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S Korean president to raise issue of ex-wartime sex slaves with Noda

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South Korean President Lee Myung-bak plans to raise the issue of compensation for Korean women who were forced into sexual slavery for the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II at this weekend's summit talks with Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda in Tokyo, Yonhap news agency reported Thursday.

Lee will be in Japan on Saturday and Sunday.

Historians say that during World War II, about 200,000 women from Korea, China, the Philippines and other countries were drafted to work in Japanese military brothels.

Japan has apologized for the military’s crimes against the women but denies official responsibility for running the brothels. It has rejected South Korea’s proposal of bilateral talks about the women’s demands.

South Korea’s foreign ministry said Tuesday it was inexcusable that the issue was still not settled. “We find it very disappointing that the Japanese government has not reacted to this issue,” said spokesman Cho Byung-Jae.

The issue is becoming an increasingly urgent priority as most surviving comfort women are elderly and fear they may die before they receive compensation or an apology from Japan, Yonhap reported.

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Shame really, this is like the dance of a couple gone wrong. One moment it seems like everything is going right with Japan returning all those books and all of sudden it's not anymore. Talks will most likely be rejected as Japan repeatedly asked the South Korean government to not build the comfort women statue in front of the consulate but the construction went ahead anyway. In response Japan will probably just ignore the issue, thus the cycle of no closure continues.

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Get over it. They already paid out half a billion dollars.

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When you couldnt express your 'frustrations' over North Korea, the most easy and convenience scapegoat is japan, thast what an alliance is for! By the way, Japan's apologies and compensations was definately unacceptable and unsincerely remorsing their wrong doings!

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2MB is in for the money.

If Japan has to apologize and pay retributions to someone, they should have paid first time directly to the women, not to the government.

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MaboDofuIsSpicy

unfortunately, once people paid some money to Yakuza, the Yakuza keeps asking to pay more money again and again.

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"Japan has apologized for the military’s crimes against the women but denies official responsibility for running the brothels."

Maybe the next time an American soldier commits sexual assault in Okinawa the US can say the US and the military bear no responsibility as the man was 'off-duty' at the time. Let's see how far that flies and how well the governments of Okinawa, Tokyo, and the people in general accept it. Then the US can just ignore it altogether and say she provided him with comfort while he's away at home.

At least the government can no longer, as Abe did, try to rescind the former apology made by a PM in the 90s and claim that no Japanese Imperial soldiers were involved with them (man was THAT ever funny to see him have to rescind his rescinding and pretend he never mentioned it!). The government will NEVER properly acknowledge this travesty because they see it as an utter embarrassment (it shouldn't be, because the current politicians had no part in it), and needless to say they'll never offer a heartfelt, formal apology to go on record, or try to make further amends. They are simply waiting for these women to die and hope the issue dies with it, then they can leave it out of the textbooks and add more pages on things the feel they were the victims of.

codomo: "unfortunately, once people paid some money to Yakuza, the Yakuza keeps asking to pay more money again and again."

I dare you to go up to some yakuza members and tell them they are sex-slaves (or Korean for that matter). Let's see what happens if you do. :)

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The dpj party will if compromise at this claim for reparation because this is a government favorable to Chinese and Korean. I personally think it's a shame to japanese people,this claim,but if we think in the policy japanese maybe this is good. The public opinion will be relentless with noda If he gives in to this shakedown.

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Codomo sounds right to me.

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No matter how many years, the Korean people must keep chasing the Japanese over the comfort women issue even all comfort women deceases! They should legislate a law that every president has an obligation to comply! South Korea levy the properties of those people and their decendant who 'collaborated' with the Japanese government during colonial days, so the comfort women issue must lasting to the next generation until a satisfactory result was met!

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Maybe the next time an American soldier commits sexual assault in Okinawa the US can say the US and the military bear no responsibility as the man was 'off-duty' at the time.

They haven't. I have yet to see President or the Congress offering official apology and such incidents to be placed on U.S. history books.

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