Japan apologizes to South Korea for colonial rule

TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan on Tuesday offered Tokyo's latest apology to South Korea for Japanese colonial rule, as part of an effort to strengthen ties between the two countries ahead of the 100th anniversary of Japanese aggression against Korea.
During the Japan's occupation of the Korean peninsula from 1910-45, many Koreans were forced to fight as front-line soldiers, work in slave-labor conditions, or serve as prostitutes in brothels operated by the military.
Kan's statement, which was approved by the Cabinet, apologized specifically to Korea.