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S. Korean Parliament Speaker Sends Apology Letter to Japan's Ex-Emperor

S. Korean Parliament Speaker Sends Apology Letter to Japan's Ex-Emperor

   Tokyo, Nov. 7 (Jiji Press)--South Korean National Assembly Speaker Moon Hee-sang has sent a letter to former Emperor Akihito, apologizing for his remark in February seeking an apology from the then Emperor to surviving former Korean "comfort women," Takeo Kawamura, former chief cabinet secretary, revealed Thursday.
   "Moon has repeatedly said he is very sorry about the remark," Kawamura said at a meeting of a Liberal Democratic Party faction led by LDP Secretary-General Toshihiro Nikai.
   Kawamura, acting chairman of the faction and secretary-general of the suprapartisan Japan-South Korea parliamentary league, also said at the meeting that Moon has sent a letter of apology to the Emperor Emeritus.
   Emerging from the meeting, Kawamura told reporters that he was informed by Moon of the letter in Tokyo on Sunday night. Moon visited the Japanese capital to attend a meeting of parliament speakers and others from the Group of 20 advanced and emerging economies.
   The apology letter "put some kind of ending" to the controversy over the remark, Kawamura said.

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