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Japan To Review 1993 Statement On Comfort Women
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Friday that a team will be set up to review testimonies of South Korean women forced to provide sexual services to the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II.
The testimonies founded the basis of the 1993 statement by then chief cabinet secretary Yohei Kono, who acknowledged the Japanese government and its Imperial Army were involved in the recruitment of between 200,000 and 400,000 girls and women to serve in brothels.
However, Suga stopped short of saying whether the current government would issue a new declaration after re-examining the so-called Kono statement.
"It will be extremely difficult but it's important to review and see what the situation was," Suga said of the testimonies.
Former prime minister Tomiichi Murayama on Thursday urged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to stand by the statement saying it would serve no purpose to re-examine it.
"There is no meaning in finding fault in or scrutinising the statement any further," Murayama said.
The former minister's call came at a time when the Japanese government is considering to revise its historic apology in a move likely to draw the ire of China and South Korea.
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