US lawmakers call on Japan to apologise for its role in forcing thousands of women to work as sex slaves in WW II





US lawmakers have called on Japan's government to formally apologise for its role in forcing thousands of women to work as sex slaves in World War II.

The symbolic and non-binding resolution was passed during a voice vote in the House of Representatives.

Up to 200,000 "comfort women" were part of Japan's wartime military brothel programme that started in the 1930s.

Japan says it has shown sufficient remorse over the issue, but survivors and relatives say it should go further.



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Christopher K. Philippo - 8/1/2007

The US regrettably has a lot of apologizing to do itself about its own conduct during wars past and present before it can regain any semblance of moral authority. It was rather polite of the Japanese government not to point that out, at least.

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