released a statement on Friday saying that it has no objection to the international tribunal's verdict in 1948 which found the Japanese military responsible for forcing Chinese women to provide sex to Japanese servicemen during World War II.

    The statement was issued in response to the inquiry raised by an opposition lawmaker who asked the government to expound its position on the tribunal's findings related with the "comfort women" issue.

    The Japanese government "has accepted the verdict made by the International Military Tribunal for the Far East and is not opposed to them," the statement read.

    In response to another inquiry for the government's position on the tribunal's verdict on Japanese war criminals' crimes against peace and humanity, the statement said that although there has been much arguments over legal affairs, the government is in a position to accept decisions made by the tribunal.

    The Japanese government said in a statement released on March 16 that direct record about the Japanese military or government's involvement in forced recruiting of Asian women to be sex slaves of Japanese soldiers could not be found.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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