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Ma 'pleased' by Abe's decision on comfort women apology
Central News Agency
2014-03-17 11:21 PM
Taipei, March 17 (CNA) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's announcement that Japan will not revise its landmark 1993 apology to comfort women met with praise from Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou Monday evening. "I was pleased after learning of the news and hope that Japan won't change its position toward the issue again," Ma wrote on his Facebook page. "Japan is a major power in East Asia and its politicians should be on the same level in this regard and not seek to trigger the painful memories of the people of neighboring countries," he said. "The pain of history can never be erased from the memories of the comfort women." Abe said March 14 that his government would not seek to overturn the apology issued by then-Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono. The landmark statement acknowledged the role that Japan's military had in World War II in forcing women from Korea, China, Taiwan, Indonesia and the Philippines into sexual slavery. "Some Taiwanese survivors, including Grandma Xiaotao, will come visit me at the Presidential Office in April," Ma said. "I'm deeply concerned about these strong-minded older women, and I would like to meet them again at the Presidential Office," he added. (By Lee Shu-hua and Flor Wang)
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