Abe Offers Apology, Compensation to South Korean `Comfort Women'

December 28, 2015 7:08 AM

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Abe Offers Apology, Compensation to South Korean `Comfort Women'

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe apologized to Korean "comfort women" coerced into Japanese military brothels before and during World War II, with the Japanese government agreeing to provide 1 billion yen ($8.3 million) to a fund for compensating victims.

The governments of Japan and South Korea agreed that this would be a final "irreversible" solution to an issue that has dogged bilateral ties for decades. Abe’s message was delivered by Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida at a press conference in Seoul after a meeting with South Korean counterpa...

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