Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Markets | By Josh Butler

China urges Japan to responsibly deal with comfort women issue

China urges Japan to responsibly deal with comfort women issue

During the meeting, Abe said the North has become a serious threat with its launch of a ballistic missile capable of reaching the Estonian capital.

At their joint news conference, Abe said it was significant that the two countries agree on the North Korean issue. Following the ministry's announcement, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said that Tokyo could not accept South Korea's demands for additional measures.

Japan and South Korea share a bitter history that includes Japan's 1910-45 colonization of the peninsula and the "comfort women" issue is especially touchy. And Japan, increasingly anxious about digital threats from the likes of North Korea and China, is turning to the Baltic state for cooperation in fears of massive harm should such critical infrastructure as nuclear power plants be targeted. The dispute is expected to carry on till next week, when the foreign ministers of both countries will meet in Vancouver, Canada, for a special worldwide summit on the situation with North Korea.

Japan has maintained the issue was solved under the 2015 agreement and any attempts to amend the deal could harm bilateral ties. Following Moon's remarks, the Japanese government reportedly filed a formal protest with the South Korean Embassy in Tokyo.

Another Japanese daily, the Sankei Shimbun, reported a day earlier that Abe had decided he would not attend the opening ceremony of the PyeongChang Games.

Mr Moon said a day later that Seoul will decide how to handle the money offered by Japan in consultations with the Japanese government and other relevant parties.

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Political scientist Tosh Minohara of Kobe University told The Straits Times that the comfort women issue has been dug up over and over again for "domestic political gain" in South Korea.

This is like punching someone in the face and then saying to them, 'I hope it doesn't ruin our relationship.' It just doesn't work that way and Japan needs to stand firm.

The deal prompted strong protests from some victims and their rights groups here.

"This issue can not be resolved through a give-and-take deal between governments struck over the victims' head", he said.

Moon had lambasted the agreement on the campaign trail and was elected president in May after Park was impeached and jailed over a massive corruption scandal.

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