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Japan-Korea Comfort Women issue resolved

28 December 2015

The long-running dispute over compensation for the use of Korean comfort women by the Japanese military in the Second World War has been resolved after a meeting between Japan's Foreign Minister, Fumio Kishida, and his counterpart, Yun Byung-se, in Seoul on 28 December. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also called South Korean President Park Geun-hye to offer his apologies on behalf of the nation.

Under the agreement, Japan will give 1bn yen to a fund for the elderly comfort women, which the South Korean government will administer. South Korea says it will now consider the matter resolved ‘finally and irreversibly’ and will look into removing a statue symbolising comfort women, which activists erected outside the Japanese embassy in Seoul in 2011.

It is expected that this agreement will now pave the way for closer ties between the two countries although they still have some unresolved territorial disputes.

- Fraser Cameron