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South Korea And Japan Reach Landmark Deal Over Comfort Women

Japan announced that it would pay $8.3 million dollars from the state budget into a South Korean fund to pay for the medical care for the 46 surviving women who have come forward.

Yun refuted the claims, saying the agreement is “not subject to arbitrary interpretations”.

Yong Soo Lee, 86, visited Washington from South Korea to speak out about her experience as one of the “comfort women” for the Japanese military during World War II. Most of those vocal are reported to oppose Monday’s deal.

“The government’s stance is to demand the Japanese government apologise to the comfort women from our country during World War II, to compensate them, and to return justice and dignity to them”, said Mr Ma.

The mood was sombre as nine former s** slaves who died this year were commemorated.

And, in Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has faced further criticism from far-right activists and some newspapers for offering “anew his most honest apologies and remorse” to South Korea as part of the settlement.

Protestors in Seoul sit next to a statue of a South Korean teenage girl in traditional costume calle …

They waved banners and chanted slogans, dismissing the deal as “humiliating“.

On Tuesday, hundreds of Japanese people gathered in protest against the agreement with South Korea, accusing Abe of committing a “disgraceful act”.

“Japan made no such demand during the negotiations”, the official told Yonhap on condition of anonymity.

However, some of the victims and their supporters have accused the government of failing to obtain Japan’s acknowledgment of legal responsibility and rashly reaching the deal without consulting them.

The head of a group of Filipino victims of sexual abuse by Japanese soldiers during WW2 welcomed the deal with South Korea.

Public opinion in Seoul was sharply divided, with half of South Koreans opposing the deal and 43 percent supporting it, according to a survey by Realmeter polling agency published today.

Japan offered a “heartfelt apology” and a ¥1bil (RM36mil) payment to the surviving Korean women forced into sexual slavery, under the agreement Seoul and Tokyo described “final and irreversible”. The Chosun Ilbo, a Seoul-based newspaper, writes that a clause in the statement signed by the two parties on Monday suggests that it could be removed.

This agreement is a surprising but positive development in relations between Japan and South Korea, two major US allies whose shared history has been deeply troubled.

But Seoul has said that treaty did not cover compensation for victims of wartime crimes and did not absolve Tokyo of responsibility.

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