Japan seeks end to sex slavery row

Japan seeks end to sex slavery row

Japan seeks end to sex slavery row

Updated 30 March 2012, 14:30 AEDT

Japan's government is seeking to end a row over sexual slavery by its Imperial forces during the Second World War.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sparked controversy last month by saying there was no evidence the imperial army directly coerced thousands of so-called comfort women into brothels across Asia.

Now, Mr Abe's government has reiterated it did not dispute the validity of the Allied 1946-48 Tokyo trials of Japanese leaders, which documented the military's use of comfort women among war crimes.

The statement was made in Parliament in response to a question by a left-wing politician.

It repeated the government stands by Japan's landmark 1993 admission of responsibility for the use of comfort women and its apology to them.

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