Yomiuri and Sankei wrote that the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination said in a report released on Thursday that Japan should “ensure a lasting solution” to the comfort women issue because its efforts to address the issue, including the 2015 agreement with South Korea, did not take a fully victim-centered approach. Sankei wrote that the panel did not accept Japan’s position that the issue was settled “finally and irreversibly” in the 2015 agreement. The papers wrote that the Japanese delegation responded immediately by saying that it is regrettable that the report does not take the Japanese government’s explanations into account, adding that the implementation of the 2015 agreement is an international commitment.
Mainichi added that the committee also expressed concern that the presence of U.S. bases in Okinawa has led to military aircraft accidents and violence against women and called on the GOJ to take measures to ensure the safety of Okinawans. Asahi wrote that the panel also called on Japan to take stronger measures against hate speech, saying that the anti-hate speech law that came into force in 2016 is insufficient.