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Jun 20, 2007 at 08:46am IST

Japan not sorry for WW sex slaves

Seoul: More than 60 years after the Japanese surrendered, ending the Second World War, several countries are calling on Japan to apologise for human rights abuses against women.

However, the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is standing firm. He says that his Government will not apologise for forcing women across Asia to be sex slaves during the Second World War.

Global pressure is mounting against Japan to make the apology. The US House of Representatives is considering a resolution demanding that the government do just that. But Abe remains unmoved.

In fact the US Congress had also heard the testimony last month from women who described being captured by Japanese authorities and repeatedly raped in military brothels.

The sentiment on Tokyo streets however, reflects a desire to resolve the issue once and for all.

If women were treated like that, then we must apologise, says a Japanese woman.

Meanwhile a Japanese officer thinks that Abe is being inconsiderate. And many others opine that the Prime Minister fighting a slump in polls.

The opposition politicians say his stance could endanger Japan’s standing in the international community.

The civic group representing the so-called comfort women said in a statement that the Japanese Government should be ashamed of itself and called upon Abe to be big enough to admit the Japanese government's sins.

It has been more than 60 years since the Second World War ended, but this is one wound from the conflict that still is not healed.

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