Japan and S Korea agree on 'comfort women' deal

    Japan and S Korea agree on 'comfort women' deal

    Dec 28, Tokyo: South Korea and Japan have agreed to settle the issue of "comfort women" forced to work in Japanese brothels during World War Two, in their first such deal since 1965, news reports said.

    Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe has heralded a new era in the relations between two countries after they reached a landmark deal on the issue of wartime sex slaves.

    Under deal, Japan will pay 1bn yen aid ($8.7m) fund for the Korean women forced into Japanese military-run brothels during World War II, euphemistically referred to as "comfort women".

    The deal was reached in South Korea's capital Seoul at a meeting between the foreign ministers of the two countries.

    The issue has been the key cause for strained ties. South Korea has demanded stronger apologies and compensation.

    Up to 200,000 women from around Asia were estimated to have been forced to be sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during WW2, many of them Korean.

    Other women came from China, the Philippines, Indonesia and Taiwan.

    In South Korea, there are 46 such surviving former sex slaves, mostly in their late 80s or early 90s.

    The Oslo Times


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