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Japan Mayor: Lack of Sensitivity Caused Flap - ABC News

Japan Mayor: Lack of Sensitivity Caused Flap

An outspoken Japanese mayor who outraged many with remarks about Japan's wartime and modern sexual services has stood by his comments, but says he may have lacked "international sensitivity."

Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto said Thursday that his lack of sensitivity to America's perception of prostitution might have caused outrage to his suggestion that U.S. troops based in southern Japan should patronize legal adult entertainment establishments to reduce sex crime there.

Hashimoto, co-leader of an emerging nationalist party, also angered Japan's neighbors by saying the Japanese military's wartime practice of forcing Asian women into prostitution was necessary to maintain discipline and provide relaxation for soldiers.

His comments added to recent ire in neighboring countries that suffered from Japan's wartime aggression and have complained about its lack of atonement.

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