Seoul's foreign ministry on Friday expressed deep regrets over Tokyo changing its textbooks to either remove or fix words that show the coercive nature of Japan's wartime sex slavery and forced labor.
The Japanese government on Wednesday approved textbook publishers changing the term "military comfort women" to "comfort women", apparently to whitewash its past atrocities.
It also erased the word "forced" from the phrase "forced conscription" when describing forced labor victims.
This followed the Japanese Cabinet decision back in April that "military" should be removed when describing the so-called comfort women because it said the term might cause "misunderstanding."
It also said it was inappropriate to collectively use the term "forced conscription."
In response, Seoul's foreign ministry said that it is an "undeniable historical fact" that Japan had undertaken the forced mobilization, recruitment, and transfer of women, adding testimonies of survivors are strong and clear evidence.
The ministry said the fact was also acknowledged by Japan itself and proven by the international community.
It added Japan has also acknowledged in 2015 that numerous Koreans were brought against their will and forced to work under harsh conditions in the 1940s.
The foreign ministry urged Tokyo to show sincerity in resolving the historical issues while refraining from attempting to reverse its previous historical awareness.
It has reportedly relayed its regrets to the Japanese government through diplomatic channels.
Yoon Jung-min, Arirang News.