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Japan is honest on history and 'comfort women'

To the editor: The notion that the Japanese government denies or downplays history is misleading. Following the stance of the past administrations, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has expressed his sincere commitment to face history with humility on numerous occasions. ("Japanese nationalists attempt to revise history on 'comfort women,'" Editorial, Dec. 11) On the issue of "comfort women," the Abe administration made clear on June 20 that it will uphold the Kono Statement of 1993 and expressed that we are deeply pained to think of all those who suffered immeasurable pain. This government position remains unchanged. On the other hand, I strongly oppose the...

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