Following a series of remarks by influential people playing down
Many panels in the "Exhibition of 'Comfort Women' for Junior High School Students" explain how sex slavery started in wide areas of
"Comfort woman" is a euphemism used in
Visitors to the
Among the victims is
Detained by the Japanese military, she was forced to do household chores during the daytime and was repeatedly raped at night, "living a slavish life," according to an exhibit panel.
An example of a condom and a preventive ointment for sexually transmitted diseases, both of which were used by Japanese soldiers at the wartime brothels, are also exhibited.
"We hope to provide basic information, as references to the sex slavery have almost disappeared from junior high school textbooks, eliminating opportunities to learn about it in classrooms," said
Ikeda referred to a remark last year by outspoken
During his inaugural press conference in January, Momii said sexual servitude existed in "every country" and it is only considered wrong by "today's morality."
WAM immediately issued a statement of protest saying Momii's comments "deeply hurt the victims who are still suffering even now and struggling to restore human dignity." The statement also said, "It is unacceptable and shameful for a person who affirms the war crime to assume the top post of a news media organization," calling for Momii's to resign.
Abe has also faced criticism more recently, particularly from neighboring countries, over the Japanese government's examination of the background of its 1993 landmark apology to the former sex slaves, known as the Kono Statement.
The move to review the statement, named after then Chief Cabinet Secretary
"We organized a similar exhibition in 2007 so young people, including junior high school students, could learn about the issue of the wartime sex slavery, and in the wake of the latest developments, we have decided to update the contents of the previous event," Ikeda said.
"In addition to young people, we would also welcome Abe, Momii and Hashimoto if they visit the exhibition to learn the history," she added.
The exhibition will run through
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