Japan Times Editors’ Open Letter

On Nov. 30, 2018, the Executive Editorial Committee at The Japan Times published an Editor’s Note announcing changes in the way the newspaper would describe both the so-called comfort women and wartime forced laborers recruited before and during World War II to work for Japanese companies.

Under the former style, the comfort women were described as “women who were forced to provide sex for Japanese troops before and during World War II.” Under the new style, they were to be referred to as “women who worked in wartime brothels, including those who did so against their will, to provide sex to Japanese soldiers.”

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①  全国一般東京ゼネラルユニオン(略称:東ゼン労組)は、2010年4月25日に結成さ

② 英語を母語とする者もしくは英語を話せる者が多いため、組合の会議は基本英語で進行しています。しかし、現執行委員長含め、英語以外の母語の組合員も多数おり、多言語体制を整えるように努力しています。まだまだ不十分ですが、多国籍・多民族労組として、言語問題はきわめて重要な課題であり、日々改善を図っているところです。

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