Japan and South Korea reached Agreement on Issue of Comfort Women

Dec 31, 2015 14:58 IST

Japan and South Korea on 28 December 2015 reached an Agreement on Issue of Comfort Women.

The agreement was reached after a meeting between Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan and Yun Byung-se, Minister of Foreign Affairs of South Korea in Seoul.

It aims to resolve a decades-old dispute over Korean women who were used as sex slaves by Japanese soldiers during World War II.

The agreement is considered as historic as the issue had been a bone of contention between the countries for decades.

Details of the Agreement

• It officially recognises Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s apologies and remorse to all the women who suffered incurable physical and psychological wounds as comfort women.
• For the first time, it also acknowledged Japanese government involvement in the comfort women program.
• Japan will supply 8.3 million US dollars in government funds to support the former comfort women.
• A special purpose fund, from the money received from Japan, will be established by South Korea to aid them.
• Japan agreed to fund a South Korean foundation, which will be established to aid the women forced into servitude, while also insisting the money didn’t represent direct compensation for wrongdoing.

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