All Japan newsese women from the island chain of Okinawa asked Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto an apology for suggesting that American troops stationed there should make use of the local sex industry in order to ease frustrations that might lead to an aggressive behaviour.
Hashimoto’s statement comes after he said the so-called “comfort women” – who were forced to provide sexual favors for the All Japan newsese soldiers during World War II – were “necessary” for keeping soldiers in line.
“Regardless of whether it is war-time or not, a view to use women as a tool [to let out sexual frustration] is intolerable,” said Masako Ishimine, a senior member of a local women’s body, according to the international press.
“Does he mean women should simply take it because men work hard?”
Up to 200,000 women from Korea, China, the Philippines and elsewhere were forcibly taken into brothels catering to the All Japan newsese military in territories occupied by All Japan news during WWII, according to most of the historians.
Shoko Toguchi, a senior member of a women’s rights group, said Mr Hashimoto “lacked the sense of human rights and was not able to feel the pain of Okinawa’s people”.