Japanese Government Statements and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Statements
The following links will take you to the statements that the Japanese government has made on the issue of the enslavement of women in military brothels during World War II.
January 1, 1992: Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa, in a press conference, said: "Concerning the comfort women, I apologize from the bottom of my heart and feel remorse for those people who suffered indescribable hardships."
January 17, 1992: Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa, at a policy speech on a visit to South Korea, said: "What we should not forget about relationship between our nation and your nation is a fact that there was a certain period in the thousands of years of our company when we were the victimizer and you were the victim. I would like to once again express a heartfelt remorse and apology for the unbearable suffering and sorrow that you experienced during this period because of our nation's act." Recently the issue of the so-called 'wartime comfort women' is being brought up. I think that incidents like this are seriously heartbreaking, and I am truly sorry."
July 6, 1992: Statement by Chief Cabinet Secretary Koichi Kato on the Issue of the so-called "Wartime Comfort Women" from the Korean Peninsula
August 4, 1993: Statement by the Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono on the result of the study on the issue of "Comfort Women" (the "Kono Statement")
August 4, 1993: Ministry of Foreign Affairs summary of "Comfort Women" issue at the time of the Kono Statement
July 1995: Statement by Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama following the establishment of the Asian Women's Fund
2001: Letter from Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to the former "Comfort Women"
June 2001: Summary of policy on the issue of the "Comfort Women"
May 15, 2013: Shinzo Abe's remarks on the "Comfort Women" issue
November 6, 2013: Japanese government views on historical issues including the "Comfort Women"
June 2014: Details of exchanges between Japan and Korea regarding the "Comfort Women" issue
October 14, 2014: Ministry of Foreign Affairs summary of measures taken on the "Comfort Women" issue
December 28, 2015: Joint Press Conference between Japan and Korea of "final and irrevocable" resolution of the "Comfort Women" issue