Sexual slavery

Months after agreement, Japan minister denies government link to South Korean comfort women

Former South Korean "comfort women" take part in a rally in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul, South Korea. (REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji)

Only two months have passed since Japan’s prime minister “finally and irreversibly” settled a decades-long dispute with South Korea over the use of 200,000 women as sexual slaves during World War II, but this week, deputy foreign minister Shinsuke Sugiyama told the United Nations panel that there was no evidence that the Japanese government was involved.

“There were no documents confirming that the Japanese government or army forced comfort women into sexual servitude,” he said, speaking to a committee on elimination of discrimination.

In December, “sincere apologies and remorse” were given for the “involvement” of the Japanese government, who also agreed to contribute 1 billion yen to a fund meant to support the 46 remaining comfort women, who are in their 80s and 90s, according to the Guardian. South Korea has warned Japan to not undermine the agreement.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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