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Allied soldiers raped women after D-Day, says Osaka mayor

Published on Jun 16, 2014 3:05 PM
 
Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto speaking at Osaka city hall in Osaka, western Japan on May 24, 2013. Allied soldiers liberating France during World War II raped French women after pushing back the Germans, Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto has claimed. -- PHOTO: AFP 

TOKYO (AFP) - Allied soldiers liberating France during World War II raped French women after pushing back the Germans, an outspoken Japanese politician has claimed, as Tokyo comes under pressure over its wartime system of sex slavery.

Mr Toru Hashimoto, the mayor of Japan's second city Osaka who was once seen as a future prime minister, argued in a weekend speech that Japan must admit its own historical wrongdoings while also pointing out the mistakes of others, the Mainichi Shimbun said.

"After landing in Normandy, allied soldiers raped French women. 'Comfort stations' were built after things became too much," he said in the speech, using a euphemism for brothels, according to the newspaper.

"It is a historical fact. It is an unfortunate past. We must never repeat it," he said in the public address.

 
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