According to the new head of Japan's state broadcaster, during WWII, every country had "comfort women" - a nice Japanese term for kidnapped foreign women forced into sexual slavery to serve the troops.
I find much to admire in the Japanese and their culture but everytime something like this rolls across the lips of some prominent son of Nippon, it just resets the dial to "barbarian." Every time one of them indignantly denies the reality of the Rape of Nanking, same thing, "barbarian."
NHK chairman Katsuto Momii told a news conference Saturday marking his appointment that "comfort women" existed in any country at war, not just Japan, and criticized South Korea for dredging up a compensation issue that had been settled by a bilateral peace treaty.
The military brothel system was "common in any country at war," Momii said Saturday. "The comfort women system is considered wrong under today's moral values. But the military comfort women system existed as a reality at that time."
At a news conference Monday, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga defended Momii's remarks as his personal views.