Wartime Korean sex slaves to be discussed by Seoul and Tokyo

Published: Monday 28th December 2015 by The News Editor

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The foreign ministers of South Korea and Japan will meet for talks on how to resolve the issue of Korean women forced into Japanese military-run brothels during the Second World War.

The issue of former Korean sex slaves, euphemistically known as “comfort women,” is the biggest source of friction in ties between Seoul and Tokyo.

Bilateral ties suffered further setbacks after the late 2012 inauguration of hawkish Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe.

Last month, the leaders of the countries resumed formal talks after a three year hiatus and agreed to try to resolve the sex slave issue.

There have since been positive developments, such as a Seoul court’s acquittal of a Japanese reporter charged with defaming South Korea’s president.

Japan colonised the Korean Peninsula from 1910-1945.

Published: Monday 28th December 2015 by The News Editor

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