South Korea is keeping a watchful eye on how Tokyo will interpret its apology over the use of women across Asia as wartime sex slaves.
The Abe administration is expected to announce the result of its review of the so-called "Kono Statement" sometime this Friday.
The Kono Statement, issued in 1993, is the Japanese government's acknowledgment and apology for its military's sexual enslavement of women and girls before and during World War Two.
Speaking at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Thursday, South Korean Ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Choi Seok-young , called Japan's probe into the apology "deplorable" and "regrettable."
The South Korean government believes there is a sense Japan is attempting to distance itself from the atrocities of the past through this review.