VVD demands Japanese apologies

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2 August 2007, THE HAGUE – The Liberal VVD in Parliament wants Japan to formally apologise to all the women who were used as sex slaves by Japanese soldiers during World War II.

2 August 2007

THE HAGUE – The Liberal VVD in Parliament wants Japan to formally apologise to all the women who were used as sex slaves by Japanese soldiers during World War II.

"The history of the 'comfort women' is known and has been proven. It is scandalous that the Japanese government still denies this history," MP Hans van Baalen said on Wednesday on the television programme Netwerk.

During the budget discussion this autumn Van Baalen will submit a motion demanding that Japan acknowledge and apologise for the abuse of the women.

Earlier this week a large majority in the US Congress adopted a non-binding resolution demanding that Japan "acknowledge, apologise for and take historical responsibility" for the fate of the 'comfort women' forced into servitude to the Japanese army.

Earlier this year Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen summoned the Japanese ambassador after Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe had said that there was no evidence that women were forced into prostitution. The ambassador assured the Dutch minister that his country still stood behind the official declaration from 1993 in which Japan apologised to the women.

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Subject: Dutch news

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