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Saying that true friendship between their countries depended on it, visiting South Korean lawmaker Yoo Ki Hong on Friday urged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to officially recognize and apologize for the wartime sexual enslavement of women and girls in Japanese-occupied Asia.

The international outcry over the sex slavery issue has reached a fever pitch since the U.S. House of Representatives began in January working on a resolution demanding an official apology from Abe.

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