In this Tuesday, June 4, 2013 photo, Research Institute for Local Government President Nobuo Ishihara speaks during an interview at his office in Tokyo. Retired Japanese politician Yohe

 

              In this Tuesday, June 4, 2013 photo, Research Institute for Local Government President Nobuo Ishihara speaks during an interview at his office in Tokyo. Retired Japanese politician Yohe
In this Tuesday, June 4, 2013 photo, Research Institute for Local Government President Nobuo Ishihara speaks during an interview at his office in Tokyo. Retired Japanese politician Yohei Kono whose name is on a landmark 1993 apology over Japan’s use of wartime sex slaves says Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s attempts to downplay Japan’s actions before and during World War II have hurt the country’s global image and undermined its pacifist pledge. Ishihara, who was deputy Cabinet secretary and assisted Kono in the government of then-Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa said interviews with 16 South Korean women in Seoul led to the conclusion that there was coercion though there were no official documents showing so. The women interviewed by Japanese diplomats in the run-up to the 1993 Kono apology were selected because they were not connected to anti-Japan lobbyist groups. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)