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LDP committee calls for lobbying on comfort women. World Heritage site

  • 2015-07-21 15:00:00
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(Sankei: July 18, 2015 – p.5)

 

 The Liberal Democratic Party’s Special Mission Committee for Restoring Japan’s Honor and Trust (chaired by former Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone) put together on July 17 opinions calling for the government to enhance lobbying overseas regarding the issues of comfort women and laborers conscripted from the Korean Peninsula who worked at “the Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution” recently registered as a World Cultural Heritage Site. The party will officially adopt the proposal early this week to submit it to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

 

 In the proposal, the committee especially discusses the false testimony by Seiji Yoshida who reported that comfort women were forcibly carried away, as well as emphasizing that South Korea’s describing the comfort women as “sex slaves” disgraces Japan’s dignity, calling for the government to enhance lobbying at international organizations.

 

 Furthermore, the proposal requests the government to lobby local administrations or assemblies in foreign cities for removing statutes of comfort women that symbolize the “former Japanese imperial army’s forced removal of comfort women.” The proposal also emphasizes that the conscription of laborers from the Korean Peninsula who worked at “the Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution” recently registered as World Cultural Heritage Site was “not illegal under international laws” and “not “forced labor.”

 

 In the meantime, the party points out in the written request put together by the joint conference between LDP Foreign Affairs Division and International Information Deliberation Committee that issues relating to property and claims between Japan and the Republic of Korea including the issue of conscripted workers “have been settled legally, completely and finally.” The party calls for the government to exercise the utmost caution “to prevent the matter from becoming a political issue.”

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