Japan PM Abe apologizes for WW2 sex slaves
By Isabel Reynolds
Monday, March 26, 2007; 5:06 AM
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, under fire abroad for denying government involvement in forcing women to serve as sex slaves during World War Two, said on Monday he was "apologizing here and now as the prime minister."
Abe said earlier this month there was no proof Japan's government or army kidnapped women to work as "comfort women," as the wartime sex slaves are known in Japan.
He has also said he stood by a 1993 apology known as the Kono Statement that acknowledged official involvement in the brothels. But he has said there would be no new apology even if U.S. lawmakers adopted a resolution seeking one.
"I am apologizing here and now as the prime minister, and it is as stated in the Kono Statement," Abe told a parliamentary committee in response to a question by an opposition lawmaker...
I hope Ms. Reynolds really has a scoop here--because otherwise she is going to be eating Corvus corrone for as long as the grass grows, the wind blows and the stars shine in the sky.