Pa­per changes de­scrip­tion of wartime sex slaves

The Guardian Weekly - - Global Report -

Japan’s old­est English-lan­guage news­pa­per has sparked anger among staff and read­ers af­ter re­vis­ing its de­scrip­tion of wartime sex slaves and forced labour­ers from the Korean peninsula.

In a de­ci­sion that crit­ics said aligned it with the con­ser­va­tive agenda of the prime min­is­ter, Shinzo Abe, the Japan Times said it had used terms “that could have been po­ten­tially mis­lead­ing” when re­port­ing on the con­tentious sub­jects. It was the lat­est me­dia row about how to de­fine no­to­ri­ous parts of the coun­try’s wartime record.

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