South Korea has expresses regret over Tokyo's decision to label the wartime sexual slavery victims as "comfort women" and not "military comfort women."
At a press briefing Thursday foreign ministry spokesperson Choi Young-sam said the forced mobilization, recruitment, and transfer of women is a "historical fact that cannot be denied."
He also said the testimonies of the survivors are "strong and clear evidence" which prove that women were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese military.
Choi has urged Japan to resolve any history-related issues in a "sincere manner."
This comes after Japan on Tuesday announced that it would be more appropriate to omit the word "military", noting that it could lead to misunderstandings.