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Japan and the Comfort Women: Not a ‘Beautiful Country’

5:14 PM, Jul 1, 2014 • By DENNIS P. HALPIN
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But Tokyo should understand that actions speak louder than words. Repeated calls for revisiting the comfort women issue undercut any positive message which Tokyo wishes to project to the international community in London or elsewhere. And the intemperate remarks of not only the Mayor of Osaka but other leading voices in Japanese society on the comfort women and other historic issues present to the world the image of a country that is far from beautiful.

Dennis P. Halpin served as the U.S. Embassy/Beijing coordinator for the U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995 and is a visiting scholar at the US-Korea Institute, SAIS (Johns Hopkins).

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