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Some Japanese lawmakers call for revision of wartime brothel apology

Published on Mar 3, 2014 8:33 PM

TOKYO (REUTERS) - Nationalist Japanese politicians urged the government on Monday to revise a 1993 apology over Asian women forced to serve in wartime brothels, saying accounts that tens of thousands of women were forcibly recruited were a "total lie".

Any revision to the landmark apology by then-Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono would enrage Japan's neighbours, China and South Korea, from where most of the "comfort women" were drawn.

Both accuse Japan of failing to atone fully for aggression before and during World War Two.

The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, which wants to bolster the military and be less apologetic about the past, has said it will set up a team to review the testimony of South Korean comfort women. But officials have been careful to avoid any mention of revising or watering down the apology.

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