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Japan opposition urges PM to stay with apology

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A Japanese opposition lawmaker on Tuesday urged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe not to alter a two-decade apology to World War II sex slaves, saying a revision would be "counterproductive." 

South Korean women who were forced to serve as sex slaves for Japanese troops during World War II, stage a weekly protest urging the Japanese government to fully compensate and provide a sincere apology, outside the Japanese embassy in Seoul on October 19, 2011. A Japanese opposition lawmaker on Tuesday urged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe not to alter a two-decade apology to World War II sex slaves.

Abe, an outspoken conservative, called before taking office for a review of the landmark apology issued in 1993 by then top government spokesman Yohei Kono -- a move that would outrage Asian neighbors, particularly South Korea.

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