「米政府「言語道断で侮辱的」 橋下氏発言を厳しく非難」（ http://www.asahi.com/international/update/0516/TKY201305160295.html ）
「橋下氏発言を非難する米政府当局者のコメント（全文）」（ http://www.asahi.com/international/update/0516/TKY201305160461.html ）
「Daily Press Briefing Washington, DC May 16, 2013」（ http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2013/05/209511.htm ）
Mayor Hashimoto’s comment is outrageous and offensive. As the United States has stated previously, what happened in that era to those women, who were trafficked for sexual purposes, is deplorable and clearly grave human right violations of enormous proportions. We understand that mayor Hashimoto is planning to travel to the United States, but in the light of these statements, we are not sure that anyone will want to meet with him.
QUESTION: Hi, my name is Takashi from Japanese newspaper Asahi. Osaka City Mayor Hashimoto recently made a comment on the so-called “comfort women” issue, arguing that even though it is unacceptable from the moral perspective value, but the comfort women were necessary during the war period. And he also argued that it is not fair that only Japan is criticized by the United States and other countries, because there are other country military that were provided sexual service by prostitute. And do U.S. has any position on his comment or criticism against the United States?
MS. PSAKI: We have seen, of course, those comments. Mayor Hashimoto’s comments were outrageous and offensive. As the United States has stated previously, what happened in that era to these women who were trafficked for sexual purposes is deplorable and clearly a grave human rights violation of enormous proportions. We extend, again, our sincere and deep sympathy to the victims, and we hope that Japan will continue to work with its neighbors to address this and other issues arising from the past and cultivate relationships that allow them to move forward.
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been extremely rare so to have three such events in four months is a serious cause for concern,” he noted.
Korea,” Lubroth added.