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US lawmakers warn Japan PM on 'comfort women'

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Two US lawmakers on Wednesday warned Prime Minister Shinzo Abe not to revise Japan's apology over sexual enslavement in World War II, saying the move would set back relations between the allies. 

Supporters of former South Korean "comfort women" who were forced to serve as sex slaves for Japanese troops during World War II hold placards reading, "official apology," during a weekly protest in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul on August 15, 2012. Two US lawmakers on Wednesday warned Prime Minister Shinzo Abe not to revise Japan's apology over sexual enslavement in World War II.

The lawmakers raised the issue two days before a White House visit by the conservative Japanese premier, whose previous period in office was dogged by historical issues but who is now seen as increasingly pragmatic.

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