Committee concluded Asahi made a fatal mistake

Japan News reports that the Asahi Shimbun third-party committee, which has been examining the paper’s past reports on so-called comfort women, released a report Monday that concluded the newspaper made a “fatal mistake”.
The report said the Asahi switched points of contention over the word “coerciveness” — a word used to describe the situation concerning comfort women.

The report said until the doubts were raised in 1992 over statements by Yoshida, it was the Asahi that took the initiative in widely reporting “coerciveness in the narrow sense.” However, it did not admit in the 1997 special coverage that it had reported “coerciveness in the narrow sense” and instead criticized other people who assert it, according to the report.

Based on the statement on comfort women issued by then Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono in 1993, the Asahi now stresses the existence of “coerciveness in the broad sense.”

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