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Japan steps up efforts to revise its imperalist history

Updated: 2014-02-25 14:36:08 KST
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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 statement -- will be re-examined.
In a recent poll by the Sankei Shimbun, 58.6 percent of respondents said Tokyo should revise the statement, while only 23.8 percent said it should not.
In another move sure to enflame regional tensions, Japan's Foreign Ministry posted a video 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 waters since the end of the 18th century.
Tokyo's move appears aimed at curbing state legislation in the U.S. that would require the use of both names in school textbooks, after Virginia passed such a bill.
Korea considers the name "Sea of Japan" a legacy of Japan's imperialistic past, as it came into use during Japan's colonial rule of Korea in the early 20th century.
Kim Ji-yeon, Arirang News.


Reporter : jiyeonkim@arirang.co.kr

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