Japan PM sidesteps question on apologizing for WWII abuses
WASHINGTON - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sidestepped a question on whether he would apologize for the sexual enslavement of women by Japan's army during World War II.
Abe instead said he was "deeply pained" by the suffering of "comfort women." He was using a euphemism for tens of thousands of Asian women who were forced to serve Japanese troops.
He spoke at a White House news conference Tuesday after meeting President Barack Obama.
Abe's visit comes on the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. He has faced demands that he use his trip to address Japan's use of sex slaves that included Korean women, Chinese and others.
The issue has been a major irritant with another U.S. ally, South Korea, which has demanded an apology from Abe.