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Clarification about the "Sexual Slavery" for Hiroko Tabuchi of NYT

This morning Ms. Hiroko Tabuchi of NY Times answered my question about the definition of "sexual slavery".
Sexual slavery as understood by the Rome Statute on crimes against humanity: "Sexual slavery is a particular form of enslavement..
— Hiroko Tabuchi (@HirokoTabuchi) Sept 13, 2014 She means Rome Statute of the International Crime Court. In the Article 7, "Crimes against humanity", it is written
(g) Rape, sexual slavery, enforced prostitution, forced pregnancy, enforced sterilization, or any other form of sexual violence of comparable gravity; Sexual slavery is a special case of enslavement. Its definition is the following:
"Enslavement" means the exercise of any or all of the powers attaching to the right of ownership over a person and includes the exercise of such power in the course of trafficking in persons, in particular women and children; It's human trafficking. If Ms. Tabuchi uses sexual slavery in this sense, it is evident that there was …

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The Economist's Wrong Article about the "Comfort Women"

So far very few western media commented on the retraction of the Asahi's articles on "comfort women". FT quoted my blog entry and a comment by Eiji Oguma. And the Economist says
Ms Takaichi has publicly called for a new statement on “comfort women” next year [...] Doing so would plunge deeply troubled relations with China and South Korea to new depths. Asahi may have been wrong on the Jeju Island case, but Japan’s responsibility for forcing women into prostitution during the war is beyond doubt. As I wrote, the Asahi admitted
No official documents were found that directly showed forcible taking away by the military on the Korean Peninsula and Taiwan [...] No documents have been found that show the military systematically taking away women like kidnappers. It's a simple historical fact that all historians agree. Although the Asahi retracted the articles about Seiji Yoshida, they quibble about the coercion. Even leftist historian like Yoshimi doesn't defend the Asahi…

Peter Ennis's False Accusation Recommended by NY Times

Western media keep strange silence about the Asahi's defeat. But Hiroko Tabuchi of NY Times tweeted:
Good backgrounder on why the "comfort women" issue is causing a furor right now by longtime Japan watcher Peter Ennis http://t.co/yzdPiewVJw
— Hiroko Tabuchi (@HirokoTabuchi) 2014, 9月 2

This article is a laughing matter.
Asahi – much too late – has now acknowledged its mistake. But that does not negate Asahi’s essential editorial points that Japan should take responsibility for World War II aggression, and for having coerced thousands of women into sexual servitude. It's the false accusation that the Asahi retracted.
No official documents were found that directly showed forcible taking away by the military on the Korean Peninsula and Taiwan [...] No documents have been found that show the military systematically taking away women like kidnappers. Could you read English, Mr. Ennis?