Japan's Abe rejects calls for apology to 'comfort women'

by Antonio Miles January 13, 2018, 3:36
Japan's Abe rejects calls for apology to 'comfort women'

At their joint news conference, Abe said it was significant that the two countries agree on the North Korean issue.

But it said it would no longer use Japanese money to compensate the survivors.

Abe told reporters that he and Ratas had "agreed that we would not accept nuclear armament of North Korea, and that it was necessary to maximise pressure on North Korea".

Japan has maintained the issue was solved under the 2015 agreement and any attempts to amend the deal could harm bilateral ties.

"A wrong knot has to be untied".

Doing so would enable the survivors to forgive it for its past wrongs, he added.

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The victims' resistance and negative public sentiment toward the deal led the liberal government to order a thorough review of the accord, and a public-private task force concluded that the deal, signed under former President Park Geun-hye, had procedural flaws.

Seoul's Foreign Ministry on Tuesday said that the Korea-Japan deal on "comfort women", a euphemism for women forced to serve as sex slaves for the Japanese military from the 1930s to the end of World War II, was flawed and failed to resolve the issue.

On President Moon's comments on Wednesday that he seeks "forward-oriented ties" with Japan despite differences over the comfort women issue, Dr Minohara said: "This is like punching someone in the face and then saying to them, 'I hope it doesn't ruin our relationship.' It just doesn't work that way and Japan needs to stand firm".

A panel the size of a laptop computer fell off one of the Japanese prime minister's jumbo jets, the defence force said on Friday, a potentially embarrassing mishap amid concern over the dangers posed by parts falling off United States military aircraft based in Japan.

He said South Korea's two-track approach of separating history from politics does not seem to be working, as Japan is likely to feel betrayed by Seoul. And Japan, increasingly anxious about digital threats from the likes of North Korea and China, is turning to the Baltic state for cooperation in fears of massive harm should such critical infrastructure as nuclear power plants be targeted.


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