A small group of "comfort women" from South Korea, who were forced into sexual enslavement by the Japanese military during World War II, plans to meet with Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto next Friday.
Japan's Kyodo News says two of only dozens of comfort women still alive in Korea, will demand an official apology from Hashimoto, who recently said coercing women into Japanese military brothels was necessary in times of war.
Hashimoto, who also co-heads the nationalist Japan Restoration Party, is notorious for making controversial statements on the issue, having previously stating no evidence backed Japan's coercion of some 200-thousand women.
The politician's comments outraged not only neighboring countries like Korea and China, but also the United States.
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