Published May 24, 2013
OSAKA, Japan – Two Korean former sex slaves have canceled a meeting with an outspoken Japanese mayor who last week said Japan's wartime practice of using many Asian women as prostitutes was necessary to maintain military discipline.
Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto, also co-leader of a nationalist party, has enraged Japanese neighbors with his comments about so-called comfort women.
Supporters of Kim Bok-dong and Kil Won-ok, both in their late 80s, said Friday that the former sex slaves had nothing to talk about because Hashimoto has showed no remorse over his remarks.
Their supporters say they are demanding that he apologize and resign as mayor.
Hashimoto, 43, also angered the U.S. by suggesting American troops based in southern Japan should patronize legal adult entertainment establishments to reduce sex crimes there.