Japan Rejects South Korea's Call For Extra Steps Over 'Comfort Women'

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"If Japan acknowledges the truth, offers heartfelt apologies to the victimized women and works with the worldwide community to prevent a recurrence based on a lesson it learned, the women then will forgive Japan", he said.

South Korea will not seek to renegotiate a deal with Japan on wartime sex slavery, it said yesterday, despite new President Moon Jae-In saying on the campaign trail he "could not accept" the agreement.

The two countries' foreign ministries struck a deal on December 28, 2015 to resolve the comfort women issue, which included an apology by the Japanese government and a 1 billion yen fund for the victims. Tokyo apologized for its colonial-era atrocities and pledged 1 billion yen (US$8.9 million) to a foundation dedicated to supporting the victims.

Seoul invited a survivor to meet President Trump during his visit to South Korea in November, which Japan criticized as not keeping with the spirit of the 2015 agreement.

Japan's government has reportedly filed a similar protest with South Korea's foreign ministry via the Japanese Embassy in Seoul.

Can Korea handle the truth about Japan's "comfort women"? "It is also important to deal with Korea's relationship with Japan carefully". "It is unacceptable for our country and we demand that both sides consistently implement the agreement", Suga told reporters.

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Seoul, while maintaining it will not seek to renegotiate the deal, said it will plan to match the 1 billion yen (8.93 million USA dollars) paid by the Japanese government under the deal, with South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha saying that it will decide how to use Japan's contribution.

"Truth and justice are key to resolving the issue, but it is not possible to renegotiate the deal".

But now Seoul's foreign minister Kang Kyung-Wha has said it was an "undeniable fact" that both governments had formally endorsed it.

Her Japanese counterpart, Taro Kono, meanwhile described the deal as "irreversible", saying that it created a "crucial" foundation for cooperation between the two United States allies "amid efforts to address threats from North Korea". Japan's chief cabinet secretary, Yoshihided Suga said that Tokyo will "not move a millimetre on the deal" (FT.com, may be behind a paywall).

Comfort women in China, Taiwan and the Philippines have been less vocal in demanding compensation and redress from the Japanese government than in South Korea, where the women are better organized and work with a coalition of activists. It went on to say that South Korea's "refusal to bend in its position that the problem is not resolved is expected to have some impact on the future of Japan-South Korea relations".

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