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Japanese PM urged to uphold 'comfort women' apology

Japanese PM urged to uphold 'comfort women' apology

Updated 9 January 2013, 22:49 AEST

Opposition MPs in Japan have urged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe not to wind back a 20 year-old apology to women kept as sex slaves during World War Two.

Mr Abe took office last month, and in the past he's called for a review of a landmark 1993 apology to the so-called comfort women.

Up to 200,000 women - mostly Korean, but from other countries like China, Japan, Indonesia and elsewhere - were kidnapped and forced to work in brothels around Asia for Japanese soldiers. Nationalists, including Mr Abe, have long resented the apology, also known as the Kono statement, claiming the women weren't directly coerced.

Presenter: Laura Tchilingurian

Speaker: Tina Dolgopol, former Prosecutor, Women's International War Crimes Tribunal in Tokyo, and Associate Professor at the School of Law at Flinders University in Adelaide

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