The 'Comfort Women' Issue Illustrates East Asian Dynamics

Dec 29, 2015 | 01:25 GMT
A statue of a girl that commemorates the World War II-era issue of
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - DECEMBER 28: A statue of a girl symbolizing the issue of "comfort women" in front of the Japanese Embassy on December 28, 2015 in Seoul, South Korea. South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung Se and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida met to discuss the issue of Korean 'comfort women' in Japanese military brothels before and during World War II.
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The resolution between Japan and South Korea of the issue of "comfort women," who were forced to provide sexual services to Japanese soldiers, has spurred controversy in both countries. Seoul's handling of the matter illustrates its current strategy of becoming friendlier with Tokyo as competition among Northeast Asian powers heats up....

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