South Korea comfort women statue

Former South Korean comfort women rally in Seoul in 2011. Pic: AP.

TOKYO (AP) — Lawmakers are meeting behind closed doors to hear a panel’s findings about the study that was the basis of Japan’s 1993 apology over its use of wartime sex slaves — a review that South Korea and China have slammed as an attempt to discredit historical evidence of such abuses.

The new investigation focused on how the study, which included interviews with former Korean victims, was conducted, not its findings. But any discussion of bitter World War II history is sensitive, especially when Japan’s relations with its two closest neighbors are soured by territorial disputes.

Some contents of the review were due to be released later Friday.

Historians say as many as 200,000 women, mostly Koreans, were forced to provide sex to Japan’s frontline soldiers.