Japan mulls revision of comfort women apology
SEOUL (AFP) - Japan is to consider revising its landmark apology for its wartime system of sex slavery, a top official said on Monday, in a move likely to draw fury in South Korea and beyond.
Evidence given by "comfort women" - those forced to work in military brothels - that forms the basis of the 1993 Kono Statement, is to be re-examined, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Monday.
"The testimonies of comfort women were taken on the premise of their being closed-door sessions. The government will consider whether there can be a revision while preserving" the confidence in which they were given, Mr Suga said.
His comment came after a weekend opinion poll, jointly conducted by the nationalistic Sankei Shimbun daily and Fuji TV, in which 59 per cent of respondents said the apology should be revised.