Do the Japanese deny the existence of comfort women?

Do the Japanese deny the existence of comfort women?

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Absolutely not. The Japanese people are well-informed about the history of comfort women. Many Japanese correctly believe that most comfort women were not kidnapped or treated as “slaves” reminiscent of antebellum America. Many believe that they were paid prostitutes, as stated explicitly in the U.S. Office of War Information document. (Ref. 1) Moreover, the Japanese people are also aware that some of these women may have been deceived about the nature of the job by the civilian agents and recruiters, not the Japanese military. In Korea, many of the recruiters and agents were, in fact, Korean. Because of this deception and the small fraction who were forced (e.g., in Indonesia), many Japanese feel remorse and sympathy for those who were made to do things against their will. As such, Japan and the Japanese apologized and paid compensation to the comfort women (see below).

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