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U.S. lawmaker calls on Japan to apologize for wartime sex slavery 혼다 미 의원 &quo

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U.S. congressman Mike Honda... who has been at the forefront at steering efforts to resolve the issue of wartime sexual slavery by Japan... is back in Korea for a five-day visit. In a session with Korean reporters,... the lawmaker who is of Japanese descent called on Japan to take action on the issue. Kim Min-ji has the details. A U.S. lawmaker says Japan needs to recognize its historical responsibility and apologize for its wartime sexual enslavement of women. Speaking to reporters in Seoul,... Representative Michael Honda says this is a problem that needs to be resolved with urgency considering the age of the victims. Only 54 of the Korean victims are still alive... and their average age is 88. "Halmeoni are getting older... and I don′t want the tactic of outwaiting them,... waiting until they have all passed away. That would not be acceptable." Honda, who is of Japanese descent, also said it is "nonsense" to question whether the women were coerced into sexual slavery. "Coercion was there and that′s a great part of why girls and women were kidnapped into sexual slavery." Honda who was at the forefront of the passage of a landmark 2007 resolution condemning Japan′s wartime sexual enslavement of women said recent talks between Seoul and Toyko on the matter were "productive and helpful,"... even though they have yet to reach a breakthrough on the issue. The lawmaker said that the U.S. will continue to communicate with the Japanese prime minister to move the issue forward. "Hopefully, we can now move forward to give greater political pressure, peer pressure to the government of Japan." The Japanese-American lawmaker is in Korea for a five-day visit,... which will take him to a house for former sex slaves... as well as a string of meetings with government officials. Kim Min-ji, Arirang News.