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On February 20th, 2013, Representative Mike Honda, who played a key role in passing H.R. 121 (Comfort Women Resolution), and his colleague, Representative Steve Israel sent a correspondence to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The correspondence asked Abe for Japan’s apology for its enslavement of women for sexual slavery during World War II. This correspondence was being prepared by Honda early this year, and was mentioned by Honda to the Korean American Civic Empowerment (KACE) during the recent inauguration of President Obama. Representatives Honda and Israel delivered this letter to Kenichiro Sasae, the Japanese Ambassador to the United States.

Link to the original text: http://1.usa.gov/XwRjeC
The following is an except of the correspondence.

“While I congratulate Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on his recent election and look forward to his upcoming visit to the U.S., we cannot afford the time for revisions or retractions of past statements. Indeed, nothing is more important right now than for a democratic country like Japan to formally acknowledge and unequivocally apologize for its systematic atrocity. Government is a living, breathing organism that is responsible for its past, present and future. As someone who was put into an internment camp as an infant during World War II, I know reconciliation through government actions, to admit error, are the only ones likely to be long lasting. In order to move toward a more peaceful, global world, Japan must accept responsibility and apologize. The grandmothers – those survivors of physical, sexual and psychological violence perpetuated by Japan’s Imperial Army – are still waiting for an appropriate apology.”

The following links are to articles covering the recent correspondence.

Global Post

Congressman Steve Israel Office

Japan Daily Press

Global Nation

Washington Times

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