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The results of a review on how the so-called Kono statement, regarding Asian women who were forced to work in Japan's wartime military brothels, was composed are set to be released Friday.
"The results will be released with consent by the Diet, and a member of the review team will give an explanation," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference, referring to the statement that offered an apology to the women, euphemistically called "comfort women."
The statement, issued in 1993 by then Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono, acknowledged for the first time the military's involvement in setting up "comfort stations" and the use of coercion in recruiting women to provide sex for Japanese soldiers before and during World War II.
Earlier Thursday, a lower house committee decided to hear from the government Friday afternoon about the review results.
Some opposition party members have called for a question-and-answer session in parliament on the issue, but the ruling camp, led by the Liberal Democratic Party, has said it will determine whether to hold one based on the contents of the report.
In February, Suga announced the government's plan to launch a team to "re-examine and understand the background" of the Kono statement.
The move drew criticism from the South Korean government, with its Foreign Ministry saying, "The more Japan denies its historical truth, the more it will be isolated from the international community."
But Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe later denied his government intended to change the statement itself.
The Kono statement says the Japanese government extends "its sincere apologies and remorse to all those, irrespective of place of origin, who suffered immeasurable pain and incurable physical and psychological wounds as comfort women."
Japan set up the Asian Women's Fund in 1995 and earmarked 2 million yen in atonement money for each of the women, but some of them have rejected the money raised from private sector donations, instead seeking direct compensation from the Japanese government.
Tokyo maintains that all wartime compensation issues between Japan and South Korea have been settled under a 1965 bilateral treaty that normalized diplomatic ties between the two countries.
Japan ruled the Korean Peninsula as a colony from 1910 to 1945.
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