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Japan "regrettable" over U.S. resolution on wartime sex slavery
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11:23, July 31, 2007

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Japan's top government spokesman said Tuesday that it is "regrettable" that the United States House of Representatives approved a resolution on Japanese military's sex slavery issue.

"It is regrettable that the resolution was approved..." Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuhisa Shiozaki told a press conference. He said that Japanese premier Shinzo Abe has conveyed his view on the issue to the United States during a visit there in April.

Shiozaki did not comment much on the resolution, saying that is a matter decided by another country's parliament, according to Kyodo News.

The U.S. House of Representatives on Monday unanimously passed a bill which demanded the Japanese government to acknowledge formally and accept responsibility for the sexual exploitation of "comfort women" by the Japanese military during World War II.

It also urged the Japanese prime minister to make a public apology, calling on the Japanese government to refute any claims that the episode never happened and wanting future generations to be told of "this horrible crime."

An estimated 200,000 women were forced to serve as sex slaves, known as "comfort women," for Japanese forces during World War II, and most of them came from countries invaded by Japan at that time.

Source: Xinhua

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