In the other direction, some national leaders are backing away from Japan's 1993 apology to women held as sex slaves to the military during World War II. Detailing national and international accountability efforts of the last 15 years, our colleague Dinah L Shelton writes that "Japan owes far more than an apology to the comfort women. Redress is legally and morally required." The absence of an ICC-like permanent tribunal in the postwar era, she argues, created the "historical vacuum" within which Prime Minister Shinzo Abe now denies the tragedy.
(With thanks to our colleague, Ambassador Derek Shearer, for alerting us to Shelton's commentary.)