Japan Wants to Avert New 'Comfort Women' Controversy

South Korean President Moon Jae-in met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday to discuss renewed criticism of the "comfort women" agreement, which aimed to settle grievances for atrocities committed during World War II. Abe is in South Korea to attend the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Moon told Abe that he hoped the two countries "can be true friends." At the same time, he said, he planned to maintain "future-oriented cooperation while looking squarely at history." Controversial deal The term comfort women refers to the more than 200,000 women in Asia who were forced to work as prostitutes or sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War II. In 2015, South Korea and Japan reached an agreement to "finally and irreversibly" resolve all comfort women grievances related to Japan's sexual enslavement of Korean women during the war. The comfort women deal included a carefully worded statement...


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