The United States has successfully convinced Korea to meet with Japan to at least discuss North Korea and the very real nuclear threat they pose; even as (South) Korea stands firm on wanting to again bring up the ‘Comfort’ Women issue as reasons to not meet with Japan. Prime Minister ABE and President PARK will finally meet and discuss this issue while at a nuclear security summit in late march in the Netherlands.
However, the New York Times uses this article to advocate why Korea has been rejecting Japan’s request for high-level talks—focusing again on ianfu. The article cites South Korea wanting more compensation for the ianfu from the Pacific War, while Japan contends (according to the article) that the issue was settled their normalization treaty in 1965. The article doesn’t mention the Women’s Fund or the formal apologies Japan has given over the years (only refers to one near the end), but only makes reference to some politicians who have made comments about who was responsible for the ianfu. This article then claims Abe’s promise (to his constituents within his first year in office) to pray at the Yasukuni shrine deepened Korea’s suspicions for catering to the right-wing.
But, on a brighter note, this article seems to believe that Abe’s affirmation of the 1993 apology was the impetus for Korea finally agreeing to meet with Japan. My comments on his statement regarding the apology are here — I thought this would work out well for Japan. Now, if only Korea would just stop lighting matches and help create a peaceful relationship between them.
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