Australian PM to raise 'comfort women' with Japan's PM

Australian PM to raise 'comfort women' with Japan's PM

Australian PM to raise 'comfort women' with Japan's PM

Updated 31 March 2012, 1:00 AEDT

The Australian Prime Minister John Howard has signalled he will raise the issue of war-time 'comfort women' in talks with his Japanese counterpart.

Our North Asia correspondent Shane McLeod reports, Mr Howard is in Tokyo to sign a new high-level security pact with Japan.

John Howard has welcomed a recent statement by Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, recommitting Japan to a 1993 apology over its treatment of so-called comfort women.

Mr Abe has previously questioned some claims of 'coercion' from women forced to work in wartime brothels backed by japan's Military.

Last week, He said that there was no evidence to support the claims of the women, drawing strong criticism from China, and North and South Korea.

Mr Howard says he will make his views known.

"My concern about any quibbling in relation to this matter is known to the Japanese government, and I'm sure in one way or another it'll be mentioned tomorrow," he said.

Mr Howard is in Japan for trade and business talks, as well as to sign a new agreement with Japan on security co-operation.

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