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Speculations about 'comfort women' uncivilized: Ma

Speculations about 'comfort women' uncivilized: Ma

Taipei, Sept. 23 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou (???) said Thursday that it is uncivilized to speculate about whether the "comfort women" who provided sex services to Japanese servicemen during World War II had done so voluntarily. The United Nations Human Rights Council has classified "comfort women" as military sex slaves, therefore, it is only takes commonsense to understand that they had not been serving voluntarily, the president said. Many countries have passed resolutions condemning Japan's practice of forcing tens of thousands of Asian women into prostitution during the war and have demanded an apology from Japan, Ma pointed out. Under such circumstances, how can anyone speculate about whether those women had been providing voluntary services, he said. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII but the comfort women issue is still being debated, Ma said. "If we continue to speculate on the issue, how would other people look at us? We would be no different from an uncivilized country," the president said. Regarding the issue of whether Taiwan was colonized by Japan during the war, Ma said it is an indisputable historical fact. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Aug. 14 issued a "heartfelt apology" for Japan's "aggression" and "colonial rule" in Asia, Ma said, during an award ceremony for outstanding educators. He also urged people in the education sector not to spread false historical information. (By Hsieh Chia-chen and Evelyn Kao)