Verhagen discusses sex slaves with Japanese ambassador

The Japanese ambassador in The Hague reassured foreign minister Maxime Verhagen this morning, that the Japanese government does not retract any part of its official declaration of 1993. In this declaration, Japan acknowledged that its military had kept thousands of women as sex slaves in the Second World War.

In recent weeks, statements by the Japanese government suggested this acknowledgement was being questioned. Verhagen was positive about the ambassador’s words. He also said that he trusts there will be no new statements which sow doubts about the official Japanese position, as these conflict with historic evidence and aggrieve the victims and their families.