• ‘Comfort women’ cancel meeting with Japan mayor

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    OSAKA: Two South Korean women forcibly drafted into Japanese military brothels during World War II have cancelled a meeting with a Japanese mayor, who sparked outrage by calling them a wartime necessity. Outspoken Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto and two former “comfort women” were to meet on Friday, but the elderly women changed their minds over fears of becoming political pawns in a long-running diplomatic dispute that has stoked tensions between Tokyo and Seoul.

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