Various reports reveal that Toru Hashimoto-the mayor of Osaka, Japan-has stirred up controversy when he told reporters, "For soldiers who risked their lives in circumstances where bullets are flying around like rain and wind, if you want them to get some rest, a comfort women system was necessary. That’s clear to anyone." Hashimoto made the statement in a May 13 interview.
According to a report by Lira Dalangin-Fernandez of Interkasyon.com, Luz Ilagan and Emmi De Jesus of the Gabriela party-list said that "Hashimoto's statement is like rubbing salt to the wounds left by the Second World War on women, not just in the Philippines but in Korea, China, Taiwan, and Indonesia." The two lawmakers have also asked the Aquino administration to "not let the statement pass and defend Filipino women." They want Hasimoto declared as "persona non grata."
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