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Osaka Mayor denies "comfort women necessary" remarks, apologizes to U.S. army

English.news.cn   2013-05-27 16:33:46            

Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto delivers a speech during a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo, May 27, 2013.
Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto delivers a speech during a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo, May 27, 2013. Toru Hashimoto on Monday denied his remarks on wartime so-called "comfort women" at Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan, saying it was not his intention at all to say women who were used as sexual slaves during wartime are necessary. (Xinhua/Ma Ping)

TOKYO, May 27 (Xinhua) -- Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto on Monday denied his remarks on wartime so-called "comfort women" at Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan, saying it was not his intention at all to say women who were used as sexual slaves during wartime are necessary.

The Japanese politician criticized media for "reporting only a portion of each of his remarks" and the media reports were cut off from the whole context.

Hashimoto said that he stated that the armed forces of nations in the world seemed to have needed women "during the past wars", but his words were wrongly reported by media as "he himself thought it as necessary for armed forces to use women and that he tolerated it."

While denying having said that Japan's wartime slave system necessary, Hashimoto, however, apologized to the U.S. Army for having said to the U.S. commander in Okinawa, that "the use of the legally accepted adult entertainment industry in Japan should be considered."

"I understand that my remark could be construed as an insult to the U.S. forces and to the American people, and therefore was inappropriate. I retract this remark and express an apology," Hashimoto said at the press conference.

Toru Hashimoto, the outspoken right-wing politician as well as the leader of Japan Restoration Party, was reportedly tipped as a future prime minister despite a string of controversial comments.

Editor: Yang Yi
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