Comfort women during World War II were not “necessary” -- Apologize now.
  • Petitioned Osaka Mayor Hashimoto

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Osaka Mayor Hashimoto

Comfort women during World War II were not “necessary” -- Apologize now.

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      日本軍「慰安婦」問題・関西ネットワーク

On May 13th, prominent Japanese politician Toru Hashimoto sparked an international public outcry when he “told reporters in Osaka that Japan’s wartime sex slave system, which forced thousands of girls and women from around Asia into prostitution for the Japanese military, had been necessary in order to maintain military discipline.” (1)

The women “were necessary in order to provide relaxation for those brave soldiers who had been in the line of fire,” Hashimoto said. (2)

Since making these statements, a fury of domestic and international criticism has rained down upon Hashimoto. He has waffled back and forth and tried to make excuses, but Hashimoto has not yet apologized nor taken his words back and continues to insist that women were not “forced” into sexual slavery.

We, the Kansai Network for the Japanese Military Comfort Women Issue, strongly condemn Hashimoto’s remarks and demand a formal apology. We call on people within Japan and across the world to stand in solidarity with the victims by signing this petition.

Please sign our petition and share with your friends. Thank you for your support.



This petition is available in Japanese here.

Our formal letter to Hashimoto can be found here (Japanese only):
http://www.ianfu-kansai-net.org/kougi_hashimoto_2013-05.html

Background information can be found on our website here (Japanese only):
http://www.ianfu-kansai-net.org/ 

(1) Japan Times - http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/05/15/national/bigtime-backfire-hashimoto-justifies-sex-slave-use-prostitutes-for-u-s-forces/#.UZ1mg2Qp200

(2) BBC - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22519384

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Osaka Mayor Hashimoto
Comfort women during World War II were not “necessary” -- Apologize now.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Ricardo Camacho SAN PABLO CITY, LAGUNA, PHILIPPINES
      • 2 months ago

      hindi kailangan ang comfort women para lang tumino ang mga sundalong hapones!!!!! itoy isang kaisipang galing sa demonyo!!! puno ng kalaswaan at kalibugan!!!! una , humingi kayo JAPAN ng SORRY sa ginawa nyong kahalayan at kabuktutan sa mga babaeng PILIPINO,KOREANO, at iba pa noong nakaraang Ikalawang Digmaang Pandaigdig!at bayaran nyo ng Danyos Perhuwisyo ang mga nasabing Comfort Women!!!!

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    • angelica chiu PHILIPPINES, PHILIPPINES
      • 3 months ago

      WOMEN ARE NOT FOR COMFORT. APOLOGIZE NOW.

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    • Avelina Qua STAMFORD, CT
      • 6 months ago

      to do the right thing

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    • Katrina Gaw QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES
      • 8 months ago

      It is important never to forget the truths of history, lest we repeat our mistakes from the past.

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    • Pamela Toh MANDALUYONG CITY, PHILIPPINES
      • 8 months ago

      The Japanese military and government THOUGHT it was necessary (they thought it would stop soldiers from raping civilians). But it wasn't and never will be necessary!

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