Within weeks, original wartime documents confirming the military's involvement in the conscription of comfort women resurfaced publicly (Professor Yoshimi Yoshiaki of Chuo University had reviewed such documents in the course of his academic research and then retrieved them in light of the lawsuit).Japan's
prime minister Miyazawa Kiichi then publicly expressed his
personal regret first in Japan
and then in an address to the South Korean
president in January 1992.
Sources: Yoshimi Yoshiaki
, Comfort Women: Sexual slavery in the Japanese military during World War II (translated by Suzanne O'Brien, Columbia University Press