March 31, 2015 – “Abe confirms he called ‘comfort women’ victims of human trafficking” (Japan Times)

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe confirmed that he described “comfort women,” mainly Asian females who were forced to provide sex to wartime Japanese soldiers, as victims of “human trafficking” in a recent interview with The Washington Post. The remarks provoked a backlash from South Korea. A South Korean official said Saturday that the remarks were a deception if Abe had been attempting to shift the blame for the forcible recruitment of the comfort women to private brokers and deny the government’s involvement.”