Japan lodges protest after South Korea’s Moon says ‘comfort women’ issue not settled

Japan lodges protest after South Korea’s Moon says ‘comfort women’ issue not settled

 

TOKYO,. Japan said on Thursday it had lodged a complaint with the South Korean government after President Moon Jae-in said Tokyo was in no position to declare the issue of wartime “comfort women” settled.

Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga described Moon’s comments as “extremely regrettable”. Suga, speaking at a regular briefing, also urged cooperation between South Korea and Japan to tackle North Korea.

Japan agreed to apologise to former comfort women and provided a 1 billion yen (6.82 million pounds) fund to help them under a 2015 deal between the two countries. South Korea later said it failed to meet victims’ needs and called for more steps.

Japan and South Korea share a bitter history that includes Japan’s 1910-45 occupation of the peninsula and the use of comfort women, Japan’s euphemism for women – many of them Korean – forced to work in its wartime brothels.

(Reporting by Kaori Kaneko and Tim Kelly; Editing by Paul Tait)

(Reuters)