Mio Sugita (杉田水脈) is a former member of Japanese House of Representative and a comfort women denier. As a three-member delegation of Japan Restoration Party (日本維新の会), now the Party for Japanese Kokoro (日本のこころを大切にする党), then-MP Sugita visited California in December 2013 to meet with local Japanese American leaders, who had endorsed the comfort women memorial in Glendale. Failing to convince them that the history of comfort women was fabricated, she later dismissed the Japanese Americans “typical left-wing extremists.”
Since losing re-election in December 2014, Sugita has traveled around the world to promote comfort women denial at the United Nations level, speaking at the United Nations Human Rights Council (2015) and at the NGO Parallel Events at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (2016) along with people like Shunichi Fujiki, Koichi Mera, and Kiyoshi Hosoya.
In the book “Women Fight the History War” (Rekishisen ha onna no tatakai), co-authored with non-fiction writer Keiko Kawazoe, Sugita proposes bombing comfort women memorials in the U.S. When asked if she was encouraging terrorism, she responded that she would leave the interpretation to the readers.