The following links will take you to the statements that the Japanese government has made on the issue of the enslavement of women in military brothels during World War II.
- January 1, 1992
Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa, in a press conference, said: "Concerning the comfort women, I apologize from the bottom of my heart and feel remorse for those people who suffered indescribable hardships."
- January 17, 1992
Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa, at a policy speech on a visit to South Korea, said: "What we should not forget about relationship between our nation and your nation is a fact that there was a certain period in the thousands of years of our company when we were the victimizer and you were the victim. I would like to once again express a heartfelt remorse and apology for the unbearable suffering and sorrow that you experienced during this period because of our nation's act." Recently the issue of the so-called 'wartime comfort women' is being brought up. I think that incidents like this are seriously heartbreaking, and I am truly sorry."
- July 6, 1992
Statement by Chief Cabinet Secretary Koichi Kato on the Issue of the so-called "Wartime Comfort Women" from the Korean Peninsula
- August 4, 1993
Statement by the Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono on the result of the study on the issue of "Comfort Women" (the "Kono Statement")
- August 4, 1993
Ministry of Foreign Affairs summary of "Comfort Women" issue at the time of the Kono Statement
- July 1995
Statement by Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama following the establishment of the Asian Women's Fund
Letter from Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to the former "Comfort Women"
- June 2001
Summary of policy on the issue of the "Comfort Women"
- May 15, 2013
Shinzo Abe's remarks on the "Comfort Women" issue
- November 6, 2013
Japanese government views on historical issues including the "Comfort Women"
- June 2014
Details of exchanges between Japan and Korea regarding the "Comfort Women" issue
- October 14, 2014
Ministry of Foreign Affairs summary of measures taken on the "Comfort Women" issue
- December 28, 2015
Joint Press Conference between Japan and Korea of "final and irrevocable" resolution of the "Comfort Women" issue