There were cases in which private businesses hired by the Japanese military abducted women in order to use them as comfort women.
On September 5, 2014
Kyodo News reported that former Special Representative Radhika Coomaraswamy of the UN Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, who drew up a report (The Coomaraswamy Report, 1996) that defined the Japanese Military Comfort Women as sex slaves and recommended that the Japanese government should apologize and provide appropriate redress, had expressed her position that it was not necessary to revise the content of the report.
In an interview held with Kyodo News in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Ms. Coomaraswamy expressed her unchanged view and added that Yoshida’s testimony was only one of many pieces of evidence concerning the Japanese military’s forced mobilization of comfort women, referring to a recent action taken by the Asahi Shimbun to cancel a news article recently carried in its newspaper after judging that the testimony of Yoshida Seiji (who died in 2000) about the Japanese military’s hunting down of comfort women in Jeju Island, Korea during the Pacific War was a lie.
Based on her findings at the time of drawing up the report, she said, “There were cases in which private businesses hired by the Japanese military abducted women in order to use them as comfort women. Those women had no way of escaping them. My definition of those women as sex slaves was correct then and remains so now.”
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