S. Korea Set to Announce Decision to Dissolve Comfort Women Foundation

Politics

Seoul, Nov. 20 (Jiji Press)--South Korea's Ministry of Gender Equality and Family is set to announce as early as Wednesday its decision on a plan to dissolve a foundation created based on a landmark 2015 accord between South Korea and Japan for supporting former Korean comfort women, media organizations including the Yonhap news agency reported Tuesday.

If the announcement is made, the Japanese government would be certain to react harshly, informed sources said. Tokyo's position is that steadily implementing the agreement is important and the liquidation of the South Korean foundation at the moment would be impossible.

Based on the December 2015 agreement to "finally and irreversibly" resolve the comfort women issue, the Japanese government contributed one billion yen to the foundation. Comfort women refer to those, mainly Koreans, who were allegedly forced into prostitution for Japanese troops before and during World War II.

The media reports said the South Korean government expects it will take six to 12 months to complete legal procedures needed for dissolving the foundation.

In the meantime, the South Korean side plans to hold talks with Tokyo on the handling of the one billion yen, according to the reports. But the Japanese side is seen rejecting such talks.

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