Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Toshihiro Nikai revealed in a press conference held on Nov. 17 that he has instructed LDP members to convey Japan’s position on the comfort women issue and raise questions about it whenever they travel to the U.S. and other concerned nations following the enactment of a resolution by the San Francisco city assembly to accept the donation of a statue and an epigraph describing the comfort women.
“From this time onward, LDP members must make sure that they always express their opinions about the comfort women issue,” he stressed. “(This is to ensure that others understand that) Japanese lawmakers have their opinions about it and are not comfortable with it.”
With regard to the enactment of the resolution, Nikai noted that “the answer is clear if we think about whether Japan would be pleased with [the acceptance of the statues] and how the Japanese public would respond. The U.S. should not be allowed to feel no shame about it” He also indicated that he will urge the U.S. to act carefully through diplomatic channels.