TOKYO: The Imperial Japanese Army asked the government to provide one “comfort woman” for every 70 soldiers, Japan’s Kyodo news agency said, citing wartime government documents it had reviewed, shedding a fresh light on Tokyo’s involvement in the practice.
“Comfort women” is a euphemism for the girls and women – many of them Korean – forced into prostitution at Japanese military brothels. The issue has plagued Japan’s ties with South Korea for decades.
A volcano in southern Japan erupted on Friday (September 20) morning, sending plumes of ash and gas over 2,500 metres into the air.
Sakurajima is one of the world’s most active volcanoes and it has already erupted several times this month.
The volcano is on a peninsula near the city of Kagoshima, on Japan’s Kyushu Island.
President Donald Trump on Sunday said he and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had agreed on the principles of a trade deal that would probably be signed next month in New York. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Japan’s government approved a request for stem-cell experiments meant to create an animal-human hybrid and allow it to be brought to term.
The experiment, which still requires approval from the Japanese science ministry, would create animal embryos that contain human cells and transplant them into surrogate animals.
While other countries have experimented on creating human-animal embryos, Japan is now the first country to support experiments that will allow animals with human cells to come to full-term.
The research could eventually lead to new sources of organs for transplant, but ethical and technical hurdles need to be overcome.
Hiromitsu Nakauchi, who leads teams at the University of Tokyo and Stanford University in California, plans to grow human cells in mouse and rat embryos and then transplant those embryos into surrogate animals. Nakauchi’s ultimate goal is to produce animals with organs made of human cells that can, eventually, be transplanted into people.