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Japan broadcast chief vows impartiality after war sex slavery row

Published on Feb 19, 2014 2:11 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - The embattled head of Japan's public broadcaster NHK insisted on Wednesday it would remain impartial, after his controversial remarks about wartime sex slavery reportedly jeopardised an interview with US ambassador Caroline Kennedy.

Mr Katsuto Momii has been under fire after saying last month that the Japanese Imperial Army's system of forcing of women into military brothels during World War II was "common in any country at war".

The issue is a particularly sensitive one for China and South Korea, which both suffered from Tokyo's brutal expansionism.

"The most important thing is that all NHK staff strictly adhere to the principles of freedom of expression, political neutrality and fairness," Mr Momii told lawmakers who were mulling NHK's annual budget.

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