I fail to understand how these reports can even use the term “prostitution,” when what occurred was clearly slavery.

Toru Hashimoto, the Osaka mayor, made the reference to about 200,000 women, mostly Korean and Chinese, who were believed to have been coerced into becoming so-called “comfort women”.

His comments have provoked reactions from others in Japan, and the region.

Al Jazeera’s Harry Fawcett reports from Seoul. 

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