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Japanese historians slam govt move to relook comfort women apology

Published on Mar 7, 2014 7:42 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - A group of Japanese historians on Friday stood behind their government's 1993 apology over wartime sex slavery, slamming Tokyo's possible move to revise it as "unforgivable".

The landmark apology, known as the Kono Statement, acknowledged official complicity in the coercion of women from across Asia into a system of wartime brothels, an issue that draws particular resentment in neighbouring South Korea.

Last Saturday, South Korean President Park Geun Hye warned Japan that it would face "isolation" if it pushed ahead with a move to revisit the apology.

But conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government has said evidence given by "comfort women" - a euphemism for those forced to work in military brothels - that forms the basis of the apology is to be re-examined.

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