Over the weekend, The New York Times reported on a meeting between Dubya and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who discussed, among other subjects, the highly controversial issue of Japan’s responsibility towards wartime comfort women:
“In both his meeting with House leaders and in his news conference with the president, Mr. Abe offered an apology but used pointedly vague language to sidestep the issue of Japan’s responsibility toward the sex slaves, known euphemistically as comfort women.
Standing next to Mr. Bush, Mr. Abe said that he had ‘deep-hearted sympathies that the people who had to serve as comfort women were placed in extreme hardships’ and expressed his ‘apologies for the fact that they were placed in that sort of circumstance.’
Mr. Bush called Japan’s wartime sex slavery a ‘regrettable chapter in the history of the world,’ adding,‘I accept the prime minister’s apology.’”
Unfortunately, Mr. President, I don’t believe it’s your apology to accept.
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