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Japan mulls revision of comfort women apology

Published on Feb 24, 2014 2:56 PM
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Korean women of Los Angeles observe a minute of silence in the front of the Korean Women Memorial in Glendale, California, on Jan 31, 2014. Japan is to consider revising its landmark apology for its wartime system of sex slavery, a top official said on Monday, Feb 24, 2014, in a move likely to draw fury in South Korea and beyond. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

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.

 
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