Can Japan and Korea ‘resolve’ the question of Japan’s Korean sex slaves during WWII?

January 13, 2016 1:05 PM

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Last month, Japan and South Korea announced a historic agreement that’s supposed to “finally and irreversibly” settle grievances about the sexual enslavement of Korean women in Japanese military brothels before and during World War II. Both governments hope they’ve resolved what Korean President Park Geun-hye called “the biggest obstacle” in bilateral relations, and can move on.

That’s highly unlikely, as my research suggests. The survivors and their backers have spent decades creating a powerful movement for redress — and the latest deal falls far short of their goals.

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