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News : On the Osaka Mayor Hashimoto's Recent Statement
Poster : webadmin on 2013-05-16 10:58:22 (2309 reads)

The San Francisco - Osaka Sister City Association would like to make clear that the recent statement by Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto to justify the sex slavery system imposed by the Japanese military during World War II as a necessity of war in no way reflects the position of the Association, nor the spirit of the sister city relationship.

The San Francisco - Osaka sister city relationship was forged from the ashes of World War II as an historic effort to improve relations between the United States and Japan. Statements that justify controversial wartime abuses and devastating violence against women are damaging to international relations, and contrary to the mission of the Association. We urge proactive efforts by Mayor Hashimoto to address the negative impacts of his damaging statement.

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