Similar motions have been adopted in the US and the Netherlands.
Speaking to the AFP news agency after the vote, Ms Chow said: "For me, this isn't crimes against 200,000 women. It's crimes against humanity and all of the world's citizens have a responsibility to speak out against it."
'Comfort women' want Canada's help, Japan apology (CTV.ca - Nov. 27 2007)
The Japanese, though, are lobbying hard against a formal apology. Ten days ago, their prime minister even called Prime Minister Stephen Harper to argue that his country has already done enough.
Canada votes to urge Japan apology for sex slaves (Reuters - Wed Nov 28, 2007)
An official at Japan's embassy in Ottawa said Canada should trust Tokyo's handling of the matter.
"It certainly won't help our bilateral issues. It is not comfortable for our government to have a third country like Canada intervene," he told Reuters before the vote.