“A victims-centered approach, which has become the international norm when it comes to the wartime women’s rights, has not been sufficiently reflected, and the deal was reached through give-and-take negotiations as in an ordinary diplomatic issue,” the South Korean panel said in its report released at the end of December. Japanese women hold portraits of Chinese, Philippine, South Korean and Taiwanese former comfort women who were sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War II, at a protest held in front of the Japanese parliament in Tokyo, 14 June 2007.South Korea will announce whether or not it will respect the prior agreement on Tuesday. About 150 people took part in the protest demanding compensation by the Japanese government.Passengers take photos a comfort woman statue installed in a bus ahead of the 72nd Independence Day on August 14, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea.
South Korea will announce Tuesday whether it accepts the terms of a deal with Japan to make reparations for Korean women who were forced to serve as sex slaves for Japanese troops during World War II.
At the request of South Korean President Moon Jae-in, a panel reviewed the deal made between the two countries in 2015 to settle the issue and released its findings at the end of December.
The two governments had agreed the issue would be "irreversibly resolved" if both fulfilled their obligations.
Japan said on Wednesday any attempt by South Korea to revise the 2015 deal would make relations "unmanageable," with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono saying the settlement had resulted from "legitimate negotiations." Despite the divisive issue, Moon pledged on Thursday to normalize diplomatic relations with Japan and work toward "future-oriented cooperation" with the neighboring country.
In return for the funding and the apology, South Korea agreed not to criticize Japan on the issue again.