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Mayor of Osaka Apparently Completely Cool With Wartime Rape

So, apparently Mayor of Osaka/co-founder of the nationalist Japanese Restoration Party Toru Hashimoto believes that the war-time kidnapping/unspeakable sexual victimization of young women during WWII (a practice known as "comfort women") was "necessary." No, I'm not making this up. This is a thing this guy actually said - you can click the link and see for yourself.

This, by the way, is the same guy who apparently said last year that Japan "needed a dictatorship"- because a de facto version of that set-up (wherein the military had the power to hold the government hostage to get them to do whatever it wanted) worked out so well for them prior to World War II.

Japan has a long had a spotty history with acknowledging its war-time atrocities. Granted, they're far from the only country with some historical 'splainin' to do - but at least most of the other parties involved now fully admit that they done fucked up. Hell, even Antonin Scalia admits that the Korematsu decision, the Supreme Court case that effectively validated the Japanese-American Internment, was wrong. Japan, however, just doesn't want to have anything to do with their checkered history.


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