Mayor Of Osaka Calls Forced Prostitution During WWII "Necessary"

The mayor of Osaka, Japan has just come out justifying the forced prostitution of women during World War Ii because, well, the war. In his incredibly awful statement, he said that forcing innocent young girls and women into sex labor was totally cool because men were going totally through a tough phase. Think about the bros!

"In the circumstances in which bullets are flying like rain and wind, the soldiers are running around at the risk of losing their lives," the mayor said. "If you want them to have a rest in such a situation, a comfort women system is necessary. Anyone can understand that."

In case you missed it, the mayor of Osaka just helpfully called sexual slavery a "comfort system" that is totally legitimate when times are tough. For men.


During the war, about 200,000 women who were in territories occupied by Japan were forced into being prostitutes for troops. Some of them were abducted from their homes. They were from China, South Korea, the Philippines, Indonesia and Taiwan. Many of them were told they were going to work as waitresses, but were then forced into giving sexual services to soldiers.

The mayor had previously apologized to these women in 1995, but now seems to have no interest in following through with that.

"It is a result of the tragedy of the war that they became comfort women against their will. The responsibility for the war also lies with Japan. We have to politely offer kind words to comfort women," he said.

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