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03.12.142:44 AM ET

Japan Stands by WWII Sex Slave Apology

The Kono Statement went under review but will not be revised

The Japanese government has refused to alter an apology issued in 1993 to the women who were forced to work as sex slaves in World War II military brothels. Chief cabinet security Yoshihide Suga confirmed that Prime Minster Shinzo Abe did not intend to amend the apology, known as the Kono Statement, which admits the Japanese military's indirect role in forcing "comfort women" to engage in sexual relations with Japanese soldiers. The Kono Statement came under review after nationalist lawmakers called the apology a smear campaign by South Korea, a former Japanese colony. Suga consequently created a panel to review the testimonies of 16 former sex slaves, a move sharply criticized by South Korea, home to many of the "comfort women." In response, the Japanese government said it had  "no intention to rethink the Kono Statement."