The issue has long plagued ties between South Korea and Japan. This year marks seven decades since the end of World War II and the end of the Japanese occupation of the Korean peninsula. Seoul promised this would be the end of the dispute which has been officially resolved before if Japan fulfills its side of the agreement.
In something of a surprise development, the two countries’ foreign ministers met in Seoul to finalize a deal that will see Japan put $8.3 million into a South Korean fund to support the 46 surviving so-called “comfort women” and to help them recover their “honor and dignity” and heal their “psychological wounds.”
In Seoul, Park said it was “especially meaningful” to reach the agreement before the end of 2015, the 50th anniversary of normalized relations between Japan and South Korea.
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