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Three U.S. lawmakers have called on Secretary of State John Kerry to press Japan to apologize to the women, mostly from Asia, forcibly recruited to provide sex to Japanese soldiers during World War II, according to the office of one of them.

The three House of Representatives members — Adam Schiff, Democrat from California, Bill Pascrell, Democrat from New Jersey, and Scott Garrett, Republican from New Jersey — noted in a letter to Kerry dated Jan. 29: “The Imperial Japanese Army often lured innocent women from their homes under false pretences, and even resorted to kidnapping, to serve as forced prostitutes serving the Japanese military.”

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