The Japan Times, an English-language newspaper that amended its description of "comfort women" and wartime forced laborers last year, apologized to its staff last month, but threatened legal action against anyone found leaking confidential information.
In a five-sentence note published last November, the paper said it would refer to Korean laborers simply as "wartime laborers" and would describe comfort women as "women who worked in wartime brothels, including those who did so against their will."
The move polarized readers. Some saw it as an effort to whitewash Japan's wartime history, while others celebrated the move as a way to correct foreign misinterpretations.
In an email sent to the paper's staff on Feb 28, Japan Times president Takeharu Tsutsumi apologized for causing "turmoil." A Japan Times source shared the email with Reuters; it was verified by several other employees at the paper.
The president explained that the purpose of the style change was to "enable us to report controversial issues in a fair and neutral manner," and denied that the paper had shifted its political views.
Source : VOA