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Koichi Kato, Predecessor of Kono, Dies

Write : 2016-09-11 13:19:55 Update : 2016-09-11 14:46:51

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Koichi Kato, Predecessor of Kono, Dies

Koichi Kato, a former secretary general of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), died of pneumonia on Friday at a hospital in Tokyo. He was 77.
Kato, former chief cabinet secretary, said in a statement in July 1992, that the Japanese government was involved in the establishment and operations of comfort stations and controlled the recruitment of comfort women.
During his trip to South Korea in 2007, Kato reportedly said that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should offer an apology to the South Koreans first, referring to Abe’s apology on the issue of comfort women during his United States trip.
Kato had criticized Abe for attempting to revise the historic 1993 Kono Statement, which acknowledged the forced nature of Japan’s wartime sexual slavery.
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