(Yomiuri: July 28, 2015 – p. 4)
In order to dispel a misunderstanding over the issue of comfort women, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party disclosed on July 27 a set of proposals. These point out that the 1993 Kono statement “became a major source of spreading among the international community the false perception that there was forcible recruitment of comfort women.”
The proposals were drawn up by the LDP’s “special committee to restore Japan’s honor and trust,” chaired by former Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone. The LDP panel calls on the government for proactive explanations and rebuttal in response to the establishment of comfort women statues inscribed with the words “sex slave” in other countries and the adoption of city council resolutions at variance with the facts. The LDP intends to submit the proposals to the government on July 28 after completing necessary procedures in the party.
As concrete measures to rectify the false narrative, the panel proposes the strengthening of government’s efforts to reach out to other countries where there are moves to erect comfort woman statues; the provision of information to academics and research institutions in Europe and the U.S. that have international clout; and the translation of publications on the comfort women issue. In consideration of the critical view of the issue in various countries, the panel stipulates that “it is the fact that comfort women stations were established and private-sector companies recruited women to work in them.”