S. Korea female lawmakers to visit Japan over remarks on sex slaves

Four South Korean female lawmakers will visit Japan on Monday to protest against Japanese politicians who suggest the Japanese military was justified in forcing foreign women into sexual servitude during World War II, Yonhap News Agency reported.

"These reckless remarks on sex slaves recur because the Japanese government has not fundamentally repented for its colonial rule over Korea," You Seung Hee, a lawmaker from the main opposition Democratic Party who is among the four, told Yonhap by phone.

"We will strongly urge the Japanese government to apologize and provide legal compensation," she said.

You, who is a member of a parliamentary committee on women and family affairs, will visit Japan together with Kim Hee Jung, Ryu Ji Young and Kim Hyun, all of whom are lawmakers from the ruling Saenuri Party and members of the same committee.

In their meeting with Japanese lawmakers, they plan to present a resolution that You submitted to the National Assembly last week that condemns the Japanese politicians' remarks and calls for an official apology.

The lawmakers also plan to visit the Philippines later this week to meet with Filipino victims of Japan's sex slavery and meet with Philippine lawmakers over ways to jointly handle the issue.

Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto recently sparked outrage among the public in South Korea and elsewhere by saying the system of sexual servitude was necessary to maintain discipline in the Japanese military.