Japan mulls revision of 1993 statement apologizing for wartime sex slavesUpdated: 2014-02-25 04:13:44 KST
In a move certain to draw fury from Korea and the rest of Asia, Japan says it's looking into revising its landmark apology for its wartime system of sex slavery.
The Kyodo News Agency reported Monday that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is mulling over revising the 1993 Kono Statement after his Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said that evidence given by women forced to work in Japan's military brothels -- that forms the basis of the 1993 Kono Statement, will be re-examined.
In another move sure to enflame tensions, Japan's foreign ministry posted a video on its website and on YouTube on Monday criticizing Korea for causing "unnecessary confusion" by pressing other countries to adopt the name "East Sea" when referring to the body of water between Korea and Japan.
The video says "Sea of Japan" has been the internationally established name for the body of water since the end of the 18th century.
The ministry says it hopes to spread the "correct understanding" to the international community.
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