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(回答先: 慰安婦：日本の極右議員、学者、ジャーナリスト等米国大使館前で抗議デモ = 朝鮮日報 投稿者 ダイナモ 日時 2007 年 7 月 14 日 19:59:20)
TOKYO (AP) -- A group of Japanese lawmakers and conservatives on Friday demanded the U.S. Congress retract a resolution criticizing Tokyo for using prostitutes at front-line brothels during World War II.
Thirteen national lawmakers supported by more than 200 local politicians, intellectuals and journalists said the resolution ''is based on wrong information that is totally different from the historical fact.''
The House Foreign Affairs Committee voted 39-2 vote last month to urge Japan to ''formally acknowledge, apologize and accept historical responsibility in a clear and unequivocal manner'' for the suffering of ''comfort women'' during the 1930s and 1940s.
The endorsement allows the measure to be considered by the full House of Representatives.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has refused to comment on the resolution.
Historians say hundreds of thousands of women, mainly from Korea, China and the Philippines, were sent to Japanese military brothels in the 1930s and '40s. Many say they were forced to provide sexual services against their will to Japanese soldiers.
But many Japanese right-wing politicians claim the issue has been exaggerated, and say the term ''sex slaves'' should not be used to describe the women because they were generally paid.
''It was a business,'' said movie director Satoru Mizushima, who headed the group lodging the protest Friday, a copy of which was submitted to the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo. ''They made money. They had savings.''
Abe stirred controversy in March when he said there was no evidence that the women had been coerced into working as prostitutes and that Japan would not make a further apology.
After decades of denial, the Japanese government acknowledged its role in wartime prostitution after a historian discovered documents showing government involvement. In 1993, the government issued a carefully worded official apology, but it was never approved by parliament.
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